March 2019

Land use application now granted for new 7 story building in the Junction

74 units with 17 parking spaces

A  land use permit has been issued for a new 7-story building with 49 apartment units, 25 small efficiency dwelling units (74 units total) and retail. Parking for 17 vehicles proposed. The existing building will be demolished. 

The owner is West Seattle developer Leon Capelouto and his Capelouto Development Company. Caron Architecture is handling the design duties.

The entire design proposal can be downloaded here.

From the proposal:



This proposal intends to develop a five to six level multifamily residential structure with one lodging level, commercial retail shops at grade, and one level of below grade parking. California Avenue street frontage will be comprised of ground level commercial use and a residential entrance lobby.


King County Sheriff offers update on anniversary date of 2018 double murder in Burien

The King County Sheriff provided an update regarding the murders of Elizabeth Juarez (13) & Eveona Cortez (19) in 2018. The two girls were shot and killed outside of an apartment complex near 136th SW in Burien in what may have been related to gang violence. At the time two or more suspects appeared to have left the area in a vehicle. But no suspect description has been provided and no arrests have been made.

The Sheriff's office said in a statement:

"The families of Elizabeth Juarez & Eveona Cortez are in our thoughts today as we mark the anniversary of their senseless deaths.

I want to assure the families, and the community, we have made significant progress on the investigation of their murders” said Sheriff Mitzi G. Johanknecht. “I have directed our Major Crimes Unit to make this case their highest priority.”


Seattle Parks and Recreation hosting free or low-cost egg hunts throughout the city in April

information from Seattle Parks Department

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host free or low-cost egg hunts at various locations throughout Seattle in April. See below for location details.

Events subject to change; please call local community centers to confirm dates and times.


West Seattle Chamber takes position on ST3

information from West Seattle Chamber of Commerce

The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce (WSCC) is committed to promoting sustainable economic growth of a diverse, viable business community. One of the biggest challenges to achieving this goal is our present transportation infrastructure. To support the future viability of the business community on the West Seattle peninsula, the WSCC has 3 main objectives by which any light rail proposal should be assessed:

  1. Does the solution improve the quality of life for residents ( i.e. customers and business owners) who live and work in and around the proposed alignments and station locations?

  2. Does the solution improve the movement of people and commerce?


Audrey Van Voorhees

Audrey Van Voorhees, born in Coudersport, Pennsylvania August 27, 1922 and a long-time former resident of the West Seattle community, went to be with the Lord, March 18, 2019.  She was 96 ½ years old and was preceded in death twelve years ago by her husband John.  She is survived by her son Robert Van Voorhees (Cheryl), daughter Yvette Chambers (Larry), brother Douglas Post (Shirley), sister-in-law Barbara Post, and a multitude of nieces and nephews.  She was a member of O.E.S., Crown Chapter and a dedicated member of her church, St.

West Seattle .5K will be a "beery run around the Junction" June 15

The West Seattle Junction is promoting an event this summer that combines the unlikely pairing of  beer and exercise they are calling The West Seattle .5k which they describe as "a beery run around the West Seattle Junction".

Actually they say "The .5k is guaranteed to provide almost zero exercise but you'll instead taste some of the best beers from the Pacific Northwest. At each hydration station located in some of your favorite West Seattle bars, enjoy robust tastings from 10 different beers along with snacks and trivia questions."

The event is also a fundraiser for the Junction, still facing a large burden of offsetting the high cost of maintaining free parking in the Junction. As such you can in fact donate (even without drinking any beer) here.


South Seattle College offering two quarters of tuition coverage for displaced Art Institute of Seattle students

information from South Seattle College

 South Seattle College has announced that former Art Institute of Seattle students displaced by the recent closure can qualify to have up to two quarters (30 credits) of in-state tuition covered with a combination of financial aid grants and scholarships, including donor funds from the South Seattle College Foundation.