West Seattle, Washington
Three months after we reported that the Westwood Village Barnes & Noble would close this month, it’s in its final days. As the sign says, January 12th is its final day – the store staff tells us the hours on Saturday will be 9 am to 9 pm, and then it’s closed forever, after 13 years. No official word yet on the space’s future.
Just in via SPD Blotter – two arrests resulting from a late-night police call at what the address indicates would have been the Westwood Village 24-Hour Fitness:
Officers were called to a gym in the 2600 block of Southwest Barton Street just after midnight Tuesday morning for a report of a theft.
Police arrived and contacted the 51-year-old victim, who said he was relaxing in the sauna when he heard the beeping of an alarm. He went to investigate and saw four people taking belongings from his locker. The victim tried to stop them but the suspects fled out various exits. The victim chased two of the suspects as they attempted to get into a car that was parked in a spot reserved for disabled parking. The two suspects were unsuccessful and continued to flee but were taken into custody by responding officers.
Police recovered the victim’s car keys and wallet, the only things missing from the theft. Officers checked the car the suspects were attempting to enter and discovered it was stolen from an address in Renton.
Officers booked the 18-year-old suspect into King County Jail for theft and released the 16-year-old suspect to his parents after the Youth Services Center refused to book the juvenile for the theft charge. Detectives will continue their work in hopes of identifying the other two suspects.
11:55 AM: As noted here over the weekend, Seattle Parks-owned Southwest Pool had to close because of damage caused during Friday night’s windstorm/power outage. The closure continues today, according to this newly posted update:
Until further notice this week, SW Pool is closed due to boiler heat exchanger damage during a power outage. A new system is being ordered Monday 12/17 and we will reopen as soon as we can.
The pool was one of 10,000-plus homes, businesses, and other buildings that lost power for hours when 50+-mph winds blew through on Friday night.
12:45 PM: Via Twitter, Seattle Parks says the pool is expected to reopen around 3 pm today. We’ll check on its status then.
In our windstorm-followup report earlier today, we included tweeted word from Seattle Parks that Southwest Pool is closed because of a boiler problem related to the storm. Tonight, Erin Bruce from pool management sent word that the closure could last longer than the rest of the weekend:
Southwest Pool will be closed for the rest of the weekend and possibly into early next week.
Due to damage from Friday night’s windstorm, we have no domestic hot water, and cannot re-open until the problem is fixed.
We have no estimate for the repair timeline, but Parks staff are working as fast as they can to get the pool up and running as quickly as possible.
Southwest Pool is the city’s only year-round aquatic facility in West Seattle. Evergreen Pool in nearby White Center is also closed right now, for resurfacing work that’s scheduled to continue until early January.
Two more West Seattle Crime Watch reports:
STOLEN CAR: Katharine‘s green 1999 Honda CR-V EX was stolen from the Westwood Village QFC parking lot last night (Sunday, November 25th) at 9 pm.
The plate starts with BJQ and the vehicle has bumper stickers “West Seattle” and “Plant-Powered.” SPD incident #18-440904. Call 911 if you see it.
STOLEN MAIL: From Morgan:
We returned on Sunday afternoon around 1:00 pm from the holiday weekend to discover our mail had been stolen. Our mailbox is a locked box, not a great one, and it was open and our mail was gone. A few hours later a nice neighbor returned it saying they found it in the gutter by 29th Ave SW and Myrtle. We are on 34th Ave SW and Webster Street in the Sunrise Heights neighborhood. Just wanted to get the word out since our neighbors’ cars were also vandalized (windows smashed) between Webster and Othello on 34th while we were out of town.
11:03 PM: Hard to see on a rainy night, but that puddling on SW Trenton just west of 34th SW isn’t just from the rain. Water is bubbling up from the street because of a break. Thanks to the area residents who tipped us about this; one neighbor said a crew was out flagging gas lines in advance of the repair crew. They were gone before we got there; another neighbor said Seattle Public Utilities told them that work won’t start until morning.
1:10 PM: Work did start this morning and is continuing:
No word hoe much longer. SPU says 20 homes are affected.
2:05 PM: Big police response converging on Westwood Village and Roxhill Park after a robbery report. According to police-radio communication, the robbery happened at Target and the robber “pulled a knife on security.” The robber was reported to have been seen heading “toward the bus stop” so police are checking Roxhill Park. Description: “Black male, light-skinned, 6’1″, black hooded puffy jacket with gray fur around the hood, light jeans, black Nike shoes, bright orange backpack.” The stolen items are described as video games.
2:11 PM: Per radio communication, police are detaining a suspect on Roxbury. They also report “knife recovered.”
2:20 PM: Per radio, the man in custody has been taken back to the scene, where the guard has confirmed that’s the suspect, who is now being taken to the precinct.
On Thursday morning when staff opened the pool, we found a wheelchair in our lobby. We do not know who the owner is or why it was left at the pool but we really want to return it to its owner. The owner can call us at 206-684-7440 and describe the wheelchair. We really would like to see it reunited with its owner.
Given that fencing around the front of the Southwest Customer Service Center, the city understands why you might think it’s not open. But, says city spokesperson Cyndi Wilder, it is!
Customers to the Southwest Customer Service Center (2801 SW Thistle St.) have reported that they think the office is closed due to construction happening at the front entrance. We’re making ADA improvements to the front entrance, but we’re open during construction. We’re asking customers to enter using the south entrance instead. Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (No passport application processing after 5 p.m.) Anyone with questions should call the Southwest Customer Service Center at 206-684-7417.
Southwest Pool next door is open too, as noted on the marquee.
Noticed while out this afternoon that demolition has begun on a long-in-play redevelopment site south of Southwest Library, 9030 35th SW. 10 years ago, the two-house site started Design Review as a 4-story, 33-unit, 38-parking-space mixed-use project; that went idle. Then in 2016, a new mixed-use proposal emerged and went all the way through the process – this time 5 stories, 40 apartments, 32 parking spaces.
As shown in our photo, one of the two houses on the site is now gone; the other is next.
P.S. If you’re wondering about the also-fenced-off property to the north, the Alison Apartments at 9020 35th SW, it’s not part of this project, but it’s vacant, after changing hands last year, and city files note a “substantial rehabilitation” is planned.
Today we’re welcoming one of our newest WSB sponsors: John L. Scott Real Estate Westwood. Here’s their message for you:
This John L. Scott office is owned by Scott Henry and Chantille Henry, who grew up and have worked in West Seattle nearly their entire adult lives, mostly in the real-estate industry. They believe strongly in giving back to the community, by volunteering time and donating to different organizations. Now as sole owners of John L. Scott Westwood, they are bringing that focus of community outreach to the company as well. Earlier this year, the John L. Scott Westwood real-estate agents and their clients donated to Chief Sealth International High School‘s Closet, which assists students in need with clothing, food, and school supplies.
John L Scott Westwood‘s owners together have 26 years of experience in West Seattle. While covering Burien as well with a staff of 50 agents, they remain a West Seattle-owned and -operated business. Scott and Chantille say they are always customer-focused and have worked for the past 26 years
to make sure their agents are customer-focused too.
Scott says the market is rapidly changing since the start of this past summer. There’s been a definite change. The five-year trend of Seattle being a seller’s market has come to a close and now West Seattle is becoming a buyer’s market. Right now more homes are for sale and it’s taking longer to sell. As such he and Chantille believe that their John L. Scott office’s strength is in the fact that they and their team understand the market and the neighborhood because they’ve been serving West Seattle for so long.
You can find John L. Scott Westwood online here; their office is on the breezeway on the north side of Westwood Village (2600 SW Barton); they’re reachable by phone at 206-938-5572.
We thank John L. Scott Real Estate Westwood 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.
Earlier today, the West Seattle Crime Watch reports were all bicycle-related. This afternoon, it’s all about cars:
ABOUT THE 35TH/BARTON RESPONSE: Thanks to everyone who messaged us about this response a short time ago (including the person who texted the photo, taken from inside a bus that had to stop). Police say it was related to a suspected stolen car that turned out to NOT be a stolen car.
Meantime, two auto-theft reports received via e-mail:
GREEN 1997 HONDA CIVIC: Taken from Arbor Heights earlier this week:
Melody‘s car was taken from her driveway at 97th and 39th SW around 4 pm Monday, a 1997 Honda Civic LX, Dark Green, License AGS2316. Also: “There is (was) a red assist walker, handicapped parking permit, and a small pink service dog vest and leash in the car.” Call 911 if you see it or if you see this next stolen vehicle, also a ’97 Honda:
BLACK 1997 HONDA CR-V: From Codie:
My 1997 Honda CR-V was stolen from my driveway on 4th Ave SW, near Roxbury/Myers Way, between 12:45 am and 8 am. It’s black, 4-door, basic, wear and tear, but in good condition. Had a wheelbarrow and yard working tools in it. Along with my recently passed Father In Law’s Marine Corps hat with his pins on it. License plate number AUA5782.
It was stolen 2 years ago about the same time of year and I happened to drive by it 6 weeks later parked in front of a house by (Dick Thurnau Memorial) Park. Please, if you see any unusual cars parked in your neighborhood for an unusual amount of time, ask your neighbors if it’s theirs or if they have noticed how long it’s been sitting.If nobody knows please take the time to call it in…somebody could be looking for it.
My car sat literally down the road, 8 blocks one way and 6 blocks the other, for over a month, full of “family” stuff at the time, car seat, car hart jacket, dog food, trike…it was super rainy and wet that year. When I happened to find it, it was super moldy and full of everything in it except the dog food…started right up, thankfully. Took months to get all the mold out and the car seat was not useable. However, I spent 6 weeks in the rain on the bus with my 3 year old. That included Halloween. The person whose house we found it in front of said that, yes he had noticed it, and yes he had asked around, but just hadn’t gotten around to calling it in. We made the best of it then and I will again (we have a beater car that we acquired last time this happened through the grace of a friend). My CRV is paid for and I just replaced the windshield and a myriad of other things to ensure that it keeps on keepin on. I can only hope when it is found it’s still drivable. Please keep your eye out … thank you for taking the time to read.
Auto theft is up sharply in this area over last year; more about that in our upcoming coverage of last night’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting.
When Marcellus Turner, who leads the Seattle Public Library system, came to West Seattle for a community conversation earlier this month, we weren’t able to be there, but SPL told us they planned an online recap. That recap is now online, and if you’re among SPL’s thousands of local users, you might be interested. Along with a summary of what Turner told those in attendance at Southwest Library, you can also read how he responded to the following questions – on the recap page, each is followed by a plus sign you can click to see the response.
Are building renovations covered under the maintenance portion of the budget?
Is the Library allowed to pursue grants?
Do you approach local businesses to request in-kind services?
When I was growing up, librarians were strict. But now, kids are often noisy while playing games on computers, sometimes multiple people per one computer. It goes against what I feel is the proper use for the Library.
Different libraries seem to allow different levels of noise. Can we have a maximum noise level?
If there’s a group that gets consistent complaints, can they be removed?
I have inadvertently viewed material on the public computers at the Central Library that I didn’t want to see. What is being done to prevent that?
How is the Library addressing the needs of people who need quiet vs. people who need to make noise?
Can the Library have resources, programs and outreach focused on people with dementia?
Could we have more Young Adult titles in Peak Picks?
Can the Library loan more physical objects? For instance, a wooden shoe that kids could learn to tie shoes with.
If nobody is waiting for a book, why are we limited to only two renewals?
Please don’t shelve juvenile non-fiction with adult non-fiction – it makes it hard for me to find the kids books.
Is the Wi-Fi turned off at night?
I want to see book groups at every branch.
This was Turner’s only West Seattle stop in the current round of community conversations. SPL says about 30 people were there.
Just in case you haven’t seen it already on our calendar or elsewhere: Seattle’s chief librarian Marcellus Turner comes to our neighborhood this week for one of the “community conversations” he’s holding around the city. He will be at Southwest Library 1-2 pm Wednesday (October 3), and the Seattle Public Library announcement says it’s a chance to:
-Tell the chief librarian how the Library can better serve you and your neighborhood
-Learn about innovative services that are meeting changing community needs
-Understand how the Library’s goals and priorities support learning for everyone
-Find out results from a recent patron survey on Library programs and services
Southwest Library is at 9010 35th SW. All welcome; refreshments are planned. (WSB file photo: Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner during a 2017 visit to High Point Library)
If you have a concern/question for local police but haven’t been able to get to the regular evening meetings – we just got word that they’ll be at Westwood Village Starbucks (the standalone shop on the east side of the center) this Wednesday (October 3), 1-2:30 pm, for National Coffee with a Cop Day.
(Click here for full-size PDF flyer)
In case you haven’t already seen it in our calendar – we’re spotlighting Sunday’s Lantern Festival and Competition because lantern-makers interested in competing need to make theirs in advance and bring them to the festival. It’s set for 4:30-8 pm Sunday (September 23rd) at Southwest Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle). The competition is optional; prizes will be awarded, as you can see on the flyer. The festival also will feature performances, a Lion Dance, and kids’ arts and crafts. It’s presented by Van Lang Vietnamese Cultural Language School and Seattle Parks, and everyone is invited.
As reported here Friday, Seattle Parks cut short the planned monthlong closure of Southwest Pool, citing permit/contract trouble. But it’s operating on a limited schedule during the month instead. So what IS being worked on during that time? Parks has updated this post with info, including:
SPR will take advantage of the pool’s reduced operating schedule to conduct a complete interior LED conversion to the facility, including changing approximately 430 fluorescent tubes to LED. This effort will reduce the facility’s lighting energy consumption by 55%. This project will help us meet the City’s goal of reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2020, as set out by the Seattle Climate Action Plan. SPR will complete this project prior to the pool returning to its full operating schedule on Monday, Oct. 15.
The limited schedule, meantime, can be seen here (PDF).
Today was supposed to be the second day of a monthlong closure of Southwest Pool for accessibility renovations. Instead, we’ve just received word that the closure plan has changed dramatically because of permit problems – the pool will instead reopen Monday, and will be on a “limited schedule” for the next month. The announcement:
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will be making a variety of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements to Southwest Pool (2801 SW Thistle St.). Most of the work will take place this fall and will include improvements to the restrooms, driveway, entrance, and parking lot.
SPR originally planned to close Southwest Pool from Sept. 13-Oct. 14; however, contracts and permits were unable to be secured in time to meet the planned closure dates. Instead, Southwest Pool will now operate on a limited schedule from Monday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 14 to facilitate this work. The pool will resume operating on its normal schedule on Monday, Oct. 15. Details on Southwest Pool’s limited schedule can be found on their website.
SPR will continue ADA improvement work on Southwest Pool’s restrooms throughout October and November; however, this work will not impact facility hours. SPR will also work on improvements to Southwest Pool’s front driveway, entrance, and parking lot in October and November, which will require users to access the facility via the rear entrance. ADA improvements to the pool locker rooms will occur in spring 2019.
The “limited schedule” that will be in place starting Monday can be seen here (PDF). Southwest Pool is at 2801 SW Thistle.
With another tentative agreement for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302, work is expected to resume on many projects in the region, including two that SDOT has going in West Seattle. One is the Arbor Heights sidewalk project along the west side of 35th SW between SW 100th and 106th; SDOT’s LeAnne Nelson tells WSB, “We are working with crews to plan work starting on Monday, but it’s not yet known if there will be challenges in getting materials—with many public and private projects resuming concrete/asphalt work at the same time. It’s expected that the concrete work will take place first.” The other is the Chief Sealth Walkway Improvements project on 25th and 26th north of SW Trenton. Nelson says, “This work requires asphalt, which ended up with more of a backlog from the strike than did concrete. The team is checking with the contractor to determine when the asphalt subcontractor will be available to finish the trails.”
Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes:
GUARDIAN ONE: Thanks to those who messaged us a few minutes ago that the law-enforcement helicopter was in the Westwood area; it wasn’t showing on flight tracker so we didn’t know until then. We checked in with them on Twitter and the reply: “Assisted Seattle PD with taking a felony suspect into custody near Westwood Village.”
STOLEN CAR: Alex e-mailed this report a short time ago: “My car was stolen outside of Southwest Youth and Family Services, at 25th SW and SW Alaska St. Blue Ford Taurus, 2005, WA license plate AVD0257. There is a Rover.com magnet on the back that may have been peeled off.” Call 911 if you see it. (SATURDAY UPDATE: Alex says his car has been recovered.)
8:13 PM: Thanks to the texter who sent that photo of a car fire at the 35th/Barton 7-11. Seattle Fire is still on the scene, according to the incident log. No other details.
ADDED 11:43 PM: Thanks to Ben for sending the video:
As you can see, firefighters got it out quickly.
11:23 PM: A report of gunfire in Westwood has police searching for up to five suspects. Per scanner, they were most recently reported to have fled behind the 35th/Barton 7-11 southbound and then westbound. A K-9 team is joining the search. The person reported to have fired one shot is described as a young “light-skinned black male” wearing a “sparkly red jacket.” No injuries reported.
11:29 PM: The gunshot reportedly happened near the Southwest Library (35th/Henderson). Also, the Guardian One helicopter is joining the search.
11:35 PM: Per radio communication, this involved someone “chasing (the suspects) with a two-by-four” when one “turned around and shot at” that person.
11:49 PM: The search is scaling down; they’ve exhausted the possibilities and there are other pending calls.
ADDED THURSDAY AFTERNOON: We have obtained the report narrative from SPD. The person who said he was fired at told police that he was chasing the suspects because they had assaulted his girlfriend. He said the two of them are squatting in an empty house in the 9000 block of 35th SW. She was walking in the alley and around the 34th/Barton P-Patch, looking for cigarette butts, when she encountered the suspects. One asked her for cigarettes; she said she had none and was looking for them herself. Then, the boyfriend told police, the suspects called her names, punched her in the face, knocked her down, and kicked her. She screamed for help; her boyfriend went to the house where they were squatting, got a 2 x 4, and chased the suspects after calling 911. That’s when one turned and shot at him, he said, as they were running southbound behind the 35th/Barton 7-11. He said he lost track of them at that point. While he insisted that’s where the shot was fired, police did not find a shell casing nor any other evidence of gunfire. Nearby residents also said they heard the shot. As we reported last night, helicopter and K9 assisted in the subsequent search, but no one was found.
Thanks for the tips! The driver of that car has been taken to a hospital to be checked out after hitting the outside of NK Nails at Westwood Village. Damage to the building is largely confined to the exterior, and the salon remains open for business.