West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Sep 2021 09:48:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ‘River for who? River for all!’ Rallying for, and over, the Duwamish https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/river-for-who-river-for-all-rallying-for-and-over-the-duwamish/ https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/river-for-who-river-for-all-rallying-for-and-over-the-duwamish/#respond Sat, 25 Sep 2021 05:40:57 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1016987 (WSB photos)

As changes in the Duwamish River cleanup plan have been proposed in recent months, the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition at first offered information and urged community members to participate in the comment process. But now it’s turned up the pushback a few notches – including a community rally tonight in South Park.

After gathering at South Park Plaza, nearly 100 river supporters of all ages, with signs in many languages, walked up onto the South Park Bridge‘s pedestrian path.

As participants stood along the bridge, passing drivers – from scooters to industrial trucks – beeped their support.

DRCC’s executive director Paulina López, engagement manager Adrienne Hampton, and Superfund manager James Rasmussen got to the heart of the reason for the rally – holding government and industry accountable for keeping their cleanup commitment: “This is not just a river for Georgetown and South Park. This is a river for the whole city. … Imagine what it could be like when we get the reast of the job done.”

DRCC sounded the alarm because of what it calls a “triple threat” to the river – including proposed changes to allowable pollutant levels as well as proposed changes in the cleanup itself – all explained here. (We also covered one of the proposals here.)

Their decision for a more visible form of resistance appears to have already had results. This afternoon, hours before the rally, the city, county, and port announced a letter to the EPA urging that cleanup commitments be met. We asked López about the letter; she said she was glad to see more pressure on the EPA, because “they are not listening to us.” DRCC is hoping that will change with more voices – “stay involved, keep fighting … continue to advocate for the Duwamish River” was the request at rally’s end.

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WEST SEATTLE SUNSET: Fall’s first spectacular show https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/west-seattle-sunset-falls-first-spectacular-show/ https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/west-seattle-sunset-falls-first-spectacular-show/#respond Sat, 25 Sep 2021 03:54:49 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1016978

Wherever you were, that was a sunset to remember. Above, Stephen Nielsen photographed it from Lowman Beach; below, a texter was at Alki Beach:

But you didn’t have to be on the water – Mike Burns sent this view from The Junction:

On our way back from breaking news, WSB’s Patrick Sand stopped for this look at the Olympics from a viewpoint in Upper Fauntleroy:

And one more view from the beach – this one’s from Jen Popp:

Thanks to everybody who emailed, texted, and tweeted photos!

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Roxbury crash https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/traffic-alert-roxbury-crash/ https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/traffic-alert-roxbury-crash/#respond Sat, 25 Sep 2021 02:26:47 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1016972

After leaving the 14th incident, we went by this crash scene on Roxbury west of 8th. At least 3 cars involved. No medic unit sent so apparently no major injuries but we will follow up wirh SFD.

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UPDATE: ‘Scenes of violence’ response on 14th SW, unfounded https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/scenes-of-violence-response-at-14th-barton/ https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/scenes-of-violence-response-at-14th-barton/#respond Sat, 25 Sep 2021 01:54:05 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1016967 6:54 PM: SPD and SFD have a ‘scenes of violence’ response near 14th/Barton. We are en route.

(WSB photo)

7:09 PM: Police and fire are on 14th south of Barton. They tell us this actually turned out not to be an assault, but rather a person with a pre-existing medical condition who’s been taken to a hospital.

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WEEKEND PREVIEW: West Side Artists studio tour https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/weekend-preview-west-side-artists-studio-tour/ https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/weekend-preview-west-side-artists-studio-tour/#respond Sat, 25 Sep 2021 00:26:45 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1016962 Get a close-up look at the local art scene this weekend by visiting stops on the West Side Artists studio tour! 10 am-5 pm Saturday and 11 am-4 pm Sunday, the tour features more than 30 artists, at nine stops:

From Admiral to Arbor Heights to White Center, the tour is free and self-guided. Also note: “In an effort to have a spacious environment as a COVID precaution, each stop has set up an outdoor display for viewing. The mapped destinations are working artists’ studios and each will have multiple people showcasing their artwork – From ceramics to weaving, encaustic painting to forged jewelry, and from colored pencil to tin collage – We have it all!”

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SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: American Constellation https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/seen-off-west-seattle-american-constellation/ https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/seen-off-west-seattle-american-constellation/#comments Fri, 24 Sep 2021 22:55:59 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1016951

Thanks to David Hutchinson for the photo. The small cruise ship American Constellation sailed into Elliott Bay today. It carries up to 175 passengers – a tiny fraction of the other ships that sail from/to Seattle. The ship is scheduled to sail out of Seattle tomorrow on a 10-night “Grand Puget Sound Cruise” (see the itinerary here). Four other sailings from Seattle are on its schedule in October and November.

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West Seattle teen to spend Saturday swimming, biking, running ‘solo Ironman’ triathlon https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/west-seattle-teen-to-spend-saturday-swimming-biking-running-solo-ironman-triathlon/ https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/west-seattle-teen-to-spend-saturday-swimming-biking-running-solo-ironman-triathlon/#comments Fri, 24 Sep 2021 20:45:18 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1016938

That’s Herman Meyer, who you might see around West Seattle tomorrow attempting an intense atyletic feat. Herman’s friend Riley Nachtrieb tells the story:

West Seattle High School senior Herman Meyer (17 years old) is attempting to complete a solo Ironman around West Seattle on Saturday, September 25th. This is an unorganized event.

Not only is he doing his first Ironman triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run), he is doing it alone, competing only with himself.

Herman will be attempting this as a personal endeavor. It is purely driven by his determination to finish the 140.3 miles. He says, “I talked about it with a friend and I thought it would be fun to do. I have always wanted to do something like it, so I committed.”

He’s going to start the swim at 8 am near the Alki Bathhouse. Around one and a half hours later, he will be transitioning to his bike, riding loops around West Seattle until he reaches the 112-mile mark at his house- This will be around seven and a half hours later. From there, he will continue onto his 26.2 mile run. If everything goes according to plan, he will finish his solo Ironman around 12 am.

Herman will be accompanied by friends and family for safety, support, and pacing. West Seattle High School friends will be following on paddle boards; His parents, Kathrine and Wesley Meyer, will be following on bikes; And WSHS alum Riley Nachtrieb, who attempted to run the first 140mi Olympic Discovery Trail FKT, will be running with him.

On Saturday, if you see a person swimming alongside paddle boards, a cyclist wearing a pink helmet, or a couple people running on Alki at zero dark thirty, that is Herman! The public is always welcomed to show support publicly and virtually throughout this amazing effort.

On Saturday, you can follow along live on Instagram: @hermanasaurus_rex and @rileyknachtrieb.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Bike thefts, car prowl, burglars and catalytic-converter thieves scared off https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-bike-thefts-car-prowl-burglars-and-catalytic-converter-thieves-scared-off/ https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-bike-thefts-car-prowl-burglars-and-catalytic-converter-thieves-scared-off/#comments Fri, 24 Sep 2021 18:58:05 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1016925 Five reader reports:

TRAILER-TOWING BIKE THIEF: Aaron reports, “Some guy came down our dead end road and stole my wife and 10-year-old son’s bikes that I had just moved outside to work in my shop.” This clip shows him loading them into a pickup trailer:

Closer look at the pickup and the thief:

Aaron says this happened near 46th and Roxbury.

(added 2:39 pm) ANOTHER BIKE THEFT: Mike sent this – suspected to be the same person in Aaron’s report:

I wanted to report a bike theft that happened in my carport on Monday afternoon. The thief pulled into my driveway about ten minutes after I left to take my son to his Kung Fu class. He browsed the bikes I had hanging on the racks and took my younger son’s (7 y/o). My wife’s bike was locked, but I’ve never locked the kids’ because it’s never been a concern.



(back to original roundup) AND ANOTHER BIKE THEFT: Texted report:

I am heartbroken; my 2019 red Kona Lava Dome with side bags/saddle bag, says Support 32 on them, bike serial number BIKO19LDL, was stolen from my work place [Providence West Seattle] between 10 pm Wednesday night and 4:30 am Thursday

BEACH DRIVE BURGLARY ATTEMPT: Walt reports this happened to his tenant around 12:45 am Tuesday in the 4800 block of Beach Drive SW – the tenant was awakened “by front doorbell ringing continuously along with door knocking.” The resident did not respond, thinking they’d go away.When the knocking/doorbell ringing stopped, the resident got up to check and found two people trying to break in through the kitchen window, The resident “screamed and yelled and they ran away.” Police incident # is 21-250910.

CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT INTERRUPTED: Carolyn in Highland Park says this happened at “almost 5 am, on a 2006 Toyota hybrid Highlander. I ran out when I heard it and yelled at them- it was actually hilarious, I was kicking his legs hanging out from under the car with my bare feet. It was enough though to make them take off in their light gray Mercedes. I unfortunately didn’t get a good look at both of their faces, it all happened so fast- I was out there in seconds, but they still got through a quarter of the pipe.”

GATEWOOD CAR PROWL: Texted report:

Last evening, probably between 5 and 7pm, during broad daylight a BMW’s window was smashed in on the corner of SW Austin Street and 41st Avenue SW. Criminal took items from the vehicle. This is the 3rd vehicle to have its window broken in the last 3 weeks on the same intersection. This time in the broad daylight! Police report was filed again too.

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ORCAS: Southbound off West Seattle https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/orcas-southbound-off-west-seattle/ https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/orcas-southbound-off-west-seattle/#comments Fri, 24 Sep 2021 17:16:56 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1016922 10:16 AM: Thanks to Kersti Muul for word that orcas are passing again – southbound this time, between Bainbridge and Blake Island, “a larger group.” Let us know if you see them!

10:55 AM: Thanks for the updates in comments!

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WEST SEATTLE FRIDAY: Duwamish River rally, outdoor movie, nightlife, more https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/west-seattle-friday-duwamish-river-rally-nightlife-more/ https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/west-seattle-friday-duwamish-river-rally-nightlife-more/#comments Fri, 24 Sep 2021 17:14:24 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1016915
(Art by Machel Spence)

Fall’s first weekend is almost here! Here’s what you can do in the hours ahead:

TASTE OF WEST SEATTLE: Third-to-last day of the weeklong dine-out benefit for the West Seattle Food Bank. 27 food/drink establishments are participating – some by donating a percentage of proceeds, some with specific menu items. The venue list and other info can be found here.

NAME CHANGE? The City Council’s Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee meets at 2 pm with the proposal to change “single-family area” to “neighborhood residential area” among the items on the agenda, which explains how to comment/watch.

DUWAMISH RIVER RALLY: 5-7 pm at South Park Plaza (8456 Dallas Ave. S.), all welcome to come show support for keeping the cleanup on track, as previewed here.

FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE: At dusk outside Grace Church (10323 28th SW), all welcome to come watch “Secret Life of Pets,” free.

TRIPLE BILL: Live music at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW) with 31 Nights, Montlake Traffic and First Saint Street, 8 pm.

LIVE MUSIC AT THE BEACH: 8:30 pm at J&J Public House (2808 Alki SW), live music led by Grammy winner Andrew Gouché. $10 cover.

ON THE BIG SCREEN: Music Video Fridays with VJ Lacefront, 9 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW)

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SPORTS: West Seattle Reign organizing new youth-basketball league https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/sports-west-seattle-reign-organizing-new-youth-basketball-league/ https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/sports-west-seattle-reign-organizing-new-youth-basketball-league/#comments Fri, 24 Sep 2021 16:18:08 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1016803 Third- through eighth-grade basketball player in your household? The West Seattle Reign (WSB sponsor) is registering players for a new league. Here’s the announcement:

In addition to our travel teams, we are hosting an in-club basketball league during the Fall and Spring seasons!

Registration is open to all athletes 3rd grade to Middle School and all skill levels. All teams are co-ed.

Fall 2021 – 10/19/21 to 12/18/2021
Spring 2022 – February–June

There will be 8 weeks of play with one practice and one game per week (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) times TBD.

More information can be found on our website: westseattlereign.com

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TRAFFIC, WEATHER, ROAD WORK, TRANSIT: Friday notes and weekend alerts https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/traffic-weather-road-work-transit-friday-notes-and-weekend-alerts-2/ https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/traffic-weather-road-work-transit-friday-notes-and-weekend-alerts-2/#comments Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:03:53 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1016902 6:03 AM: Good morning!


Today’s forecast has more sunshine and another 70ish high (Thursday’s high was 69).


26th SW – Northbound 26th SW remains closed between Roxbury and Barton but King County has set the date for directions to switch – October 4th, they expect to reopen northbound and close southbound for the month of October.

25th SW & BartonMore county-led RapidRide prep work.

Delridge project“Punch list” tasks continue – next week’s preview is expected later today.

West Marginal – SDOT says, “This weekend, we’ll continue working on the new pedestrian signal at the Duwamish Longhouse as part of the West Marginal Way SW Improvements project. We’ll begin work as soon as 8 AM and finish as early as 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday. This work is anticipated to have minor traffic impacts, but you may see traffic slowdowns and lane reductions in the area.”

23rd SW trail repair – Also from SDOT: “On Saturday, we’ll also be performing trail pavement repair work on the 23rd Ave SW bike trail between SW Charlestown St and SW Spokane St. The trail will be completely closed between 8 AM and 4 PM. There will be no traffic impacts; however, please practice caution while in the area.”

Not in West Seattle, but – All weekend, “Weekend lane and ramp closures on SB I-5 between I-90 and S. Spokane St.”


Buses are on regular schedules today – except for the rerouting in RapidRide H Line work zones. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of canceled trips.

For ferries and water taxis, regular schedule today; the Spirit of Kingston has replaced Doc Maynard on the West Seattle Water Taxi run until further notice. Watch @wsferries for ferry updates.


549th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here are views of other bridges and routes:

Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras remain in use; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends; the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Access applications are available here for some categories of drivers.)

West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/Holden – The camera’s back, now pointed west:

The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

The 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):

For the South Park Bridge (map), here’s the nearest camera:

Are draw/swing bridges opening for boats or barges? The @SDOTBridges Twitter feed will tell you. (1st Ave. South Bridge openings also are tweeted on @wsdot_traffic.)

See all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also on this WSB page.

Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.

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WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE: Another visit, with a look ahead to what’s about to happen https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/west-seattle-bridge-another-visit-with-a-look-ahead-to-whats-about-to-happen/ https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/west-seattle-bridge-another-visit-with-a-look-ahead-to-whats-about-to-happen/#comments Fri, 24 Sep 2021 04:42:16 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1016882 (WSB photos/video. Above, the repurposed shipping container covering entrance to bridge interior)

By Tracy Record and Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

A year and a half after closing the West Seattle Bridge, SDOT is giving tours while getting ready for repairs. Among those who are being offered a firsthand look, according to an SDOT email shared with us by a source, are “members of the West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force, Technical Advisory Panel, and our governmental partners and supporters.” Plus, this afternoon – the media.

We were up on the bridge five weeks ago, but that was part of a visit by dignitaries from D.C. – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and Deputy Transportation Secretary Polly Trottenberg. Today’s tour was intended solely to give reporters and photographers (attendance was limited to one person per media organization, so it was one or the other) a firsthand look. That included another view inside the bridge, where most of the upcoming work will happen:

Among the SDOT reps leading the tour, roadway-structures director Matt Donahue, the man who broke the news to city leaders in March 2020 that he’d discovered cracking that necessitated the emergency closure.

Donahue and bridge program director Heather Marx recounted the explanation of “why the bridge broke” (as covered here in August). Once the bridge was stabilized last year, that took care of the cracking problem. Intensive monitoring continues, with a few visible signs on top of the bridge.

Today in fact, some SDOT staff was on the bridge for a monthly monitoring visit (which is in addition to electronic monitors in place that are watched remotely). We talked with Marx about the “early work” that’s been mentioned as starting soon:

We asked Marx for a list of what “early work” is likely to entail:

Core Drilling
Hydro Demo
Ground Penetrating Radar
Carbon Fiber-reinforced Polymer
Tug Service
Deck Grooving
Saw Cutting
Traffic Control

As was the case when we visited the bridge in August, some work is in evidence now:

(‘Under-bridge inspection truck’)

SDOT still isn’t getting any more specific about the projected reopening than “mid-2022.” They’ve said that the contractor was providing schedule estimates as part of design milestones; we asked for that proposed schedule and were told earlier this week by an SDOT spokesperson that “it’s part of an active negotiation with our contractor, so we aren’t releasing it.”

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Firefighter’s gear stolen https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-firefighters-gear-stolen/ https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-firefighters-gear-stolen/#comments Fri, 24 Sep 2021 02:19:47 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1016872 Sent by CP:

I’d like to report a theft and ask for the community’s help in recovering the missing items. A fellow Seattle Firefighter who lives out of town spent the night at my house near Lincoln Park before going to Portland for a training. Between 5:30 and 6:30 AM his car was broken into. The thieves took bunking gear (pants, jacket, boots, helmet for firefighting), and several firefighter uniforms. Some of the items were custom-made and irreplaceable, accumulated over a 20-year career as a Seattle Firefighter (he started one week after 9/11). Leather suspenders below.

A police report has been filed. If anyone has information, we ask that they email mattlujan28@gmail.com.

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Southwest Design Review Board gives its final OK to 3201 SW Avalon Way https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/southwest-design-review-board-gives-its-final-ok-to-3201-sw-avalon-way/ https://westseattleblog.com/2021/09/southwest-design-review-board-gives-its-final-ok-to-3201-sw-avalon-way/#comments Fri, 24 Sep 2021 01:44:44 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1016868

In an online meeting that just concluded, the Southwest Design Review Board gave unanimous approval to the design proposal for 3201 SW Avalon Way, a mixed-use building planned to replace the Golden Tee Apartments, while keeping the name. Here’s the design packet for the meeting:

Board chair Scott Rosenstock and members John Cheng, Patrick Cobb, and Johanna Lirman were present. Tonight’s review came three years, and one architect change, after the previous one.

ARCHITECT’S PRESENTATION: Scot Carr from Public47 Architects explained the property’s been in the same family’s hands for generations. They hope the 8-story project – with ~144 apartments, 3,500 square feet of commercial space, and 70 to 80 parking spaces – will interface well with the future nearby light-rail station. Carr also noted that his firm took over the project after its previous Design Review Board consideration, but incorporated feedback from that review phase as they developed the design further. The massing (size, shape, placement on site) has had to deal with a variety of factors, including transition to nearby neighborhoods’ scale and power lines that require setback, The site has “dramatic topography changes,” he also noted. Mike Laurencelle said the parking would be accessed from 31st SW, and there would be an area for commercial vehicles to access. Laurencelle said the building would have units of various sizes – lofts, 1 bedrooms, 2 bedrooms, even some 3 bedrooms, He detailed some of the materials they plan to use. He also showed how the corner “plaza” is meant to interface with passersby. And he said they’re seeking two “departures” – zoning exceptions – including structure width and setbacks,

Landscape architect Karen Kiest – who continued on the project through the change of designers – said there’ll be “a lot of small trees” because of the overhead power lines. She listed other landscape features, including an area to play bocce, and “a killer roof” with “an extensive green roof.”

BOARD QUESTIONS: These included Cobb asking about the thought process that went into the facade. ‘Since it’s so visible, it really doesn’t have a front or back,” Carr said, while saying they’re trying not to have such an overwhelming mass, Lirman followed up on the “semi-private courtyard space” that was mentioned, wondering who has access to that. The area could facilitate more outdoor dining for the envisioned restaurant, some bocce playing, people who grab a sandwich from the envisioned “general store.” Rosenstock asked if the height has increased from the Early Design Guidance phase since the site was upzoned; the architects said it’s the same number of stories, maybe “a few feet taller.”

PUBLIC COMMENT: First, previously received written comments were read, including a concern about building height, reduced privacy for the neighboring condo building, and comments both for/against the planned 31st SW vehicle access. Six people signed up to speak during the meeting. Non-design-related comments that were received will be sent to staffers involved with those respective areas. Commenter Joel said he’s a former Avalon resident and believes mixed-use development will greatly benefit the area. Commenter Mike asked for his comment to be read; he said it was an “amazing design.” Commenter David also asked for his comment to be read; the question was “why is this project being considered” because of the light-rail route? (No answer was provided) Another commenter who said they had recently moved into an Avalon townhouse said commercial development will be a boon and is interested in outdoor-dining space.

BOARD DELIBERATIONS: Cobb still had some concern about the sizable facade. Rosenstock noted that concern dated back to the Early Design review. Cheng thought the “stepping of the massing is responding to the topography quite well.” Lirman said she was especially impressed by the “ground-floor pedestrian experience.” Rosenstock noted that was a major change from the first-phase design. Cheng also had praise for the improved design elements along 31st. Moving on to materials, Cheng said it’s important to ensure consistency. No one had any significant critiques. Moving on to the public spaces, Lirman wondered about security. Cheng wanted to ensure the “public” spaces truly would be open to the public. Rosenstock observed that if the commercial spaces really do host businesses, this will liven up the middle of Avalon, which currently is only bookended by business districts. Regarding the landscape design, Rosenstock said he hopes it will emulate the golf theme, playing off everything from the property’s name to the golf course’s proximity. A few more recommendations: Noise buffer from the roof; sign subtlety, so no illuminated signage is a “shining beacon.”

They also agreed to recommend approval of the departures. Finally, they voted 4-0 to recommend final design approval of the project.

GOT COMMENTS? You can still send yours, whether for design or other aspects of the project – email the assigned planner, greg.johnson@seattle.gov, who will be writing the final report.

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