West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 04 Feb 2023 08:48:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BIZNOTE FOLLOWUP: Alair will stay open after all https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/biznote-followup-alair-will-stay-open-after-all/ https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/biznote-followup-alair-will-stay-open-after-all/#comments Sat, 04 Feb 2023 06:25:42 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1055973

A beloved small independent business that announced closure plans two months ago will NOT be closing after all. Alair Gift Shop at 3270 California SW (and co-housed sibling business Dylan) has a new owner! Alair founder Shandon Armstrong finalized the deal this week. The new owner explained via email, “I was shocked when Shandon said she was closing because I knew she built something really great over the years. We were able to come up with a solution. I’m thrilled to be able to keep the awesome local staff, location, name, and general awesome vibe of Dylan and Alair.” The new owner and partners are choosing to be anonymous but describe themselves as “long-time locals with a passion for women-owned small businesses.” The transition will be seamless, and you’ll have more time each week to shop there soon: “We will move to being open 6 days per week (Tuesday-Sunday) beginning February 14th.”

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BASKETBALL: Chief Sealth IHS celebrates senior girls while winning home finale https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/basketball-chief-sealth-ihs-celebrates-senior-girls-while-winning-home-finale/ https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/basketball-chief-sealth-ihs-celebrates-senior-girls-while-winning-home-finale/#respond Sat, 04 Feb 2023 04:48:12 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1055960

Thanks to Chief Sealth International High School‘s assistant girls-basketball coach Casey Johnson for the photo! Chief Sealth celebrated Seahawk senior girls before Wednesday night’s regular-season home finale. They are:

#1 – Catherine Sermeno
#3 – Hailey Merryweather
#4 – Solvieg Defant
#10 – Delaney Sipila
#20 – Nassira Hassan
#40 – Cyanna Aguirre
#42 – Vivian Gaither
#44 – Maryann Passmore

The girls beat Nathan Hale on Wednesday, 52-43, and are now 11-6 with one game left on the regular-season schedule, 7 pm Tuesday at Lincoln.

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ELECTION 2023: Burien Mayor Sofia Aragon becomes second candidate for King County Council District 8 https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/election-2023-burien-mayor-sofia-aragon-becomes-second-candidate-for-king-county-council-district-8/ https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/election-2023-burien-mayor-sofia-aragon-becomes-second-candidate-for-king-county-council-district-8/#comments Sat, 04 Feb 2023 03:26:14 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1055944 The first declared candidate for King County Council District 8 is currently on the Seattle City Council; now we have a second candidate, who’s currently on the Burien City Council. We’re frequently checking the state list of people registering election campaigns, and this afternoon it had an addition: Burien Mayor Sofia Aragon, registering a campaign for the County Council seat that Joe McDermott is leaving after a decade-plus. Burien’s mayor is chosen by fellow councilmembers; Aragon has held the title since last year, and has been on the council since 2020. Two years before that, she ran for 34th District State Senator, finishing fourth in a primary field of 11. The City of Burien website describes Aragon as “a registered nurse and attorney (who) worked in Olympia for over a decade to advocate for affordable and accessible health care, protecting public health, workplace safety, and ensuring differing opinions are included when developing public policy.” She currently is executive director of the Washington Center for Nursing (Burien city councilmembers serve part time). The field for the County Council race won’t be final until the official filing week in mid-May; the August 1st primary will send the top two finishers to the November primary.

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UPDATE: ‘Rescue extrication’ response at 20th/Roxbury https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/rescue-extrication-response-at-20th-roxbury/ https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/rescue-extrication-response-at-20th-roxbury/#comments Sat, 04 Feb 2023 01:57:19 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1055937 5:57 PM: Avoid the area. We’re en route to find out what happened.

6:14 PM: We are juat arriving. A reader texted this photo:

6:22 PM: The driver went into a ditch that’s been netted off as part of road work. No serious injuries, firefighters tell us – no one needed to be taken to a hospital.

7:51 PM: A texter says the car’s been pulled out, so the scene should be entirely clear shortly.

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WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Power outage for 3,200+ customers blamed on tree https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/west-seattle-weather-power-outage/ https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/west-seattle-weather-power-outage/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2023 22:52:11 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1055914 2:52 PM: After another burst of wind gusts, the power’s out for some in West Seattle. So far we’re hearing from the Admiral area. (Our lights flickered here in the south but the power’s still on.) Not yet mapped. Updates to come,

2:54 PM: Now it’s mapped. 3,292 customers in northeast West Seattle – part of Delridge, too. … Note that you’ll hear sirens because power outages tend to set off some automatic fire alarms and strand people in elevators, and SFD has to respond to those calls. (Added – Reader photo of Ladder 13 at Salty’s on Alki [WSB sponsor] for an elevator rescue:)

3:03 PM: Note that some businesses are affected as well as signalized intersections (that means the latter are all all-ways stops). … Another standard reminder: The “estimated restoration time” on the SCL map is absolutely meaningless – power could be back in five minutes or five hours. Commenters in North Delridge report hearing the type of noise pre-outage that suggests tree vs. wire but no specific reports yet – if you see City Light crews at work, let us know!

3:34 PM: Outage is down to 1,310 customers, per SCL map:

3:58 PM: The “elevator rescue” calls are all resolved now, but at one point both West Seattle ladder trucks were busy with them, so a third truck – Ladder 1, based at Station 10 in the International District – had to be called over. Here’s a texted reader photo of its response at 1661 Alki SW:

4:09 PM: From SCL: “The current West Seattle outage was caused by a tree coming down onto wires in the vicinity of 26th and Nevada.” … We don’t have specifics on this tree but if you know of a tree that appears to be a threat to power stability, SCL does have a form you can use to report it – find it here.

4:38 PM: Commenters report SCL is working at 28th/Nevada. Here’s a photo from Chris:

4:58 PM: The outage has disappeared from the map, which means everybody should be back on now.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police response at LA Fitness https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-response-at-la-fitness/ https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-response-at-la-fitness/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2023 22:05:32 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1055909

Police have detained two people after responding to an incident at LA Fitness in The Junction. Details are few but police told us at the scene that they’re told three people went into the gym and to the front desk, where at least one of them brandished a gun and was wearing a ski mask. What the intent was, is still under investigation, but the suspects were still in the garage when police got there, and they’ve reported probable cause for detaining two people on suspicion of harassment, and the call is classified “threats.” Officers reportedly found one gun while questioning the suspects. We’ll add anything more we find out.

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YOU CAN HELP: Dream Dinners cooks up food fundraiser for West Seattle Elementary https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/you-can-help-dream-dinners-cooks-up-food-fundraiser-for-west-seattle-elementary/ https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/you-can-help-dream-dinners-cooks-up-food-fundraiser-for-west-seattle-elementary/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2023 21:23:54 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1055900 Dream Dinners-West Seattle (longtime WSB sponsor) has long been partnering with local schools for fundraisers that get easy home-cooked meals for you and vital support for the schools. Here’s the latest:

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, help us support our community. Friends of West Seattle Elementary has a BIG GOAL to reach and we want to contribute. When you purchase 3 Special Event meals from us, we are able to donate $10 back to West Seattle Elementary. If you have ever experienced ‘what’s for dinner’ decision fatigue, we can help you get dinner on the table and contribute to West Seattle Elementary. Our dinners last up to 3 months in the freezer. You will always have a dinner ready to cook! It’s a WIN for the students and a WIN for your family and your peace of mind. Let’s support our community together.

Direct links for orders and pickup dates/times for the fundraiser:

2/22 – 6 pm dreamdinners.com/session/964354
2/23 – 11 am dreamdinners.com/session/964355
2/23 – 6 pm dreamdinners.com/session/964361
2/25 – 9:30 am – dreamdinners.com/session/964356
2/27 – 10 am – dreamdinners.com/session/964360

FOWSE adds, “If you haven’t been to Dream Dinners before, these are pre-made, frozen meals that can either be defrosted for consumption or put in your freezer for a future dinner.” Dream Dinners-West Seattle is on the east side of outer Jefferson Square, at 41st/Alaska.

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Corner Bar returns and more for the rest of your West Seattle Friday https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/corner-bar-returns-and-more-for-the-rest-of-your-west-seattle-friday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/corner-bar-returns-and-more-for-the-rest-of-your-west-seattle-friday/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2023 19:11:50 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1055894 (Seen in Gatewood. WSB photo)

Here’s what’s happening for the rest of February’s first Friday!

SCRABBLE CLUB: Come play 12:30-1:30 pm at Margie’s Café in the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon).

NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: Tasting room on the north end of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus is open 1-6 pm Fridays (and Saturdays).

FREE INDOOR PLAYSPACE: Toddler Gym weekday afternoons at the Salvation Army Center (9050 16th SW), ages 2-6, 3:30-5 pm.

AFTER-SCHOOL MAGIC LEAGUE: Weekly 4-6 pm event for 12+, $5 per player – learn about and play “Magic: the Gathering” at Meeples Games (3727 California SW)

CORNER BAR RETURNS: Buildingless but not eventless! Highland Park Improvement Club takes Corner Bar on the road, 6-10 pm at Highland Park Corner Store (7789 Highland Park Way SW), as previewed here.

LIVE AT C & P: Guitar Gil plays C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) 7-9 pm. No cover!

AT THE SKYLARK: 7 pm, free all-ages Emo Night, spinning 2000s tunes. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

‘AN ENDLESS SHIFT’: Second week at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor) continues tonight, 7:30 pm. Get your ticket(s) here.

FULL MOON SOUND BATH: Presented by Inner Alchemy at Move2Center, 7:30 pm. (3618 SW Alaska)

Something to add to our calendar? westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

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SCHOLARSHIPS: Application time for two offered by Rotary Club of West Seattle https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/scholarships-application-time-for-two-offered-by-rotary-club-of-west-seattle/ https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/scholarships-application-time-for-two-offered-by-rotary-club-of-west-seattle/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2023 18:20:18 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1055888 Need college money? The Rotary Club of West Seattle might be able to help. Here’s the reminder we just received:

(deadline April 1st 2023)

As in past years, West Seattle Rotary is pleased to announce that two higher education scholarship programs are available to applicants who meet the criteria:

Gambriell. The Gambriell Scholarship awards $6,000 in total to one or more residents of West Seattle who meet the following criteria:

ü Seeking admission to or enrolled in an accredited post-secondary educational program.
ü Strong financial need (documentation must be provided) — would not otherwise be able to attend college without this scholarship.

Past Presidents. The Past Presidents Scholarship awards $6,000 to a student who meets any one of the following four conditions:

I. Graduating senior from a high school in the West Seattle area and wishes to earn a 4-year degree.
II. Lives in the West Seattle area, graduating from a high school outside of the West Seattle area, and wishes to earn a 4-year degree.
III. Lives in the West Seattle area and transferring from a 2-year program to a 4-year college/university bachelor’s degree program.
IV. Lives in the West Seattle area, recently earned a bachelor’s degree, and wishes to work toward a higher degree.

Go to westseattlerotary.org/scholarships and click on the “Download Gambriell application” and/or “Download Past Presidents’ application” link.

These two programs are in addition to West Seattle Rotary’s Student of the Year and Cruzen scholarship programs and are open to Student of the Year candidates.

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Remembering Marilyn Masterman, 1932-2023 https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/remembering-marilyn-masterman-1932-2023/ https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/remembering-marilyn-masterman-1932-2023/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2023 17:04:02 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1055878 Family and friends are remembering Marilyn Masterman, and sharing this remembrance with the community:

12/6/1932 TO 01/07/2023

Marilyn’s smile and laughter would light up any room she entered. She had a quick wit and ready comment for anyone who crossed her path. Marilyn was quite a character and not easy to forget. When Marilyn began her adult life, she moved to Seattle in 1950 and witnessed much of the city’s music and comedy history in her 90 years. Marilyn had many friends throughout her life and times.

Marilyn was extremely interested in civil-rights issues and stayed informed about politics and life. She spent her career in the hospitality industry (working at fine hotels like The Olympic, The Westin, and the Warwick) and her customers and co-workers loved and confided in her.

Marilyn married Lyle Masterman in 1963 and lived in West Seattle until her stroke in November 2021. After her stroke, Marilyn moved to Gig Harbor to be closer to her daughter, Marjanne Masterman. The stroke affected her speech and cognitive skills, the most important parts of her personality, as well as her fierce independence. On January 7, 2023, she left this part of her journey to join those that had preceded her in death, her twin sister, her Mom & Dad, her husband Lyle, and many other siblings and friends. Marilyn brings them her laughter, love, and mischievous ways. Without a doubt, she will liven things up!

Marilyn is survived by her 3 stepdaughters; Shari, Sandi, and Marjanne Masterman, her son-in-law Gary Lauritsen, 4 grandchildren; Catherine, Dominique, Lauren, and Etienne, and 3 great-grandchildren: Theo, Cami, and Zach.

Marilyn was born in Arkansas in 1932 to James and Mary Ann Miller. She was the fifth of 14 siblings and there are many tales of their lives together. Her surviving siblings live outside of Washington and include Norma Peyton, Glennett Britton, James Miller Jr., Claudette Griffith, Gloria Banks, Charlene Hammonds, and Ivory Miller. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

We will miss her laughter, her chuckle, and her quick wit every day. Life is not the same without her.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries and memorial announcements by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to westseattleblog@gmail.com)

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TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Friday arrives, with wind alert https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/traffic-transit-weather-friday-arrives/ https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/traffic-transit-weather-friday-arrives/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2023 14:01:53 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1055854 6:01 AM: Good morning! It’s Friday, February 3rd.


Rainy and windy, high around 50, with a Wind Advisory alert for 10 am-7 pm – possible gusts up to 45 mph.


Metro is on its regular schedule, but still canceling some trips/suspending some routes, so keep watching notification channels such as @kcmetroalerts for trip cancellations and route suspensions. (Still waiting to hear from Metro about how the bus repairs are going.)

-Regular schedule for the West Seattle Water Taxi.

Washington State Ferries‘ Triangle Route continues on a two-boat schedule – check here for alerts/updates.


Maintenance closure for the Highway 99 tunnel, both directions, 10 pm tonight-6 am tomorrow.


Delridge cameras: Besides the one below (Delridge/Oregon), cameras are also up at Delridge/Genesee, Delridge/Juneau, Delridge/Orchard, and Delridge/Henderson.

High Bridge – the camera at the top:

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

Low Bridge – looking east to west:

1st Ave. S. Bridge – the south route:

Highway 99: – the northbound side at Lander.

MORE TRAFFIC CAMS: See all working traffic cams citywide here, most with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page … Are movable city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

If you see a problem on the bridges/streets/paths/water, please text or call us (when you can do it safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if needed) – 206-293-6302.

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BASKETBALL: Chief Sealth IHS boys host West Seattle HS, honors Seahawk seniors https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/basketball-chief-sealth-ihs-hosts-west-seattle-hs-honors-seahawk-seniors/ https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/basketball-chief-sealth-ihs-hosts-west-seattle-hs-honors-seahawk-seniors/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2023 10:23:00 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1055856 Big night at the Chief Sealth International High School gym as basketball season winds down:

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

Last regular-season home game for the boys-varsity team, so they celebrated Seahawk seniors – nine on the roster – here they are in numerical order:

#1 – Tyler Valdez
#2 – Demiko Bousley
#4 – Amarri Lard
#10 – Miles Clark
#12 – Nicholas Nguyen
#14 – Jai Ihedioha
#15 – Anthony Porter
#22 – Giovanni Mazzoli
#23 – Declan Golan

Their visiting opponents hadn’t traveled far – West Seattle High School.

The Wildcats (12-6) got the win, 80-44. Saturday at 4 pm, they close out the regular season at Rainier Beach.

This was the regular-season finale for the Seahawks (2-19) and the only WSHS-CSIHS game this year.

(Athletic Directors Corey Sorenson of WSHS and Ernest Policarpio of CSIHS)

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DEVELOPMENT: Aegis Living plan for 5252 California SW sails through first Southwest Design Review look https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/development-aegis-living-plan-for-5252-california-sw-sails-through-first-southwest-design-review-look/ https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/development-aegis-living-plan-for-5252-california-sw-sails-through-first-southwest-design-review-look/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2023 06:47:00 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1055845 (Massing rendering of Option 3 for 5252 California SW, by Ankrom Moisan)

In their second online meeting of the night – after months with no meetings at all – the Southwest Design Review Board gave the Aegis Living plan for 5252 California SW approval to move into the next phase of the review process.

The first phase of Design Review is about “massing” – buildings’ size and shape – and this project is a lot larger than what’s around the site right now, so that was a major factor in the discussion. The meeting was led by SWDRB chair Patrick Cobb (Fauntleroy), with board members Alan Grainger (Fauntleroy), Johanna Lirman (North Admiral), and Gavin Schaefer (Camp Long area)=. From the city Department of Construction and Inspections, the project’s assigned planner Theresa Neylon was there. Here’s how the meeting went:

ARCHITECT’S PRESENTATION: Some background on Aegis Living was given by the company’s development director Bryon Ziegler at the start, including that the company’s 4700 SW Admiral Way complex is usually “at or near capacity.” He showed some of the company’s other buildings and explained how they plan for this one to take on the Living Building Challenge. He introduced Jenny Chapman of Ankrom Moisan, who identified herself as a West Seattle resident. (If you’ve seen the design packet, she noted the presentation had been reorganized but included the same information.) As we’ve been reporting, they’re looking at 100 units – one-third memory care, the rest assisted living – 750 sf of commercial space, and parking for 40 cars. She also recapped the site – vacant buildings across from West Seattle Nursery.

The Living Building Pilot Program, Chapman said, is an “ambitious … sustainability” program, and it would allow them to add height and bulk to the project. It requires seven areas of compliance and “enhanced compliance” on three of them. In city guidelines, they are emphasizing three that focus on both open space and how the project interacts with the streetscape. The site has a 12′ grade change. Here are the three massing options she presented – first with an “central courtyard,” second “traditional” with alley-facing courtyard, third “sculpted”:

The preferred massing scheme, #3, would have a central lobby and underground parking, plus a west-facing courtyard, plus the most setback from the alley. It provides more views and daylight “while being most sensitive to neighboring properties,” Chapman said. The west-facing courtyard reduces the massing along California, she added, and “provides a wonderful entry sequence from the dropoff to the front door.” Materials are mostly addressed in the second phase of Design Review, but early consideration is being given to using brick in the ground-floor mix.

Reese Cowan Stewart briefly presented some of the landscaping information – street trees along California would be kept, and some would be introduced along Brandon. (The packet has other landscaping details.)

BOARD CLARIFYING QUESTIONS: Cobb asked whether the courtyard will be secured or open to the public. Likely the latter, as it’s a transition zone from the sidewalk to the entry, Chapman said. “It’s a porch, but won’t have a gate across it,” Ziegler added. Grainger wanted more details about the setback – how far back the southeast corner is from the alley line, for example. Answer: 30 feet. Grainger also wondered if a canopy shown in the packet as a “concept image” was representative. “We’re pretty early in the design,” Ziegler said, but they’re interested in feedback. Lirman wanted more information on an aspect of the second level; Chapman explained that because some of the residents will be people in memory care, there are certain regulations for a specific outdoor space serving them. Lirman also wondered about the “materiality”; Ziegler reiterated that the Aegis ownership wants the building to be “very lush and green,” so they’re working with that in mind. Schaefer asked for the intent of the “extra stepping”/terracing on the east side, and Chapman said it’s an attempt to show the most sensitivity to the “lower zone” (single-family homes) on that side – with the terracing, she explained, the building “performs” as if it were a story lower than it will be. “On all sides of the building we’re trying to get as much access to light and air” as possible.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Before the meeting, staff said, they received nine design-related comments. They were summarized as several questions as well as a request for a “visual impact analysis” for adjacent neighbors, as well as a concern that the building is out of scale for the area. Other comments included, they summarized, parking concerns, equity, increased density, and other issues. SDOT and Seattle Public Utilities technical-requirement comments were read into the record too. Then the floor was turned over to attendee comments. Three were written to be read by staff. First one, whether the project fits into the intention of the zoning (NC2-40). The commenter said that the building “seems massive and out of scale” with the smaller commercial buildings nearby and doesn’t offer architectural elements to “buffer” the neighboring homes. The second commenter asked “Does anyone care how this giant building affects the residents nearby?” They feared more traffic, noise, and vegetation loss. The third commenter also thought the building should be shorter and said, “Ironically you talk about adding solar panels while you overshadow the homes around you.”

BOARD DELIBERATION: Cobb started with concerns about the courtyard’s light and noise and whether “the stepping really is relating to” the homes to the east. Grainger expressed appreciation for the project team providing three distinct options (after an earlier meeting about another project did not honor that requirement). He also expressed alley-facing concerns and a thought that the courtyard ‘deserves a little more study.” The west-facing garden spaces will get a lot of light and exposure in the summer and should take that into account, he added. Lirman repeated an earlier concern about exterior materials. Schaefer was concerned about an overhang that might conflict with the windows, and expressed appreciation for some aspects including the landscaping. He thought the exterior materials might help with the scale of the building where it faced the neighbors to the east. Cobb also thought it was notable that the first floor, in a largely commercial zone, is largely dedicated to “residential activity.” Grainger noted that much of it would be dining space and so not that different from, say, a streetside restaurant. (Chapman soon explained that the zoning is NC2-40 “without a P – pedestrian – designation, so retail is not required.”)

Cobb circled back around to the height/scale comments from attendees. Lirman suggested the project actually is doing a lot to try to mitigate the neighborhood effects, “maybe overdoing it,” with the setbacks and tiers. “From my point of view I think they’re taking the neighborhood context into consideration.” Cobb agreed. He also wondered about simplification. Lirman thought the “tiered garden look” was appealing and that “paying careful attention to materials” especially on the east side would help. Grainger suggested that future discussion of the planned materials and “landscaped shelves” will clarify things. Further discussion included advice to more closely examine how people arriving at the building will get into it – whether they need weather protection, for example. Cobb said he takes solace in having seen, and been impressed by, other Aegis buildings and other work by Ankrom Moisan.

They voted 4-0 to allow the project to advance to the second stage of Design Review, adding that they support Option 3.

WHAT’S NEXT: The final Design Review meeting will be scheduled when the project team is ready (the board only meets when the city assigns them a project to consider). In the meantime, there will be a comment period when the application for a land-use permit is submitted; you can also comment any time on any aspect of the project by emailing theresa.neylon@seattle.gov.

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DEVELOPMENT: Southwest Design Review Board tells 7617 35th SW architect to try again https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/development-southwest-design-review-board-tells-7617-35th-sw-architect-to-try-again/ https://westseattleblog.com/2023/02/development-southwest-design-review-board-tells-7617-35th-sw-architect-to-try-again/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2023 03:04:59 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1055837 (Rendering from design packet by LDG Architects)

The first of tonight’s two Southwest Design Review Board meetings ended with an order for 7617 35th SW to make some changes and return for a second round of Early Design Guidance.

This first phase of Design Review is all about buildings’ size and shape, aka “massing,” and that’s what the big concern was here, along with placement of its entries. Board chair Patrick Cobb (Fauntleroy) led the meeting, with board members Alan Grainger (Fauntleroy), Johanna Lirman (North Admiral), and Gavin Schaefer (Camp Long area) in attendance. From the city Department of Construction and Inspections, David Sachs was filling in for the project’s assigned planner Joseph Hurley. Here’s how the meeting went, along the required four-section format:

ARCHITECT’S PRESENTATION: Architect Ed Linardic opened with some background on the site, including that it had grown since an earlier, smaller project went part of the way through Design Review four years ago. He described the commercial space as “6,000 square feet of office space” but did not elaborate. Using the design packet (which you can see here), he reviewed the site context, including the fact that it’s bordered by single-family homes to the west, and how it responds to stipulated city guidelines. The residential entry will be on the east side of the building (35th). He showed, as is required at Early Design Guidance meetings, three massing options. Scheme 3 steps the “wings” of the building – one would be four feet higher than the other:

BOARD’S CLARIFYING QUESTIONS: Grainger asked about the residential entries – noting the building would “basically fall in the middle of a signalized intersection” (35th/Holden/Ida) with no place for a vehicle to pull up, and wondering if Holden and/or Ida entries would be better. Linardic said the center entry would mean a shorter distance for residents. Grainger also noted that design schemes 2 and 3 don’t really differ from each other; Linardic said the site offers few options for divergence. Lirman wondered why an enclosed plaza was part of the “preferred” scheme; the architect said this would likely be less attractive to overnight camping, for example. Lirman also wondered about the variation between layout of floors, and Linardic replied that he was just “trying to create a little variation.” Schaefer wondered about the bike rooms’ placement. Cobb asked about the commercial space seeming to be at an elevation; the site is sloped, Linardic said, so they’re trying to get all the space on one level for maximum leasability.

PUBLIC COMMENT: One written comment received before the meeting suggested changing the parking entrance to 35th; non-design comments were received as well, Sachs said. He also noted comments received from Seattle Public Utilities and SDOT regarding aspects of the project over which they have jurisdiction. A written comment received during the meeting said they’re glad to see density but would like to hear about affordability; they also pointed out that the height is justified by using the nearby church tower but even one less floor for this project would better fit in with the neighborhood. They also wanted to see more setback, especially on SW Ida. Street level brick cladding would be a good echo of the neighboring church. Another person submitted a written comment expressing concern that more parking is needed and this is the time to build it beneath the building. Holden would be better for an entrance than Ida, the commenter said. They also expressed concern about the building’s height. Another attendee wanted to speak to present her comment, but the city’s WebEx setup wouldn’t allow them to unmute the attendee, who was subsequently asked to write their comments. That comment was read a few minutes into the “board deliberation” section. It voiced appreciation for more density but a request for more affordable units and a concern about the six-story height compared to nearby single-family homes and three- or four-story apartment buildings. This commenter too thought SW Holden would be more appropriate for the entrance.

BOARD DELIBERATION: Grainger again pointed out that the architect was not presenting three distinct massing schemes. He also said the south-to-north height differential should lend itself to the suggested entrance on SW Holden instead of SW Ida. Lirman offered a variety of comments including facade composition and an early look at finishes, saying she agreed that some brick would be good; Schaefer wondered about daylight to some of the interior-faces spaces, and also thinks the north side needs more attention for its visibility. And in relation to nearby zoning, “more attention needs to be paid to that.” He also thought the change in grade at the street level called for some landscaping attention, and he too said access from Holden would be better than Ida. He noted that the architect had said Holden is slated to become a bike lane, and Linardic spoke up to say that in early meetings with SDOT, they were told they needed the entrance to be on Ida. He also wanted to see the frontage on 35th broken up a bit. Grainger reiterated that he liked Scheme 1 best and remained disappointed it’s being basically taken off the table. Lirman said she, like Grainger, likes Option 3 the least and appreciates Option 1 breaking up the building into what looks like two smaller buildings. Cobb agreed on that aspect of Scheme 1, “we really like how the two buildings are broken down,” and he thinks that would “fix a lot of the issues we have with the project.” Then they talked about the ground-level commercial space. Grainger had concerns about “connectivity to the sidewalk,” and Cobb agreed, saying it “needs more work.”

By then they were running out of time in the meeting’s hour-and-a-half window, and Cobb summarized:
-Issues regarding scale and bulk of building; Option 1 would be preferred
-Need more thought into retail – for an example of a project that deals successfully with grade change, Schaefer suggested The Whittaker but Grainger disagreed
-More thought into residential entrances, locate them on residential streets rather than 35th
-More thought about concept, to reflect materials already seen in the neighborhoode

In the end, they voted 3-1 to have a second Early Design Guidance meeting (Schaefer was the lone vote to let the project move ahead). Watch for the date on that; in the meantime, you can send comments on any aspect of the project to joseph.hurley@seattle.gov.

P.S. A quick look at the city’s Bicycle Master Plan doesn’t show a bicycle lane on SW Holden near the project; we’ll be checking with SDOT, though, as the department has digressed from the plan at times.

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