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DEVELOPMENT: 1st Design Review Board date set for 3417 Harbor SW apartments

Ten months ago, we reported on an early-stage proposal for an apartment building at 3417 Harbor SW, just north of the West Seattle Bridge, on the site that now holds this small commercial building:

(King County Assessor’s Office photo)

The plan has proceeded through the city system since then, with an Early Community Outreach meeting in mid-December. Now its first Southwest Design Review Board meeting is set, and the project is starting to take shape – here are the three size/shape (“massing”) options in the draft design packet (PDF):

It is now described as “a 5-story, 140-unit apartment building. Parking for 68 vehicles proposed” – almost twice the unit count mentioned last year. The architecture firm for the project is Atelier Drome. The SWDRB meeting is tentatively set for 6:30 pm Thursday, March 5, at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon).

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen silver Ranger

January 28, 2020 7:29 pm
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 |   Crime | West Seattle news

The photo and report are from Anne:

Our family member’s truck was stolen across the street from our house today between 3 and 4:30 p.m. on the 3900 block of Barton Street.

It’s a 2008 Silver Ford Ranger Truck; license is CO7307P. Police incident # is 2020-34392.

Call 911 if you see it.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Warrants lead police to arrest 1 after finding drugs, guns, cash

When residents near 41st/Hinds texted about plain-clothes police activity last Friday afternoon, all we could find out was, warrant service. But now we know more. The report and photo are from SPD Blotter:

SPD Narcotics seized fentanyl pills, cocaine, xanax, methamphetamine, and cash while serving warrants last Friday in connection with an investigation into drug trafficking and money laundering in West Seattle.

Officers from the South Precinct’s Anti-Crime team arrested the 40-year-old suspect in a West Seattle parking garage and found he was carrying 62 fentanyl pills, 28 grams of cocaine, and a small number of xanax pills, as well as a handgun.

Narcotics detectives and the West and South Precinct’s Anti-Crime Teams then served warrants at two homes and a storage unit – in the 4700 block of 40th Avenue SW and the 3400 block of 41st Avenue SW – and recovered a .22 rifle, documents pertaining to money laundering, and additional narcotics, including 140 fentanyl pills, 10 grams of cocaine, 20 xanax pills, a small amount of meth and over $4,000 cash.

Investigators booked the suspect into the King County Jail for narcotics delivery and money laundering.

We’ll add anything more we find out about the suspect and his status.

FERRY ALERT: Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth back to 3-boat service

January 28, 2020 4:03 pm
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 |   Fauntleroy | Transportation | West Seattle news

After being on a 2-boat schedule since this morning due to “mechanical issues” with M/V Kittitas, Washington State Ferries says the Triangle Route is going back to a 3-boat schedule this afternoon.

READER REPORT: 35th/Dawson stoplight activated

The photo is from a reader who just texted that the 35th/Dawson stoplight “went live this afternoon.” That’s ahead of the latest estimate cited by SDOT when we inquired recently. The signal has been long requested for the intersection that includes the entrance to Camp Long, and was promised as part of Phase 2 of the 35th SW Safety Project.

ORCAS: Another Southern Resident Killer Whale missing

(L41, Northwest Marine Fisheries Center photo)

Just days after West Seattle whale-watchers enjoyed multiple orca visits, sad news: Another Southern Resident Killer Whale is missing. In its newest report on an “encounter” with resident orcas, the Center for Whale Research notes that L41 was not with his podmates and hasn’t been seen since August: “Given his age and that he looked a little thin in our January 2019 encounter, we fear he may be gone and will consider him missing unless he shows up unexpectedly in an upcoming encounter.” As noted in a WSB report four years ago, L41 has been a prolific patriarch among the SRKWs. He was born in 1977. If he has indeed died, that would bring the SRKWs’ number down to 72, just one above the historic low of 71. (Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip.)

DEVELOPMENT: Community ‘site walk’ set for 1123 Harbor SW

January 28, 2020 11:59 am
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 |   Development | West Seattle news

(WSB photo, February 2019)

While we’ve talked a lot about the future of the “Stone House” at 1123 Harbor SW, we haven’t talked as much about the development planned to replace it. The project team has scheduled a “site walk” on Wednesday, February 5th, at 5:30 pm, as part of the Early Community Outreach for Design Review process. Here’s the announcement:

Conflux Architecture is looking for our neighbors’ input on a new building we’re designing at 1123 Harbor Ave SW. We’re just getting started on the initial planning now, so we’d like to gather input from the community to integrate into the design. Please share your ideas about designs and activities for the new building and any other thoughts that would help us understand your concerns and priorities for this property and neighborhood overall.

When it’s complete, the building will include approximately 15 market-rate condominium units and 23 parking stalls. The new building will be about 7 stories tall (above a basement parking garage). We are working in concert with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society to relocate the iconic “Stone House” to a nearby location. Construction could start in winter 2021 and the building could be open as early as spring 2022.

4 for your West Seattle Tuesday!

January 28, 2020 10:35 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Surfbirds, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights for your Tuesday night, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

DROP-IN CHESS: Kids/teens are invited to the High Point Library to play, 4:30-5:30 pm. (3411 SW Raymond)

TUESDAY TRIVIA #1: 7 pm at Ounces, “FREE trivia hosted by Beat the Geek Trivia! Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place.” (3803 Delridge Way SW)

TUESDAY TRIVIA #2: 8:30 pm at Admiral Pub with Devon. 21+. (2306 California SW)

OPEN MIC NIGHT: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)’

Something for our calendar? Email the info to – thank you!

YOU’RE INVITED: Celebrate Mardi Gras with Holy Family School

January 28, 2020 9:00 am
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

School-fundraiser season continues, and we’ve received another invitation to share with you:

Grab your beads, raise a glass … and then your paddle! Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School is hosting a Mardi Gras fundraising auction Saturday, March 7th, and tickets are on sale now!

Come enjoy a Cajun-inspired three-course dinner, drinks, and bid on some very exciting items, including Club-level Seahawks tickets, a Las Vegas getaway for two, a family weekend stay at Great Wolf Lodge, and much, much more!!

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and 100% of the proceeds will be used to support our young scholars. Holy Family strives to provide our diverse scholars with a faith-based, dual-language education, rooted in academic excellence, to create students that are productive, global citizens.

Tickets are limited, so order now! This is an event you won’t want to miss!

When: Saturday, March 7th, doors open at 4:30pm
Where: Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School, 9615 20th Ave SW (at Roxbury)

For more information, please email at or 206-767-6640. Look forward to seeing you there!


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

7:06 AM: Good morning. No incidents/alerts so far in our area, aside from the continuing 2-boat schedule on the Triangle Route.

FERRY ALERT: 2-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth

January 28, 2020 2:49 am
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 |   Fauntleroy | Transportation | West Seattle news

When service resumes this morning on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth state-ferry route, it’ll be on the 2-boat schedule – M/V Kittitas is having “mechanical issues” that need attention, WSF says. See the 2-boat schedule here.