Neighborhoods – West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:30:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 TUESDAY: Tour Aegis Living’s new West Seattle site with Admiral Neighborhood Association https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/tuesday-tour-aegis-livings-new-west-seattle-site-with-admiral-neighborhood-association/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/tuesday-tour-aegis-livings-new-west-seattle-site-with-admiral-neighborhood-association/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 02:35:01 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925352 (WSB photo from last month)

Many neighborhood/community groups skip August meetings. This month, the Admiral Neighborhood Association is an exception. But it’s not a regular-format meeting – ANA president Larry Wymer has announced that the ANA will meet at newly opened Aegis Living of West Seattle (WSB sponsor), and you’re invited to join the sneak-peek tour (including the tugboat shown in our top photo from its July installation), in advance of the August 25th grand opening. Be there – 4700 SW Admiral Way – at 6:30 pm Tuesday (August 14th).

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AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: Night Out 2018 in West Seattle https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/happening-now-night-out-2018-in-west-seattle/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/happening-now-night-out-2018-in-west-seattle/#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2018 01:00:35 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924777

6 PM: Hundreds of West Seattle block parties for Night Out start now, with “street closed” signs all over the peninsula, We’ll be making some stops and we also appreciate a photo from your party – westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

6:17 PM: First pics in are from Ben via Twitter:

6:24 PM: Our first stop also happened to be in Arbor Heights:

JoDean, who invited us to stop by, says this is the eighth year they’ve had a Night Out party and it’s the biggest turnout ever!

6:38 PM: We’re in Sunrise Heights right now, at Julie‘s party, where the food is of special note:

Julie won the contest to have West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) cater a Night Out party. What’s in our pic is just part of it. This is also just part of the turnout – more people are on the way after they get home from work:

6:52 PM: Thanks to Norm for sending pics from his block’s party on 51st SW:

At right above is Helen – Norm says this is her 30th block party with neighbors on 51st!

7:02 PM: We’re now in a Gatewood neighborhood that invited us to stop by. Look who else is visiting:

If you register your party and get your request in early, police and firefighters do make some stops on Night Out. This block is always one of the area’s biggest parties – here’s the group shot, Mounted Patrol visitors included:

They’ve got a band, too!

7:15 PM: Thanks to Laura for the photo from her Night Out party in North Delridge at Dragonfly Park:

7:24 PM: We just left Gatewood, where we also made a stop at Naomi‘s party:

Like just about everyplace else we’ve visited, lots of kids enjoying the night with their parents and neighbors!

7:35 PM: We’re now west of The Junction, where Sara invited us to stop by. Bouncy house for the youngest block-party’ers!

7:51 PM: And on the east side of The Junction, thanks to Stephanie for the invitation to stop by and say hi:

It’s about time for us to switch to Election Night mode, but we’ll add any more block party pics that come in – westseattleblog@gmail.com or text to 206-293-6302 – thank you!

9:07 PM: Thanks to the folks in the 8800 block of 17th SW for texting a photo:

9:27 PM: The 41st/Portland block party in Gatewood, photographed by Long Bach Nguyen:

11:17 PM: Added photos from the Pigeon Point party, courtesy of Pete Spalding:

Pete’s at right in the photo below, with SW Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis at left.

Below, former SWP commander Capt. Steve Paulsen, and Community Police Team Officer Ken Mazzuca.

As of the last time we checked with Southwest Precinct crime-prevention coordinator Jennifer Danner, more than 260 block parties were registered for tonight for our area. Night Out is a nationwide tradition with more than 30 years of history.

ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: Jennifer says the final total was more than 300 – most ever! She shared photos from some stops she made last night – here she is with local firefighters:

And she shared this photo of Chief Carmen Best visiting a South Park party:

Night Out is always the first Tuesday in August, so next year, it’s on August 6th.

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LAST CALL: Deadline for registering your Night Out block party https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/last-call-deadline-for-registering-your-night-out-block-party/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/last-call-deadline-for-registering-your-night-out-block-party/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2018 19:10:32 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924650 (Photo courtesy Pete Spalding. P.S. For Delridge Day info, here’s our most-recent update!)

Clever sign like that one from Pigeon Point NOT required – but if you want to close a (non-arterial) street for your Night Out block party tomorrow night, you have until 5 pm today to register it. Just go here. And you can go here to find templates for street-closure signs and neighborhood invitations. If you won’t be at your own block/building party – remember that as of last count, more than 260 parties were registered in this area, so be mindful of many closed side streets between 6-9 pm tomorrow!

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COUNTDOWN: 2 weeks until Night Out block parties in West Seattle (and nationwide) https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/countdown-2-weeks-until-night-out-block-parties-in-west-seattle-and-nationwide/ Tue, 24 Jul 2018 20:22:18 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=923414 All set for a block (or building, or …) party to celebrate Night Out? It’s exactly two weeks away – Tuesday, August 7th. If you want to close the street for your party, you need to register with Seattle Police, and Southwest Precinct crime-prevention coordinator Jennifer Danner provides the link – just go here. Side note: Though the SW Precinct is the smallest in the city, Jennifer says it had the second-highest number of parties signed up as of a few days ago!

P.S. We’ll be out stopping by Night Out parties as always – if you wouldn’t mind us stopping by yours for a photo, please e-mail us the location, westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

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Alki Community Council gets newest info on SPF30 as Sub Pop Records’ megaparty approaches https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/alki-community-council-gets-newest-info-on-spf30-as-sub-pop-records-megaparty-approaches/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/alki-community-council-gets-newest-info-on-spf30-as-sub-pop-records-megaparty-approaches/#comments Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:30:47 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922970 By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

With Sub Pop Records’ 30th-anniversary party bringing thousands to Alki Beach three weeks from tomorrow, it was a primary topic at last night’s Alki Community Council meeting.

Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper opened discussion by thanking community members for asking questions and offering feedback that have helped guide efforts to minimize impact on the neighborhood.

“You share your neighborhood with so many of us,” said Jasper, “and I want to be respectful of that.”

Following Jasper’s opening remarks, Sub Pop Operations Manager Gabe Carter introduced the topic of street closures, with a reminder that Alki Avenue will be completely closed to traffic between 56th SW and 63rd SW. There will also be a “soft closure” of 59th SW from Alki Avenue SW to SW Stevens Street.

Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Steve Strand explained that there will be 30 specific access points at which police officers or monitors will be stationed to control street access on the day of the event. Strand also praised event organizers for their efforts, saying “Sub Pop have come up with a good plan.”

With parking near Alki challenging in the best of times, organizers have continued to discourage people from attempting to drive to SPF30. Organizers will hope to move the bulk of attendees by shuttle service, with buses running from Don Armeni Boat Ramp, Admiral Junction, and Alaska Junction throughout the day.

While attendance at last weekend’s West Seattle Summer Fest in The Junction is estimated to have been around 60,000 for the three days, the Sub Pop event is poised to become a bit of neighborhood history, should estimates of 40,000 attendees be accurate.

“This is going to be the largest single-day event in West Seattle history,” said Jeff McCord, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, which has taken a lead role as a liaison between the record label and the hosting neighborhood and will be one of SPF30’s beneficiaries.

Near the conclusion of the meeting, Jasper disclosed that Sub Pop will reveal three additions to the current SPF30 lineup next Thursday.

Another major topic of last night’s meeting:

NOISE ORDINANCE ENFORCEMENT: Though the new standard for illegal vehicle noise goes into effect Sunday, concern over enforcement of noise ordinances continues to be a concern for Alki residents.

Lt. Strand said that Seattle Police are currently working on educating people on the new ordinance before moving to citations. For the first 30 days of the new standard, only warnings will be issued to offenders.

Jesse Robbins has been leading a push to introduce a technological aid to enforcement, but told community members last night that he is concerned that the passage of the new standard could lead local politicians to move on to other issues and asked attendees to help keep enforcement issues in the mind of City Councilmember Lisa Herbold.

Robbins is promoting a pilot of “automated enforcement” to help curb vehicle-based noise in the Alki area. While there are legal hurdles to clear, Robbins says the technological solution would be more sustainable and budget friendly than increasing police presence, which usually involves overtime pay for the officers.

In the meantime, the ACC voted to form a committee to explore further solutions to the continued noise issues in the neighborhood.

The Alki Community Council meets third Thursdays most months, 7 pm at Alki UCC (6115 SW Hinds).

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Morgan Community Association: The Kenney’s rowhouses; what’s next for 35th SW; HALA appeal; more… https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/morgan-community-association-the-kenneys-rowhouses-whats-next-for-35th-sw-hala-appeal-more/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/morgan-community-association-the-kenneys-rowhouses-whats-next-for-35th-sw-hala-appeal-more/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:56:47 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922833 From the Morgan Community Association‘s quarterly meeting, which just wrapped up at The Kenney, itself a major agenda item:

THE KENNEY’S NEWEST REDEVELOPMENT PLANS: John Shoesmith from Shoesmith Cox Architects (based in Madison Park) explained what’s on the drawing board now. He explained that the site remains a mix of zones – LR1 and LR3. The three duplexes on the property’s southeast corner will be taken down and replaced with five rowhouses, two facing Fauntleroy, three facing Othello. They will range 2,000 to 3,000 square feet, with attached garages, master bedrooms on the main floor, and are aimed at attracting a “more independent” and somewhat younger (65ish) resident. They will be 1 1/2 to 2 stories high. A driveway off the SW Othello cul-de-sac west of Fauntleroy will lead to the garages of the units facing that street. The exteriors will include some brick, “cement wood” siding; street trees are planned on 46th, Fauntleroy, and Othello. The corner will be highlighted by an “amenity space” as required by zoning – landscaping, a bench, etc.

They’re currently in the Master Use Permit application stage with the city, seeking land-use approval, and filing soon for a building permit. They will be part of The Kenney rather than offered for sale. We asked a couple followup questions, recalling the meeting almost two years ago at which this same architecture firm discussed concepts for site redevelopment; no rezoning proposed right now, and the idea of an apartment building further west on the site is still out there, but nothing formal being pursued right now.

35TH SW PHASE 2 UPDATE: SDOT’s Jim Curtin was here to talk about 35th SW Phase 2, which we first detailed back in April. He said there’s been a “modest reduction in crashes” since Phase 1 was complete in fall 2015, and they’d like to see more of a reduction. He acknowledged that the signal timings have been less than optimal. They’ve been tweaked and “we’re seeing a pretty good flow out there” now, he said. He also acknowledged that before the timings were changed, they saw some diversion to side streets, and that, he said, has since eased.

North of Morgan, 35th has 25,000+ vehicles a day, and that’s a big reason why they’re not rechannelizing, he said. He reiterated – as we’ve reported – that left-turn signals are in the works for 35th/Barton, and that 35th/Graham has a signal planned as part of the West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway project, hopefully getting it built in 2019.

He had new details about 35th/Juneau – noting that Metro has recently discontinued service at the stops there, reducing pedestrian usage at the intersection – and distributing a handout saying work will start as soon as late July on curb-ramp installation, turn restrictions, and left-turn lanes. On-street parking will be removed near the intersection – at least 20 spaces, Curtin said when we asked. The work has to be complete by October 1st, he said. He promised there’ll be an announcement as soon as work is about to begin. Here’s what is being sent to area residents (there’ll be door-knocking too):

And he recapped that a signal is going in at 35th/Dawson, where there have been concerns over the years from people getting to and from Camp Long. New paving east of 35th on Dawson, too “so the entrance to Camp Long is going to get some substantial touchups that are badly needed,” Curtin said. This part of the project should be done by year’s end, he said. “Hopefully we can (eventually) remember ‘I-35’ as a (relic) of the past,” he summarized.

Q&A included whether more speed or red-light cameras might be in the works. Right now, short answer, no, though they are “incredibly effective” at changing behavior, he said – for example, the city’s three-dozen-plus red-light camera intersections have seen a 40% reduction in crashes. The city is trying to get expanded authorization for more use of enforcement cameras but the proposals get stuck in Olympia, Curtin said.

HALA MHA APPEAL UPDATE: MoCA is one of the neighborhood groups that’s party to the citywide appeal of the final Environmental Impact Statement for the city’s Mandatory Housing Afforability plan. President Deb Barker provided an update on where the hearing on the appeal stands. She noted that the Hearing Examiner’s early rulings included a dismissal of consideration of the impacts that ferry-related traffic has on Morgan Junction traffic. The hearing took a full week in late June, and there are three more weeks ahead – non-consecutive weeks in July, August, and September, all open to the public. “It’s a huge thing,” as Barker put it. Witnesses for the appeal so far have included experts on legislative, policy, tree canopy, and more; former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck spent almost a full day testifying, she noted. The coalition has pointed out omissions in the city reports, too, she said. So the coalition is trying to get the word out about the issues those omissions raise. Displacement, pointed out one attendee – bringing it back to The Kenney’s project, “replacing six medium-income units with five high-end units.” Asked about ongoing negotiations, Barker said she had no details on talks between SCALE and the mayor’s office – the second mediation meeting, she said.

QUICK UPDATES: … The Morgan mural restoration is complete (as we reported and showed here), aside from a commemorative plaque … Litter League continues its Morgan Junction cleanups (next one, August 5th – details in our calendar listing) … West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) raised $524 for the Morgan Junction Community Festival fund at its benefit barbecue on festival day …Cindi Barker announced upcoming communitywide preparedness information sessions in October and November …

SPEAKING OF THE MORGAN FESTIVAL: Last month’s festival finished $700+ in the black, said outgoing MoCA treasurer Eldon Olson. That was in no small part due to $4,000 or so in support from 15 or so local businesses (WSB was among the co-sponsors – here’s our as-it-happened coverage). Otherwise, it was a “fantastic festival (with) perfect weather,” Olson declared. The kids’ activities expanded this year – 3 face painters and 2 balloon artists (plus, of course, Bubbleman). A magician will be added for next year, and MoCA would love to have more members for the planning committee!

MORGAN JUNCTION PARK ADDITION: Seattle Parks was at the festival collecting input on potential design concepts, followed up by an online survey, as we reported here last month. They’re hoping to hear about next steps soon.

NEW TREASURER: Michael Brunner has been appointed as MoCA’s new treasurer, succeeding Olson.

NEW OPERATIONS LIEUTENANT: Lt. Steve Strand attended his first MoCA meeting as second in command of the Southwest Precinct, having succeeded retired Lt. Ron Smith three weeks ago.

NEXT MEETING: MoCA’s fall-quarter meeting will be the third Wednesday in October, 7 pm at The Kenney (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW).

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COMMUNITY GIVING: South Delridge Community Group, Friends of Delridge Triangle team up for cleanup https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/community-giving-south-delridge-community-group-friends-of-delridge-triangle-team-up-for-cleanup/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/community-giving-south-delridge-community-group-friends-of-delridge-triangle-team-up-for-cleanup/#comments Sat, 14 Jul 2018 23:49:08 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922403

Thanks to Mary for the photo and report:

An energetic group of neighborhood volunteers came together on this sunny morning to clean up the Delridge Triangle at Delridge Way SW/18th Ave SW/SW Barton St, and to clean up surrounding blocks. The clean-up was a joint effort between the South Delridge Community Group (SDCG) and Friends Of The Delridge Triangle (FDT). This is one step of a greater project in the works to redevelop the Triangle into a safe and usable community space where the neighborhood can play. The Delridge Triangle project was a Your Voice, Your Choice 2017 award recipient. The project is now moving forward and hopes for a boost from the 2018 Neighborhood Matching Fund.

The next Delridge Triangle clean-up will take place on Saturday 08/11 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. All are welcome to join us. It’s a great way to start the weekend, keep our neighborhood clean, meet neighbors, and build community!

Contact the South Delridge Community Group @:
sdelridgecommunitygroup@gmail.com
Or visit our website:
southdelridgecommunitygroup.wordpress.com

Contact Friends Of The Delridge Triangle @:
delridgetriangle@gmail.com
Or visit our website:
Friends of The Delridge Triangle

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HAPPENING NOW: First High Point Market Garden farmstand of 2018 https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/happening-now-first-high-point-market-garden-farmstand-of-2018/ Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:40:48 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922097 (WSB photos)

Until 7 pm, fresh flowers and vegetables await you at the High Point Market Garden‘s first farmstand of the season … steps from where they were grown:

What we saw during our brief stop included beets, onions, carrots, zucchini, and greens. Also under the tent at 32nd SW and SW Juneau, other fresh-grown produce, including fruit, brought in by ROAR (Roots of All Roads):

You can shop the High Point farmstand every Wednesday through September.

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COMMUNITY GIVING: One simple, quick way to help create a cleaner community https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/community-giving-one-simple-quick-way-to-help-create-a-cleaner-community/ Sat, 07 Jul 2018 18:11:14 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921670 If your Saturday’s already set but you’re looking ahead to tomorrow, Sunday brings your next chance to make a big difference with a little of your time, in the next Morgan Junction-area community cleanup organized by Jill Boone:

Join us Sunday, July 8, from 9:30 – 11:00 to pick up litter along California and Fauntleroy, our little business area! We meet at 9:30 at the ATM lot in front of Domino’s and by the Shell station. I’ll be parked there with litter grabbers, bags and vests. Bring your own gloves. Bring a bucket if you want one. For kiddos, I have small vests, a few small grabbers (for toddlers) and some small buckets.

Bring the family! It’s fun and it’s a way for small kids and big kids to do something to benefit their community. Pups are welcome if well-behaved and leashed.

We need adults or teens who can walk to C&P and back or from the start to the UU Church and back and up and down Fauntleroy from the intersection! Families with small kids do the immediate area and bus stops. Kids are amazing at grabbing cigarette butts with those small grabbers!

Jill’s been organizing these periodic cleanups for more than a year now.

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TONIGHT: Neighbors invited to concert west of The Junction https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/tonight-neighbors-invited-to-concert-west-of-the-junction/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/tonight-neighbors-invited-to-concert-west-of-the-junction/#comments Sat, 23 Jun 2018 01:08:48 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920398 Just got word that the traditional end-of-school neighborhood concert near Ercolini Park is on tonight – featuring the band DAD, 6:30 pm-9 pm. Neighbors are invited to the concert – BYO chairs and food/drink (an adjacent pig roast is not a public event). Kids will be playing in the park during the concert; all ages welcome. Free but if you care to donate, it’ll go to support the Genesee Hill Elementary music program.

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Got 2 minutes? The Delridge Triangle can use them right now https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/got-2-minutes-the-delridge-triangle-can-use-them-right-now/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/got-2-minutes-the-delridge-triangle-can-use-them-right-now/#comments Sat, 16 Jun 2018 02:24:54 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=919694

That’s a view of the Delridge Triangle (18th/Barton). We’ve reported before on community plans to give it a brighter, safer future, and now there’s a simple, fast way to show your support. From Kim Barnes:

Did you know the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition is working in partnership with Highland Park Action Committee and South Delridge Community Group to improve one of our community public spaces in South Delridge?

On June 25th, The Friends of the Delridge Triangle will submit its application to the Neighborhood Matching Fund. The goal? To get the Delridge Triangle (9200 Delridge Way, across from Burger Boss and 2 Fingers Social) redesigned to create a space that is safe and usable for the community.

The Delridge Triangle lies at the center of the South Delridge community. With Highland Park to the east and Westwood-Roxhill to the west, the public right of way is central feature to the South Delridge corridor. The space has a long history of negative social behaviors that have created fear and avoidance and the surrounding community is in desperate need of easily accessible outdoor space. Your pledge to participate in the redesign project over Fall 2018-Spring 2019 is a critical step toward filling the need for easily accessible green space in South Delridge.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

For the grant application to be successful we need your pledge of interest to participate as the Community Match to the grant award over the October 2018-April 2019 period. Can you spare two minutes today and complete the volunteer pledge form here?

For project information along with online pledge form, you can go here: DelridgeTriangle.org Your details will not be shared beyond the Delridge Triangle team, and you’ll be updated on the progress of the application submission starting at the end of June.

Can you help with getting more pledges? Would you like to consider pledging cash, materials or have questions? Email the steering committee at DelridgeTriangle@gmail.com. Thank you for supporting our community!

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From community survey to crime stats @ Fauntleroy Community Association https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/from-community-survey-to-crime-stats-fauntleroy-community-association/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 01:44:07 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=919477 Toplines from last night’s Fauntleroy Community Association meeting:

COMMUNITY SURVEY: Every two years, FCA surveys the community to be sure the group is in tune with what people care about, among other reasons. This time, 430 responses came in – upward of a third more than the 300 responses from last time. The hottest topics were traffic/parking, followed by HALA upzoning and police/crime-related issues. Crime was the top topic of concern last time around. In fourth place, environmental stewardship, which fell from number two in the previous survey. Overall, the survey yielded a wealth of information, including how much community members value events such as the Fauntleroy Fall Festival, and the FCA board will develop an action plan to address community concerns.

POLICE UPDATE: Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith was in attendance for the last time, as his retirement is imminent, and the board told him he would be missed. He said both property crime in general, and auto thefts in particular, are way up in the Fauntleroy area vs. this time last year. Auto thefts totaled 6 by this time last year but are at 15 so far in 2018. He said the precinct is actively working on both issues.

One issue brought up: Plant vandalism along Fauntleroy Way between the south parking lot of Lincoln Park and the ferry dock – tree limbs have been cut and plants ripped out. Lt. Smith said the Community Police Team is on it. Another issue: Parking problems and street congestion when it’s time to pick up students who commute via ferry to Vashon schools, usually around 4 pm. Lt.Smith said he would send parking enforcement around.

The Fauntleroy Community Association board meets second Tuesdays except August and December, 7 pm at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW). Watch fauntleroy.net for updates between meetings.

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From the roundabout to the triangle @ Highland Park Action Committee https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/from-the-roundabout-to-the-triangle-highland-park-action-committee/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/from-the-roundabout-to-the-triangle-highland-park-action-committee/#comments Fri, 25 May 2018 01:18:20 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=917513 Transportation headlined last night’s Highland Park Action Committee meeting, led by chair Charlie Omana:

(Early concept for proposed Highland Park Way roundabout – final design may NOT resemble this)

ABOUT THE ROUNDABOUT: James Le from SDOT recapped the history of the long-proposed, little-funded Highland Park Way/Holden roundabout proposal, including the 2017 Find It, Fix It Walk during which $200,000 for design and $300,000 for construction was announced. While an application for a state grant was unsuccessful, the project got lots of support from local leaders, including U.S. House Rep. Pramila Jayapal. Another grant is being sought now – Le says WSDOT encouraged SDOT to seek the City Safety Grant for this project “because it ranked really high.” (No word yet when the decision is due. Le says SDOT has a grant coordinator who wrangles all that.) So far they have spent $50,000 of the design money and they are currently mapping the spot; another $100,000 will be spent to come up with two alternatives for the location, and the final $50,000 is being set aside as grant matching. The estimated cost for the project is $2.5 million (that’s up from a $2.1 million estimate in 2015). That includes, Le explained in response to a question, $800,000 labor and materials, and about $500,000 design costs.

Some of the design challenges will include how the roundabout would handle the intersection’s grade. And, in response to another question, Le reiterated that the eventual design might not resemble the existing concept rendering, which dates back a few years. HPAC leadership and attendees had lots of questions about how the proposed roundabout might work, and the bottom line right now is that it’s too early in design to tell. Some things mentioned: Maybe there would be a barrier about halfway down the hill. If you’re interested in seeing the city step this project up, lobby the City Council, because they too have the power to allot money.

Meantime, what about other urgent Highland Park transportation-safety needs? asked HPAC vice chair Gunner Scott. “What can be done at this point to start putting this on the map so people can see there’s some progress happening? … What can we do now?” Le said his scope of involvement is limited to the roundabout project and HPAC would have to talk to a Transportation Operations rep. Could a crosswalk – envisioned as part of the roundabout project – be installed first? Omana asked. Short answer from Le, it’s more complex than it sounds, so, no.

ONE MORE TRANSPORTATION NOTE: Later in the meeting, Omana mentioned he’s also talking to SDOT about left-turn signals at 16th/Holden.

DELRIDGE TRIANGLE: Kim Barnes (who you might know as Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition co-chair) spoke about her project to get this spot improved. A Your Voice, Your Choice grant has been awarded to get it designed; a separate grant would be needed to be built, and a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant is being sought. Barnes came in hopes HPAC would support that. She also invited everyone to Roxhill Park‘s newly announced June 9th community barbecue.

HPIC UPDATES: Uncorked last weekend raised more than $25,000, reported Christie Sjostrom. Coming up – Corner Bar first Friday, Art Lounge with live (clothed) models second Friday, Movie Night third Friday, and the second Saturday in June will be second annual Album Side Saturday, 4-8 pm with food and fun outside. (You can keep up with HPIC events via the website.)

ADU OPTIONS: Scott pointed out that the city is seeking feedback right now on Accessory Dwelling Units (aka backyard cottages, mother-in-law units, etc.). It was pointed out that these are wide-ranging changes proposed in the Environmental Impact Statement, which is what’s being commented on right now. (Find out more here.)

CITY UPDATES: Scott mentioned that Andres Mantilla, the acting Department of Neighborhoods director, is a Highland Park resident and was in attendance at last week’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council. He also mentioned the request for feedback on SDOT‘s search for a new director.

RV PARKING: One of the city’s hottest topics came up at HPAC too. Discussion centered on what are, and aren’t, the current rules. RVs are parking at Riverview, attendees said. They’re going to invite SPD leadership to a future meeting, and perhaps other department reps.

SPEAKING OF THE CITY … MAYORAL VISIT: Scott invited the mayor to Highland Park, and she accepted, during her Town Hall meeting at the Senior Center of West Seattle. HPAC is still working on scheduling this.

FUTURE MEETINGS: HPAC meets fourth Wednesdays at HPIC (1116 SW Holden), 7 pm, all welcome. Watch hpacws.org for updates between meetings.

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What the Admiral Neighborhood Association heard from SPD, SDOT, and Sub Pop https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/what-the-admiral-neighborhood-association-heard-from-spd-sdot-and-sub-pop/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/what-the-admiral-neighborhood-association-heard-from-spd-sdot-and-sub-pop/#comments Sat, 19 May 2018 06:04:58 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=916812 We’ve already reported on the biggest news from this week’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting – the announcement of this year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha lineup. But that wasn’t all that happened. Here are the rest of the toplines:

COMMUNITY POLICING: The area’s assigned Community Police Team Officer John O’Neil introduced himself. He’s a 14-year SPD veteran, Navy veteran, father of three. “The human element of police officers has been lost …because we don’t share,” he explained as his rationale for a personal introduction. “A lot of time, people see the uniform, and they see a robot.” He has been working in western West Seattle for about six months now. He explained that CPT officers “handle the long-term problem calls. … We want to connect with people. We want to be at these meetings.” But “if someone’s breaking into your house,” don’t call him! He also told people NOT to report crimes via social media – SPD won’t see it.

In Q&A he was asked about noise at bar closing time. If it’s a chronic problem, that’s something you can bring to the attention of your Community Police Team officer, he said.

He also talked about the realities of policing our area and staffing challenges – prioritizing, shifting resources when needed (especially in times of emergencies such as last week’s deadly shooting at West Seattle Stadium), etc. Asked about the cruising/noise problem, Officer O’Neil said that’s still a work in progress. He also talked about what it’s like trying to catch racers on West Marginal Way SW.

A frustrated neighbor complained about how long it takes to get a response for a public nuisance, which segued into dealing with street disorder and campers. Officer O’Neil said that they have many protocols of what they can and can’t do. He also talked about how officers are tied up doing many things, not just responding to 911 calls; he told the story of a stolen-car report that hadn’t been responded to for eight hours because no one was available. He said he understood why the car’s owner was upset and even encouraged him to file a complaint.

Back to the issue of street disorder, Officer O’Neil says the department has a new policy about dealing with RVs, though he did not elaborate on what’s in that policy. (We’re still trying to find out more from the city about what the new policy entails.) Much frustration overall was vented, and while Officer O’Neil had no answers, he tried hard to explain the reality of what police deal with.

WEST SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAY: Mitchell Lloyd of SDOT brought an update; he said the timeline isn’t set yet for the second phase of the project. He said more than 200 responses were received in the recent online survey. If you have questions about the project, look for SDOT at the West Seattle Bee Festival on Saturday (11 am-2 pm at High Point Commons Park). Questions at the meeting included whether the project might correct some signage problems, such as one nearby area where an attendee said signs say “20 mph when children are present” but should say 20 mph at all times. Next project milestone, Lloyd said in response to a question from Wymer, will be proposing three or four specific routes in the North Admiral Connection, and then analyzing and gathering feedback on them.

SUB POP 30TH ANNIVERSARY UPDATE: Sub Pop Records reps stopped by with an update on the August 11th plan for Alki Beach. They’re still planning to close Alki SW between 56th and 63rd SW, with some “soft” closures on side streets (“local access only”) – same pattern as the Alki Summer Streets “car-free day” events that have been held in the past. Asked about the plan for, for example Beach Drive in the Constellation Park area, they said they haven’t gotten that far yet. They’re still working on renting lots from which they can run shuttles – Jack Block Park, West Marginal Way SW, etc. They also are planning to double Water Taxi service that day – an extra boat will be brought in, so there will be four runs each hour. Water Taxi shuttles will continue to run and SP will work with bike-rental companies too. “We will heavily message ‘don’t drive’, and … to respect the residents who live here,” said CEO Megan Jasper. They’re also aiming for it to be a zero-waste event. And Alki Playground/Whale Tail Park will have not only a family-friendly zone but also food trucks lined up on 59th. Beneficiaries of the event – particularly the beer gardens – will include the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and YouthCare.

KEXP radio will be a partner; the lineup will be announced May 29th. “Will there be a surprise guest?” they were asked. “Right now they’re ALL surprise guests,” Jasper said, to laughter. Meantime, they reiterate that they really appreciate feedback, opinions, thoughts, questions – and have already heard a lot from community groups in particular – so if you have anything to ask/say, bring it up. One person wondered if people will be encouraged to leave their dogs home, given that they’re not allowed on the beach … good point, she was told.

OTHER SUMMER EVENTS: ANA needs volunteers to sell treats at the post-parade games at Hamilton Viewpoint Park after the West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade. … Nicole from Fit4Mom talked about the parade – they recently launched crowdfunding, as reported here … ANA also is hoping to march in the West Seattle Grand Parade on July 21st (if you can help, let the group know!).

ADMIRAL BUSINESSES: ANA president Larry Wymer said he is trying to revive the Admiral merchants’ group that had formed years ago. He hopes to have a representative of the business community on hand every month; this month, it was Benjamin Jury, whose company Duos took over The Sanctuary at Admiral – where the ANA meets – months ago. It’s often used for weddings, he said, but also can be a great place for parties and reunions.

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION HUB: Up to 10 more volunteers are needed to continue organizing Admiral’s hub. Mary Coucoules is coordinating it and you can e-mail her if you are interested, coucou@spu.edu.

The Admiral Neighborhood Association meets every other month – mostly on second Tuesdays, but sometimes (like this month) that changes, so watch for announcements! The next meeting is currently scheduled for 6:30 pm July 10th.

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TUESDAY: SPD, SDOT, and Sub Pop @ Admiral Neighborhood Association https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/tuesday-spd-sdot-and-sub-pop-admiral-neighborhood-association/ Sun, 13 May 2018 20:12:12 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=916614 The Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s every-other-month meeting is set for this Tuesday (May 15th), 6:30 pm, and ANA president Larry Wymer sends word of three major agenda items:

Officer John O’Neil – Community Policing Officer with the Seattle Police Department – will update the neighborhood on the state of policing in Admiral, with an open Q&A session to listen to any of our concerns and answer any questions we might have.

Mitch Lloyd will discuss, and obtain our feedback, on the planned extension of SDOT’s ‘West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway’ northward from Junction into Admiral to provide connections, and enhance safety of those walking and biking in West Seattle.

Kara Mattaini with Sub Pop Records will return to follow up on their March meeting presentation with additional details of their ‘30th Anniversary Party At Alki Beach’ on Saturday, August 11.

We will also get updates and discuss a summer full of fun activities including the Summer Concert Series, 4th of July Parade, the Float Dodger/Grand Parade, and Adopt-A-Street Cleanups; and get updates from our various committees.

The ANA meets at The Sanctuary at Admiral, at 2656 42nd SW. Our meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every other month from 6:30-8:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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