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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Two car break-ins, one with a bag to watch for

Two car-prowl reports tonight in West Seattle Crime Watch, starting with this one from Erin in Upper Fauntleroy:

My car was ‘broken in to’ sometime between the evening of Friday, December 20 and the evening of Wednesday, December 25. They must have a fancy way of getting in to keyless cars because the driver door and trunk were in the closed position but not latched and there was no broken window or anything. Same thing happened to my parents a couple of weeks ago right across the street from me. They stole my prescription sunglasses and prescription regular glasses. Unfortunately, they also stole a teaching curriculum called Crucial Conversations out of my trunk that I forgot was in there. It’s a gray bag with red accents and either says VitalSmarts or Crucial Conversations on the bag… If anyone finds this bag around West Seattle, I would love to get the curriculum back!

And from Sarah:

Car break-in at around 5:30 tonight in the upper lot at Lincoln Park: it was the main parking lot, north end of park … nothing of value in the car. We would love to know if anyone saw it happen, though!

The report on that one has a preliminary tracking number of T19014495.

BIZNOTE: The Missing Piece coming to 35th/Roxbury

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Meet Alex and Lauren. They’ve just announced they’re opening The Missing Piece – a café, game lounge, and community space – on the northeast corner of 35th/Roxbury. The space has been empty since Northwest Patient Resource Center closed 3+ years ago. Here’s how they announced it:

The epicenter of all hangouts, activities, and games; The Missing Piece is your home away from home. We are a community space that feels warm and inviting, where you can relax with friends and family while enjoying a game and bite to eat. Local craft coffee, tea, beer, and wine are offered along with ample event space, including private rooms available for rent for any activity and occasion.

The Missing Piece is the perfect utility gathering place. Ideal for coffee lovers, evening hangouts, study sessions, quick bites, you name it. The other piece that we’ve yet to elaborate on is that The Missing Piece is for board/ tabletop gamers as well! We offer a variety of board games via our free game library, additionally a vast retail section which is home to a massive assortment of your favorites games and more! Ample areas to play and private by reservation rooms provide the perfect place for casual board gamers or battle-hardened veterans.

Alex used to work at the former Uptown Espresso Gameporium in North Delridge. We met him and Lauren late this afternoon when we went over to check out the future Missing Piece space after a tip from Gina (thank you!). They told us they hope to be open in spring.

BIZNOTE: Another business leaves south Morgan Junction

Thanks to Sue for the tip! The latest business to move from south Morgan Junction is Be Pilates. The fitness studio announced via its eemail list that it’s moved from 6701 California SW to a space in the mixed-use building Aura at 4435 35th SW. It’s been in south Morgan for 6+ years and expects to reopen in the new space in early January; as shown in our photo, its now-ex-space has FOR RENT signage up. This follows My Three Little Birds‘ (WSB sponsor) move to The Junction and the displacement of several businesses by the townhouse project at California/Frontenac.

Brown water in Arbor Heights

December 26, 2019 5:44 pm
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 |   Arbor Heights | Utilities | West Seattle news

If you’re seeing discolored water in Arbor Heights, it’s likely related to an earlier problem: George mentioned it early this afternoon; by the time we checked with Seattle Public Utilities, they said the water was back on. But just now we heard from someone who’s seeing brown water on Marine View Drive. It’ll likely clear after you run it for a while, but just to be sure it’s not a new issue, if you’re seeing it, be sure to report it to 206-386-1800.

4 ways to spend your West Seattle Thursday night

December 26, 2019 5:13 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

Thanks tp Jan Pendergrass for the late-afternoon photo! Here’s a list we would have published much earlier if not for our tech troubles … but the night has just begun:

TAMBOR E CORDAS FT. NADINE WALDMANN: 6-9 pm at Pacific Room (WSB sponsor) on Alki – “World rhythmic music with a Brazilian jazz twist.” No cover. All ages. (2808 Alki SW)

‘GET FIT WEST SEATTLE’ INFO NIGHT: 7 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), learn about the next free training program to get you from couch to half-marathon. (2743 California SW)

SID LAW: “Covering a century of music from the 1920’s to the present,” at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

CEPHALOPOD: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. “Improv funk superstars return to make you groove and move! Charlie Akeley, Thaddeus Turner, Joe Doria, Brad Gibson and special guests.” 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

IT’S ALL IN THE CALENDAR … look ahead here!

UPDATE: Fire on Fauntleroy Way

December 26, 2019 3:55 pm
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 |   West Seattle fires | West Seattle news

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3:55 PM: Our apologies that we weren’t able to report this here sooner due to site trouble (we did update in realtime on social media) – an attic fire brought a large response to the 8300 block of Fauntleroy Way, across from Lincoln Park, about an hour ago. It was extinguished quickly. No injuries reported.

6:35 PM: SFD says the fire “was ruled accidental with $20,000 damage to structure.”

WEST SEATTLE HOLIDAYS: This year’s Christmas-tree composting plan, plus bonus seasonal-recycling reminder

We’re not suggesting you rush it out the door, but make sure your tree doesn’t stay up so long that it’s in danger of this …

When you’re ready to part ways with it, here’s the city announcement for this year’s schedule, and more:

Seattle Public Utilities encourages Seattle residents to compost their Christmas trees and other holiday greens for free through January 31, 2020. Residents should place trees or bundled greens next to their food and yard waste cart on their collection day. Apartment residents may place two trees next to each food and yard waste cart on each collection day. Trees must be cut into lengths of four feet or less and all decorations, lights, tinsel, and other decorations must be removed.

In addition to curbside collection, Seattle residents may drop off trees and other holiday greens for free at SPU’s north or south transfer stations through January 31. Stations will accept up to three trees per vehicle.

Recycle Your Holidays: Composting Christmas trees is just the beginning when it comes to holiday recycling. Many common holiday items can be recycled or reused. Customers can find out how to cut down on the amount of holiday waste that ends up in the landfill by checking SPU’s Where Does It Go Tool:

The photo is from a recent tree-safety demonstration presented by SFD (who provided the image) and other departments. While your tree is still up, follow the safety advice!

P.S. If you have Wednesday-Friday trash/recycling collection, remember it slides a day this week and next. (Mondays/Tuesdays remain on schedule.)

DEVELOPMENT: Comment time for 14 units at ex-substation in Highland Park

IMG_5852 (1)(WSB photo from 2016)

At 8822 9th SW, that former substation’s saga is getting closer to development, four years after it was declared “surplus” by the city in the same group of properties that included:

-5601 23rd SW, becoming a park under DNDA stewardship as the Delridge Wetland
-50th/Dakota, which a community group wants to buy ($650,000 current asking price) and turn into the “Dakota Homestead” (here’s our update from last week)
-2100 SW Andover, sold for $185,000 and redeveloped into 8 rowhouses
-4520 SW Brace Point, sold for $352,000 in 2017 but still vacant (with a proposal for a house)
-16th/Holden, still vacant

8822 9th SW has changed hands already since the city sold it for $279,000 in 2017; records show a subsequent 2018 sale for $158,000. Now 12 townhouses and two “accessory dwelling units” are proposed, a change from the 9 units planned when a community Early Design Outreach site tour was offered a year ago (there’s still a project website at; the proposal includes 14 offstreet parking spaces. Today, the official application has opened a two-week comment period. You can download the notice from this page; it explains how to comment.

NEW YEAR’S EVE: Got something for our Holiday Guide?

December 26, 2019 10:16 am
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle news

(WSB file photo)

From the Highland Park Improvement Club Not-So-Silent-Night Parade (above) and Corner Bar, to Space Needle fireworks-watching, we’ve already got some West Seattle New Year’s Eve fun in the WSB Holiday Guide – but we can add more, so this is just a friendly reminder: If you’re having a community party, bar party, champagne toast, run/walk, or … please send info! – thank you.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-holiday Thursday watch

December 26, 2019 7:06 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

7:06 AM: Good morning! Foggy and icy conditions reported on this post-holiday morning. One incident: A crash response has blocked all lanes of southbound 99 at the West Seattle Bridge.

7:48 AM: Still blocked, WSDOT says.

8:26 AM: Cleared.