Deb Barker, President, welcomed guests and board members. Updates were provided on the following:
Morgan Junction Business Mixer: In late April, MoCA hosted a business mixer, which was held at Zeek’s Pizza. Approximately 15 local community business owners came by to get to know one another and enjoy pizza and beverages.
Morgan Junction Sidewalk Improvements: Phase 1 improvements began in Fall, 2015 at the Starbucks building and finalization of Phase 2 took place in May, 2016. The water fountain, which was removed during renovation, is being reinstalled and will be operational soon, which will complete the project.
Morgan Junction Park Expansion Update: The former Short Stop and Dry Cleaner building has been re-fenced off and graffiti removed. The building is set for demolition in mid-August.
2015 NPSF award: We are pleased to share that the NPSF $24,000 grant award will be used to regrade the alley between Fauntleroy/Graham and California/42nd Avenue, behind local businesses The Wash Dog and Kokora’s. The regrade is scheduled for July 29 and be completed within a few days.
2016 NSF applications – status: MoCA submitted two applications including Rapid Ride Bus Stop California/Fauntleroy and Safety around Fauntleroy at Graham/Raymond. In May, the project ranking information was released which indicated that the MoCA requests ranked #3 & #4, so they will not be addressed this year. The projects moving forward were #1 – improvements to Harbor Ave & SW Spokane Street and #2 – installation of a crosswalk at 39th and Oregon.
Morgan Junction Rezone request: The rezone request for the California Ave / Mills Street mixed-use project was withdrawn by the owner the day before the hearing. The owner is putting the building up for sale.
Park(ing) Day: Will take place Sept 16-17. PARK(ing) Day happens once a year in September and is an opportunity for Seattleites to rethink how streets can be used. Seattle has participated in thisinternational event since 2007 and given people the opportunity to temporarily turn on-street parking spots into public spaces. The program is intended to encourage creative placemaking while raising awareness about the importance of walkable, livable, and healthy communities. For more information visit: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/seattleparkingday.htm
Special thanks was given to Paul Surredin for his 10 years of volunteer service hosting the Morgan Community Association website. MoCA presented him with a gift and wished him well in his next endeavor.
SW District Council updates - Tamsen Spengler
Ms. Spengler shared information on Mayor Ed Murrary’s Executive Order to form a Seattle Community Involvement Commission (CIC), replacing neighborhood District Councils. It is anticipated that the new CIC will be established by January, 2017.
Ms. Foley provided information on the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project noting it is on schedule for completion at the end of 2016. While much work has been done, installation of a tide-gate at Lowman Beach, Street work and smaller utilities are still to be completed. Next steps include testing of each element to ensure proper functioning. Site tours will be scheduled this Fall, specific dates are still to be determined.
Update: Following the July 20 MoCA meeting, Ms. Foley provided an additional update indicating that irrigation in Lowman Beach Park will be included as part of the parks restoration efforts. There is an existing irrigation system in the park that is not currently in operation that will be restored by the contractor at the end of the project to maintain the new grass.
Festival Report - Eldon Olson, Phil Tavel
Mr. Olden and Mr. Tavel reported on the success of the 11th Annual Morgan Community Festival held on June 18, 2016. They shared the festival was well attended with approx. 800-1000 people. MoCA is gratefulthat local and patron level donations were generous. There was positive feedback received for the Bands; the expanded Children’s Arts & Crafts and the new “Spatter of Morgan” event, where kids were able to creatively spatter paint on the former buildings of the Short Stop & Dry Cleaner.
HALA Focus Group Update
Morgan Junction HALA Member Charles Loeffler reported via e-mail that the group is primarily focused on implementation principles for the MHA requirement.
Yes For Homes Housing Advocacy group - Michael Maddux / Lisa Herbold
Mr. Maddux and Councilmember Herbold shared information and support for the Proposition 1, City of Seattle, Yes For Homes Housing Levy, up for vote August 2. For more information: www.yesforhomes.com.
Update: Voters approved the $290M Seattle housing levy.
Yes on 123 Advocacy group - Kate Martin
Initiative sponsor, Ms. Martin shared information and support for Initiative 123, Alaska Way Elevated Parkway, up for vote on August 2. For more information on Yes on 123, visit: www.voteyeson123.org.
Update: Voters rejected the elevated waterfront park.
SPD Micro Community Policing Plan Focus Group update – Jennifer Burbridge
Ms. Burbridge, Research Analyst with SPD, shared information and conducted a Focus Group discussion for the southwest precinct of the Seattle Police Department Micro Community Policing Plan. Audience members discussed their crime concerns for the Morgan Junction Community including the following comments:
Need for additional street lights, primarily at bus corridors
Concern over the increased level of car prowls and break-ins
Need for increased police visibility and improved parking enforcement
Recommendation for installation of Emergency Help Call Boxes in areas like Lincoln Park, Duwamish Park and/or Bus Stops. It was noted this would require grant funding.
The Kenney Community Room (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
Introductions and Morgan Minute Updates
Morgan Community Association meeting was called to order at 7:00pm and the following was shared.
April 28, 2016: Morgan Junction Business Mixer at Zeeks Pizza
Morgan Junction Community Business Owners are invited to attend a business mixer on 4/28/16 from 5-8pm at Zeeks Pizza.
Morgan Junction Sidewalk Improvements – Deb Barker
Phase II starting May 10 (tentative)
Morgan Junction Park Expansion status – Deb Barker
Parks staff reports that the former Short Stop buildings are finally empty. Thursday, April 21, the power and water will be turned off after final contamination testing. Parks crews will be securing the building with plywood on doors and windows. The roof is rotting and they need to keep people off the roof and out of the building, so the perimeter will be fenced and posted ‘no trespassing.’ Police will be responsible for enforcing that. The fencing would be removed June 17 and replaced June 19 leaving the site clear for the Festival. Long-term short term use would be a paid parking lot; money to go to Parks general fund.
NPSF Award Update – Deb Barker
Last meeting, we reported that some issues around the benches associated with our $24,000 NPSF award need to be worked out. Unfortunately, we learned that SDOT cannot honor this request without Morgan assuming liability and on-going yearly permit costs for the benches.
Murray CSO Update – Comments provided by King County’s Murray CSO Project Team
King County’s Murray CSO Control Project is on schedule to be complete by the end of 2016. Currently, crews are conducting mechanical and electrical work inside the facility and have started to backfill soil behind the building. Utility work under Beach Dr. S.W. is ongoing and expected to continue through spring 2016. Tidal protections and a sewer line upgrade will continue through mid-summer in Lowman Beach Park and the access road just south of the park. You will also start to see project art and landscaping installation this summer and then final restoration of the road, sidewalk, and park will begin in the fall.
The County and its contractor know that this project has been disruptive to the community. We appreciate your patience throughout the work. We will be hosting an information session on Tuesday, April 26 from 5 to 7 pm near the project site on the 7000 block of Beach Dr. S.W. We invite you to join us to get the latest information on the project and to ask questions about what to expect during the final year of construction. There will be fun give-aways, some healthy snacks and a warm beverage available. In addition, we have not advertised this but Seattle Parks has said that they will send a representative (David Graves or Scott Stevens) to answer questions about the work at the park.
Introducing Morgan Junction HALA Focus Group members
Members introduced themselves and shared why they got involved in the HALA Focus Group. The group was invited to attend and report any updates at the next MoCA meeting in July.
Charles Loeffler - Lives inside the Morgan Junction Urban Village wanting to represent South-end renters
Ginnie Hance - Business and land owner in Morgan Junction Urban Village concerned about long term tenants who can no longer afford rent
Cindi Barker - Lives outside of the Morgan Junction Urban Village and served on the original HALA focus group
Jenny Weinstein - Newer rental resident to West Seattle who is focused on stabilizing rent increases and helping build homes for homeless.
Dawn Gearhart was not in attendance
Lowman Beach shoreline retaining wall
David Graves, Senior Planner, Seattle Parks Department, shared information regarding the Lowman Beach shoreline retaining wall project. The long term goal is to remove the current wall and create an area similar to the southern part of the beach, however all options will be considered. It was reported that an application has been submitted for grant funding for design/feasibility. Notification of funding will be received in July. If approved, feasibility would begin this Fall and include discussions with the public regarding the future of the tennis courts.
It was further shared that a quarterly review occurs to assess any new movement of the retaining wall. If an emergency situation arose, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Parks Department will collaborate to address.
Members of the audience commented that the use of the park is being impacted longer due to the CSO running over schedule. It was also recommended that signs be placed at the Lincoln Park Tennis Courts asking for feedback from those impacted by the current closer of the Lowman Beach Tennis Courts.
Morgan 2015 NPSF award status
Last meeting, we reported that some issues around the benches associated with our $24,000 NPSF award need to be worked out. Unfortunately, we learned that SDOT cannot honor this request without Morgan assuming liability and on-going costs for the benches. We have instead requested that the funds be spent on re-grading the alley between California and 42nd Ave SW, Fauntleroy and Graham. SDOT believes that this can be accomplished as long as there are no changes to drainage patterns from the re-grading.
June 18, 2016 Morgan Junction Community Festival
The Annual Morgan Junction Community Festival is taking place on June 18, 2016. It was reported that there has been a good response from vendors. The Food Truck Court is anticipated to be located in parking lot of The Beverage Place and the stage will be located in the Morgan Junction park.
The former commercial buildings will have the temporary fencing removed and there is discussion to coordinate a mural project for kids. If you are interested in serving as the Project Manager for the mural, please contact MoCA.
Several fun events and artists will be returning including Bubble Man and Bark of Morgan so please join us on June 18!
SW District Council updates (Tamsen Spengler)
Tamsen Spengler shared information from the last meeting of the SW District Council. She indicated that much of the discussion regarded the viaduct closure. In addition, the YMCA received approval for a Festival Street at SW Snoqualmie Street; a Safe Speed Limit presentation took place; and there is discussion on how the time of District Coordinators will be used in the future.
Lastly, it was announced that the West Seattle Grand Parade will take place on July 23. All neighborhood groups are invited to march with the “community” unit, and Morgan has fancy coffee cups that you can wear if you march in the parade! Let MoCA know if you can join the group, or to get involved with the parade in general visit www.westseattleparade.com.
2016 Morgan NSF prioritization
Deb Barker shared that Neighborhood Street fund applications were due on Sunday April 17, unfortunately before the April 20 MoCA meeting. The MoCA Board met in advance to discuss and determine projects. The following problem areas were identified and applications were submitted. The members of the audience were asked to notify MoCA for future recommendations.
Too Many Near Misses - Fauntleroy Way SW between Raymond and 42nd, with specific emphasis at SW Graham.
Problems: lack of site distance, speeds on Fauntleroy and lack of curb bulbs for pedestrian safety. Possible solutions: Parking limitations, curb bulbs, signage, speed enforcement
Rapid Ride bus stops -
Problem: Traffic backup into the intersections, Possible solutions: move the bus stops.
MOTION: A motion was made to endorse the above Neighborhood Street fund applications. Motion passed, no opposed.
Seattle Summer Parkways - Jordan Adams, Seattle Parks Foundation
Jordan Adams, Seattle Parks Foundation shared that Seattle Summer Parkways event in West Seattle will take place on Sunday, September 25, 2016. This joint effort between SDOT, Seattle Parks Foundation and Seattle Police Department will close several streets on Alki, making them car-free and giving neighbors the opportunity to bike, skate, run, play and dance in the streets. This free 5 hour event will have live music and local Businesses are welcome to promote. Additional Summer Parkways events are scheduled as follows: Rainier Valley on August 13 and Ballard on August 27.
At 8:08pm, a Motion to Adjourn was called and seconded. Motion passed.
Next MoCA meeting is Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 7:00pm
Guests and Board Members were welcomed at 6:00pm. It was noted that two meetings will take place including Part 1 – the quarterly MoCA meeting and Part 2 – a special West Seattle-Wide meeting – ‘HALA’ What’s It All About?
Morgan Neighborhood Parks Street Fund (NPSF) award status
Morgan Junction has been awarded $24,000 for installation of street furniture. Collaboration is currently underway with SDOT, so stay tuned for more information.
Join the Morgan Junction Festival Planning Committee
The annual Morgan Junction Festival is scheduled for June 18, 2016. A great neighborhood festival that turns out 500 – 800 of our closest friends and neighbors to celebrate our Morgan Junction community.
Volunteers are invited to join the Festival Planning Committee to help with the coordination and planning of the festival. The first meeting is scheduled for February 2, with monthly meetings until June.
New Legislation - proposed Marijuana Zoning locations: A legislative vote took place the second week of January which would require zoning for recreational marijuana stores to be 500 feet from retail.
Sound Transit ST-3 and Morgan Junction: on Thursday, January 28 – the West Seattle Transportation Coalition will hold a meeting at The Kenney to discuss Sound Transit (ST-3). Please attend to provide your feedback regarding the current potential options for West Seattle.
Lowman Beach shoreline retaining wall: discussions are underway with the Army Core of Engineers to consider options for repair or replacement of the shoreline retaining wall. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.
Moca Updates for January 20, 2016
Morgan Junction Sidewalk Improvement: SDOT will continue with Phase II of the sidewalk replacement in front of Ivy Court and Marnae in late March to April.
Lincoln Park Public Meeting: join the discussion around Lincoln Park North Area renovations and provide input on preferred play equipment options on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 6:30 – 8pm at Gatewood Elementary.
Morgan Junction Business Mixer – SAVE THE DATE: April 28, 2016 will be the next Morgan Junction Business Mixer from 5-7pm at Zeke’s Pizza. Thanks to The Office Junction for hosting the December 7, 2015 mixer where a good time was had by all.
Morgan Junction Park Expansion: The Dry Cleaner and Convenience Shop businesses will be relocated by the end of May, 2016. The parking lot will be used for the Morgan Junction Festival on June 18. Building demolition is ‘guestimated’ for July 2016, but no date is set for park design.
Contract rezone in Morgan Junction: The applicant submitted revisions on December 17, 2016 under project #3018102 for 6921 California Ave SW. SEPA has not been issued.
Nazarene Church Rezone Site: Applicant submitted building permits for the townhouses; and a streamlined design review is to be conducted. This will be the last MoCA report on this project.
Murray CSO: Major street work continues on Beach Drive S.W. to install a 5-foot wide sewer pipe under Beach Drive that will connect the new tank to the existing Murray Pump Station / sewer system. One lane of Beach Drive S.W. kept open. Increased congestion and possible traffic delays of up to 15 minutes are expected.
MoCA Elections - Slate of Officers and Executive Board Members for 2016
Following distribution of handouts to all attendees, a MOTION was called for election of the 2016 MoCA Slate of Officers and Executive Board.
MOTION PASSED: The Morgan Community Association voted to support the election of the following 2016 MoCA Slate of Officers and Executive Board members.
President – Deb Barker
Vice President – Philip Tavel
Recording Secretary – Jennifer Whip
Treasurer – Eldon Olson
Public Information Officer – Cindi Barker
SW District Council Representative – Tamsen Speng
South Seattle College provided handouts regarding new classes being offered in Winter Quarter 2016 including the following. Register at
Organize Your Workspace: January 26 from 9am – Noon
Basic Carpentry and Woodworking: January 21 – 24 from 6pm – 9:30pm
Hands-On Home Repair and Maintenance: January 25 – Feb 8 from 6:30pm – 9pm
Hiring and Working with a Home Remodeling Contractor: February 9 from 6:30pm – 9pm
An Immigrants Journey by Claudia Castro Luna, Seattle Civic Poet will be hosted on Thursday, February 4 from 5pm – 7pm by Southwest Youth & Family Services located at 4555 Delridge Way SW. Come and listen as she shares her personal journey as an immigrant and how it has shaped her poetry.
Deb Barker thanked all of the guests and invited everyone to stay for the Part 2 of the January 20 meeting – ‘HALA’ What’s It All About?
The MoCA Meeting adjourned at 6:45pm.
Part 2 - Special West Seattle - Wide Meeting: ‘HALA’ What’s It All About? 7:00 - 9:00pm
Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda ‘HALA’ Presentation - Jesseca Brand, City of Seattle
Special Guest Jesseca Brand, City of Seattle, provided a HALA overview, information on the grand bargain, focused outreach and next steps.
The presentation shared information on:
Investing in our Communities
Seattle’s Housing reality
What is the Vision?
Where we’ve been?
Where we are going?
HALA in action
Invest in housing for those most in need
Create new affordable housing as we grow
Promote efficient and innovative development
What is the MHA Program?
Affordable Housing Requirements
Following the presentation, a Q&A session was held. The complete presentation is available at www.morganjunction.org.
Detached / Attached Accessory Dwelling Units Presentation - Nick Welch, City of Seattle
Special Guest Nick Welch, City of Seattle presented information on Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADU’s or Backyard Cottages) and Attached Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs or MIL Apartments.)
The presentation shared information on:
Encouraging Backyard Cottages
What is an accessory dwelling unit?
Attached accessory dwelling units (ADUs, MIL, or granny flats)
Detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs, backyard cottages)
Timeline of program
Why are we encouraging more backyard cottages?
The scale of the opportunity
Removing barriers to backyard cottages
Potential code changes
Following the presentation, a Q&A session was held. The complete presentation is available at www.morganjunction.org.