Harbor-Area Corridor Seeks Community Plan

West Seattle folks want the most public amenities possible from a half-dozen capital projects that the city, Metro and Port of Seattle are planning for the Spokane Street/Harbor Avenue/Duwamish areas.

"We're tired of seeing a newly paved street ripped up the next month for another project," says Stu Hennesey, co-chairman of the Greater Harbor 2000 Design Committee.

That's why the West Seattle committee, composed of about 30 representatives of community councils and other groups, has called public officials to a two-day workshop that began today at the Alki Elementary School. They want a plan that will accommodate the agencies and the neighborhoods.

The community group wants to ensure cleanup and beautification of the harbor-area corridor, promote maximum public shoreline access and use, preserve Native American and pioneer heritage, optimize traffic flows and public services and influence how any mitigation funds are spent.

Seattle's Design Commission, the mayor-appointed group that monitors capital projects, is hosting the session.

Each of the projects essentially was planned independently by the various agencies, said Marcia Wagoner, commission director.

The projects include:

-- Metro's $118 million Alki sewer tunnel to the West Point treatment plant.

-- The Port's $200 million Southwest Harbor expansion project, next to Terminal 5.

-- The city's $6.9 million reconstruction of three access bridges connecting Harbor Avenue Southwest and Southwest Admiral Way to Southwest Spokane Street.

-- A number of proposed shoreline acquisitions and improvements from $25 million in Metro mitigation funds, including a $2.7 million purchase and habitat restoration of the Seaboard Lumber property on the west side of the Duwamish Waterway, and the $1.9 million Alki Beach, Alki Avenue Southwest trail from the Luna Park area to Alki Beach Park.

Wagoner said seven teams will use information gathered during the first day of the workshop and try to develop plans acceptable to the agencies and the community.

The design commission staff will attempt to fashion those recommendations into a single concept or a number of alternatives that should be ready for community reaction about mid-August, she added. For more information, contact Hennesey at 938-3322.