‘Incubator’ in South Park gets $100,000 boost

Announced today by the mayor’s office:

Mayor Ed Murray today celebrates National Manufacturing Day with an announcement that Industry Space Seattle, LLC will receive a $100,000 award to create an incubator to benefit multiple emerging manufacturing businesses.

Industry Space Seattle owns 47,500 square feet of industrial space to be used as an incubator to develop startups and emerging industrial businesses within Seattle’s industrial core. They plan to use the funds to rehabilitate industrial property into shared space where emerging manufacturers will have access to heavy equipment and common office space. The Industry Space building is located in South Park at 8009 7th Ave. S.

“Seattle has a proven history of making things that change the world,” said Murray. “I’m proud to support Industry Space Seattle, a project that shows Seattle’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. Maritime and manufacturing businesses are vital to our economy, and this repurposed industrial facility will help the next generation of businesses thrive.”

The city of Seattle sought a proposal to promote networking, information sharing, and mentoring among co-located, early-stage manufacturers.

Johnny Bianchi, owner of Industry Space Seattle, LLC called the project “a win for Seattle’s manufacturing community,” saying that “the funds will help spur innovation and allow companies to emerge that may not have been able to manage the initial costs of space and equipment on their own.”

Business owners are already benefitting. Hans Hofstee, owner of HGH Metalworks, a small metal fabricator, moved his business into the Industry Space building in April 2015. “Thanks to the building’s heavy lifting capacity, compressed air, and access to heavy power, I was able to spend money on the machines I need, rather than improving a new space,” he said. “I look forward to a long future at Industry Space where I can be part of building a community and building Seattle.”

The award is funded by fees generated by the city’s New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) program, a federal tax credit financing tool. NMTCs attract private investment to important development and business projects benefitting low-income neighborhoods.

“It’s smart for Seattle to invest in emerging local businesses that grow our economy,” said Seattle City Councilmember John Okamoto, Investment Committee member of Seattle Investment Fund LLC, the city’s NMTC entity. “The fees collected from NMTCs are an innovative way to support these businesses.”

Seattle’s manufacturing sector represents a wide range of subsectors, including maritime, industrial machinery and fabricated metal, aerospace, printing and publishing, stone, clay, glass and concrete products, home and office furnishings, food and beverage production, construction, transportation, and wholesale distribution.

Spooktacular Bingo set for October 17th in South Park

Mark your calendar for Spooktacular Bingo! Announcement just received:

When: Saturday, October 17th. Doors open at 6 pm, Bingo starts at 7 pm.

Where: South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave S

Rainbow Bingo – not your Grandma’s Bingo! This is a super fun FUNdraiser for those 21 or older. A night of laughter, food, adult beverages, and cash prizes. Halloween
costumes are encouraged! Cash Only.

Reserve online: $15 ticket and $5 Cash at door for game cards.

Ticket price at the door, day-of: $20 ticket and $5 case for game cards.

All Proceeds support the South Park Senior Center.

Here’s the weblink with information and link to reserve tickets.

Mayor at South Park Community Center on Friday

You might see a bit of extra activity around the city-run Community Center on Friday – Mayor Ed Murray is headed back to South Park for a budget announcement:

Ahead of his 2016 City Budget proposal, Mayor Ed Murray will unveil the first full year of funding for the Seattle Parks District, which was approved by voters in August 2014. The Seattle Parks District budget will include preventative maintenance projects, expanded programming for youth, adults, and seniors, and acquisition and development of new park space.

WHO: Mayor Ed Murray

Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre

South Park community members

WHAT: 2016 Seattle Parks District budget announcement

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 18 – 11:45 a.m.

WHERE: South Park Community Center

Fiestas Patrias parade and festival this Saturday!

One of South Park’s liveliest annual events is coming up on Saturday – the Fiestas Patrias parade, starting at 11 am, followed by the afternoon-long festival. Info’s here. Our video/photo coverage from last year is here.

Seattle Public Schools closed today because of strike

In case you hadn’t heard yet – the Seattle Education Association is on strike, which means Seattle Public Schools are NOT opening today as scheduled. That includes the one public-school campus in South Park, Concord International School. Instead, as with all the other schools around the city, SEA members will be picketing, 8:30 am-3 pm.

TUESDAY: Secrets of efficient 911 calls

Happening tomorrow (with a preview for another crime/safety-related event next month), as announced on the Yahoo! list by Lora Suggs:


You will be surprised to learn what you didn’t know about calling 911 effectively and for best results.

Come to learn:

• When to call
• How calls are prioritized.
• What info you can provide to move your call to where it belongs in that prioritization.
• How 911 Operators operate, learn how to better communicate what they need
• What to look for when witnessing a crime
• How to give details that will empower Officers
• How to find out what happened to your call (response time, results, etc.)

Come learn about all this and more.

We will have Refreshments, Child Care and Spanish Interpretation. The event is FREE!

And mark your calendars for part 2 ► CPTED which stands for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Sept 22 @ 6 to 8pm

The physical design of your neighborhood and your own property, its layout, lighting, building and maintenance, can affect the levels of crime and fear in your neighborhood and home. The Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design or CPTED training on Sept 22nd will give you great information on the steps you can take to reduce crime in South Park and YOUR own HOME.

►The purpose of these 2 events are to gain knowledge on how we can better help ourselves, ►it will not be a forum to air grievances against the police. We would really appreciate your support on that. We hope you will come!

Hosted by the South Park Neighborhood Association with SP Merchants Assoc, The SP Business Assoc, The Community Center and SPD.

HAPPENING NOW: Fire Station 26 open house

If you’re not already there … we just received this from Seattle Fire:

The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, invite the community to check out the completed seismic and safety upgrade of Seattle’s Fire Station 26, located at 800 S. Cloverdale St. in the South Park neighborhood, during an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Fire Station 26 is one of 32 neighborhood fire stations being upgraded, renovated or replaced through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2003. Built in 1972, Fire Station 26 was in generally fair condition, but required seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. Minor remodeling was also completed to accommodate additional equipment and to enhance operations.

Fire Station 26 houses one engine company (E26) and is one of two Seattle fire stations housing a mobile compressed air unit, which can refill spent air cylinders and deliver cylinders to wherever they are needed. The crew remained at the station during construction of this $2.5 million project.

“Engine Company 26 responded to more than 1,100 emergency responses last year assisting the residents of South Park,” said Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. “The open house is a chance for the community to get to know the firefighters who serve them on a daily basis and to see their newly remodeled fire station.”

As part of the safety upgrades to the facility, Station 26 received additional seismic bracing to meet current codes. The remodel reconfigured the existing station space to accommodate decontamination equipment as well as crew preparation and vehicle maintenance functions.

The Fire Station 26 project was developed by the city of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by TCA Architecture + Planning and built by MJ Takisaki Inc. Construction began in September 2014 and was completed in July 2015.

UPDATE: Fire at vacant house in South Park; 14th Ave. S. blamed on ‘transient activity’

(Added 6:55 am – Seattle Fire Department photo)

6:22 AM: One person just texted us, wondering if there was a fire call, as the smell of smoke in the air was strong enough to wake them up. Yes, Seattle Fire is at 16th and Donovan, and says a vacant house there is on fire. It’s serious enough that they are fighting it “defensively.” They’re putting water on it from “two aerial pipes.” This was on the “dangerous building list” according to what we’re hearing via scanner. No report of injuries. Take note that this is affecting traffic on 14th:

According to scanner discussion, 14th is closed between Cloverdale and Director.

6:46 AM: The closure zone has expanded to Concord, so that vehicles have more room to turn around.

7:17 AM: 14th Avenue South is reopening. No word yet on the fire’s cause; we’ll update later when that information is available.

8:44 PM UPDATE: From SFD:

A Seattle Fire Investigators determined an early morning fire at a vacant South Park home was accidental, caused by transient activity which ignited combustible materials in the attic space.

At 5:36 a.m. a 911 call came into the Fire Alarm Center reporting a large amount of smoke coming from an abandoned home located in the 1400 block of South Donovan Street. Firefighters arrived to find smoke pouring from the eaves of the home. The house was vacant and previously boarded up. The local engine company had previously inspected the property and found interior hazards so the house was listed as a dangerous building.

Due to the dangerous building status, firefighters launched a defensive attack, fighting the fire from the outside of the building to avoid exposing firefighters to any unnecessary risks. Due to fire damage to the home, a collapse zone was created around the immediately exterior of the house.

The flames extended from the attic space down to the second floor of the home. Crews used multiple hose lines and two ladder pipes capable of dumping 1,000 gallons a minute each on the fire. At 9:27 a.m. the fire was extinguished or tapped.

During the firefight, the roof of the home and a second floor collapsed. Once the flames were knocked down, crews searched both floors of the home and the basement for any occupants. No one was found inside the home. Waist-deep combustibles were piled up throughout the home, which made the search more challenging.

The damage estimate is $55,000 and there were no reported injuries.

Scenes from Water Festival, Day 1, and a look ahead to Day 2

The first day of the Water Festival at Duwamish Waterway Park – presented by ECOSS in connection with the summer-long Duwamish Revealed celebration – is about to culminate in a lantern ceremony, after a day of lantern-making, food, and entertainment. An ongoing music/dance showcase this afternoon featured a variety of performers – while we were there, breakdancer Peanutt took a turn:

So did 10-year-old singer Palonnie Wolfe, who belted out ballads with a voice carrying power far beyond her years:

Whether you made it to the festival today or not, you definitely want to go tomorrow – with highlights including folk dance and lucha libre wrestling – here’s the schedule:

12-3 pm: Dragon boat racing from Club Sake, workboats dressed up as Mexican trajinera boats, and the Duwamish Raven Canoe.
12:00 pm: CeAtl Tonalli Danza Azteca
12:30 pm: Mariachi Ayutla
1:00 pm: Reverberando (Milvia Pacheco, David Blanco, & Mirta Wymerszberg)
2:00 pm: Ballet Folklorico Angeles de Mexico
3:00 pm: Lucha Libre Volcanica, the only Luchador school in Western Washington!

12-6 pm: Art and activities for all ages featuring:

Marianne Maksirisombat and Ben Brockus-Hall help you create your own “Happiness Mirror”
“Keep Quiet” by Timothy Firth – explore the hidden sounds of the neighborhood and the river

It’s all happening at the park, 7900 10th Avenue S.

Water Festival this weekend at Duwamish Waterway Park, as part of Duwamish Revealed

Today was sort of an impromptu celebration of water, with all that rain. Tomorrow and Sunday, the Water Festival arrives in South Park’s Duwamish Waterway Park, as part of the ongoing Duwamish Revealed. From the DR website:

Saturday August 15, 12-8 pm & Sunday August 16, 12-6 pm
Duwamish Waterway Park
Produced in collaboration with Las Promotoras and the UW Khmer Students Association

12-3 pm: Dragon boat racing from Club Sake
3 pm: Cambodian Cooking Demonstration: Traditional, healthy dishes made with salmon from the river.
4-8 pm: Traditional dance and music showcase featuring:
UW Khmer Students Association
Rainier Vista Youth Dancers
Sayaw (UW Filipino American Student Association)
Palonnie Wolfe
Sameth Mell

12-8 pm: Art and activities for all ages featuring:
Cambodian lantern making with a traditional lantern ceremony at 8 pm
Marianne Maksirisombat and Ben Brockus-Hall help you create your own “Happiness Mirror”
“Keep Quiet” by Timothy Firth – explore the hidden sounds of the neighborhood and the river

12-3 pm: Dragon boat racing from Club Sake, workboats dressed up as Mexican trajinera boats, and the Duwamish Raven Canoe.
12:00 pm: CeAtl Tonalli Danza Azteca
12:30 pm: Mariachi Ayutla
1:00 pm: Reverberando (Milvia Pacheco, David Blanco, & Mirta Wymerszberg)
2:00 pm: Ballet Folklorico Angeles de Mexico
3:00 pm: Lucha Libre Volcanica, the only Luchador school in Western Washington!

12-6 pm: Art and activities for all ages featuring:
Marianne Maksirisombat and Ben Brockus-Hall help you create your own “Happiness Mirror”
“Keep Quiet” by Timothy Firth – explore the hidden sounds of the neighborhood and the river