STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for Sunday, March 29 – is a fabulous Normandy Park 4 (or 5) bedroom, 5 bath home on near 1/2 acre property!

This beauty has a versatile open floor plan that rotates around an updated kitchen.

Formal living and dining or casual eating bar off the kitchen and family room makes this home comfortable for casual or formal entertaining.

Large master suite with 5-piece bath.

Huge Mother-in-law/Nanny suite with separate entrance.

3-car garage with additional RV parking.

Private back yard with all year round hot tub cabana.

Walk to Marvista!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, March 29, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 19660 Marine View Dr SW Normandy Park, WA 98166

INFO:

  • List Price: $750,000
  • MLS Number: 756138
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4.75
  • Year Built: 1985
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,000
  • Lot Square Footage: 21,500

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Loft
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing remarks:

Fabulous Normandy Park 4 or 5 bedroom, 5 bath home on near 1/2 acre property!

Versatile open floor plan that rotates around an update kitchen.

Formal living and dining or casual eating bar off the kitchen and family room makes this home comfortable for casual or formal entertaining.

Large master suite with 5 piece bath.

Huge Mother in law/Nanny suite with separate entrance. 3 car garage with additional RV parking.

Private back yard with all year round hot tub cabana.

Walk to Marvista!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

Beginning Monday, March 30 and continuing for approximately three weeks, Sound Transit’s contractor harbor Pacific Graham will be performing utility work (sewer, water and storm drain) within the travel lanes of S. 200th Street between “little 28th Avenue” S. and 26th Avenue S.

All work will be performed within the approved daytime hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times, with travel lanes being shifted as work progresses. Signs will be posted to get motorists and pedestrians safely around the construction work zone, and access to local businesses will be maintained.

Set to open in 2016 will be all-day Link service between Angle Lake Station and Sea-Tac Airport, downtown Seattle and the University of Washington.

For more information or to receive the most current information about the South 200th Link Extension, please contact Jennifer Lemus at 206-398-5314 or jennifer.lemus@soundtransit.org.

Project website: soundtransit.org/S200thstreet

For more info, download a Construction Alert (PDF) here.

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At the March 24 Regular SeaTac City Council Meeting, the Kent Fire Department RFA presented the Outstanding Citizen Community Service Award to recognize individuals who make an extraordinary contribution to our community.

This year’s award was presented to Nurse Cheri Dreiling for her use of CPR to revive a three year old who was pulled unresponsive from the pool of the SeaTac Marriott Hotel on March 7, 2015.

Nurse Dreiling works for a Tacoma area hospital ICU and said that while she has done CPR many times in the hospital setting, this is the first time she’s ever used her skills outside of work.

This is also her first use of CPR on a child.

Congrats Nurse Cheri!

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King County Sheriff’s detectives are actively looking for 68-year old Robert Leroy Studer as the suspect in the shooting death of his 42 year old nephew in Seatac on Thursday.

Studer is considered armed and dangerous; he is 5’11, 240 lbs, grey hair and green eyes. He is possibly driving a white 2015 Chevy 12 passenger van with Arizona license plates “NFLHAWK”.

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If anyone knows the whereabouts of Robert Studer or recognizes the associated van, they are urged to immediately call 911.

At about 5:15 p.m. on Thursday (March 26), SeaTac Police were called to a business park in the 18900 block of 16th Ave S. for an unknown type disturbance. When they arrived they found the victim inside a business with apparent gunshot wounds to the head. The victim was transported by medics to Harborview Medical Center and pronounced dead.

Seatac Police, Burien Police, Sheriff’s Deputies, K9 units, and King County’s Guardian One all searched the large business park but did not locate a suspect.

Detectives quickly identified Robert Leroy Studer as the suspect and are seeking the public’s help in trying to locate him.

Investigation in to what lead up to the shooting is on-going.

Here are some relevant Tweets:

by Jack Mayne

The idea that the Port of Seattle wants to virtually double the number of landings and takeoffs at Sea-Tac International Airport – but without increasing the land size of the facility – came with some citizen complaints at the SeaTac City Council, which then decided on a special meeting for Councilmembers to get their concerns aired and answered.

The Council at their Tuesday (March 24) meeting heard about the Sea-Tac Sustainable Airport Master Plan. Councilmembers eventually said they needed another meeting to ask more questions and get more information. A special meeting will be set later for that purpose.

SeaTac citizens were generally critical of the huge increase in proposed plane traffic, with one asking, “What’s in it for SeaTac?”

Port officials said the long-term blueprint for airport development is to meet the needs of the traveling public, while reducing environmental and social impacts and include airfield development within the current three-runway configuration. It will include terminal development, addition of many new arrival/departure gates, roadway improvements, and facility modernization and expansion possibilities.

Completion of the plan is said to make Sea-Tac the first large hub U.S. airport to fully incorporate sustainability as a key-planning component.

Doubling passenger numbers
The plan is needed to accommodate continued strong passenger growth at the airport. The owner of the airport, the Port of Seattle, says that in 2014, Sea-Tac served more than 37 million passengers.

This figure could reach 52 million people over the next decade and could be as high as 66 million in 2034, port officials say.

Elizabeth Leavitt, the port’s aviation planning and environmental services director, told the Council that there would be more rapid growth at Sea-Tac Airport than previously anticipated, and “it’s very clear that we have a fairly constrained footprint, which I am sure you can all appreciate, that is going to require us to be very smart about some of the land use decisions that we are going to make.”

She said the Port is “gaining clarity” on some of the physical facilities that will be needed to meet the growth in “both passengers and operations” and will need to use port properties that “are beyond part of the airfield and terminal complex” and will require moving some facilities “as we build additional gates.”

Passenger numbers have been rapidly growing in the past couple of years, Leavitt said, at 4.7 percent in 2013 and 7.7 percent in 2014, and this last February showed a growth of 12.4 percent over the previous February.

“It’s pretty daunting and a little bit scary for those of us who are responsible for planning facilities for those numbers of people,” Leavitt told the SeaTac Council, adding that airport operations are not up at that level “because airlines are up-gauging aircraft, putting more people on larger planes so our operations are up 2.5 percent in 2013 and 6.9 percent in 2014.”

The forecast now is that the airport will get to 66 million passengers by 2034, about six million more than previous forecasts, she said, “and that’s up from about 37.5 million passengers which is where we closed last year out.”

The Port Commission remains committed to the three-runway system it now has, but the implications of the increase in passengers means there will be 36 percent more aircraft on the field during peak hours and that means “efficiency exponentially decreases as the airfield reaches and exceeds capacity,” according to a slide presentation she presented.

The Port also says it means 58 percent more departures and 70 percent more passengers in the terminal during peak hours and “severe congestion and a low level of customer service at check-in security screening and baggage claim.”

The predicted increase also means “42 percent more vehicles on Upper Drive during morning peak and 61 percent more vehicles on Lower Drive during evening peak.”

That all means “passenger safety and access to the terminal will be severely compromised in 2034” unless there are terminal improvements are made over the years before.

The Port has determined that a fourth runway will not be considered, as the airport is constrained on “all four sides,” Leavitt said.

No new runways
“On the west, we have the western operational edge of the runway which is going to end up being our boundary – west of there we gave wetlands and mitigation sites that we worked hard on for the third runway that are thriving and succeeding and we don’t have any intention of disrupting them,” Leavitt said.

“We we will need all three runways in 2034 and we won’t be pushing any terminals on the western edge.

“On the north, we have (highway) 518, on the east we have International Boulevard and on the south there is the future (highway) 509 … so we have a lot of work to do to understand the constraints and how we are going to meet the demands of the public.”

She said there could be improvements on the airfield – “not including additional runways.”

There will be a need for 35 additional departure and arrival gates that have direct access to the terminal in a least disruptive way by 2034.

“Once we have decided where we want to build those 35 additional gates, can the existing terminal handle those people as they check in and go through security and claim their bags or do we really need a second terminal to efficiently handle them,” Leavitt said.

Clogged up, lower drives
Another challenge will be how to expand the upper and lower drives at the terminal, likely to be difficult and expensive because of the closeness of the parking garage and the terminal.

Another way would be to divert traffic away from the arrival and departure areas, Leavitt said, along with the bottleneck where the roadways merge.

All of the potential expansions will require Port officials to work on costs and figure out problems, including where the money will come from and any project effect on SeaTac and surrounding cities as well as on terminal users, she said.

Linda Stewart, the aviation community partnerships director, said many ways are planned to discuss the future of the airport with residents and people in the area.

The first of a series of open houses was held in early March at Mt. Rainier High School. The second and third series of open houses will be in he summer and fall and will be seeking comment on the concepts and plans for expansion.

The Port will make a similar presentation to the Burien City Council on April 6, Stewart said, along with various other groups over the next several months.

Daunting Doubling
Roger McCracken of Master Park and the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce said the airport project is a “daunting task to double the size of this airport,” and that he does not want SeaTac businesses to be lost in the process, that they are included in the discussion.

“I want to be sure that SeaTac businesses are well represented and do not get lost in this,” he said. “There are five to six thousand hotel rooms in the city of SeaTac, there is 15,000 additional parking stalls in the city of SeaTac, hundreds of thousands of square feet of freight forwarders, freight storage – all of the support systems that the City of SeaTac offers to Seattle.

“We need to work together so that all of this planning comes to fruition of a successful 66 million passenger enplanements,” he said.

Earl Gipson, a SeaTac resident who also writes a column for the SeaTac Blog, said he did some research and found that the airport is 82nd in physical size at 2,500 acres.

“We have the fourth highest density for enplanement for that size. We are talking about going to 32 million enplanements, when we have 16 (million) now,” he said. “I can tell you right now the airport is going to need another square mile of space, which is another thousand acres.”

He said the next most densely used airport is Atlanta’s Hartsfield, with 4,700 acres and 45 million enplanements, then LAX in Los Angeles with 3,500 acres and 32 million enplanements.

“Basically, what I am saying is it won’t fit,” Gipson said. Other alternatives need to be sought, he said, because more land is needed.

“That’s just plain math,” he said.

Georgia Filopovich said she has tried to get someone to reevaluate the soundproofing done to her house 24 years ago and “I have been completely ignored.” The airport is the Port of Seattle and “when is someone going to have the backbone to stop them from destroying people’s lives and torturing them?”

Living Hell
A woman who said she was Georgia’s daughter, and that she was born and raised and lives in the area added, “Our lives have been a living hell,” Jenny said, because of high decibel sound from the airport.

“If you want to talk, you have to have the windows closed.” She said the Port presentation “did not mention once” what they were going to do for the residents.

Resident Ray Overholt said, “Just as I cannot support the extension of 509, I cannot support the sustainable airport master plan.” He wondered why the Port and elected officials think that the airport can sustain the “growing economy on such a small footprint?”

“If Washington is to be such a regional powerhouse, it is time for a second regional airport,” he said. “Everett would be a good area to start.”

Noise pollution, freeway traffic congestion and air quality are going to continue to grow to affect SeaTac area quality of life, he said.

Resident Janice Taylor said that her late husband believed secondary traffic should be moved to Grant County International Airport near Ephrata or to Paine Field near Everett. The Port is all about “Sea-Tac here … and not thinking outside the box.”

Robbie Howell of Burien said her exercise room at her Lake Burien home was sometimes filled with “toxic air pollution: jet fuel fumes from the airport.” She said the “whole town” often smells of jet fuel and it is getting worse.

Peter Kwon, of SeaTac, said once the area economically benefited the city but “where has all that money gone? The city is no longer benefitting from the airport. We have to deal with all of this, but we are not seeing any benefit.

“My question is what’s in it for SeaTac?

Special meeting
Mayor Mia Gregerson, after over an hour on the airport plan, said she felt the meeting had provided a good showing of the resident’s feelings but because of time considerations, she wanted a second meeting with the Port just on his supposed airport expansions proposal.

“What I am presenting to the Council is that we have a special council meeting just for this item, whether it is later this week or … .” Gregerson said.

Councilmembers unanimously agreed but no date was specified.

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The City of SeaTac, Parks & Recreation Department, along with the Kent Fire Dept. Regional Fire Authority and Kent RFA Local 1747 will be sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 at Angle Lake Park.

This is a FREE event for kids up to 10-years old, and it will start at 9 a.m. sharp.

Kids will have fun “scrambling” for eggs and treats at this annual event.

Egg hunts start at 9:00 a.m. SHARP!

Please arrive on time so you don’t miss the fun.

Angle Lake Park is located at 19408 International Blvd. in SeaTac.

Photo by Francis Zera | zeraphoto.com

The presentation by Sea-Tac Airport staff will take place on Tuesday, March 24, at the SeaTac City Council meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the SeaTac City Council Chambers, first floor of SeaTac City Hall, located at 4800 South 188th Street.

by Ralph Nichols

The population around Puget Sound is growing by leaps and bounds – something commuters, whether driving alone or taking mass transit, know all too well as they spend more time slowed in congested traffic lanes.

And there’s no end in sight. The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) projects that by 2040 the area’s population will increase by 1,712,000 residents above the 2000 census – including 50,000 new residents in the primary cities of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett and Bremerton.

Another 369,000 people are expected to locate in smaller “core cities” around the Sound, which include Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila, Renton, Kent and Federal Way.

This population growth will, in turn, spur economic development and tourism throughout the region – increasing the need to accommodate passenger growth at Sea-Tac International Airport.

Last year Sea-Tac was the fastest growing large hub airport in the U.S., serving nearly 37.5 million passengers. Over the next 20 years this number is likely to reach 66 million with over a 50 percent increase in aircraft takeoffs and landings.

As a first step toward efficiently managing this growth, the Port of Seattle has unveiled the Sea-Tac Sustainable Airport Master Plan – “a long-term blueprint for airport development to meet the needs of the traveling public, while reducing environmental and social impacts,” and maintaining its role as a major driver in Washington’s economy.

This plan, say port officials, will include new taxiways and other airfield development within the current three-runway configuration – there will be no new runway – and modernization and possible expansion of passenger terminals and air cargo facilities.

Projected needs to accommodate increasing commercial jet traffic include 35 additional aircraft gates – the airport currently has 88 gates – plus another 16 wide-body aircraft gates for international flights in addition to its existing 11.

UPDATE: The Tuesday presentation to the SeaTac City Council is not an open house for the public – it is an update presentation by the port to the city council.

The port has already had two open houses, one in Des Moines (Mt. Rainier High School on March 4) and one in Seattle (Main Public Library on March 19) and will have a third at the Bellevue library on April 2nd.

You can find those dates on the Port’s Sustainable Airport Master Plan website here:

http://www.portseattle.org/Business/Construction-Projects/Airport-Projects/Pages/airport-master-plan.aspx

For more information, download a PDF here:

http://www.portseattle.org/Business/Construction-Projects/Airport-Projects/Documents/POSSustainabilityBoards_36x28_030215.pdf

Sea-Tac is the nation’s 14th busiest passenger airport and its air cargo operations rank 21st in the U.S. Washington is the most trade dependent state, according to the Department of Commerce and Economic Development, which, note airport staff, increases the importance of expanding air cargo facilities during this expansion process.

STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, March 21 – is a cute little home in West Seattle!

With a brand new stainless fridge, stove and microwave, this house was renovated in 2013, and includes new vinyl Milgard windows, roof, deck, granite counters and cabinets.

All of the walls were insulated and the exterior was re-done with all hardy board siding.

Newer carpet and flooring.

Roomy backyard with room to roam.

Close to ferry, Lincoln Park, shopping including West Wood Village and Safeway.

Quick commute to downtown or airport.

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, March 21, from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: 9804 33rd Ave SW, West Seattle, WA 98126

INFO:

  • List Price: $299,500
  • MLS Number: 756830
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1942
  • Approximate House SqFt: 710
  • Lot Square Footage: 6,300

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Outbuildings

Marketing remarks:

Little cutie pie!

Brand new stainless fridge, stove and microwave.

House was renovated in 2013 including new vinyl Milgard windows, roof, deck, granite counters and cabinets.

All of the walls were insulated and the exterior was re-done with all hardy board siding.

Newer carpet and flooring.

Roomy backyard with room to roam.

Close to ferry, Lincoln Park, shopping including West Wood Village and Safeway.

Quick commute to downtown or airport.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

On Tuesday, March 24, the public will be allowed to comment on the long-term plan for airport growth that will increase take-offs and landings by more than 50 percent over the next 20 years.

Forecasts for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport predict passengers using the airport will grow from 37.5 million in 2014 to 66 million by 2034. That will mean a rise from 350,000 take-offs and landings in 2014 to 540,000 by 2034.

The forecasts are contained in the Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP).

The SAMP presentation by Sea-Tac Airport staff will take place on Tuesday, March 24, at the SeaTac City Council meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, first floor of SeaTac City Hall, located at 4800 South 188th Street.

A public comment period will follow the presentation.

The airport also will host future community forums as they develop and refine alternatives to accommodate the growth.

For more information and for copies of the materials presented at the March 4 open house, visit the SAMP web page. To keep up-to-date throughout the SAMP process, sign up to receive email updates by clicking on the SAMP box.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This column by Earl Gipson is a view of SeaTac city government. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The SeaTac Blog nor its staff. We are seeking additional regular columnists to reflect different opinions and views of SeaTac residents. Those interested can e-mail us at editor@seatacblog.com.]

by Earl Gipson

Code Enforcement, City Can’t Take a Hint

In the Study Session Tuesday, despite years of asking (by myself and others), the City hires another Code Coordinator WITHOUT bilingual or multilingual abilities. We had TWO Code Enforcement “Officers”. One was let go and one went to Burien (no language skills there either). Now we have “Coordinators” which translated means higher paychecks and more PowerPoint presentations. Prove me wrong. That takes data and that data is no longer available on the City website as it used to be. Some members of the Council keep talking about diversity. Well where the heck is it in our staff?

This was a “no brainer” and just reinforced my opinion of our City’s leadership’s brains. This is no reflection on the qualifications of the people they did hire but with translators following them around we have additional costs and less effectiveness. Go ahead and try to tell us you could find no qualified bilingual or multilingual candidates. I say you are full of it. Ferguson couldn’t find any diverse Police Officers either and they allegedly gave it their best try. Right.

How Depressing!

In the Council meeting, we had a presentation of the Chinook Middle School’s poetry winners. Maybe I’m a curmudgeon (or becoming one) but City Council meetings are for CITY business. The schools have assemblies, etc for this stuff. I have read poetry and even brought various musical instruments (no talent there) to the Council Meetings but it was ALWAYS related to City business. There was sparse humor and a very dark picture of what our children are facing in our Highline schools. Using the down trodden, poor, and perhaps underserved as political props for the Council and Highline School District is how I saw it but then again our Council leadership has no shame, and apparently nor does the School District after the last bond failure.

Sound Transit Light Rail Extension Alignments
Per Sound Transit, they could be anywhere! The City has no say and Sound Transit presented their many options at Thursday’s Council meeting as Citizens and businesses hold their breath as to where the new crime hubs will be (transit stations).

Run for SeaTac City Council, Please!
It is time for our Citizens to think about running for office. Those that know me also know why I do not but I, and others, can sure help those who do with the technicalities. We have loads of people far more qualified/ethical than most of our incumbents and help is out there for first timers. Filing dates are April 27th through May 15. You should review the below document for starters.

http://your.kingcounty.gov/elections/candidate/pdfs/candidate-manual.pdf

Also, start writing your voter’s pamphlet statement now (see above for word count/content/deadlines). Have friends and neighbors review it so you are ready when the time comes to submit it. One less thing to worry about as your campaign gets under way.

We will talk about the PDC (Public Disclosure Commission) and its requirements in another column.

Other
There is a joint Planning Commission/City Council Meeting on Tuesday at City Hall. See you there. City Calendar: http://www.cityofseatac.com/index.aspx?page=63