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Does the draft ‘One Seattle Plan’ envision enough housing? That question takes centerstage at West Seattle open house

(WSB photos. Above, One Seattle Plan project manager Michael Hubner addresses attendees)

By Sean Golonka
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

About 80 West Seattle residents and others came together at Chief Sealth International High School tonight for an open house on the draft One Seattle Plan — a wide-ranging update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan for growth and development that several attendees expressed concerns over as insufficient to address the city’s dire housing needs.

“I feel like it’s been underwhelming,” said John Doherty, a 28-year-old software engineer who lives in West Seattle. “We need more growth in the city.”

Doherty and others attending the open house, the fourth of eight the city has planned to gather feedback on the once-in-a-decade update to its Comprehensive Plan, echoed a concern shared throughout Seattle neighborhoods: that the city is in a housing crisis, and more must be built to meet the needs of its residents.

Michael Hubner, project manager for the One Seattle Plan with the Office of Planning and Community Development, highlighted the stakes of the plan as city officials embark on an effort to reshape Seattle’s growth over the next 20 years.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen blue Highlander

The report and photo were sent tonight by Chelsea:

Our car was stolen today from in front of our house – a blue Highlander, license plate BKT2250. 36th SW in the Hansen View neighborhood.

That’s southwest of The Mount (which is in the 4800 block of 35th SW). Call 911 if you see it.

ADDED: SPD incident # is 24-090308.

UPDATE: Rescue response for 30th/Barton crash

7:26 PM: Seattle Fire has a “rescue extrication” response at 30th and Barton, reporting it’s a three-vehicle crash, one flipped and one person trapped.

7:31 PM: SFD says firefighters got the person out safely and that three people are hurt, no major injuries.

8:14 PM: Added photo, originally posted by Heather in a comment.

ADDED THURSDAY MORNING: Here’s what SFD spokesperson David Cuerpo tells us about the people who were hurt:

Crews treated the following patients:

-35-year-old female who was in stable condition. She was transported to Harborview via AMR.

-57-year-old male who was safely extricated from their vehicle and was in stable condition. He declined transportation to a hospital and was left with Seattle Police.

-A third person reported no injuries and declined medical evaluation.

BIZNOTES: In Pizza We Crust (updated), Lotus on the Beach

Two food biznotes tonight:

(Photo sent by Joel)

IN PIZZA WE CRUST: Thanks to everyone who sent photos of the signage that’s popped up in the windows at 3207 California SW, where The Swinery recently closed. It’ll become home to the wood-fired pizza of In Pizza We Crust, which you can currently find in the U District, a family business whose backstory is here. We have messages out to find out more about their West Seattle plan.

ADDED THURSDAY MORNING: Just heard back from In Pizza We Crust’s Stephanie Tran. She tells us:

We have acquired the location, where we will settle our new business venture. We are a family-run business with our three sons and started out as a food truck doing wood-fired pizza with a semi-permanent location in Bellevue for 6 years. We have also done many offsite events like concerts, festivals and many private parties, just to name a few. Our goal is to continue our food truck business, as we already have a summer filled calendar this year. Our food truck business is on pause for now until we are able to open the shop on California Ave. We have some permits that will take up to 60 days once plans are submitted so our open date is still tbd, but hoping for early June if all goes well! The biggest change to the ex-Swinery location will be changing the BBQ pit area in the courtyard to a dome brick oven. The second largest change will be to transform the front room into a casual dining area where folks can dine year round. The courtyard area will also have seating in a covered outdoor space where folks can watch all the pizza action. We couldn’t be more exited to be part of West Seattle’s warm community. Fun fact, I went to West Seattle HS my senior year!

LOTUS ON THE BEACH: We reported last week that this new Asian restaurant was close to opening at 2768 Alki SW, formerly home to (speaking of pizza) Pegasus. Now LOTB has announced its plan to “soft open” on Sunday, April 14. Same ownership as nearby Alki Phở & Bar, planning to offer “a hybrid of traditional and Asian fusion inspired dishes.”

ROAD WORK ALERT: Tree trimming Thursday-Friday to prepare for upcoming repaving on Puget Ridge and Pigeon Point

Just in from SDOT: Repaving is coming up on Puget Ridge and Pigeon Point (and a bit beyond), with tree-trimming the next two days to get ready for it. Here’s the announcement:

SDOT crews will repave on 21st Ave SW and 22nd/23rd Ave SW between SW Dawson St and SW Oregon St.

The paving will occur:

Monday 4/8 – Wednesday 4/10 on 21st Ave SW
Thursday 4/11 – Sunday 4/14 on 22nd/23rd Ave SW

In prep for the paving, SDOT will also tree-prune tomorrow 4/4 and Friday 4/5 on 21st Ave SW.

During work hours, we’ll keep 1 lane open to alternate between northbound and southbound traffic.

Here’s a flyer with full details on the repaving plan, including parking restrictions.

Two brown-water reports so far today in West Seattle

So far today, we’ve had two brown-water reports – from Garrett in Arbor Heights and Melinda in North Delridge. Again today, no Seattle Public Utilities work mapped in West Seattle – either emergency or planned – so it’s likely hydrant testing stirring up sediment (rust) in the lines again, but if it happens to you, ALWAYS report it to SPU’s 24-hour hotline, 206-386-1800. The discoloration is not toxic but can stain your laundry, so you’ll want to be sure the water runs clear before you resume that.

Cruise season starts Saturday at Pier 66, but unplugged for now

(Port of Seattle photo, Norwegian Bliss in 2018)

As commenter CarDriver pointed out below the morning traffic/transportation roundup, Seattle’s cruise season is about to start – you’ll see the first of those giant passenger ships on Elliott Bay by Saturday (April 6), when NCL’s Norwegian Bliss is expected to sail from Pier 66 on the downtown waterfront. The port already offers shore power at its other cruise terminal, in Magnolia, and has been working on it for Pier 66 (see info on the $44 million project here), but it won’t be available at the start of the season. Port of Seattle spokesperson Peter McGraw tells WSB that the shore-power capability at Pier 66 is expected to launch around midseason (which would be midsummer, as cruise season continues until early October). See this year’s ship schedule here.

READER REPORT: Fence down at new Westcrest Park play area

11:49 AM: Great day to get out and play! Thanks to Janice for the photo showing the fencing is down at the Westcrest Park play area, one week after Seattle Parks told us the new equipment was expected to open within two weeks. (We’re checking with Parks to see if the work is truly all done, as the fencing removal would suggest.) The old play structure was closed three years ago because of safety concerns. The same contractor that worked on this replacement is now supposed to be fully focused on the seven-years-closed Lincoln Park South Play Area, which Parks expects will be finished in June.

1:17 PM: Parks says this isn’t officially open yet: “This new play structure installation is complete. The play area will reopen at the end of the week after final inspections are complete.”

13 notes for your West Seattle Wednesday

(Black Turnstone, photographed at Constellation Park by James Tilley)

Mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here are reminders for the rest of today/tonight:

DROP-IN CREATIVITY: Bring your art/craft project to West Side Presbyterian Church (3605 California SW) until 11:30 am Wednesdays!

EXPANDED FAUNTLEROY YMCA HOURS: First week of the Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) soft-opening its newly expanded hours – 9 am to noon and 4 pm to 7 pm, Mondays through Thursdays.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: Budget updates are part of what’s on the agenda for the Seattle School Board, whose regular meeting starts at 4:15 pm – you can attend in person at district HQ or watch the live stream here.

(added) DINE-OUT FUNDRAISER: Just out of the inbox:

Marination ma kai is hosting a Dine Out to support Alki Co-Op Preschool on Wednesday, April 3rd! Come say aloha and enjoy some delicious tacos or kimchi fried rice for dinner (5 pm – 8 pm) and Marination will donate a percentage of the total sales during the event hours to the school. There are yummy options for the kids too! Takeout orders also count. Marination ma kai is located at 1660 Harbor Avenue SW.

FIX-IT WORKSHOP: Repair your broken item instead of replacing it! Weekly event, 5:30-7:30 pm at West Seattle Tool Library (4408 Delridge Way SW, northeast side of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center).

‘ONE SEATTLE PLAN’ OPEN HOUSE: As previewed here, you can drop in at Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle) 6-7:30 pm tonight to learn about what the draft version of this growth plan envisions for your neighborhood, and to ask questions/offer comments.

FREE GROUP RUN: Meet at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) for the weekly free group run, 6 pm.

FREE ART CLASS: Watercolor mixed-media class, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), 6-8 pm.

TRIVIA x 4: Four places to play tonight. At 6 pm, Locust Cider (2820 Alki SW) offers triviaLarry’s Tavern (3405 California SW) hosts Wednesday-night trivia starting at 7:30 pm … Quiz Night begins at 8 pm at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW) … and at 8:30 pm, trivia with Phil T at Talarico’s (4718 California SW).

LIVE MUSIC AT THE LOCOL: 6:30 pm. 21+. Rotating performer slate. (7902 35th SW)

‘MEAN GIRLS, THE MUSICAL‘: Second and final week for the West Seattle High School production, 7 pm. Get tickets here! (3000 California SW)

MUSIC BINGO: Play weekly at The Good Society (California/Lander), 7 pm.

SKYLARK OPEN MIC: 7:30 pm signups for West Seattle’s longest-running open mic. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

If you’re planning a presentation, meeting, performance, reading, tour, fundraiser, sale, discussion, etc., and it’s open to the community, please send us info for West Seattle’s only comprehensive event calendar! westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

YOU CAN HELP: Join the WSHS Sexual Violence Resource Group in honoring Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the student-led Sexual Violence Resource Group at West Seattle High School asked us to publish this message so the community beyond campus can find out about their work too:

Sexual Assault Awareness Month, observed in April, is an opportunity to educate ourselves about sexual violence; including its prevalence in our community, and how we can prevent it. A student-led group at West Seattle High School, the Sexual Violence Resource Group(SVRG), has made it a goal to take on this effort. So far, they’ve organized educator trainings at their school and collaborated with local organizations such as the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center. One of their main objectives is to raise awareness about available resources, leading them to compile a comprehensive support service list for those in the Greater Seattle area. This list can be found at wshssvrg.carrd.co/#support.

Sexual violence in our community is rampant, and it’s vital to act against it in any way possible. Education and self-awareness are some of the best ways to prevent sexual violence. For example, it is estimated that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will experience sexual violence in their lifetimes, a statistic that has grown in recent years (WHO and 1in6.org). In a survey done by the SVRG, 11.3% of students at their school reported they had been sexually assaulted during their time enrolled at West Seattle High School. These numbers represent an urgent need for sexual violence prevention efforts and support for survivors. Together, we can create a safer West Seattle where sexual violence is not tolerated.

Learn more about the SVRG and follow their efforts – @wshs_svrg on Instagram.

Helpful Support Services:

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Call or text: 988
Chatline: 988lifeline.org/chat

National Sexual Assault Hotline*
Call: 800.656.4673
Chatline: online.rainn.org

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center Hotline*
Call: 888.998.6423

*24/7 hotline accessible to anyone – from survivors to educators and friends.

If you know someone who might benefit from this information, you can use the SHARE THIS link below (as with any WSB post, calendar listing, etc.) to forward it to them in a variety of ways.

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Wednesday watch

8:52 AM: Thanks for the tip. Texter says a bus is broken down on the 99 onramp from the high bridge.

Earlier:

6:01 AM: Good morning. It’s Wednesday, April 3.

WEATHER + SUNRISE/SUNSET TIMES

More rain likely, some sun too, high in the low 50s. Sunrise will be at 6:42 am, sunset at 7:43 pm.

STADIUM ZONE

Mariners close out the home stand with a day game, 1:10 pm vs. Cleveland.

SPRING BREAK

Continuing all week for some schools (including Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Holy Family, and the Highline district). Then next week, it’s most other schools, including Seattle Public Schools.

TRANSIT NOTES

Metro today – Regular schedule; check advisories here. Reminder that this is the first week with the twice-yearly “service change” in effect – here’s our look at West Seattle changes.

Water Taxi today – Regular schedule. Check the real-time map if you need to see where the boat is.

Washington State Ferries today – The usual 2 boats on the Triangle Route. Check WSF alerts for last-minute changes. Use the real-time map to see where your ferry is.

SPOTLIGHT TRAFFIC CAMERAS

Delridge cameras: Besides the one below (Delridge/Orchard), cameras are also at Delridge/Genesee, Delridge/Juneau, Delridge/Henderson, and Delridge/Oregon.

High Bridge – the main camera:

High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (when SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way):

Low Bridge:

1st Ave. S. Bridge:

Highway 99: – northbound side at Lander:

MORE TRAFFIC CAMS: All functioning traffic cams citywide are here; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are on this WSB page.

BRIDGE INFO: The @SDOTBridges feed on X (ex-Twitter) shows whether the city’s movable bridges are opening for vessel traffic.

If you see a problem on the bridges/streets/paths/water, please text or call our hotline (when you can do that safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if they’re not already on scene) – 206-293-6302. Thank you!