West Seattle, Washington
A belated Earth Day note from King County today: Its annual Green Globe Awards were presented on Monday, and the winners included Young’s Restaurant in South Delridge, “the first restaurant to participate in the RainWise program, which offers rebates to property owners who install green stormwater infrastructure.” The county announcement continues:
Supported by ECOSS and its language and multicultural environmental outreach expertise, Young’s installed three stormwater cisterns that will keep more than 11,000 gallons of runoff out of the combined sewer system each year. The King County – Seattle Public Utilities RainWise partnership recently established a “big roof” initiative expanding its work beyond residential structures to capture and divert stormwater from larger buildings.
Maybe you have the perfect idea for this school project! Sent by Adrienne Ollerenshaw:
The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Small Sparks Matching Fund awarded Louisa Boren STEM K-8 funding to install a buddy bench and repaint the blacktop games on the school playground. A buddy bench is a bench where a child can sit if they need a friend. Others will see them and invite them to play.
The school is requesting artwork ideas from school and community members for under the buddy bench. Sketches can include up to four colors. If you would like to submit an idea, email drawings with your name and email address, to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off at the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 (5950 Delridge Way SW) front office before Friday, April 26th. There will be a design selection meeting at Delridge Library (5423 Delridge Way SW), April 27th, from 12:00-12:30, where community members are welcome to come and help select artwork for under the bench.
The art would be a painting on the playground blacktop, 6′ x 6′ maximum, “that promotes friendship, kindness, acceptance, and love.”
Another incident that started as a big response but was very quickly downsized – a Seattle Fire callout in the 9200 block of 17th SW. It’s now described in radio communication as a “porta-potty fire” and SFD’s investigator is being sent to the scene.
A new pizza option in West Seattle starting today: Deep dish. West of Chicago Pizza Company is opening in Delridge and joining the WSB sponsor team to get the word out:
West of Chicago Pizza Company is pick-up only for now, and you can place your order online or by phone. “While West Seattle has plenty of pizza places, there are 0 deep-dish pizza places, says proprietor Shawn Millard – until now. He explains that he has “almost 25 years of experience feeding people,” and a “passion for the craft” of preparing food, respecting the ingredients too. “People who know me fight for a seat at my table; people know when I’m feeding them, they’ll be fed well. … I think the community will be pleased with an option that is completely different from the other current options.”
West of Chicago Pizza Company is starting small, at 5604 Delridge Way SW, but expecting to expand as sales grow. Shawn is a resident of West Seattle and is here to stay; he is looking forward to supporting local nonprofits, too, as do so many local independent businesses. You can see the West of Chicago Pizza Company menu on the website and you can order there for pickup, or call 206-339-DEEP – that’s 206-339-3337. Thursdays through Sundays, 4 pm-10 pm (last order at 9:15 pm).
We thank West of Chicago Pizza Company for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
(From Novion Group’s website for 8415 Delridge project)
Since the city changed the Design Review rules, few projects have been scheduled for a full board review – there’s nothing on the Southwest Design Review Board‘s horizon right now – but several have had informal “early outreach” drop-in sessions, usually drawing a handful of neighbors, with the format and even the choice of notification methods left up to the developers. Another one of those sessions was held this afternoon, this time for the 14-rowhouse project planned to replace a 65-year-old house at 8415 Delridge Way SW. Project architects Novion Group scheduled the meeting for 4:30-5:30 pm in the Southwest Library’s community room.
In addition to our reporter, three nearby residents showed up. Their concerns included poor drainage in the alley behind the property, explaining that it has a tendency to develop giant puddles. The project team said that will be addressed. Neighbors also wondered about the trees on the site; the project team warned that it’s early in the design process but most are likely to be kept. And they wanted to be sure that parking will be addressed for construction workers and, later, deliveries. The project itself includes one offstreet space per unit, to be accessed off the alley (which is discussed, along with other site characteristics, in this document that’s part of the project file).
We asked when they hope to start construction; could be as soon as one year away, depending on how the process proceeds.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: The architects will prepare a “design packet” for the Early Design Guidance phase, and the city will publish a notice when that’s available for review and comment (we’ll publish an update too).
P.S. If you missed the meeting but have concerns/questions about the project, Novion has a simple webpage for it with comment options.
9:09 PM: Police and fire are headed to an address in the 9200 block of 17th SW for a ‘scenes of violence’ callout. More when we get it.
9:32 PM: SFD has closed out the call. Police will only tell us they responded to a report of a single gunshot.
10:16 PM: A Seattle Fire spokesperson tells us their role in the call closed quickly because the person had already died.
The mayor visited West Seattle this afternoon for the second time in less than two weeks, this time to announce grant money available through the Equitable Development Initiative. Here’s the news release about her announcement, made at the Refugee and Immigrant Family Center Bilingual Preschool in Delridge (which she also visited a year ago):
Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced that $5 million in funding is available for community organizations through Seattle’s Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) that supports local groups responding to residential, commercial, and cultural displacement.
Community-based organizations working in Seattle on anti-displacement projects, strategies, and economic development opportunities are encouraged to apply to the EDI fund by June 5. Funding is available for capacity building, property acquisition, and capital expenses for community-initiated projects in neighborhoods at high-risk of displacement.
On February 20, Mayor Durkan issued an Executive Order addressing residential displacement, citing the positive work of EDI as an example that should be replicated and noting that “the most effective solutions will be community-based.”
“As we face the challenge of affordability in Seattle, far too many have been displaced and too many of our neighborhoods and businesses have been left behind,” said Mayor Durkan. “To tackle these challenges, our City is investing in community organizations who are leading the way in creating true economic vitality and opportunity in Seattle’s most underserved communities.”
Mayor Durkan made the announcement at the Refugee and Immigrant Family Center (RIFC) in Delridge. With the help of $815,000 in EDI funds awarded in 2018, the nonprofit Sound Child Care Solutions purchased the property where RIFC now operates a bilingual daycare for 45 children. RIFC had served lower-income families in the neighborhood for 30 years, but was at risk of being displaced when the owner decided to sell the building.
“We are thankful for the Equitable Development Initiative grant. Our landlord was selling the building and through EDI we were able to purchase the building and continue to provide culturally relevant, affordable/free child care for our community. We feel very fortunate knowing that our bilingual preschool will remain in the neighborhood serving the families that benefit best from a program like ours,” said Luz Casio, Center Director, Refugee and Immigrant Family Center, a chapter of Sound Child Care Solutions.
The EDI fund, administered by the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD), and in coordination with Office of Economic Development, Office of Housing , Department of Neighborhoods, Office of Arts and Culture, and Office for Civil Rights, was created to respond to the needs of marginalized populations, reduce disparities, and support access to opportunity in healthy, vibrant communities. The initiative was championed by organizations responding to the impacts of historic disinvestment and ongoing displacement pressures in communities of color in Seattle.
OPCD will evaluate applications based on their ability to positively impact several equity drivers, including:
Promoting access to opportunity and economic mobility.
Mitigating displacement of marginalized populations, businesses, and community organizations and helping them to thrive in their neighborhoods.
Enhancing and building off the cultural assets within communities.
Reducing disparities in health outcomes.
EDI funds are intended to complement existing funding sources and address gaps identified by communities with their existing resources. Engagement with partner organizations will involve a multi-year process of building capacity, developing a project, and overseeing implementation and reporting.
Successful applicants will demonstrate a deep relationship with the community they are seeking to partner with and feature an inclusive community process, with community members serving in their organizational leadership.
Organizations planning to apply for funding are strongly encouraged to participate in OPCD’s pre-application meetings. Requests for meetings will be accepted through May 31. Applications are due June 5.
The mayor was also in West Seattle on Saturday, March 23rd, for the dedication of the renovated High Point Play Area (WSB coverage here).
1:01 AM: A Seattle Fire “full response” is headed to a Delridge residential building just south of Thistle. First units on scene report “light smoke.” Updates to come.
1:05 AM: This is happening at a two-story apartment building. SFD reports “water on the fire.”
1:15 AM: Not a major fire; it’s under control, and so far no report of injuries. Firefighters are evaluating the building to make sure the fire didn’t spread into the building’s attic.
1:19 AM: And the fire is pronounced “tapped” (out).
1:39 PM: SFD confirms no injuries. They’re calling the Red Cross to help four people displaced by the fire, including two children. The fire’s cause is under investigation.
Reader report from Kerri: “Friday 3/22, I had a bike stolen out of my garage on 15th and Barton/Cambridge. I have reported to the police.” Here’s what the bicycle looks like.
3:24 PM: Police are investigating a shooting in the 9400 block of 16th SW [map]. They say 1 man is hurt. No one in custody yet. Updates to come.
3:39 PM: We’ve talked briefly with police at the scene. They believe this was a drive-by shooting. No clear vehicle description yet. So far they don’t believe it was random. The victim is being transported to Harborview Medical Center via SFD Medic 32.
4:05 PM: Both precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis and operations Lt. Steve Strand were among the police at the scene, and have talked with us. The victim was shot outside of a business building on the west side of 16th SW, which is currently closed for the investigation. According to a short update just posted to SPD Blotter, he was hit in the back.
4:19 PM: Initial information from SFD – which could change – is that the victim is about 30 years old and was in serious condition when transported.
4:29 PM: 16th SW is reopening.
(‘Preferred’ massing option, from project packet by SMR Architects)
As first reported here two weeks ago, the Seattle Housing Authority has a new plan for the Lam Bow Apartments at 6935/6955 Delridge Way SW. Instead of just replacing the building destroyed in a 2016 fire, they’re going to demolish the remaining building too, and build a new ~79-unit building – almost 30 more apartments than the two original buildings had. The project is going through Administrative Design Review, and the design packet is now online for your review and comment (see it here, 68 pages, PDF). This is the Early Design Guidance phase, so the packet shows massing (size/shape/placement on site) options and lists these project goals:
LAM BOW REDEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES
• Replace the 21 units lost in the October 2016 fire and increase the total number of units on the site.
• Create a mixed-income community with units serving residents at or below 30% of Area Median Income (AMI) and 60% of AMI.
• Increase the supply of affordable homes, especially larger apartments (2BD+) for families with children. Our target unit count and mix is:
1-Bedroom Units: 22
2-Bedroom Units: 42
3-Bedroom Units: 15
Total Units: 79
One note – today’s notice published by the city erroneously refers to it as a 50-unit project, which it was previously, but we’ve confirmed with SHA that was a error by the Department of Construction and Inspections. The notice explains how to comment in this stage of Design Review – deadline April 8th.
Some of the ideas were about safety … some were about fun … and now they all go into the mix for envisioning the future of the Delridge Triangle, the public space by a bus stop at Barton/Delridge. More than 20 people showed up for a community design workshop this morning at Highland Park Improvement Club. We dropped in during the final phase, as participants finished discussing their ideas at breakout tables and then shared to the wider group. While they had lots of leeway for brainstorming, they also had to keep the site’s conditions in mind:
Ideas ranged from playful features – treehouses or ziplines to take advantages of trees on the site – to lighting and other elements of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. One expert in that happened to be on hand – Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner – and at least one other participant with firsthand experience, Brendan Kolding, the former SPD lieutenant who’s running for City Council. Attendees also were invited to “vote” on what they might want to see the space feature in the future:
Have ideas to share but couldn’t be there? This survey on the Friends of Delridge Triangle website remains open. And stay tuned for “more … much more” ways to get involved, promised one of the community leadrers who’s been working on this for more than a year, Kim Barnes.
(Image from community grant application)
One more quick reminder from the Friends of Delridge Triangle:
Tomorrow! – Help Design the Delridge Triangle
We look forward to welcoming our community members tomorrow, Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden). to share ideas how to redesign the Delridge Triangle at 9200 Delridge & SW Barton.
Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. Snacks, professional child care with guided activities, as well as interpreters will be provided.
Survey Time! Please take a few moments to take a survey about the Triangle here.
(Added: Video of tree/wire fire, from Betsy)
5:25 PM: We’ve received widespread reports of brief power flickers, and some heard two “booms.” Now there’s a report of a power line down at 26th/Juneau, with what firefighters arriving in the area describe as a “small brush fire” – they’re awaiting City Light.
5:55 PM: Just went by the scene. City Light is there. The downed wire has ceased “arc-ing and spark-ing.” The site is just east of the Delridge Substation.
5:57 PM: And now, a 6,200+-customer outage, mostly south of that site. Related? We don’t know. But some traffic signals are affected – on Barton at Westwood Village, for example, and Delridge/Holden.
6:07 PM: We are at WWV. Some stores are out but some (notably, east-facing) are not.
6:23 PM: A variety of areas are affected, including parts of Fauntleroy, where the culvert-info open house is on thanks to light from big windows. Above, another signal that’s out – 35th/Barton. Remember it’s a 4-way stop if it’s not working.
7:05 PM: Some areas got power back, according to texts and comments. The SCL map isn’t reflecting that yet.
7:15 PM: Now the map shows all but a few should have power back. If you don’t – please call SCL to be sure they know – 206-684-3000.
7:43 PM: SCL tweeted that a tree is to blame for the outage. Meantime, we’ve added nearby resident Betsy‘s video of the 26th/Juneau tree fire atop this story.
9:15 PM: 400+ customers are still out, per the outage map.
12:53 AM: Those 407 customers are still out. If you’re among them, please let us know when your power is restore – there’s no online record otherwise; the outage just vanishes from the SCL map (which we’ve just screengrabbed).
Thanks for the tip about an early-morning emergency response at the Tug Inn. We followed up with SPD and SFD and here’s what they tell us: SFD medics took a 59-year-old man to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition with a gunshot wound. The full report isn’t available yet but SPD spokesperson Det. Mark Jamieson says the early details show police were called to the bar just before 12:30 am after a gunshot was heard in a restroom. That’s where they found the victim. Officers found a shell casing in the bathroom but not the gun. They don’t have information about the circumstances except to say they believe someone else was in the restroom with the victim at the time but left before police arrived, and there’s no description.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
First stop, Delridge.
When Sound Transit light rail arrives in West Seattle – projected start date, 2030 – after the trains cross the Duwamish River on a new bridge, that’s where the easternmost of three planned stations will be. And that was the topic of this past Tuesday’s “community workshop” at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, which might end up adjacent to the station if the southernmost proposed site is chosen.
As is standard for Sound Transit’s meetings, this one began with a lengthy slide-deck-accompanied presentation that plowed through the highlights of the yearlong planning process that is almost to a key destination – the decision about which route(s) and station locations will get full environmental study.
The ST board has the final say; one of its members, County Councilmember Joe McDermott of West Seattle, spoke briefly at the event’s start and underscored that “historic decisions” are ahead. He reminded the 100 or so attendees – including a sizable number of ST employees/consultants assigned as table-minders – that he and City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, also there, had sent ST CEO Peter Rogoff a letter calling for a closer look at Delridge station concerns. Here’s the letter, dated late January; hosting this workshop was one response to it. McDermott says they want to be certain that light rail and its transit connections will “serve everybody in the Delridge Valley.”
A couple people have asked about the sudden absence of RVs on 28th SW and SW Andover in the West Seattle Health Club vicinity. We had been checking into that since seeing this on Thursday afternoon:
The RV was being towed westbound on Yancy, turning northbound on Avalon, one block west of the longtime parking area near WSHC. So we continued eastbound for a look: None on 28th, the area about which WSHC’s Dan Lehr had voiced the most concern when we talked with him a few weeks ago; one on SW Andover (whose owner is apparently a nearby housed resident, not using the vehicle as a residence). Just a few days ago, we had noted 10 in the area. The disappearance of RVs there led us to wonder about another area long popular for RV parking, Harbor Avenue; we subsequently found that stretch, where as few as three were parked in recent days, was up to 10.
Whether any of those were the same ones that had left 28th/Andover, we don’t know. But we wondered whether the Thursday tow had been part of an official “sweep,” so we took that question to Will Lemke, spokesperson for the city’s homelessness-response efforts. His reply:
It is my understanding an RV was towed in the area (Thursday), but it was not through the RV Remediation Pilot or an organized SPD event. SW CPT had tagged the area and the RV occupant ordered a private tow in order to comply with the 72hr law. I believe the vehicle did not run and was towed by the occupant to a repair shop.
SW CPT would be a reference to the Southwest Precinct Community Police Team. We went through both the 28th/Andover and Harbor Avenue areas again today before writing this and the numbers were the same in the respective areas as we’d noted on Thursday.
3:35 PM: A big Seattle Fire response is headed to a possible house fire in the 9000 block of 17th SW. Updates to come.
3:41 PM: SFD says the response is being downsized as firefighters investigate “light smoke coming from occupant’s fireplace.”
3:48 PM: Now they’re sending Ladder 11 back to check out “possible extension” of the problem. Our crew at the scene, meantime, has been told it was a chimney fire.
3:59 PM: Engine 11 and Ladder 11 firefighters are still investigating to be sure the fire didn’t spread beyond the chimney.
A reminder today from the Friends of Delridge Triangle:
Please join us for our community design meeting on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden). toshare your ideas about how to redesign the Delridge Triangle at 9200 Delridge & SW Barton.
Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. Snacks, professional child care with guided activities, as well as interpreters will be provided.
Survey Time! Please take a few moments to take a survey about the Triangle here.
That 65-year-old house at 8415 Delridge Way SW is on a big lot (15,300 square feet) now planned for 14 rowhouse-style townhouses and 14 offstreet-parking spaces. It’s the latest West Seattle project added to the city’s list of sites going through the “early community outreach” phase of Design Review. That means the project team will schedule a community meeting to talk about the design; nothing’s on the schedule yet. The site plan shows seven units facing Delridge, the other seven behind them, and the parking area on the alley.
Two and a half years after fire destroyed a building at the Seattle Housing Authority‘s Lam Bow Apartments (6935 Delridge Way SW), the process of replacing it has taken a turn. SHA has a new design for the replacement building – which will also replace the building that wasn’t involved in the fire. This is a big change from the plan that went before the Southwest Design Review Board in May of last yar. The changes are in part enabled by expected HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability upzoning, which will allow this to go up to four floors, with 80 units in the new building (up from the 51 total in the original complex – 21 in the fire-gutted building, 30 in the remaining building). SHA’s Ryan Moore tells WSB that they expect this process to go faster because the project is “using the administrative design review process this time, since the rules for design review changed last year and now allow this option for affordable housing. Our hope is that this translates into a faster approval, allowing us to get started with construction sooner.”
Cost of the project is estimated at around $35 million; Moore explains, “The existing building will cost at least as much to rehabilitate as a new building and likely more. We were planning on saving it until we conducted all the necessary analysis to determine how much rehab was needed.” Another change along with the increased number of apartments: “Due to costs, we won’t be building the underground parking as we had originally planned, but we will be providing one parking space for each unit on a surface parking lot” – 80 spaces for 80 apartments. Most of the new units, Moore says, will be 2- and 3-bedroom apartments, and they’re already working with current tenants regarding pre-demolition relocation. The full early-design proposal should be on the city website soon (here’s a flyer in the meantime); the change in process means no Design Review Board meeting, but public comments will be sought and accepted.
As reported here last month, you’re invited to help plan the Delridge Triangle’s future at a community workshop on March 23rd. The time is now finalized – plus, whether you can be there or not, the community volunteers working on it have a survey for you. Here’s the announcement of both:
The Friends of the Delridge Triangle — an all-volunteer, grassroots gathering of neighbors — has selected Seattle-based MAKERS Architecture and Urban Design to lead a community design process for a reimagining of the Delridge Triangle right-of-way property at 9200 Delridge Way SW.
All community members are invited to a community design meeting on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden). Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. Snacks, professional child care with guided activities, as well as interpreters will be provided.
This is an opportunity for our community to come together and imagine a public space for us all.
We Need Your Input! To help us tailor these efforts to improve the Triangle, please take a few moments to take our short baseline survey here.
Thursday night or last night, our son’s matte black BMX bike was stolen off our porch. It has been reported to the police. It has whitewall tires and no brakes; he took them off – it’s a bike for doing tricks; we had it shipped from Europe. This happened on the 5600 block of 25th Ave SW.
Please be on the lookout for it.