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"14 Friday; August 5, 2011 West Seattle Herald ALKI HOMESTEAD: Three options under consideration CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 Wirsching said,"I think it would be good because personally I'm getting kind of confused. I can see all these little pieces but I'm not seeing the big picture (...) not hav- ing all the pieces together makes it really difficult." Haizlip explained that in previ- ous meetings there seemed to be a consensus that the roof would need to be replaced. "All reports say that it has to be totally replaced," said Squires. Recognizing that the commit- tee had specifically requested that this meeting focus on the condition of the logs and windows, another board member said, "To be fair we didn't ask them to talk about all these other items." "We have discussed it," Squires said, "the last time we were here we described the perimeter founda- tion and that it needs to be totally replaced. We described that the roof, built out of 2x4's is complete- ly charred underneath. There's no structural integrity to it at all, The roof, from the outside, in terms of it's profile is historic but the struc- ture underneath that profile is not, the second floor is not considered historic. To bring it to code it's got to be 2 x 12's and it's got to be "stick framed new. Anyone who's seen it in person knows it is totally gone. The fire wrecked the entire inside of the roof. It might come as a shock but we have discussed this before. This is the reality of what's there. The roof has to be replaced. The foundation has to be replaced." While explaining that the log survey was completed by them- selves and Perbix Squires pointed out that even one in poor condition, "does not mean that log is going away." In Option 3, the log condi- tion does not matter since it would only have a cosmetic function. Both architects agreed however that a larger report is in the pro- cess. Savage asked if any meetings had taken place with the Depart- ment of Planning and Development regarding code enforcement, given that substantial reconstruction was obvious. He asked about how DPD felt about it seismically and wheth- er their plans had good lateral sup- port. Haizlip explained that they had spoken with DPD previously in pre-submittal meetings. He pointed out that because the building has a historic landmark designation, "the word 'trumped' was actually used in those meetings saying that the Landmarks Preservation Board 'trumps' some of the issues they might have." Savage pressed spe- cifically on the seismic question saying it, "could have a big impact on what you do that's visible." Squires said that Perbix would be the one to engineer that aspect and said that he had done some initial thinking about it. "He's in the pro- cess of engineering that require. ment" said Squires. Savage asked for a summary of what they are agreeing to with the DPD. Haizlip explained that when a more solid restoration option is determined they will be able to establish that. In terms of the final visual effect, the intended goal is to, "See what you see now," said Squires. As far as evaluating and replac- ing logs, some discussion was about how much of a log renders it unusable. The architects said that it was an averaged evaluation but that if a section was unusable that would mean the entire log was likely not usable since mix- ing new and old logs on the same course can create an imbalance in the final building. "We will have an established 'datum point' (a refer- ence point of known coordinates from which measurements may be taken) to get it under control. "The hope is to establish a criteria for treating these things individually," said Squires. Wirsching said, "I don't feel comfortable commenting on any of the options. I think it might be FOLLOW @westseattleher clear in your minds what needs to be done but when we've met with you it's always been couched in terms of maybe and it hasn't been very definitive. I think I would feel more comfortable with Todd Per- bix coming in and talking about the foundation and what needs to be done with the roof, whether it has to be rebuilt. I know you have con- cerns about options but we're only a portion of the (LPB)" "We need to understand better from Todd what is going to be done seismically," said another commit- tee member. Haizlip said, "If his presence is required, we can make that hap- pen." Savage asked that in the next meeting the architects show how a new framing system would fit into their preferred option. Since they had presented three options with no clear framing or seismic plan "It's the chicken and the egg right now," said Savage. Wirsching concluded the meet- ing by asking that at the next meet- ing they bring Todd Perbix along to answer their more pointed ques- tions regarding the roof and foun- dation, questions about log evalua- tion and that a more comprehensive set of documents be included. The next meeting could be as soon as five weeks. Patrick Robinson can be reached at Taste of Torchlight preview By Steve Shay Floats lined up along Mercer Street north of the Space Needle while marching bands practiced at Seattle Center during the ''Taste of Torchlight", a preview of the Seafair Torchlight Parade July 30. Before King County Execu- tive Dow Constantine helped kick off the parade (he was #10 of #106 entries) there was some participation from West Seattle in the "Taste" including the Hi-Yu Festival Float, South Park Legacy of Innovation Float and All City Band with numerous Chief Sealth students and alumni. IAM 751 's (Boeing Machinist's Union) website refers to the South park Legacy Float and says mem- bers were scheduled to walk along side a similar version of IAM District 751's 1937 float in the 2011 Seafair Torchlight Parade. The South Park Business Associa- tion (SPBA) has built a float that is a replica of the District's Float entered into the Seattle Labor Day Parade in 1937. The "First Prize" float of '37 had a model of the 314 Pan American Clipper/ Flying Boat (members built it in 1936 at Boeing) topping a revolv- ing world against a background of gold and blue streamers and African marigolds, representing the round the world route of the Steve Shay "Taste of Torchlight, a preview of the Seafair Torchlight Parade, some entries spotlighted West Seattle, like the South Park Legacy of Innovation Float, a remake of a '37float. Right to Left: Ron Cook, Pres. South Park Business Assoc., City Council member Sally Bagshaw dressed as Amelia Earhart, Charles Riley, South Park Business Assoc., Liz Salisbury of Boeing, Bob Hicks, WWll flyer being honored. Clipper which opened the world to luxury international air travel via Pan American Airlines. Seattle City Council member Sally Bagshaw depicted Ame- lia Earhart on the float. She is a licensed pilot and flight instructor. "The 314 'Clipper' landed on its belly in the water, which was one of Pan Am's first commercial ships" said Bagshaw, pointing to the model plane at the top of the globe. "I'm very interested in the WASP's, the Women Airforce Ser- vice Pilots who flew in '43 and '44, so I volunteered to help with the float in the parade. I have met a bunch of WASP's and they are phe- nomenal women. They are amaz- ing because being able to fly in the 40's, you can imagine what kind of women they' were, powerful, strong and smart. So I get to represent them with great pride" Steve Shay can be reached at steves The West Seattle Herald has been telling stories from around here for 88 years. We're proud to be such an important part of this special place. But we aren't standing still. NOW YOU HAVE SiX WAYS TO GET LOCAL NEWS Web iPad Print FREE on iTunes Call to subscribe iPhone Facebook Free on iTunes wsherald Call us at 206-708-1378 for news, advertising or questions Send news tips to Twitter @WestSeattleHer To subscribe to the mailed print edition (or give a gift subscription) Call 206-708-1378 ext. 1054