The Fort Lawton Riot was a tragic event that took place during World War II, and involved late-night violence between Italian prisoners of war and US soldiers at Fort Lawton in Magnolia.
On the night of August 14th, 1944 a group of African Americans and a group of Italians came across each other after a night of drinking, and words were exchanged. One thing led to another and a fight broke out between the two groups. After the riot was over, Italian prisoner of war Guglielmo Olivotto was found dead. The result of this riot was the court-martial of 43 soldiers–all of whom were African American. 28 US soldiers were ultimately convicted and imprisoned.
In 2005, Jack Hamann wrote a book called On American Soil which played a significant role in helping convince the U.S. Army Board for Correction of Military Records that there were extreme errors committed by the prosecution and and that all convictions should be reversed. Hamann called the Fort Lawton Riot the “most overlooked civil rights event in American history.”
In 2008, President Bush signed a decree ordering the Army to compensate the defendants or their family for the errors made throughout the investigation.
(This event has a ton more information, twists, turns, etc…we just tried to provide a brief summary, so if you’d like to learn more please feel free).
The buildings located at 2406 32nd Avenue West (Down from Ace Hardware and Across from the Magnolia Garden Center) have long been empty, boarded up, and covered with graffiti. However, a four story apartment building with retail space on the ground floor is in the works.
The new building, is reportedly going to have 24 one and two bedroom units, as well as 32 parking spaces in the basement, and 6,300 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.
The Architects of this new development got the “OK” from the Design Review Board, and are now just waiting on the final permits, which should take around 4 months. Construction is then estimated to take about one year.
It will be great having some bright, new buildings coming to Magnolia in the near future, they should be a wonderful new addition to our community!
Daybreak star will once again be home to a preschool at the Native Cultural Center.
After 27 years, Daybreak Star and the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation lost their program in 2013. Since that loss, they have been trying to get a preschool back to the community of Magnolia to support Native American families.
The program will consist of about 40 children, all around four years old. Most likely, the classes will be held Monday – Thursday, for 6 and 1/2 hours a day. This model of classes was chosen in favor of a half-day preschool, because it makes life easier on parents that are working.The hope is that the preschool will be up and running by 2015.
The school is located at 3801 W. Government Way in Magnolia.
Congratulations on successfully bringing back a preschool to Daybreak Star!
Magnolia residents and Discovery Park users are invited to meet at the Discovery Park Lighthouse roundabout anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. to learn about how our community can help preserve the beauty and safety of the beach area.
Tours of the beach will be available thanks to the Discovery Park Naturalists, and the event will focus on issues like uncontrolled vehicle access, trespassing, prevention of fires, graffiti, crime, etc. as the summer months bring about the most traffic to Discovery Park and the beach area.
The beach area may be accessed via shuttle bus from the Visitor’s Center between 10:45 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.
The Seattle real estate market continues to be quite dynamic, including Magnolia, which has been seeing a ton of activity. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, the month of May brought about 31 single family home transactions, at a median sales price of $738,000. Buyers seem to be eager to find a home in Magnolia, as the 31 homes that were for sale last month averaged out to being on the market for only 10 days. That’s good news if you’re looking to sell!
Magnolia also saw sales of four condominiums in May. The median sales price of the condos went for $538,000 and averaged being on the market for just 13 days.
Statistics continue to support that the Seattle –and Magnolia –real estate market has stayed hot, and you can bet that will continue to be the case as we get closer to the summer, which is always the busiest time of year for real estate transactions. For more information on Seattle real estate, contact your local real estate agent today.
Bring your own wine glass, and come help support the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce on June 14th from 6 – 9 PM. Drink local wine, listen to music, and check out some great pieces of art with friends or family!