4724 California Ave Design Reivew Meeting This Week

Although development has been slowing down rapidly over the past two years, we are starting to see projects pick up in various areas, such as West Seattle, and North Seattle neighborhoods like Ballard and Fremont. Plans for the 4724 California Ave project in West Seattle are still underway, and a Southwest Design Review Board meeting will be held this Thursday night at 6:30PM at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. This is the first public design meeting for the roughly 100unit building with retail space on the ground floor in the junction at the old Petco site. For more information on this project status, or other developments in the neighborhood, please visit the Department of Planning and Development.

Wonderful Craftsman in West Seattle- AVAILABLE

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Divers Find Wreckage Off Alki Point

Divers believe to have found wreckage of a 1906 steamer off Alki Point this week, after searching for more than 20 years, reports The Seattle Times.  The ship called Dix, which sank in 1906 after a collision, has remained in the Puget Sound in 500 feet of water for over 100 years.  Despite the success of finding the vessel, it is doubtful that it will be discovered any further.  The ship was part of the Mosquito Fleet, and over 45 people died in the accident.  It’s pretty interesting to know that pieces of Seattle’s history are buried so deep.  The Seattle Times even dug up the original story of the Dix sinking, which was published in 1906 the day after the collision.  Check out the full story here.

Alki Beach Park

With the start of Spring and a forecast of 66 degrees on Sunday,  a  lot  more people are going to start heading out to Alki to enjoy the view and fun activities.  Some of the activities that people enjoy taking in,  include rollerblading, walking their dogs, playing volleyball and having bonfires.  For those of you thinking about heading out to Alki for a fun filled day, please see park hours and activities by clicking on Alki Beach.

West Seattle Golf Course

The Seattle Times released its top 18 holes of golf from public courses in the Puget Sound region on Wednesday.  I thought to myself that one of the holes on the back 9 at the West Seattle Golf Course (See Map) had to be one of the 18 included solely for the Seattle skyline view.  Sure enough, hole number 12 was one of the memorable 18 and this narrow Par 5 isn’t easy, but the view is priceless. Please click on West Seattle Golf Course to make tee times and to view photos of each hole, especially no. 12.

The West Seattle Helpline Fundraiser

The West Seattle Helpline, a non-profit organization aimed at helping West Seattle community members, will be holding their annual fundraiser, The Taste of West Seattle on May 19th. The event will take place at The Hall at Fauntelroy and will feature food and drink from over a dozen local businesses.  Proceeds from the event will go to The West Seattle Helpline and benefit the working families they aid.  If you would like to become a sponsor for the event, please do so by the deadline March 31st through their official website.

Water Taxi To Have Extended Service

Good news taxi riders.  The West Seattle Water Taxi, Rachel Marie, will have an extended schedule beginning Monday the 28th.  Rachel Marie, who needed servicing from a September accident,  started running again in January.  The servicing did her well, as the Marine Division determined she has the capability to run more throughout the day.  The taxi will now have departures on the quarter-hour, which means an extra round-trip in the morning, and an extra two in the afternoon.  The taxi runs from Seacrest Dock to Pier 50 across Elliot bay, helping to decrease traffic congestion as an alternate way to get downtown from West Seattle.   Find out more information on the new schedule by visiting the official website.

What’s Happening

A car crashed into the front window of Pier 1 Imports  in Westwood Village just after 8 p.m. on Tuesday night.  The woman apparently meant to put the car in reverse, but hopped the curb when mistakenly putting it in drive.  Hope her Valetine’s Day got better!

Next week, Georgetown Brewing Co. will having a party at West 5 Lounge to celebrate their 8th Anniversary.  The event will be on Wednesday the 23rd, 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.  Get your drinking shoes on and have one (or more!) of seven of their own beers on draft. 

Monday February 21st, the Water Taxi’s West Seattle route will not be running in honor of President’s Day.  In that case, use it as an excuse to relax and think about our nation’s great leaders!

Tomorrow, February 17 the Cascade Bicycle Club is hosting a “Spinathon” at AllStar Fitness to raise money for their Major Taylor Project which works to offer students a way to grow and empower themselves through cycling.  Money raised will go towards expanding the program.  Read more about the event here.

Man Stabbed Wednesday Morning Update 2/17

A suspect was found and booked yesterday, and is expected to have a hearing this afternoon. 

Early Wednesday morning, a man was stabbed to death in his West Seattle home.  Police responded to a 911 call after 12:00 a.m. from the victim’s wife, but were unable to save the man.  His attacker, whom police believed knew the man, has not been found.  The wife reported hearing her husband and another man arguing, and found him stabbed after the man had left.  You are urged to contact police if you have any information regarding the case.

White Center Robbery

A man, who was initially known as the polite robber, was arrested early this week after robbing a Shell gas station in White Center, all while apologizing profusely to the attendant (all of which can be seen on an a surveillance video).  When police booked the perpetrator, Gregory Hess, it turned out he was guilty of a number of other robberies for which he was charged in 2003.  Then, Hess was known as the ‘transaction bandit’, asking for small change before holding tenders up (with an air pistol) and demanding cash.  In these earlier robberies,  Hess had recently quit his Starbucks job in Madison Park Seattle and he was struggling financially.  The latest robbery in White Center, Hess used the same excuse, telling the attendant he needed to take care of his family.  In a brief interview, the attendant admitted feeling sorry for the guy and even sent him with a kind farewell.  I guess being polite with “please” and “thank you” keeps some attendants at bay, but minding your manners doesn’t always work when it comes to the law.