The Admiral neighborhood is located on the top of the mesa of the Duwamish Head, which is the northern most point of the West Seattle peninsula. The highlighted areas show the boundaries of the neighborhood we serve and represent.
A neighborhood group for the Admiral District has been around for more than 15 years. The most current incarnation, is the Admiral Neighborhood Association or ANA. Our general meetings are monthly on the second Tuesday, in the basement of the Admiral Congressional UCC church. We provide a forum for the discussion of community issues and help to answer or direct questions related to the planning, development and maintenance of our community. We also participate in and facilitate events that improve or create pride in our neighborhood.
Take a peek at the events page to read about some of the special gatherings in which we participate or sponsor. Some recent activities and accomplishments are detailed below. Come to a meeting to get involved or bring up your concerns!
- Admiral Safeway Development 2009-August 2010
Members of the ANA continued their active engagement in the design review process for the redevelopment of the Admiral Safeway. ANA members attended design review meetings, communicated extensively with Safeway representatives to ensure that design elements were in keeping with the Admiral Neighborhood Plan, and ultimately recommended Safeway’s design, which was granted approval by the City. ANA members also reviewed the public benefits to be provided by Safeway in exchange for an alley vacation on the property, and recommended these for approval. Construction on the new Safeway began in August of 2010, with completion slated for August of 2011.
- Mage Overlook Property Acquisition Petition February-June 2010
Long-time ANA member Dennis Ross applied for a City Parks and Greenspace Levy Opportunity Fund grant in an attempt to purchase the last remaining view lot on Sunset Avenue SW and preserve it as an open space in the Admiral Neighborhood. Though Ross’ bid was ultimately unsuccessful, his efforts to acquire a valuable piece of Admiral property for public use, in accordance with the Admiral Neighborhood Plan, were significant.
- ANA Opposition to Proposed City Budget Cuts – October 12 November 22 2010
Faced with Mayor McGinn’s proposed cuts to the City’s Department of Neighborhoods, including elimination of the Southwest Neighborhood Service Center and District Coordinator, and deep cuts to the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) grant monies, the ANA decided to take action. The ANA presented its opposition to these cuts at a City Budget Hearing on October 13th, and the ANA submitted a letter to Mayor McGinn and City Council outlining the issue. Members of the ANA then met with six members of City Council individually to discuss the issues in detail. On November 22nd, the Council voted to preserve the SW Neighborhood Service Center, and to restore $300,000 in funds to the NMF.
- Admiral Neighborhood Crime Prevention Summit March 30th 2010
In conjunction with SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator Benjamin Kinlow and SPD Community Policing Officers, the ANA hosted this Summit at Hiawatha Community Center for all community members. Officers shared information about crime in our area, plus tips for preventing crime. Neighbors gathered by particular neighborhood to discuss ideas for creation of more block watch groups.
- SW Admiral Way and 47th Avenue SW Pedestrian Signal Push April-Present
Spurred by community voices demanding a solution to the dangers to pedestrians at the above intersection (City Council staffer Tatsuo Nakata was killed crossing this intersection in November 2006), the ANA actively began petitioning SDOT, the Seattle City Council, and the Office of the Mayor of Seattle for the City to install a pedestrian signal at this intersection. ANA President Katy Walum presented the issue to Mayor Mike McGinn and City Council Members Conlin and Harrell at the June 8th meeting of the 34th District Democrats, backed by a contingent of ANA members. The ANA followed up with inquiries to the City Council and the Mayor’s Office regarding the issue. The ANA continued petitioning City Council and SDOT; SDOT conducted a traffic/pedestrian count in September and determined that the numbers did not warrant a pedestrian signal, but other safety measures would be put in place.
- SW Admiral Way Restriping, July-September, 2010
The Neighborhood Association was asked by SDOT to participate in commentary on SDOT’s proposal to re-stripe the east end of Admiral Way SW, from SW Olga Road to the West Seattle Bridge entrance, to reduce downhill lanes from 2 to 1. Although the ANA did not submit an official comment, it did conduct discussions on this topic at monthly meetings. The ANA also liaised with SDOT to inform more neighbors about local SDOT Q&A sessions, and how to submit comments. Citizen response was overwhelmingly against the lane reduction; SDOT ultimately decided to restripe but leave the same number of lanes.
President – Larry Wymer
Vice President – Paul Seim
Secretary – John Noonan
Treasurer – C A McCann
The best way to reach us is through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us as we discuss the what’s happening around the neighborhood! All are invited!
In August we typically do not hold a meeting, and December’s gathering is usually social so you won’t find agendas or minutes for those months.
Please click on the links below to download current or archived meeting Agendas and Minutes.