- Written by Neighbors
- Category: Neighborhood Recommendations
- Published: 20 November 2009
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Muttley Crew (across from Metropolitan Market in the Admiral area)http://www.muttleycrewcuts.com/
For a small dog
Sound View Pet and Garden, Brian Anderson938-3696
Dog walking, pet sitting
$19 per 45 minute visit
Pet ElementsCall for recommendations, or staff that moonlight
6701 California Ave. SW
West Seattle Animal HospitalCheck board for ads, or ask about staff that moonlight
4700 42nd Avenue Southwest, # 210 (Jefferson Square)
Phone : 206-390-7746
Sit! Stay! Pet Care - Lara BrantinghamPhone: (206) 377-9851
CatSpa Cat CareSherry Tuckett
TWO recommendations, one has used her for nine years!
Lisa BarnesLives in the neighborhood
C: 425 829 1305
O: 1 866 409 PAWS
Disrecommendation for Lady Di Pet Chaperone – didn’t show up for confirmed visits
- Written by Dave
- Category: Latest
- Published: 13 October 2009
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My wife and I lived in Salem, Oregon where they have a large park that borders the Willamatte river. It had alot of biking, hiking, jogging trails. After problems with assaults and rapes, the park became an unsecure place. The city decided to implement a volunteer "watch" program. My friend "joined" which included the following: Training classes on how to "observe and report" 2. 3.They were given radios. 4.They were given distinctive vests. (radios and vests checked out at police station - close to park) They knew there would be close police support if a call came in. So to transfer these ideas to the neighborhood, I think "we" should strategize the future "watch" program with the police. One does not want to be isolated when a potential "incident is happening. If neighbors bought distinctive vests and put it on when they walked their dog, it would tell neighbors, as well as friends that you are a part of the program.
Cell phones or "handi-talkies?" Volunteers need a way to communicate - particularly if you are walking the neighborhood after dark. How does one communicate the "future program" with "all" neighbors. All neighbors do not have computers and will not be up on what is happening. How will all these program ideas get communicated to our most vulnerable neighbors?
I lived in the neighborhood and moved and discovered that we didn't move out of the neighborhood, as we can see one house that was burgled from our condo window. So, I have a personal interest in actually walking alleyways. Count me in. - Dave P.S. The Salem program is successful.
- Written by Administrator
- Category: Latest
- Published: 20 April 2009
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Hi to my West Seattle Neighbors & Homeowners,
Our Junction – the “Heart & Soul” of the West Seattle Neighborhood Shopping District is About to Change Dramatically.
A Big Change in the Junction – Have You Seen This!
West Seattle is going to have a new Mega building built very soon in the junction called “The Conner Home Project” on the Southeast corner of the junction at California Ave & SW Alaska, & across the alley to 42nd. Many of you may not have seen what the architect & developer have planned for our shopping district This project is in the final stage of the review process and if you don’t like it please attend the next meeting as a concerned resident.
SW Alaska & California Ave (southeast corner)
West Seattle Deserves Better!:
The project will almost certainly be built, but we can make it a better building by appealing to the city with a large show of public concern and involvement.
Please attend the final public design review meeting & bring you neighbors and friends!
Thursday, April 23rd , 6:30
West Seattle Christian Church
4400 42nd SW
SW Alaska & 42nd SW (SW corner)
What Can Be changed?
The final comments for change from the last meeting was to make the building less monolithic and to give more interest to the facades along the street- but only on the NW corner of the building. An appeal for another meeting should be made if it isn’t looking good.
What Should We Demand: Get It Right:
More time to “get it right”. This area of our junction is highly visible and this is the heart of our junction. The design review board has signed off on almost all aspects of this unfortunate mega project. The DPD director wants this meeting wrapped up and approved, as does the planner. The design review board wants to the developer to “get it right”.
areas in blue are retail….alley remains open for traffic(single lane)& some retailers facing the alley
Why is it Important?:
Cheap mega big box construction with low cost uninteresting materials does not enhance the look of our neighborhood junction shopping district
A shockingly bland and generic building (black box with ugly green balconies) is depressing and has no personality.
A well designed building that “blends with existing architecture in West Seattle” is what will make the junction stronger and create long term appeal
A urban village with a desirable shopping district will enhance our daily pedestrian experience and our community.
The Public Design Review Meeting and the Conner Project
Typically each plan is reviewed by the Design Review Committee and the DPD director in a three meeting process, with most projects approved in three meetings. The Conner Project, because of its importance, was granted a fifth meeting. Note: at the 4th Meeting , the developer, brought their attorney to ask for closure and permit. The design review board is asking the developer to “Give us your best work” and come back for a 5th meeting.
Unfortunate Events and Concerns about this Project:
The Weber architecture plan has drawn inspiration for the commercially bland mundane buildings in the junction and completely overlooked some of our more distinctive buildings that were built in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
The city’s plan as of March 19 appeared to be for a six-story building, but now it is now passed as a seven story building….
The last two meetings do not have reports posted on the DPD web site so citizens cannot access the latest recommendations made by the Design Review board.(as of 4/19/09)
The Conner Project uses “city land” when building underground parking below the alley. This is termed an “alley Vacation” and typically a developer is required to give back something to the community in exchange. The Parks plan across the street requested some funding but none was granted. The exchange amounted to some trees and shrubs along the front of the building
SDOT transportation dept. study needs to provide a study on the flow of traffic for 300 underground parking spaces on this block exiting on 42nd SW (across from Safeway & Jefferson Square) – another “vacation”; really not sure if they know how this will work. The Mural development on the south end of the block already has 168 underground spaces with the sole entrance on the alley exiting to Edmunds
Citizens asked for lighting studies and tiers or notching to allow for more light but seems to have been dismissed by the design review board.
The alley on that block may look like a dismal canyon without tiered setbacks and light from above
Where is the art? Where is the courtyard?
I Love West Seattle
Demand a building with long-term permanence and appeal for our West Seattle Junction! This is a landmark corner!
We need 100+ people show up
Please bring your neighbors to this meeting! Please forward this email on to other West Seattle friends & homeowners
While the city did not post a report on the last design review meeting, nor the one before that, the West Seattle Blog reports in depth on them.
Here is the link to the last review at the 4th meeting and a great overview of the process and has much more information.
Once an aspect of the development has been approved the board cannot revisit it without a formal appeal.
Our Dept. of Planning & Development has a site that you can access to follow the Design Review Process
This is their overview of planning guidelines for our West Seattle Junction community – established to be an Urban Village in 2007- it is not at all aspirational. It nods that our district has a style of good buildings and mundane…why follow the mundane path? (Note: Admiral and Morgan Junctions have separate plans and are worth taking a look at as the plans are a little better)
The process of Design Review Board
West Seattle is : Southwest District
The DPD also recommends that you send your non-design related comments to their Planner for this project, Michael Dorcy