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DEVELOPMENT: Gatewood, Alki projects up for design comments

A month and a half ago, we reported on two townhouse projects in the Early Community Outreach for Design Review process. Now they’re both in a phase where their design proposals are open to community comments – no public meetings planned, so this is your chance to speak up if interested.

(Rendering by JW Architects)

3507 SW WEBSTER: This proposal in Gatewood is for a four-story, 6-unit townhouse building with 6 offstreet-parking spaces, replacing a four-plex, on a site zoned for up to five stories. Three massing (size/shape) options are shown in the design packet. You can send comments to joseph.hurley@seattle.gov – the city planner assigned to the project.

(Rendering by Cone Architecture)

2236 ALKI SW: This proposal in Alki is for two 3-unit townhouse buildings, one three stories high, the other four stories high, with a total of 9 offstreet-parking spaces. The units, replacing a triplex, will all have three bedrooms and garages. The massing options for this project are shown in the design packet. You can send comments to scott.reynolds@seattle.gov – the planner assigned to the project.

COUNTDOWN: Sure sign that West Seattle Summer Fest is days away

The no-parking signs are up, for restrictions kicking in Thursday morning, which is when setup starts for this year’s West Seattle Summer Fest, happening Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, in the areas shown on this official map:

We’ve already previewed much of what’s new, such as additions to the Kid Zone and vendors serving with reusables; this year also brings back a second music stage (in Junction Plaza Park) – see both stages’ lineups here (remember the main stage breaks down after Saturday night, to make space for the temporarily relocated Farmers’ Market on Sunday. WSB is a Summer Fest co-sponsor again this year – we’ll see you in The Junction! (P.S. Don’t forget to visit on Summer Fest Eve …)

FOLLOWUP: Westwood house fire blamed on barbecue debris

(WSB photo, Sunday morning)

Early Sunday, we reported on a house fire in Westwood. Everyone got out OK, no injuries. SFD’s investigator has determined the cause, according to spokesperson Kaila Lafferty: “Investigators determined the cause of the fire was accidental, started by charcoal briquettes that fell from a barbecue and ignited the deck. The fire then spread to the back of the house and into the attic.”

BIZNOTES: Hoste turns 1; changes @ Hegge Chevron; HomeStreet Bank x Menashe & Sons

Three notes about West Seattle businesses:

(Photo courtesy Lana Bear)

HOSTE TURNS ONE: The Admiral District shop at 2332 California SW is about to celebrate its first anniversary, and is inviting you to the party. This Saturday – July 13 – from 11 am-7 pm, stop in and congratulate them. Special extras that day:

SourBaby Bakery is bringing cake (with gf options!) from when we open till sold out. Then Frankie + Jo’s will be scooping ice cream 4-7 and BB’s Bottle Barn pouring wine + beer and a house cocktail from 3 pm till closing.

We have a super-special gift with purchase over $200 featuring a bunch of our favorite things! (Monastery, Flamingo Estate etc.) Limited supply so come on down to snag one! Contents worth over $150!

Proprietor Lana Bear opened her shop in July 2023, billing it as “vintage and modern goods for all.”

HEGGE CHEVRON CHANGES: We’ve received multiple tips about changes afoot at the longtime family-owned service station on the northeast corner of 35th and Holden. Today, Doug emailed after calling them about an oil change and finding out the station has shut down its service department because it’s in the process of being sold. We went over to inquire, and they confirmed that they’re still selling fuel but no longer offering services due to the sale process. The Hegge family has continued to own the station for the 14 years since the sudden death in 2010 of owner-operator Mark Hegge.

HOMESTREET BANK TEAMS WITH MENASHE & SONS JEWELERS: Every month, HomeStreet Bank‘s West Seattle branch (4022 SW Alaska; WSB sponsor) showcases a local business. Last month and this month, it’s Menashe & Sons Jewelers:

Every month the showcase business participates in a prize drawing – our photo is from Jack Menashe‘s visit to the branch to help draw the first monthly winner, with the assistance of HomeStreet team member Sharon (wearing a crown because they were celebrating her birthday that day). If you stop by the branch this month, you can put in an entry for the net drawing!

WEST SEATTLE MUSIC UPDATES: Big Band Concert in the Park; Admiral Music in the Parks announces full lineup

In addition to the upcoming music-laden multi-day festivals – West Seattle Summer Fest this weekend, Alki Art Fair one week later – we have three more outdoor-concert updates (all free):

(WSB photo, July 2023)

BIG BAND CONCERT IN THE PARK: 7 pm Tuesday, July 16, is the night you can see, hear, and dance to the swinging sounds of the West Seattle Big Band, directed by Jim Edwards, at High Point Commons Park (3201 SW Graham), sponsored by the West Seattle Grand Parade.

The next two updates are for the concert series presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association – we had dates and times but not the bands, until now.

ADMIRAL MUSIC IN THE PARKS, CONCERT #1: Double bill for this 6:30 pm July 18 show at Belvedere Park (3600 SW Admiral Way) – Troy Aylesworth and The Potholes.

ADMIRAL MUSIC IN THE PARKS, CONCERT #2: Another double bill for this 6:30 pm July 25 show at California Place Park (California/Hill) – Michael Pearsall and Westside Pretenders.

(The third AMP show was previously announced as ABBAgraphs, 6:30 pm August 1st at Hamilton Viewpoint Park.)

UPDATE: Falling tree limb causes West Seattle power outage for 4,400+ homes and businesses

12:46 PM: Thanks for the tips. 4,400+ homes and businesses are out of power in West Seattle, including High Point and Westwood, (added) parts of Highland Park, Gatewood, and Sunrise Heights too. Part of west South Park is affected too. Updates to come.

12:53 PM: We haven’t heard of any obvious cause yet – no crashes or fires logged, for example. (Let us know if you see City Light crews zeroing in on any particular spot.) … The outage zone covers part of major streets including Delridge, 16th, and 35th, so please remember to treat intersections with non-functioning signals as if they are four-way stops.

1:24 PM: One texter reports a City Light truck near 25th/Myrtle. Meantime, if this is your first power outage, a reminder that the “estimated restoration time” on SCL’s map is entirely useless – the utility told us years ago that those times are basically wild guesses. And they often change – for example, a short time ago, this one was listed as 4 pm, and now it’s changed to 1:22 pm (though that time has already passed [update, at 1:40 pm they went back to a 4 pm estimate]). Could be a lot sooner than the estimate, could be a lot later.

1:32 PM: As this approaches hour 2, if you’re looking for a place to cool off, our area’s three fully air-conditioned libraries are all outside the outage zone and open until 6 pm – High Point (3411 SW Raymond), Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW), Southwest (9010 35th SW). … (added) Meaghan at Highland Park Corner Store (7789 Highland Park Way SW) says they’re open, air-conditioned, with places to sit, purchase not required …

1:52 PM: Many are reporting they’ve got power back. The SCL map hasn’t yet updated so we don’t know if everyone’s back on.

2:04 PM: Map finally updated – 382 are still out.

The map also now describes the cause as “tree/vegetation.”

2:44 PM: Thanks to the texter who sent word that indeed, it was a falling tree limb on 25th:

3 PM: Everybody’s back on now, and SCL spokesperson Jenn Strang confirms that the cause was “a tree that came down onto some wires at 24th Ave SW and 25th Ave SW.”

Got Seattle Public Schools questions, while awaiting news of possible closures? Here’s your next chance to talk with West Seattle’s School Board director Gina Topp

We won’t hear from Seattle Public Schools superintendent Dr. Brent Jones about possible school closures/consolidations until September. So what’s happening in the meantime? The School Board director for West Seattle and most of South Park, Gina Topp, is continuing to host community-conversation meetings, and just announced that her next one will be online, 6-7 pm Wednesday, July 17. Go here for the link you’ll use then (meeting ID 239 288 774 688). These conversations are drop-in events without a scripted agenda (here’s our report on Topp’s previous one) – bring your SPS-related question(s) and/or comment(s).

Here’s what’s happening for the rest of your West Seattle Monday

(Eagle and crab on Alki, photographed over the weekend by James Tilley)

Today’s highlight list, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FREE SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS: Here’s the list of locations and times.

HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK: Daily operation continues – open 11 am-8 pm, free. (1100 SW Cloverdale)

COLMAN POOL: The outdoor heated-salt-water pool on the shore at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) is open noon-7 pm – session times are on the Colman Pool webpage.

LINCOLN PARK WADING POOL: Also at Lincoln Park, the 7-day-a-week wading pool is open today noon-7 pm, in the central upper part of the park near the north play area.

BABY STORY TIME: Bring little ones up to 2 years old to Southwest Library (9010 35th SW), noon-12:30 pm, for story time!

CITY COUNCIL BRIEFING MEETING: 2 pm at City Hall, the weekly meeting in which councilmembers talk about their plans for the week ahead. Here’s the agenda. Watch live via Seattle Channel.

ART SALON: 4-6 pm at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor):

This is a monthly gathering of artistic, creative people interested in drawing, painting, printing, journaling, collaging and other creative pursuits. The purpose of this gathering is to provide encouragement and community. Creative people at all stages of development, both casual and professional, are welcome but this gathering is especially for beginners, people who are self-taught, and/or those who simply enjoy making art and think a monthly social gathering will help them make time each month for art! Together, let’s create a safe space for people of all abilities and interests to make art in the company of other creative people. This event is free! Bring your own supplies. Water based mediums only please.

GET CRAFTY: 6-10 pm, Monday brings “Crafting and Creativity Night” at The Missing Piece (9456 35th SW), info here.

D&D: Weekly D&D at 6:30 pm at Meeples Games (3727 California SW). All welcome, first-time players too.

MONDAY NIGHT TRIVIA! Three places to play tonight – 7 pm at The Good Society (California/Lander); 7 and 8 pm Sporcle Pub Quiz at Three 9 Lounge (4505 39th SW); 7:30 pm with QuizFix at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW)

MEDITATION IN FAUNTLEROY: All welcome at free weekly Zen sitting/meditation in the chapel at Fauntleroy UCC (9140 California SW), 7 pm-8:30 pm.

MEDITATION IN ALKI: The Alki Dharma Community hosts meditation at Alki UCC (6115 SW Hinds), 7-8:30 pm.

MUSIC AT THE ALLEY: Live music with The Westside Trio, 8 pm at The Alley (behind 4509 California SW), 21+, no cover.

KARAOKE: 9 pm start for Monday night karaoke at Talarico’s Pizzeria (4718 California SW).

Have a West Seattle/White Center event to add to our calendar? Please send info to westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, ROAD WORK, WEATHER: July’s second Monday

6:00 AM: Good morning! It’s Monday, July 8.

WEATHER + SUNRISE/SUNSET TIMES

We’re still under a Heat Advisory until 10 pm Tuesday. Sunday’s high, 93, was a record for the date. Today’s forecast is for more sunshine, high near 90. Today’s sunrise was at 5:21 am, while sunset will be at 9:07 pm.

(Sunday’s sunset with crescent moon, photographed by Peter Galli)

ROAD WORK

*The Admiral Way Bridge seismic project starts today; here are more specifics. (Got questions? We’re talking with a project-team member this morning.)

*SDOT’s Delridge pedestrian-bridge earthquake-safety project continues, with narrowing at Delridge/Oregon.

*Beach Drive: Gas-pipeline work continues at spots along the southern stretch.

SUMMER FEST AHEAD

For West Seattle Summer Fest, road closures start as early as Thursday morning, according to the West Seattle Junction Association – California Avenue SW closes between Edmunds and Oregon and for much of the block north, and Alaska closes between 42nd and 44th.

TRANSIT NOTES

Metro today – Regular schedule; check for advisories here.

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, but now with the unscheduled “bonus boat” on weekdays when available; check WSF alerts for last-minute changes and use the real-time map to see where your ferry is.

SPOTLIGHT TRAFFIC CAMERAS

Low bridge: Here’s the main view:

Delridge cameras: Besides the one below (Delridge/Orchard), cameras are also at Delridge/Genesee, Delridge/Juneau, Delridge/Henderson, Delridge/Oregon, and video-only (so you have to go to the map), Delridge/Holden and Delridge/Thistle.

High Bridge – Here’s the main camera:

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

1st Ave. S. Bridge:

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 open 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!