August 2021

$7.5 Million in direct investment in community to support neighborhood economic recovery coming from city

Investments include at least $1.2 million for community driven projects and up to $225,000 to 28 business districts throughout Seattle; Ballard Alliance, West Seattle Junction Association and Chamber get funding

information from the City of Seattle

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and the Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) announced $7.5 million in direct investments to support downtown and neighborhood economic recovery. Over 28 neighborhood business district organizations will receive up to $225,000 in funding to help stabilize small businesses and address community needs. These investments, which are in addition to direct assistance provided to small businesses through the Small Business Stabilization Fund, will support neighborhoods reopen, build e-commerce capacity, activate public spaces, address graffiti and vandalism, and promote community safety and community building events throughout their neighborhoods.


After the fire; La Tipica Oaxaqueña will reopen in a new location

When the fire raced through more than seven businesses in White Center in the early morning hours on July 5 many lives were disrupted. Slowly, some of them are coming back and experiencing a renewed level of support. Among them is the specialty grocery store  La Tipica Oaxaqueña.

They are set to open in a new location to the north of their former store at 1601 Roxbury Street SW. It's on the corner of 16th SW and Roxbury so, they'll get plenty of drive by awareness.

The owner Marlene Yesica Lopez told Westside Seattle, "We are cleaning and setting up the store and have been for the last 3 weeks. We don’t have a grand re-opening date yet. I might open the doors this Sunday and allow customers to browse and purchase some items. So, sort of a soft opening."


The DNDA Arts in Nature showcase is at Westcrest Park this Saturday

The Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) will present a special ARTS IN NATURE SHOWCASE on Saturday, August 28th, from 3 to 8pm, at Westcrest Park. Please join us for this FREE and family-friendly event! The showcase will evoke the feeling and flair of DNDA’s annual Arts In Nature Festival, offering an eclectic experience of art and performance in a local park.


SDOT Travel Advisory: Deck scanning on the Spokane St Viaduct may cause slowdowns August 30 - Sep. 3

information from Seattle Department of Transportation


We’re doing a “deck scan” of the Spokane St Viaduct to see if we need to do any work to keep it in good condition. 

The Spokane St Viaduct is the elevated street structure between the West Seattle Bridge and I-5 over Georgetown and SoDo. It’s currently open for traffic.  


North SeaTac parking lot proposal removed from consideration by Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle, has "removed from consideration" the construction of a 1500 space parking lot that would have been built in North SeaTac Park. Westside Seattle was the first to tell you that the proposed parking lot would have displaced well established BMX bike riding trails and disturbed wildlife in the park. SeaTac Deputy Mayor Peter Kwon and park naturalist Noemie Maxwell were both extremely vocal in their opposition to the plan. Now, the Port has chosen to seek other alternatives to the parking needs for the planned North Satellite for the airport.


King County recognizes Doc Maynard crew for saving capsized boaters

Al Sanders, King County Metro

When the crew of the Water Taxi Doc Maynard saw people in the water just off Duwamish Head on August 11, they acted quickly, placing a crewman in a safety suit and in the water to rescue the two people whose sailboat had capsized.

Today, King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Council officially recognized the efforts of Doc Maynard Captain Brad Johnson and deckhands GW Rogers and Jay White. The ceremony occurred at the Seacrest Dock, where the vessel brought the two boaters to safety.



Taradise Cafe in White Center will not reopen

The Taradise Cafe in White Center will not reopen. Owned by Tara Eckman Scott since 2015, whose untimely death in July came as a shock to the entire White Center community, the cafe had seen some flooding in the basement two weeks prior. 

Tara had contracted Covid-19 earlier in the year and was thought to be recovering but then developed Parkinson's disease and blood clots that eventually took her life. 

It was thought that there was a possibility one of her sons would take charge and turn over day to day management duties to existing staff but the family reconsidered.

Tara's sister Tauna Jo Langridge made the announcment via a Facebook post on Monday, Aug, 23.