A small group called the Committee to Free Lake Burien would like to have a public park on the lake, and they see the recent Burien Planning Commission decision to recommend Ruth Dykeman Children's Center's rezone request as their opportunity to realize their dream.

Ruth Dykeman Children's Center made the request earlier in the year to rezone approximately an acre of their property bordering the lake from Special Planning 2 to moderate density single family (RS 7200).

The RS 7200 zoning would allow for a public park, said David Johanson, senior planner for Burien.


When visitors drive across the bridge and enter West Seattle, one of the first things they see is a collection of vacant lots.

But around the triangular block of Southwest Alaska Street, Fauntleroy Way Southwest and 38th Avenue Southwest developers BlueStar and Harbor Properties will be making some major changes.

"It poses a great opportunity for creating a much more dynamic neighborhood," said Easton Craft, senior project manager of BlueStar.

BlueStar's Fauntleroy Place project, which includes a Whole Foods and Hancock fabrics, broke ground in this summer and


The following information has been compiled from the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, which develops, administers, and enforces standards for land use, design, construction, and housing within the city. The department is also responsible for long-range planning in Seattle. It also works in conjunction with appointed volunteer design boards across the city that reviews private development projects. Only commercial and multi-family developments that exceed a certain size threshold in certain land use zones are reviewed.

9076 Holman Rd.

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A six-story 234-unit apartment building project is in the works to replace the 51-year-old Sunset Bowl, which closed in April. Two early design meetings have already been held. The project includes 15,000 square feet of retail space and parking below grade for 295 vehicles. The existing 25,000 square foot bowling alley will be demolished.

Two openings on the West Seattle's Southwest Design Review Board need to be filled by April.

The two-year positions are volunteer and made by appointment by Mayor Greg Nickels and the City Council.


The Council has passed legislation that will allow for a rezone of the area due west of 15th Avenue East and adjacent to West Dravus Street for residential units up to 85 feet and businesses at street level.

The upzone of the Interbay commercial district includes a provision that requires developers to provide a portion of the rental housing to people earning at 80 percent of the area median income or below, or pay into a fund to create such affordable housing.

"Our city needs more middle-income housing; this rezone helps meet that need through collaboration between the


According to developers and landowners in Ballard the neighborhood's building boom is still going, though now with the economy slumping it's more of a firecracker than a stick of dynamite.

A number of developments in Ballard have been cancelled or put on hold due to the economy and other factors, leaving vacant lots or doomed buildings littering Ballard's landscape.

Anthony's Restaurant had been in negotiations to build a new, more casual restaurant at Shilshole Bay Marina to complement the current Anthony's already there.

Sharon Briggs at the Port of Seattle s

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THE MARKET STREET POOL: A Metro bus driver ironically proclaimed this empty lot on 28th Avenue Northwest, excavated last spring, Ballard's newest pool. A slumping economy has caused many developers to put their projects on hold and landowners are having a tough time selling their property.

Johnston Architects revealed three possible design schemes Oct. 27 for new development on the plot of land at Northwest 64th Street and 32nd Avenue Northwest that currently houses the Sunset Hill Greenmarket.

Scheme 1 calls for leaving the current building untouched and building a new structure set back 10 feet. Scheme 2 attaches a new structure to the existing building. Scheme 3 would tear down the existing structure and replace it with an entirely new building.

The current building is two stories and about 28 feet in height.


NEW DIGS FOR THE GREEN GROCER. Graphics courtesy of Johnston Architects

After a century in West Seattle's Fauntleroy neighborhood, The Kenney's historic Seaview building could be demolished as AG Architects move forward with a new $150 million redevelopment project.

Board members and local residents made their objections known at a Design Review Board meeting on Oct.

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THE DOME IN DANGER. Neighbors of The Kenney were not happy to hear that the Seaview's dome might no longer be part of the West Seattle skyline. A member of the Southwest Design Review Board questioned why the architect had not presented a design option that would maintain the Seaview and its surrounding buildings.

Your Oct. 22 editorial began, "Views are Sacred in West Seattle ...' yet your paper was silent on notifying your readers of the major demolition and subsequent expansion proposed by The Kenney.

Only in the "On the Go" section was the project mentioned (not highlighted) under Design Review. This project proposes to tear down the 1909 structure and cupola, the apartments on the west side, the three story building along Fauntleroy and the duplexes at the south end.


As a former member of the Burien Park Board and promoter of open space in our community, I strongly support rezoning the Ruth Dykeman property, not for condos and homes but as a Burien park.

To counter the fears of Lake Burien residents, consider Arbor Lake in North Burien. This lovely little pond with its small shoreline park has not (at least to my knowledge) negatively impacted the health of that lake or the peace in that community.

Lake Burien is a public resource from which the public is excluded because it is completely surrounded by private property.

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