West Seattle, Washington
Another chapter in the long history of the development site centered on 3257 Harbor Avenue SW [map] – it’s back on the market, commercial real-estate listings show. We’ve written about it more than a few times over the past 15 years; it was once owned by disgraced developer Michael Mastro. The site subsequently has had multiple development proposals – in 2014, a mixed-use plan with 80+ apartments went into Design Review, and then two years later, that plan was scrapped and a 32-townhouse plan emerged. That plan went all the way through Design Review and land-use permitting but then went idle. Now the site’s on the market, with the plans for those 32 townhouses offered as part of the $5 million listing. A buyer could choose to start something else from scratch, as the townhouse project was approved under 40-foot zoning, and the site now has a 55-foot height limit.
We’re now six weeks away from the return of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – first one since 2019! If you’re planning a WSCGSD sale on Saturday, May 14, 2022 – second Saturday in May – registration starts this Monday (April 4th). Everyone who registers gets onto the map that’ll be part of the guide we create in clickable/printable formats, to be published a week in advance of the big day. Official WSCGSD hours on May 14th will be 9 am-3 pm as always, but as long as sellers cover that window, they can start earlier and/or end later if they choose – the added hours can be part of the sale description in the guide. Watch here on WSB for the announcement and link when registration starts Monday!
Today’s the day Deb Schwartzkopf has been working toward for a long time – the grand opening of Rain City Clay in Arbor Heights. As we first reported nine months ago, it’s an expansion for her, joining Rat City Studios in White Center. This is a big space that facilitates not just art but also classes. Lots of work space – here for example are kilns:
Today’s celebration is on until 7 pm – with tours, refreshments, and art to enjoy – you can see how Rain City Clay has been renovating the former Brace Point Pottery:
Live music, too, with the Bobby Medina Jazz Quartet:
Rain City Clay is in the heart of Arbor Heights, at 4208 SW 100th.
Two notes in West Seattle Crime Watch today:
ALKI SEARCH: Texters asked about a police search just off the Alki Avenue business district this morning.
Police at the scene told us it was a domestic-violence incident. The victim, they said, was going to be taken to the hospital for evaluation but was not believed to have major injuries. We haven’t been able to find out whether the suspect was found.
PACKAGE THEFT: From Adam:
I had a package stolen from our condo lobby (The Verge – 3213 Harbor Ave. SW) (Friday) afternoon. The package was delivered by the USPS at 2:32, and stolen 15/20 minutes later by what appears to be a delivery driver of some kind.
He was buzzed into the building and was carrying a large black duffel kept flat. He looks at the packages while waiting for the elevator, gets into the elevator when it arrives, then reaches out and picks up my package.
He leaves a few minutes later, with his duffel lighter (notice he is carrying it more upright and its less full than when he arrived), but seemingly still with my package from Revitalash.
The timestamp in the images is off by about 15-20 minutes, so we think this happened between 2:45 and 2:55 pm this afternoon (Friday, April 1st).
The package was addressed to Adam’s wife Jennifer.
Nine months after fire ravaged the Highland Park Improvement Club‘s building at 12th/Holden, it’s time for the next step toward rebuilding. You’re invited to the fourth Town Hall, online this Wednesday, as announced:
A schematic design for HPIC
At our fourth Virtual Town Hall, Architect Matt Wittman and his team will present schematic drawings for the rebuilding of HPIC. We thank all who have participated in helping us and the architectural team to envision the reborn HPIC, and we ask for your input again on this important step towards creating the HPIC that will rise from the ashes!
Wednesday, April 6
Please note the Town Hall begins at 6 pm – the Architect will be present from 6 to 7:30 pm and the call will continue beyond, if needed, to accommodate further questions and comments.
Scroll to the bottom of HPIC’s home page for the attendance link.
Seattle Parks and Recreation has launched a survey to gather community feedback on priorities for the next Park District six-year budget.
The Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners (BPRC) is charged with holding public meetings and making recommendations to the Superintendent of SPR for each six-year cycle of the Park District.
Starting in late March 2022, the BPRC is launching a public process to consider potential investments for Park District Cycle 2 (2023-2028), both at full board meetings and through more in-depth subcommittee discussions.
In 2014, Seattle voters approved the Seattle Park District providing SPR with funds to increase investment in maintenance, recreation affordability, park development, and supporting community programs.
The first six-year cycle of the Seattle Park District spanned 2015-2020. More information about accomplishments and lessons learned throughout Cycle 1 is available in the Cycle-End Report and associated Appendices.
In 2020, planning for Cycle 2 of the Seattle Park District was delayed twice due to uncertainties associated with the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic impacts. The City Council acting as the Park District Board passed annual budgets for the Park District in 2021 and 2022.
The survey, which runs through May 12th, asks a few questions about each of three areas on which the budget would focus – you can open each to at least skim over the indexes to see if that’s an area you’re interested in (for example, the first one, “Enhancing Access and Services,” includes off-leash areas among other things). Park District funding comes from property taxes approved by voters in 2014.
Here’s what’s happening as the first weekend of April begins:
ROAD-WORK REMINDERS: SDOT plans to work in multiple locations today:
Updating curb ramps on 45th Ave SW and SW Admiral Way. We may need to shift travel lanes slightly to complete this work, but the street will still be accessible to traffic.
–Making several pavement updates on 16th Ave SW in the Highland Park neighborhood, including such as:
–Installing crosswalks at 16th Ave SW and SW Myrtle St
–Installing pavement markings and crosswalks on 16th Ave SW between Cambridge St and Roxbury St
–Restoring the pavement markings at 16th Ave SW and SW Barton St
–Restoring pavement markings on West Marginal Way between 2nd Ave SW and Highland Park Way. We’ll also be installing reflectors on West Marginal Way to help with visibility on rainy days. This work will take multiple weekends to complete.
–Installing a speed hump and completing remaining construction activities on SW Webster St between 12th Ave SW and 15th Ave SW in Highland Park where we built a natural drainage system earlier this month. Traffic will still be allowed in both directions.
–Replacing overhead signs on West Marginal Way as it approaches the Chelan 5-way intersection and on the Fauntleroy Expressway just before the bridge onramp.
THREE COMMUNITY CLEANUPS: 7 am and 10 am on Alki, 10 am near 24th/Holden, volunteers welcome at all three – details in our preview.
CRUISE JOB FAIR: 10 am-1 pm at the port’s Duwamish River Community Hub (8600 14th Ave. S.) in South Park – details here.
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.
SOUTHWEST LITTLE LEAGUE JAMBOREE: Starts at noon at Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd) in White Center – details in our calendar listing.
VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)
WINE RELEASE: Viscon Cellars‘ (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) tasting room is open 1-6 pm, for tasting or by-the-glass/by-the-bottle wine, and there’s something special today – the release of ‘The Pendulum’ Merlot.
VACCINATION CLINIC: Seattle Public Schools students and staff are welcome at today’s 1-4 pm pop-up clinic at Roxhill Elementary (7740 34th SW). You can make an appointment by going here, though the announcement said walk-ins will be welcome.
OPEN MIC: Go perform at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), 6 pm!
REGGAE AT THE SKYLARK: Lion of Judah Band and Dub Lounge International, doors open at 7 pm. 21+. $10 cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
THEATER AT WSHS: “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” in person or livestreamed at West Seattle High School‘s theater (3000 California SW), 7:30 pm. Tickets and other info can be found here.
‘THIS GIRL …’ AT ARTSWEST: ArtsWest‘s 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.
DRAG SHOW AT ADMIRAL PUB: Tonight’s the night for Dolly Madison‘s show at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), 9 pm.
Something to add, for today/tonight or beyond? Email email@example.com – thank you!