West Seattle, Washington
Three quick updates tonight:
4022 BEACH DRIVE: Almost a month after the heavy equipment showed up at this redevelopment site, demolition was finally under way when we passed by this morning. As we noted in February, the 107-year-old house is to be replaced by four townhouses, each with a one-car garage.
1116 ALKI: The official notices went up this week for the upcoming Southwest Design Review Board meeting we told you about three weeks ago, the board’s first look at the proposal for 1116 Alki SW. The meeting date and time are the same – Thursday, April 7, 5 pm, online – and the link for participating in the meeting (which will include a public-comment period) is now available here. Though the city description calls the proposal a ’65-unit apartment building,” project materials online describe it simply as “residential” and include potential configurations that could have fewer units. This project is planned for a site that currently holds six houses.
2516 ALKI: The building that includes Duke’s Seafood Restaurant on Alki (WSB sponsor) has a new owner. An investment firm just bought it for $4.8 million, according to online records. The seller was a company to which Duke’s owner had sold it in 2015 for $3.3 million. Records show the new owners are part of an Eastside firm that has at least one other property in West Seattle, the Westwood Vista apartments just south of Westwood Village. According to a news release from the brokers who handled the recent sale, Duke’s has a “long-term lease” in the building, which also has a top-floor residential unit. There is no redevelopment proposal for the site currently, but it’s zoned for 4-story mixed-use.
Throughout the pandemic, Alki UCC has continued collecting donations for neighbors in need. Its next drive is tomorrow (Sunday, March 20th) – here’s what they’re looking for:
Alki UCC Food/Men’s Casual Clothing/Winter Gear Donations Drive
Sunday, March 20
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
6115 SW Hinds
As always, we welcome non-perishable food and hygiene items to be distributed through the White Center Food Bank.
The WSFB reprises its recent urgent call for Similac baby formula to replace stock lost due to a recall.
Other priority donations include: rice (white rice, basmati, jasmine, Thai sticky rice, etc.); sugars (white or brown); and oil — ideally containers that are 5 pounds or less (not bulk).
The Westside Interfaith Network (WIN), our other donations-drive partner, is especially low on blankets, backpacks, and sleeping bags to help keep our unsheltered neighbors warm and dry. We also welcome donations of clean men’s casual/work clothing and new men’s socks.
Many thanks to our generous community for supporting our neighbors in need.
Thanks to Chris for the tip! Banners in the windows on the corner of 61st/Alki reveal what’s next for the restaurant space that most recently held the No-Name Diner. We reported on its closure four weeks ago (that story includes the list of seven restaurants that had been in the 2738 Alki SW space since Alki Bakery‘s abrupt closure 11 1/2 years ago). At the time of No-Name’s closure, its post said its chef was planning an “entirely new concept” for the space, but now the Kent-based food truck Fire Tacos says it’s moving in, continuing the recent trend of mobile food providers going bricks-and-mortar. Fire Tacos specializes in tacos de birria and explains online that “Birria is a Mexican stew made with meat (beef, lamb, goat) braised in an adobo, flavored with dried chiles and herbs. Garnished with cilantro, onion and lime.” Fire Tacos’ truck opened in fall 2020. We have an inquiry out in hopes of finding out more.
Thanks to Karen for sending the photo! Amid the unsettled weather mixing sun and showers, sailboats were in view off Duwamish Head. While the U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners shows several races/regattas around Puget Sound today, the only one listed in this area is the Corinthian Yacht Club‘s Center Sound Series Race #2. Third race in the series is in two weeks, on April 2nd.
ADDED: Another photo, sent by Stephen:
Another kind of recycling happening now – the CommUNITY Yard Sale in the lot between Southwest Teen Life Center and Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle). The weather’s unsettled but the sale has canopies, so take advantage of the sunbreaks and head over to check it out before 4 pm. SWTLC is gearing up more in-person events this spring – more on that later this weekend.
As always, recycling/shredding is popular – this year’s first West Seattle event has a big turnout. We just went over to the north lot at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) for a look.
Organizers didn’t have a master count yet but our informal look at tally sheets suggested at least 200 cars in the first hour; commenters on our morning-preview post mentioned a long line in the early going, and cars stretched back to the south entrance when we arrived in the area around 10 am. Once you get onto the campus, the line splits into two.
Some people parked on 16th SW north of the campus and walked their items in. This continues until noon, provided the trucks don’t all fill up!
Here’s what they’re accepting, while there’s capacity. The event is a collaboration between the West Seattle Junction Association, the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and Seattle Public Utilities. If you miss this, Fauntleroy Church‘s first 2022 Recycle Roundup, also a dropoff event, is scheduled for 9 am-3 pm Sunday, April 24th.
Biggest Saturday lineup in a long time – here’s what’s happening on the last full day of winter:
ROAD-WORK REMINDERS: Two SDOT projects today – traffic camera installations until about 1 pm at two Highland Park Way SW intersections, 2nd SW and West Marginal Way SW, and paving on Marine View Drive between SW 104th St and SW 106th St., 7:30 am-3:30 pm.
METRO ‘SERVICE CHANGE’: Today’s one of the two occasions per year when Metro makes schedule tweaks. Since our original preview, Metro has announced that Saturday service is returning to Route 125. Also, here’s the updated page where you can check if any trips on your route(s) have been canceled.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES, FINAL WEEKEND: Find local Scouts out selling cookies today, second-to-last day for cookie booths – use the lookup.
RECYCLE/REUSE/SHRED EVENT: 9 am-noon, dropoff event in the north lot at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) – our calendar listing has details including the list of what items will be accepted.
JET CITY BEIGNET POP-UP: 9 am-noon, get Jet City Beignet‘s signature sweet treats and coffee at their “ghost kitchen,” 4611 36th SW.
LOVELY & DAPPER DESSERTS POP-UPS: Two chances to get their famous mini-cakes, a St. Patrick’s Day version – 9:30 am-1:30 pm at Delridge Grocery Co-op (5444 Delridge Way SW), 6-9 pm at Good Society (California/Lander).
MARGINAL MARCH MADNESS: Join your West Seattle neighbors in this two-hour cleanup with various meeting spots, 10 am-noon – details here.
COMMUNITY YARD SALE: 10 am-4 pm, group sale at Southwest Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle).
STUDIO ART SALE: 10 am-4 pm at West Seattle Church of the Nazarene (4201 SW Juneau), artist Magdaléna Cooney is hosting a sale.
LIVE MORNING MUSIC AT C & P COFFEE: 10:30 am-noon, Marco de Carvalho and Friends perform at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor). No cover.
VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)
BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING: 1-4 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Walmesley Center (3410 SW Myrtle), learn how to not just silently stand by if you witness bias/harassment – info’s in our calendar listing.
WINE TIME: Viscon Cellars‘ (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) tasting room is open 1-6 pm, for tasting or by-the-glass/by-the-bottle wine.
WHITE CENTER PUB CRAWL: Starting at 4 pm, benefiting the next White Center Block Party – details, and how to get your ticket, are in our calendar listing.
LIVE ONLINE BIDDING BENEFITING THE BRIDGE SCHOOL: 6 pm, live event wraps up a week of silent-auction bidding for The Bridge School (WSB sponsor) – register here to be part of it.
OPEN MIC: Go perform at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), 6 pm!
LIVE EVENING MUSIC AT C & P COFFEE: 7-9 pm, Roo Forrest and Friends perform at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor). No cover.
THEATER: ArtsWest‘s new play “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” continues tonight, 7:30 pm, in the theater at 4711 California SW. Tickets available here.
BENT NOT BROKEN, BENEFITING THE SKYLARK: 8 pm, local band Bent Not Broken plays a benefit show at, and for, The Skylark, all ages until 10, then 21+. $10 donation suggested. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
DRAG SHOW: Tonight’s the night for Dolly Madison‘s show at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), 9 pm.
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