West Seattle, Washington
WS got off to a fast start, putting up five runs in two innings, while Sealth brought in three, and kept working on a comeback, bringing the score to 5-4 after three innings. That’s when CS stalled out, with only one other run coming in the 7th, but by then WS had pulled way shead after putting up 7 runs in the middle innings.
Final score was West Seattle 12, Chief Sealth 5. The Wildcats advance in districts and will play Lake Washington at 3:30 pm Thursday (May 19th) at NCSWAC (2801 SW Thistle).
If you’re interested in running for office this year, this is the week to officially file to get onto the August primary ballot in King County. The only offices specific to West Seattle (and vicinity) this year are the three state-legislative positions for the 34th District. Two days in, here’s who has filed:
State Senate – incumbent Sen. Joe Nguyen (D)
State House Position 2 – incumbent Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D)
You’ll also be voting for the open King County Prosecuting Attorney seat (West Seattleite Leesa Manion and Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell have filed so far), U.S. Senate and U.S. House positions, Secretary of State, and a long list of city, county, and state judgeships – none of which has more than one filer so far.
This morning we described the 4508 California SW mixed-use project site as “about-to-start-demolition.” We had gone by at 9 am, looking at both sides of the site, and noting no heavy equipment in sight, so it didn’t seem like the teardown would start today. However, when we checked back tonight, we discovered demolition has indeed begun, from the alley, at the back of the former Kamei Japanese Restaurant.
(The building being demolished for redevelopment also was home to Lee’s Asian Restaurant and Naked Crepe.) No hint of the demolition from the front yet – just plywood and scaffolding. The project is planned as 7 stories, 58 residential units, 12 lodging units, 3,500+ square feet of commercial space, and 17 offstreet-parking spaces. Its owner/developer is longtime Junction entrepreneur Leon Capelouto, who also built two mixed-use buildings close to this site, the AJ at 42nd/Oregon and Altamira/Capco Plaza at 42nd/Alaska. We don’t have a recent timeline estimate but mixed-use projects of this scale usually take a year to a year and a half to build.
We’re days away from another spring/summer event that’s making a comeback this year: Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) will gather vendors, guides, and fly-fishing fans at Me-Kwa-Mooks Park on Saturday (May 21st) for EWA Summerfest. 9 am-3 pm, visit the park to try new rods and lines, see demonstrations (EWA proprietor Dave McCoy talks Puget Sound fly fishing at 10), and enjoy food that’ll put you in the mood for a fishing trip. Everything’s free but the food. Me-Kwa-Mooks is in the 4500 block of Beach Drive.
(WSB file photo, Lincoln Park wading pool)
Two weeks ago, we gave you a sneak peek at Seattle Parks‘ plans for summer swim season. At the time, they weren’t ready to announce the wading-pool schedule for this year, because of staffing concerns. Today, Parks formally announced most of the summer aquatics schedule, including the details we published in early May, but they say the wading-pool situation remains unsettled:
Our goal is to open as many wading pools as possible this summer, but we need wading attendants to make that happen. We plan to release the wading pool schedule in the next few weeks as we bring staff on board.
YOU CAN HELP! Apply to be a wading-pool attendant or share this opportunity family, friends, and neighbors.
Little ones love the cool, shallow water and your grown-up feet will too! We are currently determining which wading pool sites we can operate this summer. Wading pool schedules will be impacted by our ability to hire wading pool attendants.
West Seattle has four city-run wading pools – Delridge, Hiawatha, Lincoln Park, and EC Hughes – plus a spraypark at Highland Park Playground, which is unattended so not affected by the staffing crunch – it remains set to open May 28th.
Another of the vacant buildings/storefronts on our watch list is the former Swedish clinic at 3400 California SW, a building that’s become a much-tagged eyesore and more, with other problems such as the afternoon two weeks ago when an alarm sounded for hours. 14 months have passed since what’s now Virginia Mason Franciscan Health announced it would be taking over the building. At the time of that announcement in March 2021, VMFH said they expected to open the clinic in fall. But months have gone by with no sign of work, and vandals have abundantly and repeatedly tagged the building (our photo only shows part of it), inside the parking garage as well as on the exterior. One complaint filed with the city two weeks ago declares that the building is “becoming a neighborhood nuisance.” Crime concerns also were noted; last December, the vacant building was hit with what the police report estimated as a $250,000 burglary. Permit records were inconclusive regarding the status of the project, so we inquired with VMFH. After eight days, we received this reply attributed to the organization’s divisional real-estate director Wade Moburg:
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is committed to providing high-quality primary care, women’s health, laboratory and radiology services to West Seattle residents through our new clinic. We experienced some delays to our preliminary timeline and have not yet begun remodeling. However, we recently secured a building permit from the city and hope to begin construction in the near future. We will share more information as it’s available and look forward to serving the community in our new space.
VMFH did not comment on the current state of the building, which it does not own; county records show the owner is an investment firm with an address in Edmonds. The Seattle Municipal Code says property owners are liable for removing graffiti. City records show three complaints about the state of the building filed in the past two months, consolidated with the current status “under investigation.”
You can dine, dance, learn, and enjoy entertainment this Saturday night (May 21st) while giving a boost to the many programs under the wings of DNDA. Here’s the reminder we just received:
Join DNDA to awaken new possibilities in support of art, nature, and neighborhood, as community members come together to raise funds and support DNDA’s programs in SW Seattle. Destination Delridge: Awaken is this Saturday, May 21st at DNDA’s Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. The event will generate proceeds to sustain DNDA’s low-income housing facilities, youth arts and educational programs, and environmental restoration efforts in Southwest Seattle.
Destination Delridge: Awaken
Saturday, May 21
6 pm Doors | 7 pm Dinner | 8 pm Dancing
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW
Tickets available here
Delicious food and drink will be provided by Chef Mulu Abate of Phresh Eats, and entertainment includes live music from Goody Bagg and Sabyu, live painting by Cleopatra Cutler, poetry from Jamaar Smiley, an intergenerational dance performance from Northwest Tap, an aerial performance by Gabby Leiva, and a dance party with KEXP’s DJ Toya B.
“Not only is Destination Delridge a great party featuring stellar performances,” said DNDA Executive Director David Bestock, “it’s rooted in our community and is an important event to sustain all of our innovative art, nature, and neighborhood programming.”
Destination Delridge attendees will mix, minglem, and learn about DNDA’s exciting programs, such as the Restorative Justice program for students at Interagency Academy, Seattle Public School’s alternative high school. Testimonials from DNDA’s other programs, such as the Summer Youth Program and Urban Forest Restoration Program, will be interweaved throughout the event as well.
Guests will engage in interactive art, a raffle, wine ring toss, a raise-the-paddle, and an online silent auction, with all proceeds benefitting DNDA’s programs and the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.
Tickets for the event can be purchased through the organization’s website. For more information, call the DNDA office at 206-935-2999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After Village Woodworks closed at 4538 California SW in The Junction three and a half months ago, the property owners told us they hadn’t decided what to do with the space – whether to find a new tenant or pursue redevelopment. Signs that just went up reveal their decision: The 5,426-square-foot space is available for lease. The listing is short on verbiage, simply noting the building’s location on “the premier retail corridor in West Seattle.” Village Woodworks had been there for 25 years. That side of the 4500 block of California SW has several other spaces in transition, including the Campbell Building‘s for-sale listing (asking price has since dropped from $6 million to $5 million) and the about-to-start-demolition project at the former Lee’s/Kamei/Naked Crepe spaces.
Here’s what’s happening in the hours ahead:
DINE-OUT BENEFITS: As previewed here, five West Seattle food/beverage establishments are donating part of their proceeds to school fundraisers today/tonight:
–Ampersand Café, 6 am-3 pm, 2536 Alki Avenue SW, donating part of today’s proceeds benefiting Alki Co-op Preschool.
–Bebop Waffle Shop (7 am-3 pm, 2600 California SW), Circa (9 am-10 pm, 2605 California SW), Mission Cantina (4 pm-10 pm, 2325 California SW) are all donating part of the proceeds today/tonight to the West Seattle High School Class of 2024 “Dine-Out Day” fundraiser.
–Mioposto, open 4-9 pm at 2139 California SW, is donating part of today’s proceeds to support Madison Middle School Music.
LOW-LOW TIDE: It’ll be way out, to -3.5 feet, at 12:27 pm.
DEMONSTRATION FOR BLACK LIVES: The regular 4:30-6 pm demonstration at 16th/Holden takes on extra meaning this week after the racist massacre in Buffalo, NY, and organizers invite more people to join them, even for a short time, to show support, as explained here. Signs available if you don’t have your own.
LEVY FEEDBACK: An in-person meeting at the Bethaday Community Learning Space in White Center (605 SW 108th), 5:30 pm, is being convened to get your feedback on the King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy. Here’s how to RSVP.
‘SAVE THE YEN WOR’ CONCERT: Doors at 6 pm, Brent Amaker and The Rodeo at 10 pm – rescheduled concert to raise money for the family that owns and operates the Yen Wor (2300 California SW), as explained in our calendar listing.
TOASTMASTERS 832: The club focuses on public speaking and communication tonight at its 6:30 pm online meeting. Our calendar listing has RSVP info.
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!
6:01 AM: Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, May 17th.
The National Weather Service predicts another partly sunny day, possibly a bit warmer – yesterday’s high was 60, today’s high could get into the mid-60s.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES
Metro is on its regular weekday schedule, but watch @kcmetroalerts for word of reroutes/trip cancellations.
Ferries: WSF continues on the two-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Check here for alerts/updates.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
785th 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.