October 2013

SLIDESHOW: Admiral District overrun with costumed characters for Halloween

A combination of mild temperatures and lots of merchants handing out candy in the Admiral District led to hundreds upon hundreds of kids and parents mobbing the business area in search of treats. Many of the merchants were in full costume as a steady stream of costumed kids poured through their doors or met them on the sidewalk getting their bags packed with sugary snacks.


"Are you kidding?": Projects-sans-parking and more in the West Seattle pipeline

In our latest development roundup, we take a look at projects without parking, community backlash to Alki rowhouses, upcoming design reviews for large buildings and the latest in microhousing.

6917 California Ave. S.W.
A land-use application has been submitted to build a 3-story, 30 residential unit structure with no parking at 6917 California Ave. S.W. (between the cross streets of S.W. Willow and S.W. Mills). The application calls for the demolition of the existing home to make room for LLC Blueprint Capital Holdings project.

Neighbors of the project are concerned about parking on an already crammed California Ave. The developer – Mark Knoll of Blueprint – told KOMO “he’s just following the rules (that allow for some apartment projects with no parking to encourage public transportation use) and said anyone who wants to change the rules should go to the City Council with their complaints.”


Does West Seattle need light rail? Sound Transit wants your opinion

Sound Transit is in the midst of putting together their next long range plan for the future of public transportation in Seattle and beyond, and they are asking for public feedback during the early stages of the process.

The question is posed: “Where should regional high-capacity transit services go next?” and the plan developed from that discussion could be put to a vote by 2016.

Sound Transit is taking feedback until Nov. 25. You can share your thoughts in the following ways:
• Attend a public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12, 5:30-8 p.m. Seattle University Campion Ballroom, 914 E. Jefferson St. or Thursday, Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St.
• Complete a survey at www.soundtransit.org/LongRangePlan
• Email: LongRangePlan@soundtransit.org
• Mail: Sound Transit, Attn: James Irish, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104

The survey is rather short (will likely take 5 to 10 minutes), and includes the chance to rank high capacity transit/or rail services in a number of corridors, including “Downtown Seattle to West Seattle to Burien.”


Public meeting on new White Center library will review designs Nov. 19

A public meeting is set for Nov. 19 to review the designs for the new White Center Library. The meeting will be held at Mount View Elementary School from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The library is proposed to be built in a now vacant lot near the intersection of 107th S.W. and 15th S.W.

During the meeting the architectural team from NBBJ Architects will be there to update attendees on how the process is going and to answer questions.

Mount View is located at 10811 12th Ave SW in White Center.

For more information please contact Dri Ralph at 425-369-3487

The first meeting on the 10,000 square foot project took place in July with NBBJ Architects. At that time, residents voiced concerns about knocking down too many trees in the currently heavily forested lot and drainage concerns into the comparatively low-lying area.

NBBJ asked for feedback on orientation of the building, lighting design and features of a youth space. They said their goal was to include enough windows to allow ample natural light in.


You Are What You Eat: Asian pears, lumps of gold

By Katy Wilkens, MS, RD

Recently, I went into my garden with the light of my flashlight and picked gold. Well, I really picked golden Asian pears, but they are as good as gold. With a great taste of fall, these crunchy apple-like, but pear-flavored fruits are great in any recipe calling for pears.

There are many varieties of Asian pears, and they ripen sequentially, so you can enjoy them for several months. Try the recipes below, including the one for homemade blue cheese dressing. The dressing is much lower in salt and tastier than anything you can buy in the store. Your taste buds - as well as your heart and kidneys - will thank you.

Asian pear salad

2 cups washed mixed salad greens

2 Asian pears, peeled and diced

½ cup fall raspberries

½ cucumber, diced

½ red bell pepper, diced

½ cup walnuts or pecans

¼ cup sugar

2 tablespoons water


Swedish Automotive leading an 'Under Bridge' clean up effort Nov. 2

Dave Winters of Swedish Automotive has announced that he and a group of volunteers will perform an impromptu clean up under the West Seattle Bridge on Nov. 2 . In the announcement Winters states, "The bike path from the bottom of Avalon Way near Luna Park Café heading east alongside and under the bridge toward downtown has become trashed with litter, styrofoam packing pellets and other debris and needs clean up!"

Winters and those who want to help will be there with the old, yellow Swedish Automotive Van with garbage cans and bags from 9 to 11 am this Saturday, November 2nd.

The goal is to clean the area between Luna Park Café and the Chelan Café. If you'd like to help you are urged to stop by with gloves, rakes and brooms.

The van will be parked under the west end of bridge (that’s the West Seattle end) in the first curb cut next to the bike trail.


Running to help kids have fun

On Nov. 3, local heroes from Ballard and throughout Seattle are lacing up their running shoes to help kids at Camp Korey, a Washington camp for kids living with serious and life threatening illnesses. They will be attempting to do the NYC Marathon again this year after it was cancelled last year due to Hurricane Sandy.

Over the past five years, the team has raised more than $800,000 in support of Camp Korey through running, cycling, climbing and other athletic and community events. Funds raised help to provide the opportunity for more children living with these life altering conditions to attend Camp Korey.

Camp Korey offers kids a fun, engaging and "normal" camp experience with other children who share similiar health challenges. The campers are able to participate in activities that they otherwise wouldn't be able to, in a safe environment that emphasizes joy, growth and healing at no cost to the campers and their families.


SLIDESHOW: Redline WS hopes to fill the sports/family niche with pizza, wings and sliders

The Redline WS, delayed for months, due, the owners say to a change in building ownership is finally putting the finishing touches on their new incarnation of the former West Seattle sports bar. This time around the owner is new and the concept is broader and more inclusive. Mike Bauer is the man main for the restaurant but he's enlisted the help of Gen. Mgr. Chris Ramsey and former Redline owner Scott Goerig and consultant Kris Quigley. They hope to be open this weekend.

With the closure of the Rocksport, West Seattle has not had a sports focused restaurant bar and the Redline hopes to fill that need for the family by offering two distinct zones. One for over 21 and the other for the family.

The new business will seat around 105 people, has 12 covered parking spaces in the adjacent garage, (more on adjacent streets) and will have a tightly focused menu. They will serve an array of Angus beef sliders (and a veggie version), wings (with a variety of sauces), and a wide selection of New York style hand tossed pizza. The chef is Joshua Huckaby, former owner of Post Alley Pizza whose work was recognized by the New York Times.


October update for Barton Pump Station construction (with video)

Information from Kristine Cramer with King County's Wastewater Treatment Division:

Barton Pump Station October Construction Update

King County is documenting construction techniques, including last winter’s sheet pile driving at the Barton Pump Station. Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGfZghcDO0k (or above)

As construction moves forward, King County will be providing monthly project updates to keep the community informed. We will continue to notify the community and ferry commuters should any ferry lane closures or work requiring additional notification occur.

Previous work
Work over the past month has focused on rebar and concrete placement in order to:
· Continue forming walls in the pump station and valve room.
· Finish exterior walls in the odor control room.

Upcoming activity
Over the next month, you’ll see:
· More trucks coming in and out of the site; crews will continue to move traffic through the site in coordination with the ferry terminal.


Eat Up! Food news for West Seattle and White Center

Rather than offer small plates on restaurant happenings in West Seattle and White Center, we are compiling many into a casino-esque buffet line to gorge upon. Please enjoy!

First off, a few notes from White Center:

Full Tilt reintroduces a classic. Full Tilt Ice Cream announced a new flavor in October that honors classic grunge band Mudhoney’s Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge album, released by Sub Pop in 1991. The packaging for the record and ice cream look the same, but the insides are a bit different. The ice cream (called "Mudhoney")consists of cinnamon, honey and fudge, while the band has consisted of Mark Arm, Steve Turner, Guy Maddison, Dan Peters and Matt Lukin.

Taqueria El Mezon opens up. White Center has a new Mexican restaurant feeding the masses. El Mezon opened on Oct. 20 and serves the goods (on house made tortillas) seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are located at 9641 15th Ave. S.W.

WCtacosEl Mezon in White Center