This Friday, Sept. 28 – on International Good Neighbor Day – community members, youth and public officials will walk side-by-side in an open and honest dialogue from the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden to the Port of Seattle.

The purpose of the 12-mile ‘Mira’s Walk for AIR (Aviation Industry Redemption)’ from SeaTac to the Port of Seattle – organized in 12 one-mile “legs” and joinable at any one of a dozen gathering points along the way – is to educate and motivate people into taking actions to improve the situation.

They’ll examine problems and discuss solutions to the impacts of the airline industry on human and environmental health.

  • Mira’s Walk for AIR (Aviation Industry Redemption) will start at 2 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 28 at the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden (map below), and will end at the Port of Seattle at 8 p.m.
  • It will include stops at Boeing, the Connections Museum, Starbucks Headquarters, and KING5 News.
  • There will be 12 legs to this walk, with each walk examining a different problem and a different solution around the aviation industry.
  • Walk one mile, 4 miles, or all 12.

This “Walk and Talk” was orchestrated by SeaTac dad of two, Kent Palosaari, his seven-year-old daughter, Mira, and a team of concerned citizens, many of whom are from communities impacted by flight paths, pollution and noise from SeaTac.

Kent is reaching out to local and state elected officials, and Port of Seattle officials to walk and talk with concerned citizens in a search for innovative and community-friendly solutions around the negative impacts that the airport has on surrounding communities. He hopes that this will be a concrete step to validate the Port’s claim that they want to be better neighbors to airport communities. What better day than International Good Neighbor Day to start that relationship? He will be bringing a lasagna to the Port, and encourages others to share baked goods with their neighbors, as is customary on this annual day. People are encouraged to join in the walk and to bring baked goods to share with fellow marchers as well as people they meet along the way. The goal is to begin to care for one another.

As the local therapist and father to a new baby boy says, “We must work on this together. I worry most about the impacts on the children. It takes a village to make a problem, and I believe it takes a village to solve it.”

Kent adds:

“When I moved to SeaTac 12 years ago, I thought the only problem would be the noise. The sound of planes gets louder than a chainsaw every day. After becoming a father, I realized there are far more serious risks the airport showers on SeaTac and other nearby communities. Experts are telling me this may include prominently shorter life spans, infertility, dramatically increased risk of heart disease, brain tumors and cancers. I know there is a problem, and I know I need to take action to find solutions. This documentary is part of what I can do, so that others are encouraged to take action as well.“

Here’s a trailer for this project:

For a full schedule, and to join the discussion anywhere enroute, visit mirasgarden.org, the documentary, for more information.

The Highline SeaTac Community Garden is located at 13735 24th Ave S.:

SouthSoundPiano (SSP), a local piano school serving the South Seattle region, will be hosting an Open House event on Saturday Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at their studio in Burien.

Are you an adult who has always wanted to learn to play the piano? Do you have children that are curious about making music? Are you interested in a new personal challenge?

Burien’s elite piano studio is accepting a limited number of students!

Stop by to meet the teachers, tour the studio and find out what piano lessons are all about. Registration fees will be waived for students that enroll during this event.

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More info here: https://www.southsoundpiano.com/join-us

South Sound Piano Studio is located at 12059 3rd Ave South in Burien.

Directions: Head north on 1st Ave South, take a right onto South 124th Street. Go left onto 2nd Ave South until it dead-ends. Head right up the dirt path and into the gate. You have arrived at SSP!

On Friday, Sept. 21, Highline Public Schools announced that they are starting the 2018-19 school year with 700 students fewer than projected, which means that – because the state funds school districts on a per-student basis – they will suffers a loss of $3.5 million in revenue.

The district says that they will need to spend some of the money set aside to prevent budget cuts next year, and reduce staff by 15 teaching positions.

“The demographer who projects enrollment numbers for most Puget Sound districts — and who is typically right on target — believes this is due to the increasing cost of living in our area, which is accelerating faster than anticipated,” the district said.

“The bottom line is that we have more teachers than our funding supports,” Superintendent Susan Enfield said. “Some students will need to be moved to different classrooms. I know this is not what anyone expected, and I understand how disruptive and disappointing these moves will be. We will do everything we can to minimize the impact on our students.”

Enfield added:

“I want to be clear that we would be in this situation regardless of our recently bargained salary increases. I am committed to paying all our staff competitive salaries in order to attract and retain the high-quality professionals we have here in Highline. Teacher pay will not be affected and no teachers will be laid off. Displaced teachers will be moved to other positions or to our substitute pool to reduce our costs for substitute teachers. This will help us make up the revenue shortfall.

“As good stewards of public dollars we must operate within our means. By keeping our expenditures in line with revenue this year, we will avoid significant layoffs and program cuts next year.

“If your child’s class will be affected, your principal will contact you by Wednesday, September 26. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your principal, or you can contact me directly at [email protected] or 206-631-3070.”

Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding six great Open Houses this weekend!

The first Open House looks and feels like new construction, but without the price tag or Home Owners dues:

This immaculate house has everything you could wish for!

Open concept designer kitchen perfect for everyday living or entertaining guests.

Three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, an office nook and even an upstairs bonus area.

The fully fenced backyard is just the perfect size for summer barbecues and play space but not so large that it will keep you working all weekend!

Quick easy commute to Downtown Seattle & Seatac Airport.

WHEN:

  • Sunday, Sept. 23: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1048 S. 117th Street, Burien, WA 98168 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $499,000
  • MLS Number: 1362241
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.25
  • Year Built: 2014
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,680 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 3,060 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Cement Planked
  • Wood Products
  • Fenced-Partially

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full,. detailed listing.


Next up is a modern design, newer construction minutes from downtown Seattle:

Dont miss this high end two story home with a daylight basement.

Main floor has dream kitchen and a great room concept floor plan.

Kitchen has over-sized breakfast bar. Upstairs has a spacious master bedroom complete with its own deck.

Upstairs has two more bedrooms, a full bath and a leisure loft or bonus room.

Downstairs has two more bedrooms, full bath and a large rec room.

Ideal location has easy access to everything.

Must see!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Sept. 22: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 23: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 10428 2nd Place SW, Seattle, WA 98146 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $680,000
  • MLS Number: 1356702
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,710 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 3,060 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next up is a Contemporary style new home in Burien’s Blakley Manor neighborhood, with a spacious open floor plan:

This beautiful two story home features five bedrooms, four bathrooms, garage with extra shop/storage area, and a den/guest suite.

The main floor living space opens to a designer island kitchen, great room and dining area with access to a covered outdoor living space.

Master suite with luxurious five-piece bath and walk-in closet.

Junior master with its own bath.

Upstairs laundry.

Large yard.

Ideal location with easy access to downtown and more.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Sept. 22: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 23: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 16815 3rd Ave S., Burien, WA 98148 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $814,950
  • MLS Number: 1293928
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.75
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,018 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,201 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to view larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next is a well maintained home that features 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths:

Spacious living room, with wood burning fire place for those cold winter nights, beautiful hardwood floors.

Kitchen with eating space had granite counters and plenty of space for everyone.

Basement is fully finished.

Large fully fenced yard with cover patio, also features 2 car garage with alley access.

WHEN:

  • Friday, Sept. 21: 10:30 a.m. – Noon
  • Saturday, Sept. 22: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 23: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 8611 9th Ave SW, West Seattle, WA 98126 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $459,950
  • MLS Number: 1361471
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 1941
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,720 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,150 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • High Tech Cabling

PHOTOS (click images to view larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next is a contemporary style with a desirable location:

Home features 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a two car garage.

Ideal bedroom on the main with full bath.

The main floor also has a great room concept that accessing a perfect outdoor living space.

The second floor master has a five-piece master bath, walk-in closet, three more bedrooms, laundry and a bonus room.

This location is minutes from downtown Seattle with easy access to everything.

Walk to light rail station.

Fully fenced and RV parking.

WHEN:

  • Friday, Sept. 21: 10:30 a.m. – Noon
  • Saturday, Sept. 22: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 23: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 3426 S. 164th Street, SeaTac, WA 98188 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $659,950
  • MLS Number: 1298686
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,794 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 2,794 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to view larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The final Open House is a captivating, immaculate new 5-bedroom home in Tukwila:

This immaculate home has it all — ideal location, high quality finishes and a contemporary great room design.

Main floor den and bathroom with shower.

This home features quartz counters, soft close cabinetry, gas range, walk-in pantry, and hardwood-look flooring.

Dream master bedroom with vaulted ceilings, five-piece bath and walk-in closet.

Covered outdoor area is perfect for year round use.

Landscaped and fenced.

Easy access to downtown, airport, light rail and buses.

WHEN:

  • Friday, Sept 21: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 22: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 23: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 14411 45th Lane S., Tukwila, WA 98168 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $674,950
  • MLS Number: 1348322
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,930 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,475 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” and follow them on Facebook.

The SeaTac City Council is seeking applications from residents interested in serving as the Citizen Representative on the Washington State Department of Commerce Sea-Tac Airport Advisory Committee (SSAC).

The SSAC began in 2018 when the Washington State Legislature directed the Department of Commerce to conduct a study of the current impacts and benefits of the Sea-Tac International Airport on the surrounding communities including:

  • Burien
  • Des Moines
  • Federal Way
  • Normandy Park
  • SeaTac
  • Tukwila

Commerce is requesting each City select a public representative for the SSAC.

Appointed SSAC participants will be able to share information, discuss community concerns and provide input on developing the “statement of work” to be included in the Study of current impacts and benefits.

The SeaTac community member will be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council following the City’s Citizen Advisory Committee vacancy process. If you are interested in being considered, please fill out a Citizen Advisory Committee application and background check form and submit them to the City Clerk, 4800 South 188th Street, SeaTac, WA 98188 – originals only.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

For more information and to download an application, click on this link.

The The City of SeaTac Public Works Department is warning of a major Traffic Detour on Military Road South, from Wednesday, Sept. 19 through Thursday, Sept. 20:

  • Two Day Closure all southbound lanes of Military Rd S. at S. 216th St. to S. 200th St.
  • Exit 151 from Interstate 5 will be impacted
  • Construction Wed. Sept. 19 to Thu. Sept. 20 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Public Works Department is improving Military Road South between South 216th and South 200th Street. Work crews will begin construction at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, September 19 and end by 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 20.

During the construction activity, drivers are asked to use alternate routes. All southbound lanes of Military Rd. S at S. 216th St. to S. 200th St. will be shut down during the construction periods each day. The project construction periods are from 7AM to 7PM each day. Drivers will be detoured around the work to International Boulevard South. Northbound lanes will be open during the construction phase but drivers should expect significant delays and seek alternate routes when possible. The detours will only be in place during the 7AM to 7PM construction hours.

Drivers taking Exit 151 from Interstate 5 will be impacted. When drivers take the 200th St. off-ramp from southbound I-5, they will not be able to turn left onto Military Rd S. From the northbound off-ramp, drivers will be forced to turn north from the exit and will not be able to drive south on Military Rd S.

The construction work will include rubblization of the existing concrete road in place and overlaying with hot mix asphalt. In addition, crews will implement storm water improvements, add pedestrian facilities and bicycle lanes, and signal upgrades.

Here’s episode #10 of local activist/filmmaker Steve Edmiston’s ‘The Briefing’ project, where he takes on the Port of Seattle, one Public Comment at a time.

Episode #10 is entitled “What Did You Know and When Did You Know It?”

“Just added 97,000 more annual flights. Going to add another 80,000. Now, what is the science saying?”

Edmiston is responding to an FAA and Port staff briefing in Spring 2017, that he contends was both incomplete and inadequate because it failed to convey, among other things, data on harms being caused to humans and the environment by airplanes.

The goals of his documentary project – currently titled “The Briefing” – include using these collected public comments as the spine of a feature documentary film.

“We want to actually see, after the Commissioners are presented with the information they asked for but did not receive, what new choices the Commissioners will make – or not make – to care for the human species and the environment that can be found living beneath the flight paths,” Edmiston said.

As a private citizen, under Port bylaws, Edmiston must provide his 43-minute briefing – the same time provided to the FAA and Port staff – in two-minute public comment segments. Edmiston estimates the project will take 9 to 12 months to complete.

For more information on this compelling new ‘Citizen vs Goliath’ project, visit:

Our prior coverage is available here.

The City of SeaTac’s Fall Special Recycling Collection Event will be Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Tyee Educational Complex Parking Lot.

This event will run from 9 a.m. – 3 pm., and is open to all King County Residents.

In addition to recycling, there will also be a Rain Barrel sale at the Event Site, from 9 a.m. to Noon or until they are sold! Limited amount of rain barrels available! $25 each, cash only – limit TWO (2) per customer (subsidized by City of SeaTac & King County)

And…FREE BIO-BAGS (3 gallon food scrap bags) to the first 150 Recology CleanScapes’ curbside customers who bring in items for recycling.

WHEN: Saturday Sept. 22, 2018, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Tyee Educational Complex Parking Lot, 4424 South 188th Street

INFO: No vehicles may enter after 3 pm. No commercial loads allowed. No yard debris accepted.

To download a PDF flier with full details, click here.

For event information, alternative formats, or disability accommodations call 206.973.4763; TTY Relay: 711

The SeaTac City Council is seeking applications from SeaTac residents interested in serving an unexpired term for Council Position Number 5.

The position was vacated on September 12, 2018 when Michael J. Siefkes announced he was stepping down from the Council. The council term will run through the November 2019 General Election certification period.

There are two requirements for all applicants for the seat:

  • Pursuant to RCW 35A.12.030, all applicants must be a registered voter in the City of SeaTac on the day they submit their application.
  • In addition, interested applicants must be a resident of the City of SeaTac for a period of at least one year preceding the date of appointment.

Applications are available from the City Clerk at 4800 South 188th Street, SeaTac, WA 98188, or on the City’s website at: http://www.seatacwa.gov/government/city-council.

Any questions, please call 206.973.4661. All applications must be submitted to the City Clerk in person at, or by mail to, the address above by 5 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2018.

The Council will hold a public meeting, date to be determined, to interview candidates and make a final selection for the
vacant position.

As we first reported, SeaTac Mayor Michael J. Siefkes announced at Tuesday’s meeting that he was stepping down from the City Council.

In the interim, Deputy Mayor Erin Sitterley will serve as the city’s Acting Mayor.

At the next Regular Council Meeting on Sept. 25, the City Council will elect a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor and discuss the process of choosing a replacement for the unexpired term for Council position #5 vacated by Siefkes.

“I am proud of the work we have done as a City Council over the last two-and-a-half- years,” Siefkes said.

One example of his legacy during his tenure is the successful signing of an interlocal agreement between the City of SeaTac and the Port of Seattle that he described as a “model of relationship with the Port.”

In addition, Siefkes spoke about further accomplishments of this Council.

“We have cut taxes by millions of dollars by not raising property taxes…we have been able to save the citizens and I think truly, we have made the City a better place.”

“During his tenure, the Mayor has made a significant impact to the City,” City Manager Joseph Scorcio said. ”During his term, the City has gone from a projected budget deficit to a healthy reserve fund and also improved relationships with our neighboring cities and community partners such as the Port of Seattle.”

At the end of the Council meeting, Siefkes praised his fellow Councilmembers and stated,” I am really happy with the Council as I leave, I feel the City is in great hands.”

Siefkes is a long-term resident of SeaTac, and is married with six children. Following the meeting, he shared that he and his family are planning to move out-of-state.

Siefkes’ term began in January 2016 and runs through December 2019. In addition to his current responsibilities as the Mayor, Siefkes also served and chaired multiple City and regional committees.

Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding six great Open Houses this weekend!

First up is a darling house that offers 3 bedrooms and 1 bath:

Light, bright and freshly updated throughout with new paint, flooring, carpet and more!

Move right in, unpack and relax.

The work has been done for you and all of the appliances stay too!

The sprawling, fully fenced backyard will take your breath away.

So much open space for pets, gardening, hobbies and outdoor play.

Close to schools, parks and an easy commute to Downtown Seattle & Seatac Airport.

Don’t miss out on this urban oasis!

WHEN:

  • Sunday, Sept. 16: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 12203 21st Ave S., Seattle, WA 98168 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $379,000
  • MLS Number: 1359794
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1935
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,120 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 8,100 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 1935 charm!
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next up is a view home in desirable North Hill:

1 owner, turn-key home ready for its next chapter.

Watch Mt. Rainier, the ships in the sound & spectacular sunsets!

2 levels of entry points/2 driveways.

Main entry with no stairs and lower entry via garage or separate entrance.

Possible future MIL in current walkout daylight basement with tons of space, FP & Bar.

Huge entertaining view deck.

Walk to N Hill Elem, Marina via DM Creek Path & Light-Rail.

Close commute DT & all freeways.

Lg corner lot!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Sept. 15: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 20805 9th Ave S., Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $575,000
  • MLS Number: 1343548
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1960
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,110 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 8,124 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • VIEWS! Mountain, Sound, Territorial
  • Deck
  • Disabled Access
  • Patio
  • Corner Lot

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next is a captivating, immaculate new 5-bedroom home in Tukwila:

This immaculate home has it all — ideal location, high quality finishes and a contemporary great room design.

Main floor den and bathroom with shower.

This home features quartz counters, soft close cabinetry, gas range, walk-in pantry, and hardwood-look flooring.

Dream master bedroom with vaulted ceilings, five-piece bath and walk-in closet.

Covered outdoor area is perfect for year round use.

Landscaped and fenced.

Easy access to downtown, airport, light rail and buses.

WHEN:

  • Friday, Sept 14: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 15: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 16: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 14411 45th Lane S., Tukwila, WA 98168 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $674,950
  • MLS Number: 1348322
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,930 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,475 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next up is a Contemporary style new home in Burien’s Blakley Manor neighborhood, with a spacious open floor plan:

This beautiful two story home features five bedrooms, four bathrooms, garage with extra shop/storage area, and a den/guest suite.

The main floor living space opens to a designer island kitchen, great room and dining area with access to a covered outdoor living space.

Master suite with luxurious five-piece bath and walk-in closet.

Junior master with its own bath.

Upstairs laundry.

Large yard.

Ideal location with easy access to downtown and more.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Sept. 15: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 16: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 16815 3rd Ave S., Burien, WA 98148 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $814,950
  • MLS Number: 1293928
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.75
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,018 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,201 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to view larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next – Location, Location, Location! This affordable ground floor, corner unit is 15 minutes from downtown Seattle and near Sea-Tac Airport:

Granite counter tops with an open floor plan makes for a great living space.

Enjoy the swimming pool, exercise room and sport court or walk the beautifully manicured grounds.

Low HOA dues make this property a rare find.

WHEN:

  • Friday, Sept. 14: 4 – 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 3425 S. 176th, Unit 174, SeaTac, WA 98188 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $170,000
  • MLS Number: 1333403
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1968
  • Approximate House SqFt: 534 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • End Unit
  • Ground Floor
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Athletic Court
  • Exercise Room
  • Laundry Room
  • Pool-Outdoor

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The final Open House is a 4-BD+ upper studio home in Newport Hills!

Located in a cul-de-sac minutes to everything!

Light & bright floor-plan with new: exterior/interior paint, double-pane windows, hardwood floors, elegant molding, & completely remodeled main bath.

Large deck w/backyard oasis & hobby shed.

Expansive kitchen w/eating area; S/S appliances stay!

Master BR w/5-pc bath, large walk-in, & studio above! additional bedrooms downstairs, large family room, full bath, & A/C throughout, and much more!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Sept. 15: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 16: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 12241 SE 62nd Street, Bellevue, WA 98006 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $762,888
  • MLS Number: 1336085
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,350 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 9,778 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Skylights
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” and follow them on Facebook.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by the Port of Seattle in response to our Sept. 8 story “City request for Town Hall style Question & Answer sessions refused by Port.” It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The SeaTac Blog nor its staff:]

Scoping is an early component in the environmental review of the SAMP Near-Term Projects. The open houses are one way for the public to provide comments on the evaluation of the potential impacts in the environmental resources categories and elements of the environment required under NEPA and SEPA as well as the reasonable range of alternatives.

Prior to the public scoping process for the SAMP Near-Term Projects environmental review, the Port offered briefings to all local city councils and held three public meetings to help stakeholders understand the outcome of the SAMP planning work and the proposed Near-Term Projects.

The SAMP Near-Term Projects environmental review scoping public period is 60 days. The Port and FAA established a 60-day public comment period, which is almost three times longer than the 21 days required by state law, to give all agencies and the public sufficient time to review materials and provide comments.

For the scoping process for the SAMP Near-Term Projects environmental review, the comment period was noticed through formal notifications, mailings, advertising, and media outreach. The information provided at the start of scoping is identical to the information presented at the four public scoping meetings this month.

The public can comment at any of four in-person public meetings scheduled for September 10, 12, 17 and 19 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The public meetings are just one mechanism for interested parties to provide their input. Members of the public are also encouraged to access the Online Open House at www.SAMPNTPenvironmentalreview.org for information and to provide formal comments. Comments can also be submitted via mail and email.

There will be future occasions for the public to provide comments on the environmental analysis as part of the SAMP NTP environmental review.

– Perry Cooper
Port of Seattle

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The Port of Seattle on Sunday, Sept. 9 closed the longest runway (designated 16L/34R) at Sea-Tac Airport for an estimated 90 days, for “several upgrades related to the opening of the expansion of the North Satellite Modernization project set for early next year.”

The other two runways will be used during the upgrade construction.

The closure was initially delayed due to a recent labor strike, but began late in the evening last Sunday, Sept. 9.

“The closure is not expected to cause major delays as the other two runways will be used during the construction, however, weather can cause potential delays,” the Port said. “The Port has been working with our airline partners to make the adjustment as seamless as possible. Area homeowners will see air traffic shifting to the other two runways during the construction period.”

No word on how this might affect overflights or increased airplane noise in our area.

The Port added:

“We do not expect this to cause major delays as we will use the other two runways during the construction. However, during peak periods we could see additional aircraft traffic in line for departures. We have been working with our airline partners to make the adjustment as seamless as possible. As in the past when we’ve had runway work occurring, area homeowners will see air traffic shifting to the other two runways during that time.

“During a major portion of the construction (70 of the 90 days, upgrading taxiway B), the long runway will actually be used as a taxiway for aircraft. Air Traffic Control will have this option available to them to keep traffic flowing. In some cases, during north flow, this could increase your taxi time. During peak periods it may be necessary to taxi aircraft to the north of the airfield and then all the way back to the south end, by use of Taxiway T (Tango) in between the center (16C/34C) and westernmost (16R/34L) runways. This is necessary as the closure of the nearest runway reduces how many aircraft can lineup for takeoff on the south before they create congestion around the terminal gates and block taxiways coming out of gates.”

For more information on the details of the construction, view this blog post on the Port’s Newsroom page.

By Jack Mayne

At the very end of the SeaTac City Council meeting on Tuesday night (Sept. 11) Mayor Michael Siefkes announced he was leaving the Council and moving from the city, citing his very serious heart attack of about a year ago.

“I am proud of the accomplishments as I leave,” Siefkes said. “We cut taxes and saved the citizens” a lot of money, he said, adding the Council under his leadership saved residents millions of dollars.

He lauded his experience with the Council members, noting specifically City Attorney Mary Mirante Bartolo and City Manager Joe Scorcio and their support.

The Council at its next meeting will have to chose another member of the Council as mayor. Councilmember Rick Forschler served briefly as mayor earlier, but left office after a controversy over a chosen acting city manager.

By Scott Schaefer

On Monday, Sept. 17, the King County Council will likely vote to cut funding for tourism in the south end, yet allocate $135 million in taxpayer money to subsidize the upkeep of Safeco Field.

This indication comes from a 5-4 vote by the Committee of the Whole last week.

This funding comes from an ongoing stream of money King County will soon receive from a state tax on hotel visits. State law requires the county to spend certain minimum amounts of this new hotel/motel tax money on specific purposes, such as arts/culture and housing.

State law also stipulates that the remaining funding (up to 25%) can be used for tourism promotion, but there may not be much left in the coffers.

Obviously, this has several people who work for local tourism in the south end upset, especially Katherine Kertzman of the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority.

“It was a complete shock – we were in support of another motion, and we thought we had the votes for a new counter proposal that would work,” Kertzman said. “Then this new McDermott-Balducci compromise was proposed and it passed in the committee.”

Kertzman says that a portion of the funds earmarked for tourism promotion were intended for activities that generate overnight stays in our local hotels. Seattle Southside is home to the second largest number of hotel rooms in the state.

“The decision to gut tourism promotion funding to provide nearly $135 million in lodging tax dollars to support upgrades and improvements in a facility occupied by a for-profit tenant, the Mariners, valued to be worth over $1 billion is upsetting,” she said. “In fact, it’s irresponsible.”

Tourism promotion fills south end hotels with travelers who spend a lot more per visit on average than day trippers to a Mariners game. Last year, for every dollar spent in marketing our region, there was a $42.86 in economic return on the RTA’s investment.

“Tourism creates jobs, retail sales and tax receipts. It’s hard to find a more positive impact than reinvesting in tourism,” she added.

“I am hopeful that we will come to a resolution before final passage that restores funding to tourism promotion,” she said. “The Seattle Southside RTA is requesting 25% of the tax generated by our hotels be reinvested in our destination marketing efforts. This is a fair and equitable request.”

An alternative proposal, sponsored by South King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, would have provided only $25 million toward Safeco Field, and instead would have allocated the remaining tourism funding (about $115 million) to King County’s existing Regional Tourism Authorities (i.e. Seattle Southside RTA) which support economic development throughout King County.

Upthegrove’s alternative proposal failed on a 4-5 vote, with Councilmembers Upthegrove, Dembowski, Gossett and Kohl-Welles voting in favor, and Councilmembers Dunn, Balducci, Lambert, McDermott and Von Reichbauer voting against.

Upthegrove strongly objected to prioritizing the Safeco Field funding over local tourism promotion, and has been critical of the Safeco funding since it was first proposed by the Mariners and King County Executive Dow Constantine.

“We have businesses, small and large, throughout King County who create jobs and economic benefit,” he said. “Not only do they not get a $135 million handout, but now we are eliminating the tourism promotion funding that helps fund the economic engine of the Highline area. The Mariners are a private for-profit business that can and should be responsible for covering the costs of maintaining the stadium.”

Upthegrove noted that the value of the Mariners Corporation has grown by more than $1 billion over the last seven years, and is owned by a small group of wealthy private investors.

“They don’t need another taxpayer handout,” he added. “Something is broken in our political system when those who already have great wealth can pull the levers of government to generate even more wealth for themselves at the expense of the public interest.”

Here’s an excerpt of Councilmember Upthegrove’s comments from the Sept. 5 meeting:

Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles concurs.

“The plan to gut tourism funding to increase investments in affordable housing while investing $135 million in a building occupied by a sole tenant, the Seattle Mariners, valued to be worth $1.5 billion, doesn’t add up,” she said. “Tourism promotion is what fills hotel rooms with visitors. Gutting tourism dollars is like killing the goose that lays the golden egg.”

Upthegrove’s proposal also would have maintained the full $2.2 million for Kent’s ShoWare Center. Since this proposal was voted down, there will be no money allocated for ShoWare.

Both proposals make significant new investments of more than $165 million in workforce housing and services for homeless youth, above the minimum amount required by state law.

FINAL COUNCIL VOTE IS MONDAY, SEPT. 17
A final vote on this measure is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the King County Council Chambers on the 10th floor of the King County Courthouse.

SEATTLE SOUTHSIDE CHAMBER ENCOURAGES WRITING COUNCILMEMBERS
On Monday, Sept. 10, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce emailed out the following request to members:

Funding for Destination Marketing in Seattle Southside and King County Threatened

Please Lend Your Voice!

On Wednesday, the King County Council voted 5-4 to slash future lodging tax revenue intended for tourism promotion. This action impacts the 2% lodging tax credit.

The county’s destination marketing organizations were promised – and have long planned for – a piece of county lodging tax revenue to enhance tourism promotion when debt service on CenturyLink Stadium sunsets in 2021. To date, King County is the only county in the state that does not return a portion of lodging tax revenue to the industry that generates it.

In 2008, the Washington State legislature approved legislation which designated revenues from this lodging tax in King County after 2021. Arts and culture and transient oriented housing would each receive 37.5%. Tourism related organizations, including the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority, would receive the remaining.

Last week’s King County legislation – if passed by the full King County Council on September 17 – would allocate much of the tourism promotion fund for maintenance and other improvements on Safeco Field ($135 million) and more funding for affordable housing ($165 million). Under this proposal, the county’s destination marketing organizations would be forced to split just $1 million per year and that revenue would end after eight years – a total of $8 million.

We need your support to help redirect funds back where they were intended – to regional destination marketing programs! Ask the county executive and King County Councilmembers to redirect the funding amounts requested by Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority.

Craft your own message, or adapt this letter template.

Thank you for your continued support,
Andrea

Andrea H. Reay
President/ CEO
206 575 3016 | Fax 206 575 2007
14220 Interurban Avenue S. #134
Tukwila, WA 98168

Here’s how to contact your King County Councilmembers:

South King Media has learned that – despite requests – the Port of Seattle has refused to allow any public town hall style question and answer sessions at the upcoming Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) Near Term Projects Environmental Public Scoping Meetings beginning this coming Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.

The requests for a town hall with live questions and answers, and the Port’s denial by airport director Lance Lyttle, are summarized in an attached letter (PDF file) from Des Moines City Manager Michael Matthias.

The letter explains that the residents of Des Moines have been excluded from a town hall style engagement from the Port:

“As we expressed we are concerned that Des Moines residents have not and will not be afforded a “town hall” style question and answer session with Airport representatives. Our concern was that knowledge of the components of the SAMP with explanation by Airport planners and consultants would help inform our resident’s ability to comment on the scoping process with full information and would help avoid confusion.”

Port refuses Federal Way’s request to extend time frame to respond
Federal Way citizens will have just two weeks after this first and only Public Scoping Meeting to comment, with a deadline of Sept. 28, 2018.

We have also learned that the City of Federal Way’s request for an extension of time for citizens to provide comments to the scoping of the SAMP has been refused by the Port. The Port’s refusal is set forth by Arlyn Purcell, the Port’s Director of Environment and Sustainability, in a letter to the City of Federal Way (PDF file). The Port’s refusal appears to limit Federal Way citizens to a window of only two weeks following the Federal Way Sept. 17, 2018, SAMP Environmental Public Scoping Meeting, to comment on the SAMP.

The Port also by e-mail on Friday stated the public scoping meetings are “to allow members of the public to interact with subject matter experts.” While Ms. Purcell’s letter references that the SAMP Scoping Comment period is 60 days, which is greater than the 21-day minimum under law, the letter does not:


It’s possible that the Port doesn’t want a repeat of this Public Comment period from its May 30, 2018 SAMP presentation at the Burien Community Center:

REMINDER: SHOW UP TO SAMP SCOPING MEETING THIS MONDAY, SEPT. 10!
The Port’s SAMP Near Term Projects Environmental Public Scoping Meeting is at the Highline College Student Union this coming Monday, Sept. 10, and since there will be no public comment/Q&A, all those who have concerns or comments MUST submit them either at the meeting via paper, or get them transcribed by a Court Reporter at the event.

The Port has assured us that there will be clear signage indicating where to leave comments.

You can also submit comments online via the Port’s website here: https://sampntpenvironmentalreview.org

The event will run from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Monday in the Student Union/Building 8, located at 2400 S. 240th Street in Des Moines:

Sea-Tac Airport will get three additional bomb-sniffing canine teams to improve security checkpoint wait times, bringing the total number to 15 passenger screening dogs.

Following Wednesday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Transit Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske informed the Office of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell that the airport will receive the new dogs.

“These new canine teams will increase the capacity of Sea-Tac’s security checkpoints, allowing more passengers to be cleared in less time,” Cantwell said. “For Sea-Tac, being one of the fastest growing airports in the country, this is not just the speed of moving people through TSA lines, this is a layer of security that cannot be underestimated. I am deeply appreciative of Administrator Pekoske’s continued work to improve both security and the passenger experience at Sea-Tac and throughout the system.”

The use of canines has proven successful in the past, helping the airport reduce wait times by nearly half while maintaining a high level of passenger safety. Sea-Tac estimates that checkpoints with a canine are able to process 240 passengers per hour, compared to just 140 passengers per hour without a canine.

Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding six great Open Houses this weekend!

The first one is a captivating, immaculate new 5-bedroom home in Tukwila:

This immaculate home has it all — ideal location, high quality finishes and a contemporary great room design.

Main floor den and bathroom with shower.

This home features quartz counters, soft close cabinetry, gas range, walk-in pantry, and hardwood-look flooring.

Dream master bedroom with vaulted ceilings, five-piece bath and walk-in closet.

Covered outdoor area is perfect for year round use.

Landscaped and fenced.

Easy access to downtown, airport, light rail and buses.

WHEN:

  • Friday, Sept 7: 1 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 9: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 14411 45th Lane S., Tukwila, WA 98168 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $674,950
  • MLS Number: 1348322
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,930 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,475 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The next Open House is on a HUGE LOT – 19,995 square feet – with a great 2 bedroom, 1 bath Rambler on it:

The kitchen has been updated with new cabinets, counter tops and appliances.

The bathroom has a new tub, tiled shower enclosure and toilet.

The large laundry room has a newer W & D and hot water tank.

The lot is ready for fun and recreation with a large deck, fire pit, greenhouse and shed.

The roof is about 4 years old.

The location is convenient to I-5 and 509 and is less than a mile to the SeaTac Light Rail.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Sept. 8: Noon – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1102 S. 200th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $349,900
  • MLS Number: 1350174
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1949
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,010 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 19,995 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Deck,
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Green House
  • Outbuildings
  • RV Parking

PHOTOS (click images to view larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this Rambler is simply amazing!

Vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and double-sided gas fireplace in living and family rooms give the home a cozy and yet open feel.

You’ll love the spacious master suite with walk-in closet.

2-car garage w/ laundry room and extra finished room that can be used in many different ways.

There are updates throughout including new garage doors, newly painted inside & out, newer electrical panel, plus kitchen & bathroom updates.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Sept. 8: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 9: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 28848 22nd Ave S., Federal Way (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $349,950
  • MLS Number: 1354616
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1964
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,380 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,857 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to view larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next up is a Contemporary style new home in Burien’s Blakley Manor neighborhood, with a spacious open floor plan:

This beautiful two story home features five bedrooms, four bathrooms, garage with extra shop/storage area, and a den/guest suite.

The main floor living space opens to a designer island kitchen, great room and dining area with access to a covered outdoor living space.

Master suite with luxurious five-piece bath and walk-in closet.

Junior master with its own bath.

Upstairs laundry.

Large yard.

Ideal location with easy access to downtown and more.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Sept. 8: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 9: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 16815 3rd Ave S., Burien, WA 98148 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $814,950
  • MLS Number: 1293928
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.75
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,018 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,201 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to view larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next is a 4-BD+ upper studio home in Newport Hills!

Located in a cul-de-sac minutes to everything!

Light & bright floor-plan with new: exterior/interior paint, double-pane windows, hardwood floors, elegant molding, & completely remodeled main bath.

Large deck w/backyard oasis & hobby shed.

Expansive kitchen w/eating area; S/S appliances stay!

Master BR w/5-pc bath, large walk-in, & studio above! additional bedrooms downstairs, large family room, full bath, & A/C throughout, and much more!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Sept. 8: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 12241 SE 62nd Street, Bellevue, WA 98006 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $778,500
  • MLS Number: 1336085
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,350 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 9,778 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Skylights
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The final Open House is a beautifully updated home in highly sought after Whispering Meadows neighborhood!

Kitchen completely redone with quartz counters, white subway tile back-splash, & all NEW stainless steel appliances.

Master bedroom features walk-in closet & updated 5 piece bath.

Brand NEW hardwood floors & carpet throughout home. Corner lot with curb appeal & newly installed sod & irrigation system for easy maintenance.

Short walk to Ristrettos Coffee & Wine, Hot Yoga, CrossFit & more.

Tahoma school district!

WHEN:

  • Friday, Sept. 7: 4 – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8: 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 9: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 27366 215th Place SE, Maple Valley (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $459,950
  • MLS Number: 1344270
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,930 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,475 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Loft
  • Security System
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

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REMINDER: The Port of Seattle will be holding a Public Meeting on its ‘Sustainable Airport Master Plan’ (SAMP) at Highline College this coming MONDAY, SEPT. 10, and all area residents who have concerns or questions about increased expansion, airport noise, pollution and other issues should attend.

This free, open meeting will run from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Highline College Student Union building.

This will likely be one of the last opportunities to show up, hear from the Port, ask questions and get answers to any concerns you might have.

If this meeting is like a previous one held in Burien in July, it will include a long PowerPoint presentation from the Port on the SAMP (perhaps they’ll use larger fonts for this one?), followed by a public comment/Q&A session (to see video from that meeting, click here).

The SAMP is the blueprint for Airport growth through 2027. Sea-Tac has added 97,000 overflights in the last four years – that’s now 1,140 per day, 416,000 annually.

This SAMP proposes

  • (i) no limit on full-time use of the Third-Runway
  • (ii) another 80,000 annual “Near Term” flights
  • (iii) undefined “Phase 2” growth

Scoping ends Sept. 28.

  • How noisy will it become in our region?
  • What are the risks to our health and the environment?
  • How does the Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) impact crime, property values, environmental justice, and our quality of life?
  • What health and mitigation studies are underway?
  • What does the global science say today about these risks?
  • What about the growth beyond 2027?

“Please attend – ask questions and request your concerns be addressed in the environmental review!”

Below is the schedule of the remaining public scoping meetings for the Sea-Tac Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) Environmental Review documents being held by the Port of Seattle in September.

All meetings will take place from 5:30–8:30 p.m.

  • Monday, September 10th – City of Des Moines
    Highline College Student Union
  • September 12th – City of Seattle (Beacon Hill)
    New Holly Gathering Hall
  • September 17th – City of Federal Way
    Federal Way Community Center
  • September 19th – City of SeaTac
    SeaTac Community Center

“These meetings and the written comments submitted during the scoping process will shape the environmental analysis being completed over the next year,” the Port said.

More information:

The Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority is the destination marketing organization for Southwest King County.

The region referred to as “Seattle Southside” is comprised of the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila, and Des Moines. Seattle Southside RTA, much like destination marketing organizations (DMO) across the country, markets and promotes the destination to leisure and business travelers. Their primary goal is to bring more visitors to the area, to spend money at businesses within the community, thereby boosting the local economy.

DMOs tend to fly under the radar, working to promote their destination with little recognition of the organization. You may be more familiar with the work of a destination marketing organization than the organization itself. For example, even if you didn’t know what a DMO was, you’re probably familiar with the work of DMOs through popular slogans or ad campaigns like “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” or “slip a shrimp on the barbie,” from our friends down under.

The Complementary Cities
It isn’t exactly common for three cities to be grouped together under the umbrella of a single destination marketing organization. However, SeaTac, Tukwila, and Des Moines work to complement each other to form an enticing vacation destination for a wide variety of travelers. The idea for the DMO came from the hard work of RTA President & CEO Katherine Kertzman and local hoteliers who in 2014, petitioned the cities to create a self-assessed tourism promotion area fund to increase funding for tourism marketing.

“It has always my mission to showcase the unique attributes of the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila, and Des Moines that make the Seattle Southside region a fun, and exciting destination for leisure and business travelers,” says Kertzman. “Together the region has a more compelling story to share.”

Over the past several years, the RTA has worked tirelessly to market and position the region as a competitive destination in the leisure and tour/travel markets.

Recent Success
Since the formation of the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority, the local tourism economy has seen a significant rise in visitor spend. In 2017, visitors spent $726.6 million in the Seattle Southside area, resulting in $75.4 million in local and state tax receipts. The local tourism industry employs 5,000 people and saves locals $916 in annual taxes. Finally, for every dollar spent on marketing the Seattle Southside destination, $42.86 is spent at area businesses. Not bad for a return on investment!

Seattle’s Backyard
If you haven’t heard of Seattle Southside, perhaps you’ve heard the slogan “Seattle’s Backyard” on Seattle Refined, or seen a Link light rail train car wrapped in a Seattle’s Backyard ad? To sum it up, the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority is busy creating a buzz by showcasing all the reasons to stay, play, and explore in Southwest King County.

Stop by their visitor center in SeaTac, just up the street from the Sea-Tac Airport light rail station, to learn more. For now, watch this clip to get a taste of some of the promotional work of the RTA:

For more info, visit https://www.seattlesouthside.com.