West Seattle, Washington
We’ve received multiple questions about a sea-lion carcass at Seacrest Park. We referred the first texter to Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network and then checked late tonight to see what they’d found. Seal Sitters’ Lynn Shimamoto replied:
We responded to a report of a dead sea lion at Cove 2 this afternoon. The carcass is in an advanced state of decomposition. We don’t know the cause of death or whether it will be necropsied. We marked it with green paint in order to identify it in case it floats away.
If you see a beached or struggling, or dead, marine mammal, Seal Sitters’ hotline is 206-905-SEAL.
ORIGINAL REPORT, SATURDAY NIGHT: Back in February, the Southwest Design Review Board gave its final OK to the plan for a 4-story storage facility to replace the auto-shop business at 9201 Delridge Way SW. But new documents in the city filing system suggest that plan’s been scrapped and a new one is in the works: A 5-story, 56-unit mixed-use building. The new early-stage site plan (PDF) shows that 51 units would be apartment, 5 would be ground-floor live-works, and that there will be offstreet parking spaces for 8 cars and 59 bicycles. The building would also have retail space with an entry from Delridge; its main residential entrance would be off SW Barton. So why the change? A docket notation regarding the withdrawal of permit requests for the storage project says, “New zoning does not allow what was proposed for this permit application.” This site, like several others we’ve reported on lately, was upzoned by HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability and is now zoned NC3-55.
ADDED MONDAY AFTERNOON: Department of Construction and Inspections spokesperson Bryan Stevens says the aforementioned docket notation is accurate: “Zoning changed from a Commercial 1 zone with a 40′ height limit to a Neighborhood Commercial 3 zone with a 55′ height limit. The new zoning placed a 25,000 sq. ft. limit on mini-storage uses. The previous proposal included 34,000 sq. ft. of mini-storage. A revision to the design would have been required to limit the size of this type of business, while the added height provided with MHA may have also played a role in reconsidering the project.”
West Seattle Helpline executive director Erin Dury Moore and board member Rev. Ron Marshall are smiling at tonight’s show of support for the organization’s mission to keep people out of homelessness. It’s the Helpline’s 10th annual “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” dinner and auction at The Hall at Fauntleroy. WSB is the media sponsor and we stopped by in the early going for some photos:
Dinner hadn’t started yet but among the items on display were the treats awaiting bidders in the “Dessert Dash”:
A variety of silent and live auction items are up for grabs, from vacation packages to a wine-tasting party (donated by WSB sponsor Viscon Cellars):
Among Helpline supporters in attendance, City Council candidate Phil Tavel:
As the Helpline website explains, “The West Seattle Helpline stops homelessness before it starts. We provide financial assistance in the form of rent and utility payments, clothing, bus tickets, and referrals to help our neighbors in West Seattle and White Center regain stability after facing hardship.” They’ve helped more than 6,000 people so far this year. If you couldn’t get to tonight’s event, here’s how to help any time.
If you haven’t already seen Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner‘s latest newsletter, here it is, focusing on property crime:
As noted at the end of the newsletter, which you also can read here in PDF, you’re invited to several events ahead with local police involvement. First one is Tuesday, October 15, at 7 pm, when the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council convenes at the precinct (2300 SW Webster) for its next meeting, including a presentation on preventing home burglaries.
That “River for All” is the Duwamish River, and we are now one week away from a simple way for you to show it some love: The fall edition of the one-day-and-many-locations Duwamish Alive! volunteering event is 10 am-2 pm next Saturday (October 19th). More than half a dozen of the sites are in West Seattle; to see the list and find out how to RSVP to help, go to DuwamishAlive.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. Just a few hours of your time can give a boost to the river and all who depend on it – animals, plants, and people.
2:55 PM: A 2-car collision at Roxbury/8th has police blocking off the eastbound direction right now, so avoid that area if you’re heading out.
3:58 PM: Just went through the area – all clear.
As mentioned in our West Seattle Saturday highlight list, Meat The Live Butcher (9432 16th SW) has something new – a walk-up window outside for dogs to get bones. It’s the latest community-spirited idea from proprietor Tom Salle.
It’s the grand opening celebration for the window until 3 pm today.
You’ll find the animal advocates from West Seattle’s own Furry Faces Foundation there too.
11:02 AM: Thanks for the tips. If you’re seeing smoke in southeast West Seattle, it’s what has been dispatched as a “brush fire” call, originally listed as Olson/Myers but changed to SB Highway 509 at Cloverdale as a few more units were added to the call. We’re heading over to check it out.
11:25 AM: Just talked to Engine 26 crew; they were along the east side of Myers Way, while Ladder 11 and Engine 32 were along 509.
They said a 30 x 30 pile of junk was burning, out now, nobody around so no injuries as far as they know.
Big defense was a big part of Chief Sealth International High School‘s Friday night football win over Lakeside, 27-13. The Seahawks stopped some very long drives by the Lions, including one in which Sealth stopped Lakeside three yards short of a touchdown. Key to Sealth’s defense: Multiple interceptions and a fumble recovery that held Lakeside scoreless until the 3rd quarter. As for the offense – #11 Bishop Jackson scored two of Sealth’s four touchdowns:
#32 Elias Orbino contributed one TD:
And the other, #8 Jesse Brown:
Head coach Ted Rodriguez and the Seahawks are now 3-3 for the season. This was Sealth’s final scheduled home game so that means Senior Night, celebrating those who are graduating this school year. Some scenes from the celebration:
The band had a special performance for the occasion:
Next week, Sealth plays at Bainbridge (7 pm Friday).
West Seattle High School. was on the road Friday night at Cleveland. Close game – the Wildcats lost 18-16. Head coach Jeff Scott‘s team is now 1-5 and will be back home Friday, October 25th, 7 pm vs. Sammamish – next week they play in Bellingham, at Sehome (2 pm Saturday, October 19th).
First, a traffic reminder:
TUNNEL/99: The southbound 99 tunnel is scheduled to reopen by 8 am after its overnight closure, but as announced by WSDOT, northbound 99 is closed all weekend from the West Seattle Bridge to the north end of the tunnel. The closure is scheduled to end by 4 am Monday; as always, we’ll be monitoring and will publish an update if that changes.
Now, the highlights:
WEST SEATTLE SKI SWAP: 10 am-5 pm, first day to shop skis, snowboards, other gear at the West Seattle VFW. (3601 SW Alaska)
WEST SEATTLE EXHIBITORS AT HOME SHOW 2: Going to Home Show 2 at CenturyLink Field Event Center? Look for West Seattle’s own Potter Construction (WSB sponsor), Hansmire Builders, and West Seattle Electric and Solar. 10 am-8 pm. (800 Occidental Ave. S.)
DOG DAY AFTERNOON: Noon-3 pm, bring your pup(s) to Meat The Live Butcher to check out the new doggie walk-up window! (9432 16th SW)
MEET MINIATURE HORSES! They’ll be at Tin Dog Brewing, on the east side of South Park, 1-4 pm. (309 S. Cloverdale)
WEST SEATTLE OKTOBERFEST: 3 pm-10 pm at Ounces, second of three days. (3809 Delridge Way SW)
JOE ADAMI: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover, all ages. (5612 California SW)
MALLET HEAD, BENEFITING WSHS ALUMNI: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, a benefit for the West Seattle High School Alumni Association as The Tom Collier Quartet presents “20th Century American Music: Decade By Decade.” (7904 35th SW)
AT THE PARLIAMENT: 9 pm, How Now Brown Cow, Water Babies at Parliament Tavern. $10 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE MORE OPTIONS … today, tonight, Sunday, and beyond, on our complete calendar!