West Seattle, Washington
As mentioned in our report on September’s Fauntleroy Community Association meeting, the group has been planning a conversation about Fauntleroy traffic issues. Now we have the announcement, including how you can contribute questions:
A local Fauntleroy traffic-issues meeting will be held virtually October 12th, from 7 to 9 PM, with members of SDOT, Seattle Police Department’s Southwest Precinct, Seattle Police Traffic Division, and City Councilmember Lisa Herbold’s office.
This meeting stems from the most recent survey conducted by the FCA, in which traffic issues such as speeding, noise, pedestrian safety, and neighborhood cut-throughs were the number one concern of the Fauntleroy community. We request that community members submit questions, concerns, recommendations, and, importantly, issues with specific streets and cross-streets where the issues exist to firstname.lastname@example.org by the close of business October 8 [this Friday]. Questions will be compiled so they may be addressed by the attendees.
Registration is required to attend next Tuesday’s meeting – go here.
Thanks to commenter Mem for pointing this out: 9059 16th SW, the abandoned commercial building gutted by fire nine days ago, went up for sale days later. It’s listed online at the asking price of almost $700,000. The listing says:
Builder’s Alert!! 4923 SF lot zoned LR3 in prime south Delridge located on main thoroughfare of 16th Ave SW. Value in the land. Possible 4 units. Corner Lot. New 24 townhouse project one block to the south. Walking distance new restaurants and amenties of White Center. Close to freeways to downtown/Seatac airport. Fire to duplex-tear down. Property sold in “as is” condition.
SFD said the fire’s cause could not be determined because the building was unsafe to enter; they referred it to SPD investigators, who, when last we checked, had nothing to report.
Two West Seattle Crime Watch items:
RESIDENCE HIT BY GUNFIRE: Seattle Police report that this happened around 7:15 pm Monday in the 7100 block of 34th SW. Someone “fired at least one round from an area near a city park. That round struck a home, narrowly missing the resident. It is believed the suspect was firing at a vehicle nearby and the house was not the target.” The brief report doesn’t say which park, but the location is less than a block south of Walt Hundley Playfield. That’s the second time in a week that gunfire has hit a West Seattle residence; the other happened last Thursday night near 49th and Charlestown.
HIT-AND-RUN: This happened more than two weeks ago; we received the report and photo today from Cyrus:
My car was totaled by a hit and run driver at 3 am on September 18th. Parked just south of Harbor West condo, 3717 Beach Drive. Car was pushed into the street and police had it towed to a Shoreline impoundment lot as my phone was off so they couldn’t contact me. Given that it was parked facing south, the driver crossed the center line and struck it head on. I’m guessing it was street racers or a drunk. High rate of speed as frame and engine were bent. No witnesses or evidence.
If you have any information, the SPD incident number is 21-246508.
Registration is open for this year’s West Seattle Monster Dash Virtual 5K and in-person Kids’ Dash:
Monster Dash Virtual 5K
Benefitting South Seattle Cooperative Preschools
October 15-24, 2021
Register here (runsignup.com)
Join Monster Dash enthusiasts from all over the globe as they participate virtually in this year’s 10th Annual Event. Participants can complete the Virtual 5K wherever and whenever they like! 5K registration includes a t-shirt featuring our iconic Monster.
Here’s info on the in-person event, also a benefit for the co-op preschools:
Monster Dash Kids Dash & T-Shirt Pick-Up
Saturday, October 23, 2021
10 am – 1 pm
White Center Co-op Preschool
10806 12th Avenue SW
Come race around our Monster track, create Halloween arts and crafts, and pick up your Monster Dash t-shirt. Wear your costume and pose in front of our photo booth! Kids Dash registration includes a t-shirt featuring our iconic Monster.
(Same registration link.)
Thanks to Rose for the photo and report: “On Delridge on-ramp a tree has fallen. It is completely blocking. A crew is working on it right now but bike commuters will likely have to head towards Chelan Cafe and head south from there.”
3:40 PM: Rose sends word that SDOT has finished clearing the path.
Thanks to the Madison Middle School parent who forwarded this, suggesting “a shoutout for anyone in our community that would love to help some eager kids play Ultimate Frisbee ASAP”:
Madison had over 100 students turn out for Ultimate Frisbee last week. This is exciting news!
At this time we have two coaches and are seeking parent or community member volunteers to sign up and help on the field during practices and games. Practice days are Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-5:30 pm and games are on Saturdays. Email Madison’s Athletic Director and Assistant Principal, Eric Marshall at email@example.com and sign up using the link below to be an Ultimate Frisbee volunteer.
Madison staff members will help supervise practice while we recruit and clear volunteers. No students will be cut at this time and we will continue to follow SPS health and safety guidelines.
Here’s how to become an athletic volunteer This is different than being a general volunteer. There are different health and safety requirements to be on the field with students: Copy and paste into your browser this link: schooljobs.com/careers/seattleschools/jobs/349379/athletics-volunteer-coach/apply
Back when SDOT closed the Andover pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the west end of the West Seattle Bridge two months ago, citing community-safety concerns among other things, they noted that the bridge would be closing soon for its seismic retrofit anyway. That construction was expected to start in September. So, now that September’s over, we wondered why the project hadn’t started yet. The reply from SDOT spokesperson Ethan Bergerson:
We will start construction as soon as we receive the necessary materials. We ordered the equipment but still have not been given an exact delivery estimate from our supplier. Unfortunately, the kinds of transportation equipment and building materials necessary for this project have been subject to the same global supply chain issues which have affected many different kinds of industries. Once we know a target date of when construction will start, we will let you know.
Once that $1.9 million project starts, it’s expected to last about three months.
Thanks to Jim Borrow for sending the photo! That’s the Galloway Express, seen off West Seattle a few hours ago, headed southbound to Olympia. It’s a livestock carrier, built in China for the Dutch shipping company Vroon. (For our fellow maritime geeks, here are its specs.) According to MarineTraffic.com, the Galloway Express’s last port of call was Oita, Japan, which is known for, among other things, Wagyu beef. But Olympia also has exported cattle, too; we’re checking with the port to see if they have details on this voyage.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
NORTHWEST SEAPORT ALLIANCE: Regular monthly meeting of the managing members (Seattle and Tacoma port commissioners) – public online session starts at 11 am; here’s the agenda, with viewing info.
DEMONSTRATION: The weekly event organized by Scott:
Black Lives Matter sign-waving – 4:30 to 6 pm, corner of 16th SW and SW Holden
Come build awareness & stimulate actions to tear down the systems that have oppressed Black lives for over 400 years on this continent. Hold signs, meet neighbors, and stand for racial justice. Scott at Puget Ridge Cohousing, endorsed by Hate-Free Delridge. Signs available.
LIVE MUSIC: 6 pm at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way).
WEST SEATTLE TOASTMASTERS 832: 6:30 pm online meeting, offering you a chance to “practice speaking, communication, and leadership skills in a positive, supportive environment.”
TRIVIA & TACOS: 7 pm Tuesdays at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
ONLINE CANDIDATE FORUM: 7:30 pm, you’re invited to the next candidates’ forum for Seattle Mayor, co-presented by the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County; the forum also features candidates for Seattle School Board Position 4, which (along with two other school-board seats) will be voted on citywide in the general election, Go here for info on how to participate/watch.
Are we missing something for today/tonight? Text our hotline – 206-293-6302; for event listings further down the road, email firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Family and friends will gather Sunday to celebrate the life of Leslie W. Lynch. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:
Leslie Walter Lynch passed away on May 11, 2021, surrounded by loved ones.
He was an (almost) lifelong resident of West Seattle, eldest child of Dixie Fisher and Leslie Lynch, big brother to James, Michael, Julie, Patrick, and Sean. Les attended WSHS, Class of ’69, and began his career with Seattle City Light in 1981. Les and Joyce (Armitstead) married in 1981 and he became a proud father to Ryan, Erin, and Kelli. Les was also a loving uncle to James Lynch and Travis and Leslie Greenfield.
He enjoyed being a member of the local community and utilized his passion for sports by coaching soccer and little league baseball for many years. A lover of animals and children, he enjoyed spending time with his great-niece and -nephews Brooklyn, MJ, Logan, and Liam and being surrogate “Grumpa” to Micheal. Les was elated about the arrival of his own grandchild as Ryan and Jutarat welcomed Marshawn Lynch to the family in March 2021. Les was loved by many and will be remembered for his big heart and bawdy sense of humor.
There will be a celebration of life event on Sunday, October 10th, 2021 at the Auburn Community & Event Center from 1 pm-5 pm; all who knew him are invited to attend. Masks will be required and vaccines appreciated.
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to email@example.com)
6:03 AM: Good morning!
Rain and wind are expected today..
26th SW – The closure between Roxbury and Barton has now shifted to the southbound side.
15th SW – Also as part of the RapidRide project, southbound 15th is closed at Roxbury for underground utility work.
Delridge project – Major work is done; look for our update today/tonight
The fall “service change” happened Saturday, so various West Seattle changes are in effect, including the return of Routes 22 and 113. Also keep in mind the rerouting in RapidRide H Line work zones – on 26th and 15th SW in particular. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of canceled trips.
For ferries and water taxis, regular schedule today. Note that, as announced Monday, there will be NO West Seattle Water Taxi service this Saturday and Sunday, Watch @wsferries for ferry updates.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
560th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here are views of other bridges and routes:
Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras remain in use; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends; the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Access applications are available here for some categories of drivers.)
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way: (Note: If these next two cameras still appear frozen in date, please report to SDOT at 206-684-ROAD)
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
The 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):
For the South Park Bridge (map), here’s the nearest camera:
Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.