Mark your calendars! Magnolia’s Spring Fest and Art Walk will be happening Friday, April 26th.
Located on the western side of Discovery Park, Fort Lawton sits in a quaint manner on the bluff of Magnolia. It was constructed in the early 1900′s with aspirations of being a major military presence in the Pacific Northwest. The fort was a defensive development, which consisted of a vast majority of artillery weaponry, to defend against naval and air attacks. The fort saw the most action during the world wars, but sat vacant for long periods of time. Time passed and in the 1970′s, the fort and all of its property were given to the city of Seattle.
There are twenty-six units built within fourteen buildings near Discovery Park that make up Fort Lawton. These historical military structures are now being offered up for sale to the highest bidder. The city hasn’t set a minimum asking price, they are taking all offers (although, they are expecting offers to be in the millions). The area is considered one of the most pristine in all of Seattle, as it contains breath-taking views of Puget Sound and Elliott Bay.
The homes have been preserved since 1974 and are considered official city of Seattle landmarks. They are not allowed to be modified on the outside and very limited alterations are allowed on the interior. The city feels the fort gives off a feeling of patriotism and freedom. They are also hoping the exclusivity of the property is maintained and that any future buyers would respect Fort Lawton’s rich history.
Seattle residents are mourning the loss of long time Komo TV anchor Kathi Goertzen, who passed away Monday after a 14 year battle with benign brain tumors at the age of 54. Goertzen, a Magnolia resident, celebrated her 25th anniversary on Komo back in 2005, and you can view an extensive list of her greatest moments on Komo on their website.
There will be a public memorial held for Kathi this Sunday afternoon beginning at 1pm at Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center, and doors will open at 12:30pm. Komo has reported that seating will be fairly limited, allowing room for mostly just family, friends, and co-workers of Kathi. The public can sit in the grass, and listen to audio provided for the outside service, but if you’d like a seat, Komo has advised to bring your own lawn chair.
This new large three unit townhouse is now available in the Magnolia neighborhood! All three bedrooms in this unit have their own attached bathroom, and their is a powder room to boot on the lower level. The unit has a wonderful little garden out back, but the real beauty of this listing is where the cook slaves away; the kitchen boasts beautiful cherry wood flooring (as does the living room) and cabinets, and sleek granite counter tops with ample storage. This unit is in a great neighborhood in close proximity to Magnolia Manor Park and the Interbay Golf Center. For more information on this unit, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.
The rumors are true! The Metropolitan Market has taken steps to acquire the Magnolia Thriftway, and process is set to be finalized in September. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Thriftway located at 3830 34th W. has been owned by Jim and Lynn Penhollow for quite sometime, but they’ve decided to sell to prepare for their retirement. Metropolitan Market was chosen due to their like minded business practices, and has already taken steps to ease the transition by setting up meet and greets for the current Thriftway employees, and began interviewing for new hires in the fall.
The Penhollow family has owned the business for 34 years, and is sad to leave, but happy and at east leaving the store in the hands of Metropolitan Market. They will keep the same investments that Thriftway has invested in the neighborhood, such as support for Lawton Elementary, Magnolia Little League, and Summerfest. The grocery hub will remain open during the transition, and during any remodeling. For more details on changes in the upcoming weeks, visit Metropolitan Market.
On nice summer days like these, every neighborhood really needs a great frozen yogurt shop, and magnolia just got their very own Menchies frozen yogurt at Magnolia Village in the beginning of July.
The popular northwest treat shop is located on McGraw Street, across from the Mexican restaurant El Ranchon, and patrons will be pleased to find an array of flavors and topping to choose from on those beautiful Seattle sunny afternoons. Yogurt pricing is based on weight, and flavoring is based on fresh ingredients, and holiday themes such as pumpkin in October and candy cane in December. Get your icy cold scoop on today!
A group of Magnolia residents are taking action against people parking on their street who don’t live there and use their street as a park-and-ride when taking the bus or using other transportation from Magnolia Village. These folks are taking action by putting notes on cars who park on the street daily, asking them not to park on their street for the following reasons, according to the Magnolia Voice:
“It is public in the sense that residents use it to enter and exit their homes at all times and in the sense that it accommodates parking for residents’ guests, deliveries and trash pickup along with thru traffic. It is a narrow street and a busy one. Using it as a place to park while commuting to another location impedes all of the essential public uses named above and is causing problems for those who need to enter and exit their driveways, park on or pass along this block.”
The group listed off other parking areas that would be less disruptive for the neighborhood and one of the parking violators actually turned out to be a neighbor 6 blocks away! Whether you agree with either party, the street is currently Seattle Public property, so residents and commuters might have to take their disputes to a higher party if the problem escalates. For more information, visit the Magnolia Voice.
Head down to the village tomorrow night April 27, from 5-8. 22 Magnolia merchants will have entertainment for all. Food, libations, music and art, what more could you ask for? A great way to spend Friday night!
When most people think of St Patrick’s Day, we associate it with a cold pint of Guinness, and a lot of green food coloring and attire. But this year on March 17th, a local Magnolia Pub is pulling out all the stops to create a white table cloth event for diners on this festive St Patrick’s Day. Mulleady’s Irish Pub is putting together a 3 course prix fix menu of traditional Irish cuisine, including champ croquettes, a lamb mushroom stew, and of course a decadent portion of corned beef. When the term “Irish Pub” is thrown around, one can usually assume the stereotypes will follow, but this Magnolia gem is aiming to standout among the others on this festive holiday weekend.
There are several well known outdoor works of art like the Olympic Sculpture Park, and other murals around the Seattle area that are pleasant for the surround community members and those passing through. But now the SDOT is suggesting that these murals can hold a whole new purpose, and informing Seattle communities that painting murals near intersections can slow traffic when there are no stop signs, or yield signs in sight.
The SDOT is encouraging community members to apply for mural funding and submit designs for approval, with at least 60% of members in the community in agreeance with the mural. First, members must submit an area for approval that has no nearby traffic control devices and the area will be reviewed to determine if a project is feasible. Once the area is approved, residents in the community can work out a design, and approval may take up to two weeks. For more information on how to get a mural submitted in your neighborhood, click here.