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The King County Housing Authority announced Tuesday (Sept. 2) that it had recently completed the sale of the final 54 lots for market-rate, single-family homes at Seola Gardens.

The land purchase by a private developer marks the final phase of the Authority’s commitment to rebuild the former public housing complex – previously called Park Lake Homes II − into a vibrant mixed-income, master-planned community.

Additional land offerings are currently underway at Greenbridge, KCHA’s other White Center redevelopment. When the build-out for both sites is complete, there will be close to 500 new homeowners in the White Center community. This housing will generate more than $2 million in new property tax revenues annually to support local services.

The redevelopment of Seola Gardens is part of a larger effort that KCHA has undertaken in White Center over the past decade to help revitalize the community. The Authority has invested more than $250 million in public and private funding to renovate existing housing, replace dilapidated World War II-era public housing with new, mixed-income rentals, construct community facilities and neighborhood retail, and expand services available to community residents.

These efforts have reduced the number of public housing units, created new workforce rental housing and significantly increased private homeownership. Community facilities include an elementary school, Educare and HeadStart early learning facilities, public library, Boys & Girls Club, and YWCA adult learning center.

The lots were purchased by Richmond American Homes, a national homebuilder active in 11 states, who also developed the first phase of homebuilding on the site. Forty-eight homes in the 54 homes in the first phase have already been sold and the remaining six are under contract.

“When construction is completed on these remaining lots, Seola Gardens will feature 108 attractive, well-built homes − terrific homeownership opportunities in White Center,” said KCHA Executive Director Stephen Norman. “As we’ve seen from the rapid sale of the first phase of homeownership, families are drawn to the location, value and lifestyle that Seola Gardens affords. These homes reflect and support the emergence of White Center as a vibrant and diverse community a stone’s throw from downtown Seattle.”

Construction on the final 54 homes will start in the first quarter of 2015. Four different floor plans will be offered with sizes ranging from approximately 1,800 to 2,500 square feet and with pricing expected in the mid- to upper-$300,000s. All the new homes meet environmental and efficiency standards. A model home is open to the public.

Seola Gardens, which has won numerous design awards, is a Three-Star Built Green™ community featuring responsible site and water management, lower operating costs through installation of energy-efficient equipment and systems, and the use of sustainable building materials.

The original Park Lake Homes II site was developed during World War II with 169 units of public housing. When the final 54 single-family homes are completed, the 30-acre site will include a total of 285 units: 108 single-family for-sale homes, 65 affordable senior apartments and 112 public housing units for families. In addition to housing, Seola Gardens includes a community center, public art installations, raised garden beds, a Head Start program, and seven public parks. It sits adjacent to Lakewood Park and the Technology Access Foundation.

Seola Gardens is located at 3019 SE 16th Street in White Center.

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Photos courtesy the Salvation Army of White Center.

The Salvation Army in White Center last week helped local needy kids with their back-to-school shopping.

Generously funded by Mrs. Jean Renny, each child received a gift card valued at $200, and was helped by a volunteer to select clothing for the new school year.

This included:

  • 80 low-income kids from the White Center area
  • Major Raymond Erickson-King and Captain Jennifer Erickson-King, Salvation Army Officers in Charge of White Center programs
  • The event took place on Thursday, Aug. 28 at JCPenney at Westfield Southcenter

The kids chosen for the generous donation were selected by The Salvation Army, using State and Federal guidelines to assess need. All kids are students in Seattle public schools (grades K – 12), and most live and attend school in the White Center area.

For some of these students, it was their first experience shopping for their own clothes.

You can still donate for this cause by clicking here.

More info at https://www.facebook.com/TSASeattleWhiteCenter/

The Salvation Army is located at 9050 16th Ave SW in White Center.

South Sound Piano (SSP), a local piano school serving the South Seattle region, will be hosting an Open House event on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Burien, as a grand opening following the total rebrand of the studio.

The rebrand allowed SSP to elevate their position within the local market and includes a site design that allows students of all ages to better pursue the academic study of piano.

This public event is one of only a handful that SSP directly hosts each year, and is an excellent opportunity for parents to explore musical education options. The studio space will be available to tour, and instructor Heather White will be available to answer guest questions throughout the day. Located next to Arbor Lake Park in Burien, SSP has served the local musical community since 2008, operating on a limited schedule to provide a high degree of attention and personalized instruction for each student. Attend the open house on September 6, register for lessons and SSP will waive registration fees.d4e1534776a1a275cb604ff6b90c3bc0.jpg_srz_p_404_512_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srz

Some testimonials:

“What I like most about studying piano at SSP is my teacher. I look forward to coming for my lessons as I am learning while having fun. And one thing I have learned about myself while studying piano is that practice makes the biggest difference.”

– 2nd grade student

“As a parent, I like the caring approach SSP takes with my child, while maintaining a great level of professionalism and the learning platform that adopts to my child’s learning. SSP was referred to us and we are always happily returning the favor to our friends and family.”

– Satisfied Parents

“SouthSoundPiano has been a perfect fit for my daughter. She enjoys what she’s learning, and her skills have improved dramatically. Ms. White knows how to motivate kids to accomplish more than they believed possible.”

– Lisa, a parent

Biography:
SSP is owned by Heather White, who has more than 20 year’s experience providing quality piano instruction. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Puget Sound and currently studies under Mark Salman. She is also an active chamber musician and accompanist.

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

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, Aug. 30 – is a fabulous 5-bedroom Des Moines view home!

Not only is this home in an excellent location, it boasts wonderful views of Puget Sound and the Mountains, and there is plenty of room for everyone and everything.

Enjoy the Gourmet Kitchen with huge bar for entertaining, along with a light, bright Dining Room that looks out to a gorgeous yard.

A Living Room with Fireplace leads to 3 Bedrooms on the main floor, plus a Master Suite with walk-in closet and full bath.

Upper level offers additional bedroom/office/den and huge family room.

This charming home was originally built in 1940 that had updates and an addition added in 2002.

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

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 30: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 23130 Marine View Dr South, Des Moines, WA 98198

INFO:

  • List Price: $539,000
  • MLS Number: 664743
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1940
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,090
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 25,875

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Green House
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Shop
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Pantry

Marketing remarks:

Excellent Location! Fabulous Home! Wonderful Views of Sound and Mountains!

Plenty of Room for Everyone and Everything.

Enjoy the Gourmet Kitchen with Huge Bar for Entertaining, Light, Bright Dining Room looks out to Gorgeous Yard.

Glass Door to Sunny Deck for Relaxing.

Living Room with Fireplace leads to 3 Bedrooms on Main Floor plus Master Suite with Walk in Closet and Full Bath. Upper Level offers Additional Bedroom/Office/Den and Huge Family Room.

A 1940 home w/updates and addition in 2002!

All at a new, reduced price!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

A judge set bail Thursday (Aug. 28) at $500,000 for a 25-year-old man who was arrested on investigation of kidnapping and auto theft after he allegedly stole an SUV with a 10-month-old child inside.

The alleged car thief sped away from a West Seattle convenience store. The SUV was found abandoned in White Center with the child inside a short time later.

The child was unharmed.

The suspect waived his appearance at today’s bail hearing.

A second appearance is scheduled for Sept. 2 at the King County Jail.

Police have apprehended a car thief who sped away from a West Seattle convenience store Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 27) after stealing an SUV with a 10-month-old child inside.

The suspect fled the store – located in the 1600 block of SW Holden Street – in a black Ford Edge SUV just after 3:15 p.m., and headed south toward White Center.

Nineteen minutes after police began searching for the suspect, King County Sheriff’s Deputies and Seattle police found the SUV and the child – who was okay – parked near 8th Ave SW and SW 99th Street, near Dubsea Coffee:

Here’s a video from a surveillance camera of the actual car being stolen:

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Witnesses described the suspect as a Hispanic male, 19-21 years old, 120 pounds, 5’6 to 5’7, with very short hair and a mustache, wearing tan khaki pants, a black sweatshirt, black tank top, and black shoes.

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Part Steampunk, part Renaissance Faire – Morris Dancing is a staple of Country Village fetes (rhymes with plates) or fairs all over England. Some have called it “organized chaos,” with its lively steps and clashing of tools, but whatever you call it, it is great fun to watch:

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Now folks from all over the south end and beyond can enjoy this and more tastes of England for FREE at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Renton, on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Drawing on their Anglican roots, St. Luke’s inaugural English Fete will offer sales of traditional English foods such as Banger’s & Mash and Ploughman’s Lunch, English beers and sweets, classic English carnival games, music and fun for all ages.

All proceeds benefit the operation of St. Luke’s and their many community ministries including, ARISE, an interfaith traveling homeless shelter for men, St. Luke’s Community Garden whose bounty is shared with Renton’s needy and warm-up breakfasts on various weekday mornings.

Admission is free and open to all (Please contact info@stlukesrenton.org for special accommodations or information).

Pip! Pip! Cheerio! let’s all go to the Fete!

St.Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Ave South in historic downtown Renton; phone: (425) 255-3323.

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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Avenue in Renton.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Aug. 24 – is a custom built 4-bedroom Burien home.

It’s got 2.75 baths, two gas fireplaces, 17-foot high ceilings in both the living and dining rooms, along with hardwood floors, carpets, granite tiles, skylights, a walk-in closet, jetted tub, 5-piece master bath, stainless steel appliances, cozy family room off kitchen area, three car garage with shop and storage space.

Whew…we’re out of breath!

So just take a look at 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, Aug. 24, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 1033 South 128th Street, Burien, WA 98168

INFO:

  • List Price: $399,000
  • MLS Number: 681250
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2005
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,490
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 8,057

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Jetted/Soaking Tub
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Gas Available
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

Marketing remarks:

Custom built home, 4 bedrooms, 2.75 baths, two gas fireplaces, 17 ft high ceiling in living & dinning rooms, hardwood floors, carpets, granite tiles, sky-lights, walk- in closet, jetted tub, 5 piece master bath, stainless steel appliances, cozy family room off kitchen area, three car garage with shop & storage space.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

From the Proletariat Facebook page comes this news of a community meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 26 about a possible ‘Bike Corral’ in White Center:

A couple of Proletariat customers have been busting their asses to secure a grant to build a bike corral on 16th in downtown White Center. Bike parking=good, right? Unfortunately many business owners in White Center are against the bike corral and have been speaking louder than the supporters on this issue. Please join @Proletariat Pizza and Caffè Delia at a community meeting on Tuesday August 26th at 6:30pm at the Sheriff Storefront across the street. Please send any letter of support to sokha (at) wcccda (dot) org as well as bong (dot) stodomingo (at) kingcounty (dot) gov

It’s unfortunate to see such resistance against something so positive for our community, when other neighborhoods are embracing this so wholeheartedly. We know many of you are biking families, and many of you are bike-parking supporters. We hope to see you there. Thank you.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Maury Island Incident” is a short film that was shot and produced locally during the summer of 2013, and released in May, 2014. It was Directed/Produced by WCB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer, Written/Produced by Steve Edmiston, Executive Produced by John White and Produced by Laura Beth & Scott Peterson and Dan House. The movie is currently on the film festival circuit, and will screen next at the Burbank Film Festival Sept. 6.

Today (Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014), is the 67th anniversary of FBI Special Agent Jack B. Wilcox’s 14-page memorandum to J. Edgar Hoover on the subject of “FLYING DISCS SIGHTED BY FRED CRISMAN and HAROLD A. DAHL, TACOMA, WASHINGTON,” as well as the release of film distributor IndieFlix’s “First original series: The Maury Island Incident”!

The link between the 1947 Wilcox memo to Hoover, and the film’s release on this date, is wholly intentional.TINROOM-MIBMatch

As filmmakers, we’re happy to share how inspired we were by the detail and thoroughness of this heavily-redacted memo; its candor, and upon multiple readings, its absolute accuracy in reporting the truth of what really happened off Maury Island in 1947. This overlooked, declassified document truly informed the spine of our film and series.

If you loved The X-Files; if you miss The Twilight Zone’s mix of strange tales and human frailties; if you are simply enthralled about periods of history where the entire country – or planet, even – falls under the spell of a powerful mythology and pop culture brew, then the story of what allegedly happened at Maury Island, and the indisputably twisted and true story of what happened after Maury Island, is for you.

Each week during the next month, we’ll release other once-classified documents obtained from the FBI that track their two week investigation that begins with the tragic August 1, 1947, crash of a B-25 bomber in the forests north of Kelso, Washington, and concludes with a series of clear statements that undermine the only thing you think you know about Harold Dahl’s June 21, 1947, “flying discs” sighting at Maury Island:

That the sighting itself was a “confessed hoax.”

Indeed, our investigation leads to some startling conclusions:

  1. The supposed “confessions” were the real hoax
  2. The FBI knew the confessions were invented, and
  3. That Harold Dahl had made a choice to invent the hoax story even though he knew he’d become “the biggest liar that ever lived” because he feared ongoing public ridicule about his sighting, family pressure, and threats from – you guessed it – the FBI and modern UFO history’s first alleged “Man In Black.”

And if this is true, and you’ve always dismissed Maury Island as a confessed hoax, then everything you think you know about the Maury Island Incident is wrong!

Sixty-seven years ago today, Special Agent Wilcox wrote the memo that explained it all – download a PDF of it by clicking here.

We hope you come back during the next month to track the investigation with us. And please, enjoy the IndieFlix series by clicking here.

Steve Edmiston
Writer/Producer

Scott Schaefer
Director/Producer

Here’s what IndieFlix had to say about the film:

Before Roswell, there was the Maury Island Incident. We couldn’t be more excited to present our first Original Series.

Based on declassified FBI documents, The Maury Island Incident tells the incredible, tragic, and forgotten story of Harold Dahl, who on June 21, 1947, alleged a UFO sighting over Puget Sound, Washington. This sparked ‘the summer of the saucers,’ the modern era of UFO obsession, the first appearance of Men in Black and a governmental battle over UFO sighting jurisdiction reaching directly to FBI Executive Director J. Edgar Hoover.

What our staff has to say:

  • “We are so glad to be working with local filmmakers on this project and hope our customers will enjoy the series as much as we do.” – Ashley, Film Acquisitions Manager

  • “UFO sightings near Seattle? I can’t wait to watch this series!” – Sara, Marketing and Programming Coordinator

And here’s the first episode:

“The Maury Island Incident – Episode 1: An Honest Man” from The Maury Island Incident on Vimeo.

Some relevant links:

  • For a FREE two-week trial to IndieFlix (so you can watch the rest of the series), click here (then look for “Start 2 week trial” in the upper right corner).
  • To read a Q&A of the filmmakers on this new series, click here.
  • To “Like” the film on Facebook, click here.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Aug. 17 – is a custom built home on a nice secluded lot.

This home has a desirable open floor plan with Master Suite on main floor.

Super clean kitchen with island, breakfast nook, French doors to large gorgeous deck, family room with gas fireplace, formal living room and dining room with designer touches.

Upper level offers Huge BONUS room, along with 3 additional bedrooms and full bath.

3-car garage, surround sound, storage galore, wood wrapped windows and more.

Must see to appreciate this quality home.

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

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 17, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 17234 43rd Lane S, SeaTac 98188

INFO:

  • List Price: $409,000
  • MLS Number: 635563
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1999
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,610
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,720

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings

Marketing remarks:

Better than new construction!

Custom built home on nice secluded lot.

Desirable open floor plan with Master Suite on main floor.

Super clean kitchen w/island, breakfast nook, French doors to large gorgeous deck, family room with gas fireplace, formal living room and dining room with designer touches.

Upper level offers Huge BONUS room, 3 additional bedrooms and full bath.

3 car garage, surround sound, storage galore, wood wrapped windows and more.

Must see to appreciate this quality home.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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