West Seattle, Washington
We’re now four days away from the planned return of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, with more than 300 sales of all sizes registered for Saturday (May 14th), as shown on the map. Before we get to tonight’s featured list, a word about the weather. Yes, right now the forecast suggests rain is likely on Saturday. In 17 years, we’ve never had a rainout on WSCGSD; not to say it’s been completely dry – one year had some morning showers, but sellers and buyers carried on. So this has been an implicit “rain or shine” event, though we’ve never explicitly stated that (unlike the Garage Sale Day that inspired WSCGSD’s founders, in Phinney/Greenwood, where the registration form does declare it “will be held rain or shine”). Regardless, Tuesday is too early for the Saturday forecast to be locked in, especially in this unusual spring, where almost every day starts with a partly-to-mostly cloudy forecast, yet the sun often manages to break through in a big way.
Meantime, after rolling out the benefit-sales list last night, tonight we’re featuring business sales:
#4 – Wanderlust Nursery (plants)
#8 – David Robertson Design (staging company)
#97 – Hotwire Coffee (hosting multiple sellers)
#108 – Click! Design That Fits (loft sale)
#156 – Freshy’s (hosting multiple sellers)
#252 – C & P Coffee Company (hosting arts/crafts sale)
#253 – Thunder Road Guitars (annual WSCGSD sale)
#291 – Heartbeet/Youngstown Coffee (used restaurant items)
More WSCGSD news tomorrow, and see the map page for late updates to the list.
7:59 PM: SFD has sent a “scenes of violence” response to a report of a possible shooting victim in the 2500 block of Harbor Avenue SW. Police are there investigating. Updates to come.
8:02 PM: So far officers are telling dispatch that this appears to be unfounded – a report of a “flash” was instead a motorcyclist clipping an RV and causing sparks. (added) The SFD response has been canceled.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
While the Westside Awards are presented by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the words of gratitude from this year’s recipients make it clear that the awards are more about community than commerce – while embodying how the two are intertwined.
The winners were honored at the first in-person Westside Awards breakfast since 2019, held this morning at a new venue, the Brockey Center at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge.
Speaking toward a sea of tables, WSCC executive director Whitney Moore noted the Chamber’s membership now stands at 231. She yielded the podium to emcee Brian Callanan, longtime local broadcast journalist who’s with the Chamber as director of the annual Loop the ‘Lupe event in West Seattle (June 4th this year).
The four winners, chosen by the WSCC from community nominations (here’s the full list of those), were announced last month – but this was everyone’s chance to see, hear, and applaud them.
Last night we published Stephen‘s reader report about his car getting spattered by concrete and rocks while he was driving under the west end of the West Seattle Bridge on Monday afternoon. Others reported in comments that it had happened to them, We asked SDOT about it this morning. This afternoon, we have their reply:
Yesterday, crews were grinding the bridge deck in preparation of the concrete overlay coming to the Fauntleroy Expressway. The grinding machine removes old concrete and preps the surface for paving and sprays water while it’s working to keep dust under control. Unfortunately, [it] went deeper than expected, and a combination of the existing concrete and water dripped through the bridge deck and onto the ground and some cars below. Initial inspections show no serious damage to the bridge structure or deck that won’t be fixed when the new pavement is laid.
If someone believes their private property – including their vehicle – was damaged, then they can file a damage claim with the city through our online portal at Filing a Damage Claim | seattle.gov. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused for anyone who has been affected.
The Fauntleroy Expressway is the formal name of the west end of the bridge, before and as it curves up toward Fauntleroy Way.
ADDED: In response to a followup question, SDOT spokesperson Mariam Ali said the problem was caused by failure of a “sensor,” which has since been replaced.
Last October, we brought you first word that West of Chicago Pizza Company planned to move from its Delridge kitchen to a sit-down space in The Triangle, 3770 SW Alaska, formerly home to Chaco Canyon Organic Café. This week West of Chicago announced that the “last day of operation at the Delridge location will be Sunday, May 29th” and that the deep-dish pizza place “anticipates opening our doors at the new location somewhere around the end of June and the beginning of July.” (Thanks to Greg for the tip.)
Two major developments in the ongoing plan to replace the Fauntleroy ferry terminal/dock:
ALTERNATE LOCATIONS DISCARDED: Above is the WSF recording of last Wednesday’s Community Advisory Group meeting for the project. One major development – the possible alternative locations proposed in the early going are not going to advance to the next level of review. So what they’re looking at is what could be built in the same location – a same-size dock, a larger dock, etc. Still under consideration are possible offsite holding areas, coupled with a new dock in the same location. Here’s the slide deck with highlights including the list of which alternatives are advancing and which are not.
COMMUNITY MEETINGS: WSF has just formally announced the next round of community meetings, plus an upcoming “online open house,” as your chance to find out where the planning is at and share your thoughts. The online open house is set for May 18th through June 13th – no link yet; the community meetings will be held online, noon-1:30 pm May 24th and 6-7:30 pm May 25th. WSF says both meetings will cover the same information; register to attend by going here for May 24th, here for May 25th.
Two development notes this norning:
4508 CALIFORNIA SW: Going through The Junction this morning, we noticed crews putting up scaffolding in front of the three vacated business spaces that comprise this about-to-be-built mixed-use building, indicating demolition is approaching. When approved in 2019, the project was described as 58 apartments, 12 lodging units, 17 underground parking spaces, and ground-floor commercial space; other details are in our coverage of its final design review. This will be the first construction project on California SW in the heart of The Junction since the two projects built last decade one block south.
3201 SW AVALON WAY: This week’s first city-circulated Land Use Information Bulletin brought word of a key land-use approval for this 8-story, 144-unit mixed-use building with 70 off-street parking spaces, proposed to replace the Golden Tee Apartments. Project details are in our coverage of its final design review last September. This approval opens an appeal window – deadline to file one would be May 23rd; the official notice explains how.
Here’s what’s happening in the hours ahead:
CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE: The Public Safety and Human Services Committee meeting that starts at 9:30 am includes possible votes on proposals related to police hiring. You can watch via Seattle Channel.
DEMONSTRATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE: 4:30-6 pm at 16th/Holden, Scott leads this long-running weekly demonstration for racial justice. Signs available if you don’t have your own.
SOUND TRANSIT COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP: 5 pm online, the advisory group for the Duwamish/West Seattle leg of the light-rail expansion meets for the final time. Find the viewing link here.
CAMP SECOND CHANCE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: 6 pm online, this is the monthly opportunity for questions and comments about West Seattle’s only city-sanctioned tiny-house encampment. Participation info is in our calendar listing.
FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW) and online, the monthly FCA board meeting welcomes community members. Here’s the agenda; here’s how to register to attend.
BELLE OF THE BALLS BINGO: Play bingo with Cookie Couture at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 8 pm. Free, all ages!
See more on our calendar – and if you have something to add for the future, please email us the info at email@example.com – thank you!
So many of the remembrances we published these past two years ended with the promise that a celebration of life would be scheduled at a later date. One such was that of Ralph L. Heitt, remembered here in April of last year. Now we have an update on plans for a gathering: “A memorial/celebration of Ralph’s life will be held at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 1501 32nd Ave S., Seattle, on May 28th, 2022 at 11 am.”
6 AM: Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, May 10th.
The National Weather Service predicts a partly sunny day, high in the 50s.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES
Metro is on its regular weekday schedule, but watch @kcmetroalerts (new account) for word of reroutes/trip cancellations.
Check the West Seattle Water Taxi status here.
Ferries: WSF continues using the two-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Check here for alerts/updates.
STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT
Mariners are again home vs. Philadelphia at 6:40 pm.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
778th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
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.)
1st Avenue South Bridge:
South Park Bridge:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.