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‘If we do it right, others will follow suit’: Triangle megaproject team talks, listens @ Early Design Outreach meeting

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Businesses’ concerns dominated this week’s Early Community Outreach for Design Review meeting for the two-building megaproject planned for two sides of a Triangle block owned by the Sweeney family of Alki Lumber fame.

The handful of community members in attendance included an adjacent business’s owner and founder as well as the proprietor of a business that wlll have to move (as will the Sweeneys’ own century-old enterprise) when construction begins – though that’s still years away.

The potential timeline was one of the new pieces of information made available at the meeting, which happened Wednesday night at Chaco Canyon Organic Café, not far from the project site, which is officially in city records with the addresses 4440 Fauntleroy Way SW and 4406 36th SW.

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DEVELOPMENT: Early Outreach site walk set for 6056 41st SW project

That’s an early-concept sketch for the two-building, 10-apartment proposal at 6056 41st SW [map], first reported here last November. It’s by West Seattle architect Lisa Kennan-Meyer (WSB sponsor), who sent it with the announcement of a site walk scheduled as part of the Early Community Outreach for Design Review process:

Project description: Remove existing single family house and garage. New construction of two 3-story apartment buildings, each containing 5 units for a total of 10 units with a shared courtyard. Five parking spaces provided off alley. Two units meeting family-sized requirement and one unit meeting the HALA standard will be included.

Guided Site Walk will take place Wednesday, March 11th at 11 am at the site. The event is open to the public.

Comments and questions also are welcome via email at

West Seattle’s Chris Porter wins historic King Conservation District election

The otherwise-low-profile King Conservation District made history – and headlines – with its use of online voting for a Board of Supervisors seat, and now the results are in – Chris Porter of West Seattle won in a landslide, with 4,142 votes to his opponent Stephen Deutschman‘s 989. As explained here, three of the board’s five positions are elected, the other two appointed. Porter has been serving as an associate supervisor; read more about him here. Not familiar with the KCD? Its mission is explained here.

BIZNOTE: The Good Society Brewery and Public House is open

(WSB photos unless otherwise credited)

Moments after The Good Society Brewery and Public House (2701 California SW) opened its doors at 3 pm, we got a text reporting it was packed, with a line out the door. The line was gone by the time we got there, but a crowd remained.

We first wrote last July about what West Seattleites Nick Berger and Phil Cammarano were planning for The Good Society – “to marry good beer with good deeds”.

(Nick and Phii – photo by Estepworks Photography)

Their first two nonprofit beneficiaries are the West Seattle Food Bank and Forterra. And, also as promised, there’s a kids’ play area:

The inaugural menu features five Good Society beers plus three “guest taps,” $2/four ounces, $5/ten ounces, $6/twelve ounces, as well as two ciders, three wines, and four non-alcoholic beverages (including juice boxes for $1.50).

Seven items on the food menu – $4 for snack mix or a kids’ plate, $5 for pretzels or a bagel dog, %10 cheese plate, $11 for a hummus plate or charcuterie. Hours are:

Monday/Tuesday closed
Wednesday: 3 PM – 10 PM
Thursday: 3 PM – 10 PM
Friday: 3 PM – 10 PM
Saturday: 11:30 AM – 10 PM
Sunday: 11:30 AM – 9 PM

UPDATE: Gatewood water-main leak leads to emergency work

4:47 PM: Thanks for the tip! We found that Seattle Public Utilities crew wrapping up at 41st and Webster after some research following a report that water was out near 35th/Webster. SPU explains that a water main in the area was leaking, so to prepare for full repairs, they had to turn the water off for a while today and do some rerouting. This is the notice SPU said it had sent out:

On Friday, February 14, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) crews will disconnect a water main in your neighborhood that is leaking underground. The broken water main will remain out of service until a permanent repair can be made.

To continue providing you with water service while plans for the repair are made, your water service will be connected to a nearby water main in the adjacent pressure zone. The water pressure in the adjacent zone is lower than what you may have experienced in the past, but still within the acceptable range of 65 to 70 PSI.

The change in your water pressure will remain in effect until a repair can be made to the broken water main.

An emergency water shutdown on February 14
A reduction in water pressure.
Construction activity near the work site

The crew told us they’d just turned the water back on. No word so far how many customers are affected or when the permanent work will be done.

8:56 PM UPDATE: SPU’s Sabrina Register tells WSB, “Today’s work affected about 70 customers … Roughly a dozen customers could experience lower water pressure.” No time frame yet for the permanent fix.

35TH/ALASKA/AVALON: Here’s what’s planned next week

From SDOT, here’s what’s next on the 35th/Alaska/Avalon project:

Weather depending, as early as February 18 we anticipate beginning concrete pouring on the west side of 35th Ave SW and continuing onto the north side of SW Alaska St. This work will continue into the week of February 24. After completing the north side of SW Alaska St we will then move traffic to the north side and begin work on the south side of SW Alaska St as early as March 2. We anticipate work in this zone to take several weeks. Please note that this work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled. We will be sure to let you know if this work changes.

During construction, please expect left turns onto SW Alaska St from 35th Ave SW to be restricted to allow room for our crews to work safely and efficiently. Additionally, access to 36th Ave SW from SW Alaska St will remain restricted at the north end until concrete work is complete. Once complete, we will then close the south end of 36th Ave SW and SW Alaska St to demolish and rebuild the southern half of SW Alaska St.

SDOT also says crews did not work today and will be off for the holiday Monday. For a big-picture look at what’s been done and how much longer until the entire project is complete, see our report from three weeks ago.

How about a date night on Leap Day? Here’s who can help with child care

February 14, 2020 2:05 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

You probably have Valentine’s Day handled by now. How about a date night on Leap Day (Saturday, February 29th, just two weeks away)? The West Seattle High School Class of 2020 has an offer for you:

On February 29, 2020 the West Seattle High School Senior class ASB will be hosting our ‘Parents Night Out’ fundraiser, to raise money for our senior class and 2020 prom.

We’re offering child care for children ages 3+. This includes dinner (pizza), healthy snacks, drinks, activities, and a movie.

The event will be held on February 29, 2020 from 5:00-10:30 pm at West Seattle High School, 3000 California Ave SW. Parents should drop their kids off at the historical entrance on the (north) side of the building or follow our signs.

Pricing will be $40 for one child, $35 sibling discount per child, or with a donation of 2 cans of food for the West Seattle Food Bank.

Interested? Or, questions? Email

FOLLOWUP: Port gets extension for Terminal 5 in-water work

February 14, 2020 11:56 am
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 |   Port of Seattle | West Seattle news

Just in – the Port of Seattle‘s request to extend in-water work on the Terminal 5 project has been granted. Here’s the announcement:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have approved an additional nine working days to complete in-water pile-driving for the Terminal 5 project. In-water pile driving may now continue through February 28, and will occur on weekdays, not weekends or on Presidents Day.

The Port of Seattle requested the extension to make up for lost time that resulted from unanticipated site conditions and challenges with pile-driving equipment. Please contact if you have any questions or concerns.

Without the extension, today would have been the last day in-water work was allowed prior to the February 15-August 1 fish-protection period.

7 options for your West Seattle Valentine’s Friday

February 14, 2020 11:07 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Downy Woodpecker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, possibilities for the rest of your Valentine’s Day Friday:

VALENTINE’S BEER: It’s opening day for The Good Society Brewery and Public House in Admiral, 3-10 pm. All ages welcome. (2701 California SW)

VALENTINE’S CIDER & SWEETS: 4-9 pm, Indulge Desserts is at Locust Cider on Alki. (2820 Alki SW)

VALENTINE WINE: 5-9 pm, the tasting room is open at Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) for you and your Valentine to relax with a glass of wine. (5910 California SW)

LOVE TO CREATE ART? Tonight’s the magic monthly Art Lounge night at Highland Park Improvement Club – bring your project and create in community. Bar’s open. 21+. (1116 SW Holden)

‘LOVE LETTERS’: 7:30 pm Valentine’s performance by Mary Springer and Rick Springer of Twelfth Night Productions at Kenyon Hall. Ticket info in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

KARA HESSE: Live at The Pacific Room on Alki (WSB sponsor), 8 pm. Cover info here. (2808 Alki SW)

THREE BANDS: Phood, Selah Korah, and No Buffer, 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

VALENTINE’S DAY: 2 unique ways to give flowers and/or wine

Haven’t bought that Valentine’s Day gift yet? Via the West Seattle Junction Association, here are two ideas (though the presents’ payoffs are delayed):

(WSB file photo)

FLOWERS: You can adopt a flower basket that’ll hang in The Junction all summer, with a plaque honoring your Valentine. $159 covers the entire season. Go here to get started.

WINE: The spring Wine Walk in The Junction isn’t until May 15th, but tickets sell out way in advance, so get yours now, and you’ll have a date night to anticipate all spring. Here’s how.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch, with reminders

February 14, 2020 6:58 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)

6:58 AM: Good morning! One incident to report – a crash at Delridge/Findlay (no SFD dispatch, so apparently no serious injuries).


CLOSURES: Tonight/tomorrow morning, 10 pm-8 am, the southbound Highway 99 Tunnel will be closed for maintenance. Also overnight tonight, 9 pm-8 am, and again Saturday night-Sunday morning, 9 pm-8 am, the southbound 1st Ave. S. Bridge will be closed.

MONDAY: It’ll be Presidents Day, which means transit changes including no Water Taxi. and “reduced weekday” service for Metro.