West Seattle, Washington
That’s the packet now available for preview before the third and potentially final Southwest Design Review Board look at 4508 California SW, the mixed-use building planned for the site of Kamei, Lee’s Asian, and Naked Crepe. It’s been a year and a half since we first reported on the plan, which initially had a bigger footprint, but was downscaled before its first SWDRB meeting in August 2018. The proposal is for a 70-foot building – 25 feet below what the site was upzoned to by HALA MHA – with ground-floor commercial beneath 12 lodging units and 58 residential units, mostly studios and 1-bedrooms.
(Rendering by Caron Architecture)
No offstreet vehicle parking is required; the proposal has 17 spaces, plus 69 stalls for bicycles. The project goes before the board at 6:30 pm Thursday, November 7th, at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon). P.S. Here’s our report on the board’s previous review a year ago.
Manager Chris at the Westview Plaza Apartments in Morgan Junction wants to alert others to what happened at his building:
At some point late (Saturday) night or early (Sunday) morning, someone pried open all of our mailboxes (see attached – they had all been pried open, but when I took the photo some tenants had re-locked theirs)).
The building is in between Morgan Junction Park and The Bridge pub. Just thought others in this area might want to be made aware of that. A police report has been filed online but has not yet been assigned a case number.
In our as-it-happened West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival coverage on Sunday, we mentioned the winners of the Chili Cookoff but promised a followup – and courtesy of Judi Yazzolino at the West Seattle Food Bank, here it is:
WOW, this year’s Chili Cook-off at the West Seattle Junction’s Harvest Festival was bigger and better than last year for the West Seattle Food Bank. Thank you to all that purchased their tastings and ate some fabulous chili. We sold 405 tastings before the chili ran out, which was 65 more than last year, and raised $4,087 including donations.
A huge thank you to the Junction Association for allowing us to participate and to the generosity of chili & time that the nine participating businesses donated. Thank you to Duos Catering, Easy Street Cafe, Elliott Bay Brewery, Girls Gone BBQ, Husky Deli, Ma’ono, Pecos Pit BBQ, Shadowland, & The Westy. A big congratulations to Ben & Josh at Duos Catering for winning coveted bragging rights for a 3rd year in a row! And to Easy Street Café for 2nd place & Elliott Bay Brewery for 3rd place.
Each cookoff participant made and donated 5 gallons of chili as well as server time! (Photo by WSFB board member Jan Roberts)
Another West Seattle business is moving. Received from Anne Marie @ Coastal Surf Boutique:
We have something exciting to announce. It’s been the best 16 summers on Alki and the fun isn’t stopping here.
Coastal is moving! We can’t wait to show off our new space just up the hill.
With this move, we will be able to embrace the West Seattle community even more. Our dream to host more events and offer all seasons is coming alive. We’re still your beach shop and will always have your vacation and summer needs.
Our last day on Alki will be Halloween; stop by for a treat for the kiddos and adults. We will pack up and announce doors opening on our Instagram (@coastalsurfboutique) so keep an eye out :) Planning ahead, you can shop small with us soon and come have a drink to celebrate the holidays on November 30th.
We followed up with Anne Marie by phone. The new space “up the hill” is in South Admiral, next to Alair (3270 California SW). It’s bigger, which helps with the fact that Coastal has been “busting at the seams.” It’ll enable them to run it as more of a “community space,” too.
(2015 photo by Jason Enevoldsen)
Our West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide has been missing something – a Teal Pumpkin Project mention! We got this gentle reminder this morning from Bethany in Seaview:
I was adding my house to the Teal Pumpkin Project map this morning and noticed that our lovely peninsula is a lot more sparse on food allergy free trick or treating spots than in previous years.
Does it fit anywhere in your Halloweek/Halloween reminders to let our neighbors know the map resets each year, so an address must be added again if non-food treats are continuing to be offered?
Thanks, Bethany! For a detailed TPP explanation, check out this 2018 story contributed to WSB by Alice Enevoldsen.
The temporary off-leash area planned at Westcrest Park next year will be the city’s first, according to Seattle Parks.
That’s part of what the project briefing at HPAC‘s October meeting revealed.
As first reported here in August, West Seattle’s only off-leash area will be closed for months next year while a persistent drainage problem is fixed. Earlier this month, Parks announced a plan to set up a temporary off-leash area north of the Westcrest P-Patch.
Parks’ Emily Griffith was at the HPAC meeting to talk about the plan and listen to community comments.
She said that the drainage project is important because “Westcrest floods pretty regularly” and that’s led to problems including erosion. Regrading will be part of the half-million-dollar project, as will fencing repairs and, while they’re there, accessibility improvements in the north parking lot.
As originally promised, the current “small/shy dog area” will remain open in addition to the planned temporary area, which is “open lawn” right now but will get temporary fencing. It will be restored to “lawn” after the six-months-or-so construction is complete and the regular off-leash area is reopened.
Questions and comments started with one attendee wondering whether the project will include lighting improvements. Answer: No.
What about using another area of Westcrest? Explanation: Much of the big grassy space atop the park is the lid of the underground reservoir (buried 10 years ago – here’s what it looked like, underground too, before that), a Seattle Public Utilities facility, and that can’t be used for an off-leash area. They can’t use trails, because those would have to be fenced.
Did you consider the city-owned Myers Way Parcels? asked HPAC chair Gunner Scott, especially if Camp Second Chance leaves that space in March? No, they hadn’t.
Dates aren’t finalized yet but the Westcrest construction is expected to last about half a year, “spring through fall” of 2020. The project webpage is here.
ADDED: Here’s what the city showed at the meeting, to pinpoint what’ll happen where:
(Anna’s Hummingbird, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Welcome to October’s last Monday! First, from the WSB West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide, one listing for tonight:
JACK O’LANTERNS APLENTY: ~100 carved pumpkins on display! (5230 SW Dakota)
And from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
LINCOLN PARK WALK: 10 am with Sound Steps. Meet in the center of the north parking lot. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
PUZZLE ROOM CHALLENGE: 4-7 pm, drop-in activity at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
COLLEGE & RESOURCE FAIR: 4:30-7:30 pm at Neighborhood House High Point:
The general public, including teens and adults 18 and older, are welcome. Meet with college and university representatives from Seattle and around Washington. The event includes mini-workshops, including learning how to apply and pay for college, information sessions include information on SAT/ACT, Essay Writing, FAFSA.
(6400 Sylvan Way SW)
3 TRIVIA/QUIZ NIGHTS: Listings for these three Monday night options!
*Best of Hands Barrelhouse (7500 35th SW), 7 pm, $2/person, 21+
*The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 7:30 pm, free, all ages
*Parliament Tavern (4210 SW Oregon), 8 pm, $2/person, 21+
MORE AS ALWAYS …. for all ages; see our complete calendar!
(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)
7:02 AM: Good morning. Transit alerts to report – Metro says the 7:05 and 7:30 am Route 55 departures “will not operate this morning” and also just sent an after-the-fact message that the 6:05 am Route 56 did not run.
WATER TAXI: Reminder that the West Seattle route is now on its fall/winter schedule.
FERRIES: Reminder that the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route is on a 2-boat schedule this week.
8:55 AM: From the scanner, “a concrete truck” is blocking NB traffic at 48th/Erskine.
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