At Friday’s (Jan. 12) Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, outgoing City Manager Joe Scorcio delivered an economic forecast for the City of SeaTac.

Download Scorcio’s PowerPoint presentation here (PDF file).

During a Special Meeting Monday night (Jan. 14), the SeaTac City Council appointed Stanley Tombs, Jr. to fill vacant Council Position Number 5 and complete the current unexpired term.

The appointment took place after the Council reviewed 10 applicants who previously applied and interviewed for the then vacant position last October. In December, Councilmember Amina Ahmed passed away, creating the vacancy.

Mr. Tombs will be sworn in at the Jan. 22, 2019 Regular Council Meeting and will serve until the certification of the November 2019 General Election.

Tombs was born and raised in SeaTac even before the City was incorporated. He is retired from the legal industry, and is the current is Vice-Chair of the SeaTac Planning Commission and has been a member since July 2017. In addition, Tombs attended the previous City of SeaTac Community Leadership Academy which teaches residents about how the City government operates.

The City of SeaTac has a seven-member City Council elected by the residents. The Council chooses from among themselves who will serve as Mayor and Deputy Mayor for a two-year term. The Mayor is recognized as the head of the City for ceremonial purposes and is the chair of the Council Meetings.

The City Councilmembers are the leaders and policy makers elected to represent the community and to concentrate on policy issues that are responsive to the needs and wishes of the residents and businesses. The SeaTac Council makes policy, land use, and budget decisions for the City.

The City Council appoints a full-time City Manager to oversee the daily operations of the City and to advise, implement, and administer the policies adopted by the City Council.

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

The first home is a builders own home, with captivating Victorian influences in a modern mansion on the East Hill of Kent:

Dramatic curved stairway adorns the breath-taking and inviting foyer.

Luxury abounds everywhere.

Gorgeous use of mill work and tile throughout.

Soaring detailed ceilings and designer lighting.

Spacious floor plan with 6 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and a 3 car garage.

Main floor theatre room, equipment stays.

Dream kitchen with Miele refrigerator.

Master suite with double sided fireplace.

Must see!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Jan. 12: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 24218 116th Place SE, Kent, WA 98030 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $949,950
  • MLS Number: 1398100
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 7.5
  • Year Built: 2011
  • Approximate House SqFt: 6,540 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 9,030 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Wet Bar
  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Built-In Vacuum
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Fireplace in Mstr BR
  • French Doors
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Jetted/Soaking Tub
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next up is a beautiful, finished high end new construction home!

Ready to move-in!

Great looking story home with stone accents and large covered front porch.

This spacious home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a 2-car garage.

Dramatic, stunning entry with vaulted ceilings and designer railing.

Dream master bedroom with 5-piece master bath.

Chef’s delight kitchen with white cabinetry, island, slab granite, stainless appliances and walk in pantry.

Ideal and desirable location.

Well-sized lot is fully landscaped.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Jan. 12: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 13: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 17106 113th Ave SE, Renton, WA 98055 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $669,950
  • MLS Number: 1396966
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 2019
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,716 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,260 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.


Next up is a great Gregory Heights Home for Rent near Seahurst Swim & Tennis Club, Gregory Heights Elementary and St. Francis of Assisi.

Light filled 5 bedroom 2 bath 2690 square foot home on a quiet dead end street.

Hardwood floors and skylights are featured through out this incredible home.

Formal living room, formal dining room, den and family room and laundry all circle around the open kitchen.

Outside is a large 2 car garage a fully fenced back yard, raised garden beds & fruit trees, berries to harvest!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Jan. 12: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1912 SW 165th Street, Burien, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $2,900?month
  • MLS Number: 1397092
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1953
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,640 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,920 s.f.

APPLIANCES PROVIDED:

  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Microwave
  • Range/Oven
  • Refrigerator

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The next Open House has spectacular sunsets, boardwalk strolls, seasonal Farmers Markets, concerts in the park, trail hikes and more, all just footsteps from your front door in this Des Moines Condo:

Boat lover’s paradise here at The Cliff House overlooking The Des Moines Marina.

This spacious end unit condo welcomes you with walls of windows offering a backdrop for every season of endless sound and mountain views.

Over 1,600 sq feet with two bedrooms, two tastefully remodeled bathrooms and a beautiful designer kitchen with custom cabinetry.

WHEN:

  • Sunday, Jan. 13: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 22211 Cliff Ave S., Unit 101, Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $599,500
  • MLS Number: 1372762
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,606 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Balcony/Deck/Patio
  • Disabled Access
  • End Unit
  • Ground Floor
  • Insulated Windows
  • Master Bath
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


In the heart of a revitalized neighborhood lives this spacious home on a large, useable lot:

Mid Century gem with many updates, gleaming hardwoods, new carpet, LED lighting & fresh paint on interior/exterior.

Tons of great open space w/flowing floor plan.

Main living room is massive!

Partially finished daylight basement has so much including shop, storage & access to oversized 2 car garage.

Lots of extra pking!

Pvt fenced yard.

Close to DT, mall & walk to light-rail.

Future re-zoning adds major value!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Jan. 12: Noon – 3 p.m.

Saturday 12-3
WHERE:

  • 4036 Southcenter Blvd., Tukwila, WA 98188 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $549,950
  • MLS Number: 1389293
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1958
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,900 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 13,950 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Here’s an opportunity to live in West Seattle!

Just around the corner from Alki Beach, easy access to Seattle, I-5, great restaurants, shopping and more.

A light, bright unit with kitchen that opens up to a large living room.

Sit out and enjoy the view on your private deck.

See the city lights from your bedroom window.

Freshly painted with tons of closet space.

Reserved, secured underground parking, with elevator.

Corner unit, upper floor with lots of privacy.

Must see!

WHEN:

  • Sunday, Jan. 13: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 3022 SW Bradford Street, Unit 106, West Seattle, WA 98126 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $320,000
  • MLS Number: 1375038
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1992
  • Approximate House SqFt: 622 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Balcony/Deck/Patio
  • End Unit
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The final Open House is a home so nice you can vacation where you live!

Waterfront living at its finest!

Captivating great room concept floor plan is an entertainer’s dream complete with vaulted ceilings and lots of natural light.

Impeccable chef’s delight kitchen with cherry wood, designer tile floors, Viking appliances, eating bar and well-sized dining area.

Main floor spacious deck has gas fireplace.

Desirable master on the main!

Lower level has another kitchen.

Studio apartment with its own kitchen, entry and parking.

Easy access to everything!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Jan. 12: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 3208 S. Star Lake Rd, Auburn, WA 98001 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $999,750
  • MLS Number: 1324494
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2008
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,716 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 19,630 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Wine Cellar
  • Bath Off Master
  • Built-In Vacuum
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Security System
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Sprinkler System

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.

SeaTac Fire Explorers opened Tuesday night’s meeting.

By Jack Mayne

Because the list of city residents seeking a SeaTac City Council seat was relatively recent, the Council decided to use that list of 12 residents for their selection for the vacancy created by the recent traffic accident death of Councilmember Amina Ahmed.

The Council was told Tuesday evening by City Attorney Mary Mirante Bartolo that it has 90 days from the sudden, tragic death of Ahmed to fill the position with a new member, or state law would allow the King County Council to fill the vacancy.

A new councilmember will be chosen from the previous list:

  • Andrew Ried-Munro
  • Parmbir Singh
  • Stanley Tombs
  • Jennifer Corona
  • Brandon Pinto
  • Craig Baker
  • Kent Palosaari
  • JD Hill Jr.
  • Daniel Santon
  • Takele Gobena
  • Deborah Myers
  • Mario Coluccio
  • Nimco Bulale

The candidate appointed by Council will serve through the November 2019 General Election certification.

No reason for new list
Deputy Mayor Clyde Hill said the applications were recent and there would be no reason to seek additional candidates. Others supported that view and the Council decided not to open up the application process over the list developed when Ahmed was chosen. The final decision would come after an executive session to discuss applicants.

The actual new member would be selected at an upcoming public Council meeting.

City Clerk Kristina Gregg had suggested that the Council could again interview the candidates from the October list of councilmember candidates, or they could consider those applicants and see if others would like to be added to the candidate list, and the third option would be to start the process all over again.

The Council will make a selection from that list, minus any who might seek not to be considered again. Gregg told the Council on Tuesday night that she checked with all the earlier candidates to see if they were still interested. She said “out of the 11 people, eight of them said yes, one said maybe and one said no and one had not responded by Tuesday night’s meeting. The person who withdrew from the application was citizen activist Vicky Lockwood.

The new councilmember would be chosen after an executive session “hopefully by Jan. 17.” The selected person could be sworn in and would face voters in the November election. Dates could change as the city and Council members decide.

New City Manager Carl Cole.

First meeting for new City Manager
Former and now retired SeaTac City Manager Joe Scorcio attended his last formal meeting in December and was succeeded in January by former SeaTac Police Chief Carl Cole. Scorcio remains on deck to provide assistance as needed for Cole, the city’s agreement with him specifies.

New City Manager Cole introduced newly promoted city employees, Parks Project and Operations Manager Michael Fitzpatrick and Parks Operation Supervisor Aaron Wiseman. Also introduced by Cole were new employees, plans examiner Doug Powell and new civil engineer Albert Flint.

The Port of Seattle on Tuesday (Jan. 8) issued the following reaction to the partial government shutdown, which may already be affecting over 2,000 federal aviation and security professionals at Sea-Tac Airport:

Safety and security are the top priorities at the Port of Seattle. The Port relies heavily on federal partners—including Transportation Security Administration officers for security screening, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers for customs processing and Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers—to make American travel and trade as safe as it is today.

“Workers who are deemed essential to our nation’s safety and productivity deserve their full paychecks this Friday. They did not waver in their commitment to the public good. We need to pay them,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Stephanie Bowman. “This partial federal shutdown is not making our borders or our facilities safer or more secure. The Trump administration needs to end this shutdown now.”

Despite the partial federal government shutdown, screening wait times for passengers and aviation and maritime cargo remain average for this time of year. The Port has not experienced significant delays in arrivals or departures beyond what you would expect during winter operations.

Wayfinding sign at security checkpoint at Sea-Tac Airport, Sept. 20, 2018.

The Port of Seattle is working closely with federal partners and airport contractors to keep operations as close to normal as possible. The fact that travelers continue to experience mostly normal operations proves the professionalism and dedication of our federal partners.

The Port is taking action as well. The Port will provide supplemental staff when needed to assist with non-regulatory airport screening procedures to ensure that federal employees can focus on their required tasks.

Today approximately 2,000 federal aviation and security professionals are working at Port facilities without the guarantee of a paycheck due to the partial government shutdown. Without pay, these federal government employees and their families will soon be unable to afford basic necessities such as housing, food and education.

The Port is determining what actions it may legally take to support these federal aviation and security professionals, including looking into partnerships with local nonprofit financial institutions who can offer zero interest loans to federal employees working at the Port who are not being paid because of the partial government shutdown. While state and federal laws limit what we can do, we will find a way to be there for the federal workers who are upholding their promise to serve the public.

From Advertiser Dave Upthegrove, King County Councilmember, District 5:

8 in 2018

The New Year is a chance to reflect on the past year, and look forward to the year ahead. I wanted to share some of my favorite moments of 2018:

Des Moines Shuttle

Last January, King County Metro rolled out the new Route 635. The shuttle links downtown Des Moines and the marina district with the Angle Lake Light Rail Station. I was excited to be a part of the event, which celebrated the Community Connections partnership between Hopelink, the City of Des Moines and Metro.

Shuttle

Doug Baldwin

MLK Award to Doug Baldwin

In April, the King County Council honored nine county residents who have demonstrated leadership and service in their communities with the Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service. I presented the District 5 medal to Seattle Seahawk Doug Baldwin.

Doug exemplifies community leadership. He has been instrumental in the vision of the Family First Community Center in the Cascade/Benson Hill community in Renton, a public/private partnership between the city, county, school district and other community partners. He’s also formed the “Building Bridges” task force, a collaboration with community leaders and attorneys to encourage the review of law enforcement training models.

Doug has shown himself to be a remarkable advocate and community organizer, and South King County is fortunate to have him actively engaged in the community.


vans

Van Donations

Every year, King County Metro ‘retires’ vanpool vans, and we distribute them to non-profits throughout the county. This year, I delivered vans to four organizations in our district, Centro Rendu, Domestic Abuse Women’s Network, Kona Kai, and Partner in Employment.

It’s always wonderful to go visit the groups, meet the wonderful staff, and learn about how they are going to use these vans to serve our community.


Festivals

Summer Events

Last summer, I spent many hours out in the community attending farmer’s markets and summer festivals. It was great to meet neighbors and new friends, and share a little about the services that King County provides.


Senior Center

Senior Center Funding

Through the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy, senior centers across the county received one-time funds to help them make facilities accessible, and attract more community members. These centers serve as an important community connection for our seniors, and I’m proud that in our district the Renton Senior Activity Center, the City of SeaTac Senior Program, the City of Tukwila Older Adults Program and the Des Moines/Normandy Park Senior Activity Center will benefit from a combined $273,000 in county funding.


civic engagement

Civic Engagement

You may have noticed that your ballots this year did not require any postage. In partnership with our King County Elections Director, the County Council passed prepaid postage in 2018. It is an exciting step forward, and one that removes barriers for participation in our democracy. The November election had the highest turnout in 50 years!

Arts and civic engagement go hand in hand – this year I asked high school students in South King County to answer the question, “What does community mean to you?” with their art. Participating high schools received funds for their arts programs, and I had the opportunity to talk about civics engagement and democracy with students in Renton and Kent.


BSK

BSK funding in District 5

This year, the Best Starts for Kids initiative invested $40 million in services to South King County. Our district received $16 million in grants to organizations located in our communities. These organizations provide essential services to kids and families that will help them thrive and succeed.


Paradise Plots

Paradise Plots (Grand Opening)

Paradise Plots, a partnership between World Relief Seattle, Hillside Church and the King Conservation District, is a special place which celebrated its grand opening this year. Through this amazing collaboration, members of the community are able to grow food native to their culture. It fulfills a mission of conservation, community, and partnership that is important to all involved. I’ve worked to secure county funding to get this project off the ground, and it’s amazing to see how the community has come together to grow this partnership into a South King County treasure.


Upcoming Events in District 5

Monday, January 21st is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and most county and city offices will be closed. For information on January events, visit my website and see all that South King County has to offer.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any comments or concerns, I always appreciate hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Dave

King County Councilmember
District 5

Universally Good

By Andrea H. Reay
CEO/President
Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce

In 2018, the Chamber Board of Directors approved the organization’s first-ever strategic plan. This plan is a crucial step in our organizational development as it provides us with a sense of direction, actionable and measurable goals, and a clear definition of our mission and vision.

From the process of creating this plan came a promise that the most important thing for our organization is to serve our community. This spirit of service defines who we are and how we approach economic and community development within our region. However, we often found ourselves stuck between wanting and needing to provide services to businesses and individuals, and not being able to do so because they were not members of our organization. As a private membership-based non-profit, we rely heavily on our members investing in our organization to do our work. We grapple, like all nonprofits, to balance what we want to do for our community and the resources and capacity available to us.

It became apparent that if we were to truly live by our vision, to be a leader in the community and the communities we serve, we needed to take a courageous and audacious step forward and provide FREE universal memberships so that there was no barrier for small businesses to access our benefits and resources.

Our small businesses are the backbone of our regional economy. They are the lifeblood of our community and impact more than just the bottom line for our community. They are our community. Through the removal of our “pay to play” function here at our Chamber, it is our sincere hope and belief that our region will continue to grow, economic equity will be forthcoming, and all will benefit.

We are committed to growing and supporting the business community. Through educational programs, networking opportunities, business resources, and strategic partnerships, we empower businesses to succeed.

We hope you will join us in this work. Join today as a Universal Member or become a sponsor of this unique program encouraging entrepreneurship and supporting small businesses in our community. Together we are stronger; together we are Seattle Southside Strong.

For more information about membership and the benefits and resources we provide, please visit our website http://www.seattlesouthsidechamber.com/member-benefits, send an email to our Membership and Programs Manager, Renatta Emerson at [email protected] or give our office a call (206) 575-1633.

Andrea H. Reay is the President/CEO of Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce – “A voice for business, a leader in the community.” Seattle Southside Chamber has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila since 1988.

For more information on the Chamber, including member benefits and resources, please visit www.SeattleSouthsideChamber.com.

Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding nine Open Houses during this first weekend of 2019!

The first is a beautiful, finished high end new construction home in Renton:

Ready to move-in!

Great looking story home with stone accents and large covered front porch.

This spacious home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a 2-car garage.

Dramatic, stunning entry with vaulted ceilings and designer railing.

Dream master bedroom with 5-piece master bath.

Chefs delight kitchen with white cabinetry, island, slab granite, stainless appliances and walk in pantry.

Ideal and desirable location.

Well-sized lot is fully landscaped.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Jan. 5: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 6: Noon – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 17106 113th Ave SE, Renton, WA 98055 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $669,950
  • MLS Number: 1396966
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 2019
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,716 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,260 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.


Next is a another masterpiece from Award winning Green Canopy Homes:

Steps from the epicenter of the city this location affords a very walkable/bike-able lifestyle with easy access to all freeways and east side.

Bus and Streetcar close by.

High end finishes and thoughtful floor plans with attention to sustainability, and locally sourced materials breathes throughout.

Great entertaining roof decks with views too.

This is the last home with this layout.

Targeting 4 Star Built Green.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Jan. 5: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 6: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1656 S. Lane Street, Seattle, WA 98144 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $639,999
  • MLS Number: 1396112
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,360 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 1,076 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Roof decks
  • Views
  • Green Canopy Home
  • Bamboo/Cork
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Wall to Wall Carpet

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next is a brand new Burien home with contemporary style and a spacious open floor plan:

This beautiful new 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, Jan. 5: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 6: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 16825 3rd Ave S., Burien, WA 98148 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $789,950
  • MLS Number: 1364702
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,018 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,245 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 – Welcome Home to your 5-bedroom, like-new construction, completely remodeled home:

This home is equipped for easy living or added income with the possibility of a duplex.

Fully equipped new kitchen that opens into your living room with two bedrooms & bath upstairs & a grand 3 bedrooms on the bottom floor with a bath.

With no expense spared, live worry free and walk to the many new restaurants that White Center has to offer.

This home / investment won’t last!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Jan. 5: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

9216 15th Ave SW, West Seattle, WA 98106 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $524,950
  • MLS Number: 1395057
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1942
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,640 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 3,300 s.f.

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next is a modern design home with two kitchens:

Newer construction minutes from downtown Seattle!

Don’t miss this high end two story home with fully finished daylight basement.

Main floor has dream kitchen and great room concept family room and dining room area.

Upstairs spacious master bedroom has its own deck and full bath.Upstairs also has 2 more bedrooms, a full bath and a leisure loft or bonus room.

Downstairs has 2 more bedrooms, full bath, rec room and a second kitchen or junior kitchen area (MIL).

Must see!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Jan. 5: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 10422 2nd Place SW, Seattle, WA 98146 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $649,950
  • MLS Number: 1391497
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,710 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 3,060 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next up is a brand new home in Rainier Ridge, Lot 3:

Sound view, estate like feel!

The home has five bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3-car garage.

Spacious great room floor area includes a dream kitchen and great room. Ideal covered, outdoor living space.

A den or bedroom is on the first floor with full bath.

The master suite has a five piece bath and walk-in closet.

Ultra convenient location, easy commute.

Fully fenced and boat/RV parking.

$5,000 closing costs credit if using preferred lender.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Jan. 5: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 6: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1917 S. 224th Place, Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $789,950
  • MLS Number: 1376641
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,139 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 9,000 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

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

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next is a mid-century modern masterpiece located in coveted Normandy Terrace:

Gorgeous views of Puget Sound and Mountains.

Ideal natural light-filled, great room concept floor plan opens to view deck.

Spacious kitchen with 6 stool eating bar and double oven.

Master suite is complete with 5 piece master bath, walk-in closet, fireplace and view deck.

Over-sized family room down.

Home has 4 bedrooms, den, extra finished room and 5 bathrooms.

Efficient gas fired hot water heat.

Lot A beach rights to the Cove!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Jan. 5: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 18164 Normandy Terrace SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,195,000
  • MLS Number: 1370862
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,900 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 12,647 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Fireplace in Mstr BR
  • French Doors
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next – say hello to Rainier Ridge, Lot 2 – 1 of 4 homes:

Well designed impressive new construction!

It has five bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3-car garage.

Spacious great room floor area includes a dream kitchen and great room. Ideal covered, outdoor living space. A den or bedroom is on the first floor with full bath.

The master suite has a five piece bath and walk-in closet.

Ultra convenient location, easy commute.

Fully fenced and boat/RV parking.

$5,000 closing costs credit if using preferred lender.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Jan. 5: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 6: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1925 S. 224th Place, Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $774,950
  • MLS Number: 1269139
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,037 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,900 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

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

PHOTOS:

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The final Open House is a home so nice you can vacation where you live!

Waterfront living at its finest!

Captivating great room concept floor plan is an entertainer’s dream complete with vaulted ceilings and lots of natural light.

Impeccable chef’s delight kitchen with cherry wood, designer tile floors, Viking appliances, eating bar and well-sized dining area.

Main floor spacious deck has gas fireplace.

Desirable master on the main!

Lower level has another kitchen.

Studio apartment with its own kitchen, entry and parking.

Easy access to everything!

WHEN:

  • Friday, Jan. 4: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 6: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 3208 S. Star Lake Rd, Auburn, WA 98001 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,045,000
  • MLS Number: 1324946
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2008
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,716 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 19,630 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Wine Cellar
  • Bath Off Master
  • Built-In Vacuum
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Security System
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Sprinkler System

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.

NOISE 101 SYMPOSIUM

The City of SeaTac and Port of Seattle invite all to attend a ‘Noise 101 Symposium’ on Saturday, Jan. 12, led by Steve Alverson, National Director of ESA Airports, a national consulting firm specializing in noise, environmental and aviation planning services.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan.12, 2019, 9 a.m. to 12 noon

WHERE: Tyee High School Cafeteria, 4424 S. 188th Street, SeaTac, WA 98188 (map below).

Steve offers course participants 37 years of aircraft noise analysis and control experience at many of the busiest airports in the United States. Topics covered in this symposium are:

  • The Principles of Aviation Noise
  • Quantifying Aircraft Noise
  • Aircraft Noise Regulations and Guidance
  • Principles of Aircraft Noise Control

The event is cosponsored by the City of SeaTac and Port of Seattle.

Anyone wishing to attend must RSVP by Tuesday, Jan. 8. Seating is limited. Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP Here

Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding four Open Houses during this final weekend of 2018!

The first is a brand new Burien home with contemporary style and a spacious open floor plan:

This beautiful new 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, Dec. 29: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 16825 3rd Ave S., Burien, WA 98148 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $789,950
  • MLS Number: 1364702
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,018 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,245 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 mid-century modern masterpiece located in coveted Normandy Terrace:

Gorgeous views of Puget Sound and Mountains.

Ideal natural light-filled, great room concept floor plan opens to view deck.

Spacious kitchen with 6 stool eating bar and double oven.

Master suite is complete with 5 piece master bath, walk-in closet, fireplace and view deck.

Over-sized family room down.

Home has 4 bedrooms, den, extra finished room and 5 bathrooms.

Efficient gas fired hot water heat.

Lot A beach rights to the Cove!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 29: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 18164 Normandy Terrace SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,195,000
  • MLS Number: 1370862
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,900 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 12,647 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Fireplace in Mstr BR
  • French Doors
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next up is a brand new home in Rainier Ridge, Lot 3:

Sound view, estate like feel!

The home has five bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3-car garage.

Spacious great room floor area includes a dream kitchen and great room. Ideal covered, outdoor living space.

A den or bedroom is on the first floor with full bath.

The master suite has a five piece bath and walk-in closet.

Ultra convenient location, easy commute.

Fully fenced and boat/RV parking.

$5,000 closing costs credit if using preferred lender.

WHEN:

  • Friday, Dec. 28: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 29: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1917 S. 224th Place, Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $789,950
  • MLS Number: 1376641
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,139 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 9,000 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

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

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


And finally – say hello to Rainier Ridge, Lot 2 – 1 of 4 homes:

Well designed impressive new construction!

It has five bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3-car garage.

Spacious great room floor area includes a dream kitchen and great room. Ideal covered, outdoor living space. A den or bedroom is on the first floor with full bath.

The master suite has a five piece bath and walk-in closet.

Ultra convenient location, easy commute.

Fully fenced and boat/RV parking.

$5,000 closing costs credit if using preferred lender.

WHEN:

  • Friday, Dec. 28: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 29: Noon – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1925 S. 224th Place, Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $774,950
  • MLS Number: 1269139
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,037 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,900 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

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

PHOTOS:

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 King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a pursuit – which started in SeaTac – ended in Burien Thursday night, Dec. 27.

Police say that a stolen vehicle, which was used in a robbery, fled from Officers in SeaTac and ended up near 1st Ave South and SW 160th Street.

“They caught the vehicle in Burien and have the driver in custody who fled on foot, but Guardian 1 spotted the suspect and he was arrested,” Sgt. Ryan Abbott told The B-Town Blog.

A witness told us:

“Major police activity – possibly including Guardian One – at/near 1st Avenue South at about SW 155th, with no less than eight Patrol officers zipping down towards the Ambaum Cutoff road by Burien Nissan (SW 160th).

Now we hear the search helicopters.

Whatever it is it’s huge.”

Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding seven amazing Open Houses this weekend!

The first is a brand new home with contemporary style and a spacious open floor plan:

This beautiful new 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, Dec. 22: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 16825 3rd Ave S., Burien, WA 98148 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $789,950
  • MLS Number: 1364702
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,018 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,245 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 – Welcome Home to your 5-bedroom, like-new construction, completely remodeled home:

This home is equipped for easy living or added income with the possibility of a duplex.

Fully equipped new kitchen that opens into your living room with two bedrooms & bath upstairs & a grand 3 bedrooms on the bottom floor with a bath.

With no expense spared, live worry free and walk to the many new restaurants that White Center has to offer.

This home / investment won’t last!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 22: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

9216 15th Ave SW, West Seattle, WA 98106 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $549,950
  • MLS Number: 1395057
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1942
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,640 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 3,300 s.f.

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next is a modern design with two kitchens:

Newer construction minutes from downtown Seattle!

Don’t miss this high end two story home with fully finished daylight basement.

Main floor has dream kitchen and great room concept family room and dining room area.

Upstairs spacious master bedroom has its own deck and full bath.Upstairs also has 2 more bedrooms, a full bath and a leisure loft or bonus room.

Downstairs has 2 more bedrooms, full bath, rec room and a second kitchen or junior kitchen area (MIL).

Must see!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 22: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 10422 2nd Place SW, Seattle, WA 98146 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $649,950
  • MLS Number: 1391497
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,710 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 3,060 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Here’s an opportunity to live in West Seattle!

Just around the corner from Alki Beach, easy access to Seattle, I-5, great restaurants, shopping and more.

A light, bright unit with kitchen that opens up to a large living room.

Sit out and enjoy the view on your private deck.

See the city lights from your bedroom window.

Freshly painted with tons of closet space.

Reserved, secured underground parking, with elevator.

Corner unit, upper floor with lots of privacy.

Must see!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 22: Noon – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 3022 SW Bradford Street, Unit 106, West Seattle, WA 98126 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $329,000
  • MLS Number: 1375038
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1992
  • Approximate House SqFt: 622 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Balcony/Deck/Patio
  • End Unit
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next up is a brand new home in Rainier Ridge, Lot 3:

Sound view, estate like feel!

The home has five bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3-car garage.

Spacious great room floor area includes a dream kitchen and great room. Ideal covered, outdoor living space.

A den or bedroom is on the first floor with full bath.

The master suite has a five piece bath and walk-in closet.

Ultra convenient location, easy commute.

Fully fenced and boat/RV parking.

$5,000 closing costs credit if using preferred lender.

WHEN:

  • Friday, Dec. 21: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 22: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1917 S. 224th Place, Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $789,950
  • MLS Number: 1376641
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,139 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 9,000 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

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

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next is a mid-century modern masterpiece located in coveted Normandy Terrace:

Gorgeous views of Puget Sound and Mountains.

Ideal natural light-filled, great room concept floor plan opens to view deck.

Spacious kitchen with 6 stool eating bar and double oven.

Master suite is complete with 5 piece master bath, walk-in closet, fireplace and view deck.

Over-sized family room down.

Home has 4 bedrooms, den, extra finished room and 5 bathrooms.

Efficient gas fired hot water heat.

Lot A beach rights to the Cove!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 22: 1:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 18164 Normandy Terrace SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,195,000
  • MLS Number: 1370862
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,900 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 12,647 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Fireplace in Mstr BR
  • French Doors
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


And finally – say hello to Rainier Ridge, Lot 2 – 1 of 4 homes:

Well designed impressive new construction!

It has five bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3-car garage.

Spacious great room floor area includes a dream kitchen and great room. Ideal covered, outdoor living space. A den or bedroom is on the first floor with full bath.

The master suite has a five piece bath and walk-in closet.

Ultra convenient location, easy commute.

Fully fenced and boat/RV parking.

$5,000 closing costs credit if using preferred lender.

WHEN:

  • Friday, Dec. 21: 2 – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 22: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1925 S. 224th Place, Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $774,950
  • MLS Number: 1269139
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,037 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,900 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

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

PHOTOS:

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.

All are invited to a ‘Noise 101 Symposium’ on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, from 9 a.m. – Noon at the Tyee High School Cafeteria in SeaTac.

Topics covered in this symposium will be:

  • The Principles of Aviation Noise
  • Quantifying Aircraft Noise
  • Aircraft Noise Regulations and Guidance Principles of Aircraft Noise Control

Here are the details:

WHEN: Saturday, January 12, 2019 9 AM to Noon

WHERE: Tyee High School Cafeteria, 4424 S. 188th St, SeaTac, WA 98188

INFO: The instructor of the course is Steve Alverson, National Director of ESA Airports, a national consulting firm specializing in noise, environmental and aviation planning services.

Steve offers course participants 37 years of aircraft noise analysis and control experience at many of the busiest airports in the United States.

Steve has worked both as a consultant and as a member of airport staff serving as the City and County of Denver’s Airport Noise Officer.

He frequently gives university-level lectures on aircraft noise and land use compatibility planning.

This event is cohosted by City of SeaTac and the Port of Seattle. This ticketed event is open to the public.

Anyone wishing to attend must RSVP by Tuesday, January 8, 2019:

CLICK TO REGISTER

  • Seating is limited.
  • Light refreshments will be provided.

Starting Thursday, Dec. 20, 9-1-1 call centers in all King County cities and unincorporated areas – including SeaTac – can accept texts from those who are unable to call during an emergency.

Text-to-9-1-1 is a new service in King County that will help those who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired, and anyone who might be unsafe if they were to be heard by an intruder or abusive partner.

“This is an important day for some of our most vulnerable residents that are not able to make a voice call in an emergency,” said Ben Breier, Program Manager for the King County E-911 Program Office. “We’ve been working diligently to ensure that the necessary technology is in place to allow our 9‑1‑1 call takers to respond to emergency texts to get people help when they need it the most.”

While texting to 9-1-1 is a vital tool that increases accessibility to emergency services, the preferred method for those who can speak is to call.

The key message to remember is:

‘Call if you can, Text if you can’t.’

There are limitations to texting 9-1-1. 9-1-1 texts are treated like any other text messages on the network, meaning delays are possible and it may take additional time for a call taker to respond to texts. 9-1-1 cannot receive photos or videos. The current system can only respond to texts in English.

If you do need to text 9-1-1 in an emergency you can help 9-1-1 help you by:

  • Sending the location of the emergency – including city – and the type of emergency help needed – police, fire, or medical – in the first message.
  • Keeping text messages brief and concise.
  • Typing complete with no abbreviations.
  • Staying with your phone and being prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from 9-1-1 call takers.

Text-to-9-1-1 is not yet available statewide. Neighboring Snohomish, Kitsap and Thurston counties do have text-to-9-1-1. Pierce County expects to go live early next year. If a text is sent to a 9-1-1 call center that does not accept texts, wireless carriers will send an alert message warning that the text did not go through and to make a call instead. For more information on texting, visit Kingcounty.gov/911.

By Jack Mayne

A unidentified group of mostly young women filled the audience area of the SeaTac City Council chambers Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 18) as the Council held a brief special meeting made necessary because the city clerk had been unable to record the votes by members when the Council voted 5 to 1 to commence discussion with a company that seeks to buy the purchase the SeaTac Center.

The brief video with the protestors and revote was filmed by the group under contract to the city to video all regular and special Council meetings:

The Council had previously voted at a special meeting on Dec. 13.

City Clerk Kristina Gregg on Tuesday called the role for members to vote as they had the previous week. Mayor Erin Sitterley and Councilmembers Pam Fernald, Clyde Hill, Peter Kwon and Joel Wachtel voted for the sale. Councilmember Rick Forschler was the lone vote to reject the sale proposal. The Council’s seventh seat was vacated with the recent traffic accident death of Councilmember Amina Ahmed.

Kwon said the group protesting at the Dec. 18 meeting “was a Seattle group” but there was not independent verification of that fact.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently proposed a new, two-year budget that calls for $3.7 billion in new and higher taxes, and also includes a 9 percent capital gains tax, which would take Washington from a state with no capital gains tax to the fourth-highest in the country.

Inslee’s plan also includes a 67 percent increase in the B&O tax on service businesses, among others.

These and other proposed new taxes have the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce concerned.

“Of concern to us in the Southside region is that the Governor’s new budget does not include continued mitigation payments for the Streamlined Line Sales Tax (SST) program,” Seattle Southside Chamber CEO Andrea Reay said in a statement. “Cities have received SST Mitigation payments since the state transitioned from origin-based to destination-based sales tax sourcing effective July 1, 2008. At that time, the Legislature and Governor Gregoire committed to providing our communities with SST Mitigation payments in recognition that changing the sales tax sourcing laws had negative fiscal impacts for many communities throughout the state. Our communities have relied on the state’s commitment and the ongoing SST Mitigation payments to provide key services to the businesses and residents of our communities.”

Despite requests to continue the SST mitigation program from the Mayors of many cities and over 25 legislators, the Governor’s proposed budget does not continue funding for the SST mitigation program beyond October 2019.

“This is disappointing,” Reay added. “The Governor’s proposal is just beginning of the state budget development process – there is much more process to come prior to the state budget being final.”

Starting Jan. 14, 2019, the state Legislature will begin developing its take on the state budget.

“We can work through the Legislature to have funding for the program extended beyond October 2019,” Reay said. “We are hopeful that everyone will continue to advocate for funding the program into future years and that we can work with the Governor to find a way to continue to invest in South King County and create a more equitable and sustainable budget to encourage economic development for our region.”

Here’s the chamber’s full statement, which was sent out on Tuesday, Dec. 18:

Gov. Inslee introduced a proposed two-year budget that calls for $3.7 billion in new and higher taxes. It includes a 9 percent capital gains tax, which would take Washington from a state with no capital gains tax to the fourth-highest in the country, and a 67 percent increase in the B&O tax on service businesses, among others. The state budget has grown considerably since the recession, primarily on the strength of the economy, going from $31.3 billion in 2011-13 to more than $50 billion today, raising the question of whether additional tax revenue is really needed.

Of concern to us in the Southside region is that the Governor’s new budget does not include continued mitigation payments for the Streamlined Line Sales Tax (SST) program. Cities have received SST Mitigation payments since the state transitioned from origin-based to destination-based sales tax sourcing effective July 1, 2008. At that time, the Legislature and Governor Gregoire committed to providing our communities with SST Mitigation payments in recognition that changing the sales tax sourcing laws had negative fiscal impacts for many communities throughout the state. Our communities have relied on the state’s commitment and the ongoing SST Mitigation payments to provide key services to the businesses and residents of our communities.

When the Washington Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) was enacted in 2017, the Legislature indicated an intent to discontinue SST Mitigation payments in October 2019 under the belief that cities would receive enough additional sales tax revenue under the MFA to offset the loss of SST Mitigation payments. At the Legislature’s request, the Department of Revenue provided a report on November 1, 2018. In that report, the Department states that “it does not appear that Marketplace Fairness revenues will equal or exceed the losses in these cities in the next ten years.”

Data in the report goes on to demonstrate that discontinuing SST Mitigation payments as planned will have a significant impact on jurisdictions that have a high concentration of warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing activities. Below is a list of the 2018 Quarter 1 SST mitigation payments (multiply this number by four to get an estimated annual amount of SST mitigation payments).

2018 Quarter 1 Streamlined Sales Tax Mitigation Payments:

  • KENT: $1,136,711.13
  • AUBURN: $414,606.59
  • TUKWILA: $259,185.05

Despite the requests to continue the SST mitigation program from the Mayors of many cities and over 25 legislators, the Governor’s proposed budget does not continue funding for the SST mitigation program beyond October 2019. This is disappointing. The Governor’s proposal is just beginning of the state budget development process – there is much more process to come prior to the state budget being final.

Starting January 14th, the Legislature will begin developing its take on the state budget. We can work through the Legislature to have funding for the program extended beyond October 2019. We are hopeful that everyone will continue to advocate for funding the program into future years and that we can work with the Governor to find a way to continue to invest in South King County and create a more equitable and sustainable budget to encourage economic development for our region.

For more information on our Chamber’s 2019 legislative priorities and how we are advocating for your business and community, please visit our website: www.seattlesouthsidechamber.com/advocacy.

Best,
Andrea

Andrea H. Reay
President/ CEO
206 575 3016
Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
14220 Interurban Avenue S. #134
Tukwila, WA 98168
www.seattlesouthsidechamber.com

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

The first Open House is a modern design with two kitchens:

Newer construction minutes from downtown Seattle!

Don’t miss this high end two story home with fully finished daylight basement.

Main floor has dream kitchen and great room concept family room and dining room area.

Upstairs spacious master bedroom has its own deck and full bath.Upstairs also has 2 more bedrooms, a full bath and a leisure loft or bonus room.

Downstairs has 2 more bedrooms, full bath, rec room and a second kitchen or junior kitchen area (MIL).

Must see!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 15: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 10422 2nd Place SW, Seattle, WA 98146 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $649,950
  • MLS Number: 1391497
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,710 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 3,060 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

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

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Next is a brand new home with contemporary style and a spacious open floor plan:

This beautiful new 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, Dec. 15: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 16: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 16825 3rd Ave S., Burien, WA 98148 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $789,950
  • MLS Number: 1364702
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,018 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,245 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):

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Here’s an opportunity to live in West Seattle!

Just around the corner from Alki Beach, easy access to Seattle, I-5, great restaurants, shopping and more.

A light, bright unit with kitchen that opens up to a large living room.

Sit out and enjoy the view on your private deck.

See the city lights from your bedroom window.

Freshly painted with tons of closet space.

Reserved, secured underground parking, with elevator.

Corner unit, upper floor with lots of privacy.

Must see!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 15: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 3022 SW Bradford Street, Unit 106, West Seattle, WA 98126 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $329,000
  • MLS Number: 1375038
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1992
  • Approximate House SqFt: 622 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Balcony/Deck/Patio
  • End Unit
  • Walk-in Closet

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Next is a mid-century modern masterpiece located in coveted Normandy Terrace:

Gorgeous views of Puget Sound and Mountains.

Ideal natural light-filled, great room concept floor plan opens to view deck.

Spacious kitchen with 6 stool eating bar and double oven.

Master suite is complete with 5 piece master bath, walk-in closet, fireplace and view deck.

Over-sized family room down.

Home has 4 bedrooms, den, extra finished room and 5 bathrooms.

Efficient gas fired hot water heat.

Lot A beach rights to the Cove!

WHEN:

  • Sunday, Dec. 16: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 18164 Normandy Terrace SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,195,000
  • MLS Number: 1370862
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,900 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 12,647 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Fireplace in Mstr BR
  • French Doors
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

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

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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, Dec. 15: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

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

INFO:

  • List Price: $649,950
  • 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):

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The final Open House is a meticulously kept townhome located on a quiet, secluded cul-de-sac:

It features a spacious living room with gas fireplace for those cold winter nights.

Large dining room with patio access.

Patio has partial cover great for BBQ and is fully fenced for privacy.

Large master bedroom with on site, walk in closet.

Kitchen has lots of storage space with newer flooring.

Close to schools, shopping and freeways!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 15: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 31234 10th Court SW, Federal Way, WA 98023 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $349,717
  • MLS Number: 1361522
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1987
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,760 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 2,851 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Skylights
  • Walk-in Closet

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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, Dec. 14: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 15: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 16: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

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

INFO:

  • List Price: $617,950
  • 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

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And finally – say hello to Rainier Ridge, Lot 2 – 1 of 4 homes:

Well designed impressive new construction!

It has five bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3-car garage.

Spacious great room floor area includes a dream kitchen and great room. Ideal covered, outdoor living space. A den or bedroom is on the first floor with full bath.

The master suite has a five piece bath and walk-in closet.

Ultra convenient location, easy commute.

Fully fenced and boat/RV parking.

$5,000 closing costs credit if using preferred lender.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 15: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 16: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1925 S. 224th Place, Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $774,950
  • MLS Number: 1269139
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,037 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,900 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

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

PHOTOS:

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By Jack Mayne

Despite heavy lobbying and sometimes vociferous argument from several small Somali businesses, the SeaTac City Council voted 5 to 1 Thursday night (Dec. 13) to begin a process to sell the SeaTac Center to CAP Acquisitions, also known as the Inland Group, for the purchase of city properties located in the vicinity of S. 154th Street and International Blvd.

The only negative vote was from Councilmember Rich Forschler. The seventh vote would have gone to recently deceased Councilmember Amina Ahmed.

The vote came in a special meeting postponed from the regular Tuesday session on the Council. The issue has regularly drawn a large, vociferous and sometimes unruly group of largely Somali background.

The SeaTac city staff says the project will create 665 units of housing along with 30,000 square feet of new commercial space next to the Tukwila International Boulevard Light Rail Station. The buildings are said to include approximately “385 units of workforce housing which is affordable for individuals and families earning less than 60 percent of area median income” on a 4.5-acre site at 15245 International Blvd. South. The site has a 65,000 square foot commercial building and a structured parking garage.

“This will allow more community members an affordable option to live and work in SeaTac,” said Mayor Erin Sitterley. “The Transit Oriented Development project creates badly needed housing while giving residents an option to be mobile without the need of a car.”

The City purchased the property in 2010 and has maintained its intent to sell it for redevelopment, despite the occupants of small business. Currently, the City of SeaTac has leases with 11 tenants who were notified of the sale potential in March.

The City Community and Economic Development Department has offered assistance in finding new spaces for all businesses currently operating on the site.

The session approving the beginning of negotiations to sell was moved from the regular Tuesday Council meeting time because of sometimes vociferous objections from the tenants of the facility. At one point in the Tuesday session, a shouter asked why they were not respected and was followed by shouts and general negative audience comments.

“Come on, come on,” said one audience member at the Tuesday meeting and another said “you serve the people.” This caused the mayor to order the speaker’s microphone turned off.

Below is a rendering of what the new project will look like:

Rep. Mia Gregerson, D-33

The Washington House Democrats announced on Thursday (Dec. 13) that Rep. Mia Gregerson, D – SeaTac, will chair the State Government and Tribal Relations Committee beginning in the 2019 legislative session.

The State Government and Tribal Relations Committee was previously the State Government, Elections & Information Technology Committee. The committee oversees general state government policy including issues related to elections, campaign finance, and state agency rulemaking.

Additionally, the committee will now also work with Tribal governments and tribal members on state policy that affects tribes.

“It is an honor to be selected as the new chair of State Government and Tribal Relations. Since becoming a legislator, I have worked to expand access to democracy and ensure that government at all levels reflects the diversity of our state,” said Gregerson, who was the prime sponsor of the Washington Voting Rights Act. “As chair of this committee, I plan to continue advocating for policies that will strengthen our democracy, provide more accountability and transparency in elections, and make sure that the voters in our state are empowered to elect leaders that represent them.”

Rep. Gregerson was first appointed to represent the 33rd Legislative District in 2013. During last session, Gregerson sat on the Local Government, Transportation, and State Government, Elections & Information Technology committees, and served as vice chair of the Labor & Workplace Standards committee.

“As a representative of the incredibly diverse 33rd Legislative District and as a Chinese-American woman, I feel a special calling to try to bring inclusivity and equity to our state wherever I can,” said Gregerson. “As chair, I will be pursuing initiatives to give voice to those who have historically been left out of the political process, including helping to break down silos and barriers that exist between state government and tribes.”

By Jack Mayne

The SeaTac City Council regular meeting Tuesday (Dec. 11) was disrupted by Somali immigrant opponents of a sale of the SeaTac Center to such a degree that Mayor Erin Sitterley ordered police to evict the protestors to restore peace to the Council chambers.

Previously, Council had moved consideration of the sale from the regular agenda Tuesday to a special Council meeting for Thursday night (Oct. 13) which some protestors apparently thought meant the city had halted consideration of the sale for a longer period, perhaps a year or, even, forever.

The first part of the meeting was consideration of normal Council business but that changed when Sitterley asked for unanimous consent and a single speaker opposed to the potential sale.

Audience melee
After a break in the Tuesday night regular council meeting, Mayor Erin Sitterley asked for unanimous Council consent to allow one person to speak for three minutes on the complicated and much-opposed potential sale of the SeaTac Center.

She didn’t get unanimous consent when Councilmember Pam Fernald objected.

“No, because if we start letting people run our meeting for us, we are setting a bad precedent,” said Fernald, thereby defeating the unanimous consent motion.

Fernald said the agenda is published so people know “when everything is – I say no, we would be setting a bad precedent.”

Councilmember Clyde Hill was “extremely reluctant because there was an opportunity at public comments. Again, to show good faith, I will consent” to the special opportunity for a SeaTac Center defender to speak.

Shouts of objection
A shouter asked why they were not respected and the mayor said the meeting on the subject would be Thursday, Dec. 13, followed by shouts and general audience comments. Forschler then moved to allow a person to speak but there were no seconds and the mayor said the council “would move on.”

“Come on, come on,” said one audience member and another said “you serve the people” and a man moved to the audience lectern and said he wanted to “thank the council for graciously not holding the vote today …”

The mayor ordered the speaker’s microphone turned off and the mayor said “No, no we are not going to do this.”

“Folks, we have had a respectful evening,” said Sitterley. “We have attempted to continue to do the good works of our city and we are going to continue that right now,” said Sitterley.

She ordered the public comment microphone turned off but a man continued to speak, virtually unheard. General disorder continued, even after Sitterley said the discussion on the sale of the SeaTac Center would be on Thursday, Dec. 13 in Council chambers.

Then she said people had to quiet down and observe the meeting or leave the chambers.

“Either sit down or goodbye,” Sitterley said, but conversation continued so Acting City Manager Mary Mirante Bartolo told the police to clear the room.

The issue was on the agenda, and would authorize the city manager to sign an agreement with CAP Acquisitions for the sale of properties located in the South 154th Street Station Area, declaring this property surplus to the needs of the City.

That is the location of the mainly Somali immigrant marketplace that the group is asking be left to continue.

Mourning Amina Ahmed
At Tuesday’s regular meeting, a more calm period was had by Council and visitors as they paid respects to Councilmember Amina Ahmet who died in a head-on automobile collision Saturday afternoon, Dec. 8.

“Tonight is a tough night and I would like to open with a moment of silence for our Councilmember who was lost to us Saturday. I’m a hot mess. I apologize in advance,” said Mayor Erin Sitterley as she opened Tuesday’s meeting with a memorial to Councilmember Amina Ahmed.

“I would like to speak on behalf of the Council tonight,” Sitterley said after a moment of silence. “I was very fortunate this last Friday, all the stars aligned and Amina and I were able to spend two and a half lovely hours over breakfast together. It was a meeting that was seven weeks in coming. She was a busy woman. We were able to talk at length. I was able to hear even more of her great plans for our city.

“The SeaTac City Council became whole again when Amina was sworn in on Oct. 23rd,” said Sitterley. “In fact it might be said that we were better than whole because we were better for her presence. Her unexpected and untimely passing on Dec. 8th leaves a void which will be very difficult to fill. But we are going to take our time and we are going to grieve the loss of what was and what could have been. As I was trying to put this together I found my self curiously unable to find the right words and anyone who knows me knows I am a blabber mouth so … But I got really lucky and found that Amina had written a letter to her new constituents that was to be published in our quarterly magazine and that letter was made available to me last night.”

“Rest in peace, Amina, and thank you,” the mayor concluded.

City Manager Joe Scorcio was on annual leave and could not attend the meeting, In his place Kyle Moore, the government relations and communications manager, read a statement by Scorcio.

“Over the years, many city staff have worked directly with Amina Amed. Usually she was helping someone in our community make their way through some crisis issue or misunderstood process.

“Our loss is both personal and profound. Amina touched us all in different ways in her positive presence, quiet wit and radiant humor will continue on with us,” Moore quoted Scorcio. “Countless others in our community had the support, guidance and inspiration of Amina Amed much longer than I did.

“I found her to be a great soul, one who both heard and listened then spoke and influenced with positive intentions and hopes for everyone to thrive. She always wanted to help others in our community. She will always have my utmost respect and I will hear her quiet words as I continue the good work.

“We thank her family for sharing her with us,” said Scorcio. “We are lessened by her early departure.”

Public Comment
Mohamed Kassam said Amina Amed was his niece and “I was the first mentor to her … she touched so many lives “ and at her funeral on Monday people from all walks of life came.

“Amina is not something we can replace but I hope we can continue her legacy,” Kassam said, then went on to urge the Council not to move forward to sell the area know as the International Market to a developer.

Hamdi Mohamed said Amina Ahmed was an advocate for immigrant rights and had worked with Mohamed at Refugee Women’s Alliance… “With the amount of people that are out here, you can see how loved she was,” said Mohamed, “and how many people she has touched and the sort of impact that she’s made in our city and our state.”

She commended the Council for taking the market sales issue off the agenda, again repeating the mainly Somali participants desire at the facility by small immigrant businesses. The Council did not remove the item from the agenda, but delayed that item to a special meeting to be held on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Other business
Resident Vicky Lockwood asked the Council to remove from the agenda potential agreements between the city and Sound Transit for a parking lease for 63 parking stalls at the SeaTac Center because “it needs to be redone” to better protect the city and because of vague requirements. She wondered if the city would be compensated for having the “equipment and the expertise to evacuate the trains for the light rail and if we are not, why not?” She also asked if the city was going to be compensated for the high cost of maintaining the station landscaping.