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BIZNOTE: Opening day for Grillbird Teriyaki

(WSB photos)

11:39 AM: The most-anticipated West Seattle restaurant opening of 2020 – so far – is today. Thanks to commenter MomOf3Boys for the tip; we’ve just been over to Grillbird Teriyaki at 6501 35th SW to verify that it’s opening at noon.

We first reported back in October that Matt Parker, a restaurant-industry veteran, planned to turn the ex-Pizza Hut into a teriyaki joint.

Though today’s start is at noon, hours will be 11 am-9 pm weekdays, noon-9 pm weekends. No paper menu when we stopped in, so this pic is the best we can do to share a menu with you for now.

1:31 PM: Updated the top photo (standalone sign wasn’t up earlier) and added a photo of proprietor Parker. They’re already busy, so give them some time and patience if you plan to try soon!

ADDED SATURDAY: An update from proprietor Matt Parker:

As we continue to fine tune our process, and in order to give our customers the best food and experience, we are closed for lunch this weekend, and opening at 5:00 pm to 9pm. Additionally we will be closed this Monday for Presidents Day and then be open Tuesday normal business hours.

At this time we will not be taking phone or online orders until we work out some of these normal supply and demand issues. Give us a few weeks and will be good to go on multiple ordering and delivery options, but for now we want to focus our attention on our in-store guests.

Art, sweets, history, more for your West Seattle Thursday

February 13, 2020 11:06 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Great Blue Heron photographed at Constellation Park by David Hutchinson)

Highlights for the rest of your Thursday:

CHOCOLATE! 1:30-3 pm, chocolate and food pairings at Daystar Retirement Village (WSB sponsor). Call 206-937-6122 to see if a spot remains. (2615 SW Barton)

WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: 5 pm to “late,” as previewed last night. Here’s the map/venue list:

Also tonight:

WINE AND MACARONS: Galentine’s Night tasting, 6-9 pm at Sound and Fog. (4735 40th SW)

WORDS, WRITERS, SOUTHWEST STORIES: Love history? Don’t miss this talk by Philip Hoffman, author of “Town of Alki: Great Hopes & Fountainhead of Tears,” 6 pm at Southwest Library. (9010 35th SW)

OPEN MIC: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), open to musicians and singers of all genres. (5612 California SW)

THE SANDBOX: Funk/jazz improv at Parliament Tavern with Bob Heinemann, Joe Doria, Ben Bloom, and Grant Schroff, 9 pm. $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

AND MORE … see all our calendar listings here!

DEVELOPMENT: 3417 Harbor SW project’s Design Review Board meeting officially announced

10:20 AM: As we first reported last month, the 3417 Harbor SW apartment project is scheduled for its first Southwest Design Review Board meeting on March 5th, as confirmed by the city’s official announcement today. The description of the project has changed – now the city summarizes it as “an 8-story, 143-unit apartment building. Parking for 140 vehicles proposed.” That’s 3 more stories and twice the parking mentioned previously – we’re checking with the city on that, as the draft “packet” with the previous description is still the newest one on record. The meeting is at 6:30 pm March 5th at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon) in The Junction. The meeting will include a public-comment period, but if you can’t be there, you can also send in comments – today’s notice (PDF) explains how.

11:28 AM: The project’s assigned city planner Crystal Torres just replied to confirm the notice is wrong – “The description got mixed up with another project. The 5-story 140 units is still proposed. We are on it, and will re-notice.”

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch, with reminders

February 13, 2020 6:56 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)

6:56 AM: Good morning! No incidents/alerts so far. Reminders:

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


February 12, 2020 10:21 pm
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 |   Crime | West Seattle news

Just in from Marcinmaps:

Earlier this evening around 7pm someone broke into my garage off my alley on the 4400 block of 47th Ave SW by opening an unlocked window. Luckily my neighbor was in her kitchen and must have scared them off quickly. The cops took a look around the house and didn’t see anything else amiss, but still best for people around to keep an eye out.

UPDATE: Seattle Fire ‘full response’ in Alki – another false alarm

9:56 PM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” headed to a report of smoke from an apartment building at 53rd/Bonair (map). Updates to come.

9:59 PM: Another false alarm – first-arriving crew reports it was “steam from a dryer vent.”

THURSDAY: Heart-y West Seattle Art Walk on Valentine’s Eve

February 12, 2020 8:52 pm
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 |   West Seattle Art Walk | West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

Thursday night, you’re invited to enjoy the Valentine’s Eve West Seattle Art Walk – here’s the map and list of venues:

From the official preview, some highlights:

CHOCOLATE: The unofficial flavor of Valentine’s Day will pop up at several spots, including Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW; WSB sponsor) and Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor), with wine/chocolate pairings – and no tasting fee if you’re there for the Art Walk!

ADMIRAL DISTRICT: Second month of Admiral participation! See the venue map/list for participants,

ARBOR HEIGHTS: Brace Point Gallery welcomes Art Walk-ers – details here.

RACHEL AUSTIN AT CLICK! An Art Walk favorite will bring new work to Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) 5-8 pm. See an example above!

The West Seattle Art Walk happens every second Thursday at venues around the peninsula, 5 pm “until late”!

Summer concert dates, movie-series revival, and more @ Admiral Neighborhood Association

February 12, 2020 5:44 pm
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 |   Neighborhoods | West Seattle news

Toplines from last night’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting:

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: The lineup’s not finalized yet, but coordinator Stephanie Jordan says the dates are – July 16, 23, and 30,and August 6, 13, and 20.

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: ANA is looking at reviving the series; a committee is moving forward and hoping to show 6 movies on a schedule that would resemble the old one in July and August. Right now they have no set location and are looking at a few different places and studying each for logistics (adequate space, power supply, access). At this point no movies have been selected as the logistics are still being worked out.

BUSINESS SURVEY: The ANA’s planning another try at organizing local businesses. Rob Braby shared some numbers of note:

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WATER TAXI ALERT: Spirit of Kingston on West Seattle pm runs

February 12, 2020 4:33 pm
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 |   King County Water Taxi | Transportation | West Seattle news

4:33 PM: Just in from the King County Water Taxi: The smaller Spirit of Kingston is handling today’s PM runs, in place of Doc Maynard. (We’re checking to see if that’s expected to continue tomorrow.)

5:04 PM: Spokesperson Torie Rynning tells WSB, “We are hoping to have Doc Maynard back in service tomorrow morning if we can untangle the line wrapped around the propeller tonight.”

8:01 PM: Fixed, so Doc Maynard will be back in service tomorrow.

P.S. Holiday reminder – no Water Taxi service Monday, which is Presidents Day.

I-976 RULING: Not the final word, but a loss for opponents

The much-anticipated initial ruling on the Initiative 976 lawsuit is in – and King County Superior Court Judge Marshall Ferguson has rejected most of the arguments against the measure. But it’s not a full ruling, so the preliminary injunction keeping 976 on hold remains in effect. Here’s the ruling document (uploaded by independent city-focused news site SCC Insight), n which Ferguson writes, “To summarize, this order dismisses all but two of plaintiffs’ constitutional challenges to I-976.” The judge said, among other things, the plaintiffs didn’t meet the requirement of showing “beyond a reasonable doubt” that 976 violates the state constitution’s “single-subject rule” for initiatives. The plaintiffs include the city of Seattle. Here’s reaction from the mayor:

She is also on the Sound Transit Board, which was briefed after the November election about potential effects of 976 if it were upheld and implemented. Here’s our coverage of that meeting. The board was told that projects through 2024 were likely safe; the West Seattle-Ballard Link Extension, however, is scheduled for 2030 completion, and under a worst-case scenario, ST might have to consider canceling or delaying some projects. ST itself is not a party to the lawsuit and has kept WS light-rail planning on track despite the legislation.

ADDED 4:26 PM: And that will continue, ST spokesperson David Jackson told WSB when we asked if the agency had a comment on today’s ruling: “Sound Transit will continue to monitor the ongoing litigation while we advance our work on the projects and services voters have asked us to deliver.”

UPDATE: Short-lived fire callout at Delridge/Andover strip mall

3:32 PM: A Seattle Fire “full response” is arriving at the Delridge/Andover strip mall – home to Delridge Deli Mart, Subway, Uptown Espresso among other businesses – after dispatchers told them a caller reported “black smoke” from the building. First arrivals aren’t seeing it, though, so the response is downsizing.

3:37 PM: Apparently a complete false alarm – the call is now fully closed.

BIZNOTE: It’s BBQ Time in the Kitchen now open on Alki

As promised, It’s BBQ Time in the Kitchen opened today in the space that was, briefly, Alki Chicken and Waffles. As we reported two weeks ago, this was described as a merger – note the “Homestead Fried Chicken” on the new menu. The restaurant also sells BBQ by the pound – here’s the smoker:

Cocktails, wine, and beer, too. Hours are 9 am-9 pm, Wednesdays through Sundays, at 2738 Alki SW. It’s a spinoff of Portland catering company It’s BBQ Time, whose proprietor Dan Dyrdahl says he’s relocated here, with his mom managing the Portland operation.

No lunch at Alki Café today after early-morning building incident

Went over to check on Alki Café after an early-morning incident in its building add found it closed, no note on the door. As mentioned here earlier, SFD was called to the Alki Shores building (2724 Alki SW) just after 4 am. SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley tells WSB, “There was white smoke observed in the basement of the building, with power dimming to the building. Seattle City Light was called out to the scene. No reports of an active fire.”

7 for your West Seattle Wednesday!

(Anna’s Hummingbird, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WINE WEDNESDAY: Special $5 tasting at the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), 2-5 pm. (6000 16th SW)

DINE-OUT FUNDRAISER: 4-8 pm today, Chipotle in The Junction donates part of its proceeds to WSHS student government. (4730 California SW)

TRIANGLE MEGAPROJECT MEETING: 6 pm at Chaco Canyon Organic Café, meet wth the project team for the future 2-building, ~500-apartment project near Fauntleroy/Avalon. (3770 SW Alaska)

GROUP RUN + SPECIAL POST-RUN CLASS: Tonight at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), the free weekly group run at 6:15 pm will be followed by a special 7 pm class with Tamara at BendmMove a few doors down, $10, register here. (2743 California SW)

DENNY IMS PTSA MEETS IN HIGH POINT: Food at 6:30 pm, meeting at 7 pm – the Denny International Middle School PTSA meets this month at Neighborhood House High Point. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

MADISON MS PTSA MEETING + SEX AND TECH: 6:30 pm at Madison Middle School:

Following Madison’s brief PTSA general meeting on Wednesday, February 12th, Birds and Bees and Kids founder, author, and sexual health educator, Amy Lang, MA, will talk with parents about Sex and Technology. The meeting and talk will be from 6:30pm-8pm in the Madison library. All Madison families are welcome to attend. To learn more about Amy Lang and what she offers, read more on her birdsandbeesandkids website.

(3429 45th SW)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy, with immigration in the spotlight this month – see the agenda here. (9131 California SW)

EARLY ALERT: First seasonal celebration soon at Puget Ridge Edible Park

February 12, 2020 9:13 am
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 |   Gardening | Puget Ridge | West Seattle news | West Seattle parks

Set your calendar for 2-6 pm Sunday, March 1st, when you’re invited to join in the fun at Puget Ridge Edible Park (5265 18th SW). From Stu Hennessey:

Hello friends and neighbors.

The dark and short days are behind us and spring will be here soon. Even though, if you have not been to PREP lately, you may be surprised at the progress made over the winter months. As usual the first Sundays of the month, March-October, we invite the greater community and PREP family to join us in a celebration of nature and our methods of permaculture techniques and learning opportunities. March is the time to really get going on the cold-loving plants before it is too warm to enjoy them. Planting beds are being prepared for direct sowing and seedling plantings. Come see how to turn “overwhelming” invasive growth into a fertile and abundant food oasis.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch, with reminders

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

6:55 AM: Good morning! No incidents/alerts. Reminders:

EAST MARGINAL WAY INFO POP-UP, DAY 2: For a second day, SDOT plans an informational pop-up about the East Marginal Way safety project:

Thanks to Paul Dieter for the photo from Tuesday morning’s pop-up. Today, SDOT says, the pop-up will be “4:15 – 5:45 pm on S. Spokane St near the West Seattle Bridge.”

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

BASKETBALL: Postseason, night 2

February 11, 2020 11:56 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools | WS & Sports

One postseason high-school basketball game involving a local team tonight: The West Seattle High School girls’ season is over after a loss at Bainbridge HS. Final score: 59-52.

FOLLOWUP: How West Seattle Church of the Nazarene’s renovation/redevelopment plan is going, 6+ years later

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The siding work under way at the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene is no mere renovation project.

It’s another milestone in a project that dates back more than 6 1/2 years and has created homes for six more families.

While some West Seattle churches have sold their sites and moved or closed, this one was determined to find a way to stay and continue serving this community. To do that, they needed to fix up their century-old building, not only an eyesore from the outside, but deteriorating on the inside. With a double-digit congregation, they didn’t have deep pockets to dig into. So they came up with a plan we first wrote about in September 2013 – raise money by developing and selling six townhouses on part of church-owned open space known as “the park.”

After a complex process that included partnering with local developer Joe Paar and getting the land rezoned (before HALA MHA upzoned the area anyway), the townhouses are built – and sold – and the church renovations are under way, so we asked Church of the Nazarene pastor Shaun Mattson and associate pastor Terry Mattson to talk with us for an update.

The siding is not the first work to be done. They began with the parsonage – the small house south of the main building, where they live. “We never intended to be general contractors,” Shaun recalled, but working on the parsonage first gave them some experience, “to learn all the things we needed to know.” After new roofing, siding, windows, and interior renovations, they finished last fall, and moved on to the main church building.

Heating and electrical work was a major focus – the latter being in the elder Mattson’s wheelhouse, as he has experience working as an electrician. “It’s a new building, in terms of the electrical (system).”

A heat pump replaced the old oil-burning setup. Other work included a third-floor multipurpose room that can even be used as lodging for visitors on missions. There’s also the space they’ve been offering as a free drop-in playspace as part of their ministering to the community as a whole.

And the basement gathering space and kitchen have seen some work too.

On the exterior, the siding work started earlier this month and should take about three months total.

They were still evaluating paint colors when we spoke; an artist who has a studio at the church has been among the many people with a role in the project. And while the townhouses are built and almost all occupied – “we love our neighbors!” – there’s still some work to be done.

Much of that will include visual clarification of what remains “the park” – some lighting, some signage, a bench. And this summer, for the first time in a few years, the church plans to resume outdoor movies, another community ministry, as it were. For now, their portable screen is in the sanctuary:

Also inside, work that’s yet to be done includes the sanctuary’s windows – that will take another year or so.

But it wasn’t all talk of work – they voiced a lot of gratitude, especially to the wider community who welcomed the project and the plan to fix up the church: “This is theirs, too.”

REMINDER: Triangle megaproject ‘early design outreach’ meeting Wednesday

6:08 PM: Tomorrow brings the first public discussion of the biggest project since the city launched the Early Community Outreach for Design Review process – the early-stage plan for two mixed-use buildings with ~500 apartments on part of the Sweeney family’s land along Fauntleroy west of Avalon. (The official project addresses are 4440 Fauntleroy Way SW and 4406 36th SW.) The meeting’s at 6 pm Wednesday at nearby Chaco Canyon Organic Café (3770 SW Alaska); this stage of the process is generally informal and, as seen in the ECODR meetings we’ve covered, a good chance to truly talk with, more than listen to, the project team. No RSVP required.

9:33 PM: Checking the project’s files, we’ve found a few more details. Pre-application documents say the 4400 Fauntleroy site is envisioned so far as 215 apartments and 135 offstreet-parking spaces; the 4406 36th site, 285 and 185.

WHALES: Orcas passing West Seattle

February 11, 2020 5:03 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | Whales | Wildlife

(Photo by Kersti Muul)

5:03 PM: Just got word from Kersti Muul– “orcas visible from Alki, southbound, mid-channel” – let us know if you see them!

5:49 PM: Kersti says it appears to be the same transient orcas – the T46s – that visited on Sunday.

Light rail Q’s, but few A’s, @ Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council

For the first time since Sound Transit dropped the potential Pigeon Point tunnel from consideration, ST had reps at the Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council meeting on Monday night.

As with every appearance, they recapped how the project got to this particular point – that’s part of the slide deck above (also here in PDF). Many questions followed.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash at 35th/Raymond

Thanks to the texter who reported a 2-car crash blocking SW Raymond at 35th, by High Point Library. Police are just now being dispatched. No serious injuries reported.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Package taken, grab-and-run style

Last night at the Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council‘s meeting (full story to come), Southwest Precinct operations commander Lt. Steve Strand was asked how to prevent package theft. His reply: “Don’t have them delivered to your home!” The video above, sent by Chris, shows one more reason why: “Caught a porch pirate on video (Monday) stealing an Amazon package off my doorstep, around 15 minutes before I got home.” This happened in Gatewood, near 35th/Thistle; report # is 20-051869.