West Seattle, Washington
31 weeks ago tonight – on February 28th – King County announced its first case of COVID-19. Tonight, the pandemic’s at a new stage, with the President in the hospital. Locally, here are the toplines:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily summary:
*22,788 people have tested positive, 228 more than yesterday
*764 people have died, 6 more than yesterday (the first change in nine days)
*2,382 people have been hospitalized, 4 more than yesterday
*445,824 people have been tested, 4,215 more than yesterday
One week ago, those totals were 21,896/758/2,353/425,279.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 34.5 million cases, 1,026,000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation numbers here.
NEED TESTING? A reminder, the city-operated testing site in West Seattle – south side of the Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) – is open Saturdays. Go here to choose an appointment time.
DONATION DRIVE TOMORROW: Donations of hygiene items and non-perishable food will be accepted during a special drop-in services day 10 am-2 pm Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe (north lot, 35th/Myrtle) – details here.
GOT INFO OR PHOTOS? firstname.lastname@example.org or text/voice 206-293-6302 – thank you!
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
First, the former auto-shop site at 9201 Delridge Way SW was proposed for redevelopment as a self-storage facility.
Then – a zoning change turned it into a mixed-use plan. But it didn’t last long; the site was sold to a new owner/developer, who changed the architect and came up with a different mixed-use plan.
That third plan went before the Southwest Design Review Board online on Thursday, and got unanimous approval to move to the second stage of Design Review, with a few concerns along the way.
Here’s how the review went:
The Community Advisory Committee for West Seattle’s only city-sanctioned tiny-house encampment is back to its regular first-Sunday meeting date this month, which means the Camp Second Chance CAC meets this Sunday (October 4th). It’s an online meeting, 2 pm Sunday, all welcome to bring questions/concerns. You can join via teleconference at this link, meeting ID 858 5523 4269, pw 9701. You can also use those codes if you listen by phone – 253-215-8782.
Earlier this week, we mentioned that SDOT will do its West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way restriping this Sunday; the changes (shown above) were previewed in our West Marginal story two weeks ago. Now, the specifics are in:
What to expect during this work:
·Crews will work Sunday, October 4 from 7 AM through the evening
·There may be some prep work happening on Saturday, October 3 during the day
·You will experience some travel delays beyond the usual traffic for a Sunday
·There will be crews, trucks, and equipment in the road
·There will be traffic control signs and devices set up for your safety and the workers safety
·The bus stop on the east side of the intersection will be impacted during this work
In the mood for doughnuts? Just got word (and the pic) that the food truck Mini … The Dough-nut is now visiting the Masonic Center lot (40th/Edmunds) on Fridays, 3-7 pm, so it’s there right now. The Masonic Center lot has been hosting other truck visits too – Sunny Up is there on Thursdays.
SIDE NOTE: Other spots with regular food-truck visits include Best of Hands Barrelhouse (calendar here; WSB sponsor), Ounces in North Delridge (here’s their calendar) – our area has a growing number of fixed-location trucks, too.
Just in from SDOT, word of more West Seattle road work this weekend:
This weekend: concrete panel replacement on SW Barton St
On Saturday, Oct. 3, we will be replacing some concrete panels on SW Barton St approximately 100 feet on each side of the intersection with 32nd Ave SW.
Vehicle traffic will be alternated in each direction during the work while a single lane of traffic is maintained and flagged by police officers to accommodate both directions. Work will start as early as 8 AM and will continue until nearly 7 PM. People in the area can expect construction noise, as well as crews, trucks, and equipment in the work zone. One lane in each direction will be reopened when the work is completed on Saturday evening. Parking will be restricted in the vicinity until Monday morning to allow the concrete to cure.
Twp reader reports:
STOLEN BICYCLE: From Emily:
It is a 2019 Trek Marlin 6, with a black and red seat, black pedals, red grips with a mud guard. It was stolen after 4 pm on October 1st from 4754 Fauntleroy Way SW and noticed missing at 7:50 am today. My fiancé’s bike’s chain was attempted to be cut and the pump was stolen off the bike.
Police report # is 20-282438.
ABANDONED MOTORCYCLE: Marc says this motorcycle with expired plates has been near his home, at 23rd/Willow, for five days.
Recognize it? Let us know.
Last November, we reported on the new communications tower that was going up by Myrtle Reservoir Park, next to the one it would replace. It’s part of the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network (PSERN), described to us at the time as a “critical upgrade” of an existing countywide network used by public-safety responders, authorized by voters in 2015. The West Seattle tower project time frame was described then as “six to nine months” of construction, followed by removal of the old tower.
Last week, a City Council vote approving the “interlocal cooperation agreement” for PSERN reminded us that it was time to follow up on the West Seattle tower’s status, since eleven months have now passed. Here’s what we found out, via King County Information Technology:
*COVID-19 has affected everyone’s work on/at this site, especially supply chains and construction services. City of Seattle and King County Metro also have work at this site, including needing to move their antennas and other emergency radio equipment to the new tower in coordination with vendors and in compliance with Federal Communications Commission licensing processes. This equipment must be removed by these agencies before PSERN can dismantle the original tower and complete work at the site. The PSERN Project (Project) does not have the legal authority to force those agencies to move to the new tower, but all agencies are coordinating their efforts.
*Work on the West Seattle tower location began in late summer 2019 and the main construction was finished in April 2020. However, work continues with some service trucks and a crane in the area to move equipment from the old tower to the new PSERN tower. This duration of this work has lengthened and will likely last through April 2021. Construction work is expected to be intermittent throughout this time.
*The PSERN project team has been actively working with the City of Seattle and King County Metro to solidify the schedule. Once those other agencies have completed their work, the project team can dismantle the old West Seattle tower. That should take about a month.
*Every effort is being made to remove the original West Seattle tower as quickly as possible, so that transition to the upgraded emergency radio system can continue on schedule. The project team says they greatly appreciate the patience of neighbors during these challenging times while collaboration between multiple parties and transition preparations continues.
The cost of this part of the ~$281 million PSERN project was cited last year as about $800,000. Meantime, we’re told site neighbors should receive an update via postal mail sometime this month.
Today we welcome back Richie Jenkin, a longtime West Seattle guitar teacher, as a WSB sponsor.
Richie has been teaching guitar for more than 30 years: “In my teaching, I specialize in beginning and intermediate students of all ages. I like to teach songs and pieces you will enjoy from the very beginning of your learning experience.”
Richie’s instruction has taken a turn due to the pandemic. He’s now offering virtual guitar lessons, lessons you can take right in your own home. With the kids at home Richie says the virtual lessons can be a great way to extend your child’s learning and foster a love of music. He also thinks virtual lessons are great for grownups ready to take up a new challenge.
While he works with kids as young as six, Richie says more than two-thirds of his students are adults. His average student is someone who has owned a guitar for some time, but needs someone to work with, to get some structure on how to play. As he points out, it’s structure that’s personalized to each student: “I take my teaching seriously. By that I mean that I take the time to prepare for each lesson. I look at what we’ve been doing; the pace of things; what you want to be learning; your particular way of learning; and what I think is best for a particular lesson to make sure your playing is coming along in a way you can be confident and enthusiastic about. So it¹s not just about showing you something new every week and then out the door. If the music is going to be rewarding, exhilarating, and fun, then I better be doing my part to make it so.”
Richie specializes in beginners and intermediate students. He has teaching slots open for fall, so if you’re interested, contact Richie at 206-799-7432.
We thank Richie Jenkin for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
For the hours ahead:
CITY COUNCIL BUDGET MEETING: 9:30 am and 2 pm, the City Council’s first week of budget meetings concludes with presentations on the city’s homelessness response and by the Office of Housing in the morning, SDOT and Parks in the afternoon. Viewing info and documents are all linked in the agenda.
FREE FOOD: 1:30-4:30 pm, drive/ride/walk up to the Greater Seattle Filipino-American SDA Church and get a free box of food, while supplies last. (2620 SW Kenyon)
DEMONSTRATION: From organizer Nancy:
If I don’t stand and act against racism, then who will? If not now, then when?
What: Weekly anti-racist vigil
When: Friday, October 2nd, from 5:30-6:30 pm
Where: Pedestrian overpass on Delridge at the Delridge Community Center/Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.
Please remember to wear your masks! If you can’t come in person, please consider passing on the info to your networks.
SUNSET: 6:45 pm.
6:16 AM: It’s the first Friday of October, and the 193rd morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
Metro – Resumption of fare collection, day 2.
Water Taxi – Also no longer free.
*Delridge project: The SW Oregon closure is set to start early today, continuing until early Monday. Here’s this week’s bulletin, with word on where else work is happening.
*Trail work – As announced Thursday, “SDOT will be performing maintenance on the Alki Trail near the Chelan Café. Crews will be trimming trees and other vegetation that is encroaching the trail. Work will begin in the early morning and continue throughout the afternoon.” This will affect the trail west of the café and might also take up the outside westbound vehicle lane at times.
*West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way: Restriping to rechannelize part of the intersection is scheduled for Sunday. Later today, we expect traffic-impact info and other specifics.
CHECK THE TRAFFIC BEFORE YOU GO
Here’s the 5-way intersection camera (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
Here’s the restricted-daytime-access (open to all 9 pm-5 am) low bridge:
The main detour route across the Duwamish River is the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) . Here are two cameras:
The other major bridge across the river is the South Park Bridge (map). Here’s the nearest camera:
Going through South Park? Don’t speed.
Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed for info about any of those bridges opening for marine traffic.
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.