The former owner and operator of an industrial site along the Duwamish Waterway in Tukwila has signed an agreement with the Washington Department of Ecology to test soil and groundwater for contamination, a step toward planning a future cleanup, the state said Friday (June 16).

Ecology invites the public to review and comment on the agreement, called an agreed order, through July 11, 2017.

The order covers the 21-acre Jorgensen Forge Corp. site at 78531 East Marginal Way S. It outlines a process to investigate contamination, study cleanup options, and develop a cleanup plan.

Earlier studies and a partial cleanup
The manufacturer of large-scale specialty metal products partially investigated the site in the 1990s and 2000s. These studies identified contaminants – including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), petroleum compounds and metals – in soil and groundwater.

Jorgensen Forge conducted partial cleanup work in 2014 under a 2007 agreed order with Ecology. In 2015, Ecology issued an enforcement order to the company directing it to take further steps in the cleanup process. The company declared bankruptcy in 2016. 

The new agreed order – with the site’s former owner, Earle M. Jorgensen Co. – is expected to lead to a final cleanup, starting with a full investigation of contamination at the site.  

Part of the Lower Duwamish Waterway cleanup
The cleanup will contribute to a larger effort to control sources of contamination in Lower Duwamish Waterway sediments. Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency jointly oversee the Lower Duwamish Waterway cleanup, a stretch of approximately 5 miles of waterway upstream from Harbor Island. 

Ecology oversees a variety of efforts to control sources of pollution that could re-contaminate waterway sediments after cleanup – including cleanups at contaminated sites along or near the Duwamish. Ecology’s efforts include agreed orders for cleanup studies or other actions at 18 sites along or near the Duwamish Waterway. 

Cleanup information
Information about the site’s contamination and cleanup process is available at:

  • Ecology’s website.
  • Seattle Public Library South Park Branch, 8604 8th Ave. S.
  • Ecology’s Northwest Regional Office, 3190 160th Ave. S.E., Bellevue. By appointment: 425-649-7190

Comments or technical questions may be submitted to Maureen Sánchez, site manager, 425-649-7254, or Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave. S.E., Bellevue WA, 98004-5452.

An Ecology fact sheet provides additional information about the site and the order.

By Ralph Nichols

After years of visioning and planning, Tukwila Village at 14400 Tukwila International Boulevard – a community within the community – is taking shape.

Construction of this mixed-use neighborhood center is well underway, with completion and occupancy of all six of its five- and six-story buildings expected by late 2019.

Located on six acres owned by the City of Tukwila, the village will include 400 apartments with about 200 units dedicated for senior living, retail and office space, and four live-work units.

In addition, a neighborhood police resource center, a community meeting room with a commercial kitchen, a café – the Kona Kai, and a public plaza will be located there. The plaza and the café are scheduled to open this summer and fall, respectively. ,

Tukwila Village, which will also be home to the headquarters of the Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG), is within easy walking distance to the Tukwila light-rail station, neighborhood schools and parks, and a grocery store.

One corner of the Tukwila Village site is already welcoming the public – the location of the new 10,000 square foot Tukwila Library (pictured above), a branch of the King County Library System, which opened at the end of April. It replaced the now-closed Foster Library.

Two of the mixed-use apartment buildings with retail and office space are scheduled to open next year, with the other four expected to open in 2019.

“We’re very excited that the library has opened,” Tukwila Economic Development Administrator Derek Speck said this week. “We’re now looking forward to getting the rest of this project opened.”

Tukwila Village represents the fruition of a major initiative by city officials and local business leaders, which took shape over more than a decade, to upgrade the quality of life and reduce crime along this thoroughfare.

Known for decades as Pacific Highway South, from Seattle to Federal Way it was a magnet for drug dealing, prostitution, and other criminal activity.

In the 1990s, as an initial step toward rehabilitating the image and character of this strip in the wake of the notorious Green River murders, Tukwila renamed it Tukwila International Boulevard and SeaTac renamed it International Boulevard within their respective city limits.

Since then, improvements ranging from the removal of nuisance motels to the opening of light-rail stations have changed the face of the highway and quality of adjacent neighborhoods. Tukwila Village is the largest public investment in the renewal of this part of the city.

Tukwila Village Development Associates, LLC – affiliated with the Senior Housing Assistance Group – is the master developer for this project. It was selected by the city in 2011.

SHAG includes ownership and operations for over 30 multi-family housing developments in the Puget Sound. Their properties mainly provide affordable senior housing.

(Persons interested in living at Tukwila Village should contact SHAG’s Discovery Center at 888-450-7424 and ask to be added to the interest list. They will be contacted when SHAG starts pre-leasing.)

The developer submitted the first building permit applications to the city in 2014, and site and foundation work began later that year.

For more information, download a PDF here.

Apply your skills, build your resume, get internship credit and give back to your community, as part of the Volunteer Impact Partnership Manager Corps

Work with staff at either the Tukwila Food Pantry or Reach Center of Hope in Renton to help them develop and sustain effective volunteer practices, in this joint program form 501 Commons and the United Way of King County.

By volunteering up to 150 hours before December, you gain valuable experience, can earn a United Way service award of $400 and qualify for internship credit.

Visit to learn more and apply or contact [email protected]. Interviews and acceptances are on a rolling basis so don’t wait!


Multiple opportunities available! Interview with hiring managers!

WHO: HMSHost at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

WHAT: Job Fair – HMSHost is seeking to fill restaurant positions at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Positions available include Cook, Bartender, Server, Food Prep, Customer Service, Barista.

WHEN: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

TIME: 11:00am to 2:00pm

WHERE: 19002 13th Place South, Building #3, Seattle, WA 98148

Please apply online prior to event!

Candidates encouraged to bring a paper copy of resume and must have open availability.

Work for brands you know and love: Anthony’s and Fish Bar, Dungeness Bay, Taproom, Sbarro, Quizno’s, Starbucks, Casa, Burger King, Seahawks, Great American Bagel, Sports Page, Alaska Lodge, Dish D’Lish, Vintage, Wolfgang Puck

We are hiring for the following:

  • Cook I – $15.20
  • Cook II – $15.00
  • Bartender – $14.00
  • Server – $14.00
  • Food Prep – $13.81
  • CSA (Customer Service Associate) – $13.81
  • Barista – $13.81

All positions are full-time with benefits.


  • 50% off employee meal discounts & free uniform shirts
  • Employee parking is available
  • Family member benefits include: medical, dental, vision care and life insurance
  • And more!

HMSHost benefits vary by location and some associates may not be eligible for certain benefits. Associates covered by a collective bargaining agreement may be eligible for different benefits. HMSHost reserves the right to amend and/or terminate a benefit plan at any time.

When travelers make their way through over 200+ airports, motorways, malls and specialty destinations across the U.S. and Canada, HMSHost Associates are waiting with a warm welcome. A subsidiary of Autogrill S.p.A, the world’s largest provider of food and beverage to the traveling public, HMSHost offers a world of opportunities that help our Associates develop rewarding and satisfying careers. Are you ready to join a world leader? Come discover who we are, what we’re doing and where we’re going. Then come along with us.

  • We’ve been making travelers (and our Associates!) smile for over 100 years.
  • We’re the largest Global Franchise with 37,000 Associates and annual sales in excess of $2.8 Billion, operating in more than 100 airports around the globe including the 44 of the 50 busiest airports in North America.
  • Autogrill S.p.A offers career opportunities in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people.
  • We’re where “Green” starts. Check out our sustainability
  • Between financial contributions and job creation, HMSHost is proud to help support such worthwhile organizations as Feeding America, the Children’s Miracle Network, the USO, and many more.
  • We are honored to be recognized by our peers as an industry leader:


Feeling Good on the Move.

EOE – Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity – DFWP

Background check will be required prior to beginning employment.

Learn about the importance of forests in Tukwila on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. – Noon at the Tukwila Community Center:

Are you interested in learning more about the importance of forests? A teacher looking to involve students in hands-on learning? How about a neighbor wanting to connect your community to a forest restoration project? Or maybe you are ready to become a Forest Steward and lead volunteer events with the Green Tukwila Partnership?

Then you should come to our Green Tukwila Orientation on June 3rd, which will be a great opportunity to learn more about the Green Tukwila Partnership and our effort to restore and care for 138 acres of Tukwila’s forests and greenspaces. You can also learn about opportunities to care for a local park or natural area by being trained as a Forest Steward. The event is open to anyone that wants to find out more about how groups and individuals can be a part of our vision!

To sign up for the Green Tukwila Orientation, and to learn more, please click HERE!

For more information:

Nicole Marcotte:
206-905-6924 EXT 324:
[email protected]

The Tukwila Community Center is located at 12424 42nd Ave S.:

Don’t miss Tukwila’s Annual Clean-Up on Friday, June 9, 2017!

Instead of hauling your junk to the transfer station, just bring it to your curb for disposal.

Single-family households must place their items at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Friday, June 9.

Items must be:

  • bagged, bundled or boxed
  • less that 3′ by 3′
  • less than 65 pounds

Appliances, furniture and large items will only be accepted if collection has been scheduled by June 8.

To schedule pick-up of large items, please call Waste Management at 1-855-TUKWILA (885-9452) or City of Tukwila Public Works at 206-433-0179.

PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to be a Waste Management customer to participate!

View the event flyer for details about items that will be accepted and those that won’t be picked up at

On Thursday morning (May 18), Elston and Jackline Hill had the privilege of attending the press preview of the new Apollo exhibit at the Museum of Flight, which opens this Saturday, May 20.

The centerpiece of this exhibit is the F-1 Rocket that boosted the Saturn V rockets to the moon. The rocket was lost at sea for 43 years until discovered and raised by Seattle-based Bezos Expeditions in 2013.

The person who led this endeavor was David Concannon. He was contacted by Jeff Bezos to lead this effort in 2012. The F-1 rocket is the most powerful rocket ever built. Sixty-five F-1 rockets flew with zero failures. The rocket at the museum was found at 14,000 feet, much deeper than the Titanic. The F-1 Rockets that Bezos and Concannon recovered will be displayed beginning May 20 as part of the new Apollo space exhibit at the Museum of Flight. Below, David Concannon at the museum (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Below is the F-1 rocket that launched the second manned mission to the moon. The rockets fell back into the ocean and remained there for 43 years. Bezos also brought up the F-1 rocket that powered the first manned flight to the moon. That rocket he gave to the Smithsonian. The aged and sculptural artifacts still show the scars of their service and the four decades of resting at sea.

The fuel injector for the rocket was also recovered.

NASA has loaned the museum a spare F-1 Rocket that was never used. This rocket weighs 20,000 pounds. It was initially intended for Apollo 16, until a test stand fire required it to undergo substantial refurbishment. The Museum of Flight is huge with many big airplanes such as a Boeing 747 and a Boeing 787 and an Air Force One. The F-1 Rocket below is more powerful than all the other aircraft in the museum combined.

The first Apollo command module delivered to NASA for testing and training.

The Apollo exhibit also includes many other artifacts including a lunar roving moon buggy, the only Viking Mars lander on earth, space suits, and a Moon rock pictured below. This rock was collected from Block Crater by Apollo 12 Mission Commander Pete Conrad.

Also at the exhibit are two styrofoam cups sent down on the unmanned submarines that went to the Titanic and the F-1 rocket. The pressure shrunk these cups. As you can see, the cup that went down to the F-1 rockets shrunk the most.

An interesting fact about the mission that David led – when asked to do the venture, Concannon assembled a group of 100 support people to help him, most of them from Seattle.

Jeff Bezos’ interest in the Apollo flight began as a five-year old when he watched the first Apollo mission take off. On Saturday, an hour before the Apollo exhibit opens, Bezos will be talking to a group of students and taking their questions. He hopes that this exhibit will inspire many more five year olds to be as creative as the original manned mission to the moon.

The Museum of Flight is one terrific museum. Jackie and I have annual memberships and visit frequently. There is always something new to see. We never get bored. We are so fortunate to have one of the top, if not the top, flight museums on the planet so close to us.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E Marginal Way S. in Tukwila:

Drivers should be prepared for eight weekends of lane closures, which likely will cause backups and delays on northbound Interstate 5 in SeaTac and Tukwila, starting in June, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced.

Contractor crews working for WSDOT will replace expansion joints and repave about 4 miles of the freeway in SeaTac and Tukwila during the weekend-long lane reductions. The work is part of a larger I-5 rehabilitation project from Kent to the Duwamish River.

The weekend-long work will reduce northbound I-5 to two lanes from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday:

  • SR 516 to South 170th Street:  June 2-5, 16-19, 23-26, and June 30-July 3; July 7-10, 14-17
  • Duwamish River Bridge:  Dates in late summer/fall to be announced
  • All dates are weather-dependent

“We know it’s hard to have just two lanes open on this section of I-5 for an entire weekend,” WSDOT Project Engineer Mike Askarian said. “We’re doing most of the work on this project at night, but replacing expansion joints and the tasks involved to pave asphalt over a 4-mile concrete section requires several periods of more than 50 straight hours. We can only get on weekends.”

In addition to the eight weekends this summer, crews will need two weekends of lane reductions in 2018 to replace expansion joints on northbound I-5 Interurban Avenue bridge. Those weekends have not been scheduled.

What drivers should expect
During similar work on southbound I-5 in the SeaTac area last year, drivers experienced delays of up to 20 to 40 minutes. Delays varied based on the number of drivers using alternative routes, delaying trips and carpooling or using transit.

Several lane and ramp closures are planned:

  • For paving work between SR 516 and South 170th Street, lane closures will begin south of SR 516.
  • During paving work, the Military Road on-ramp to northbound I-5 will be closed each of the six weekends.
  • The northbound I-5 off-ramps to Military Road and South 188th Street as well as northbound I-5 on-ramps from South 188th Street and Southcenter Boulevard will be closed two weekends. Those weekends will be announced.
  • Crews will begin closing lanes at 8 p.m. Fridays. By 10 p.m., northbound I-5 will be reduced to two lanes.
  • Between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. Friday and Sunday nights, northbound I-5 may be reduced to one lane in the work zone.
  • All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Mondays.

What drivers can do
More than 100,000 vehicles use northbound I-5 each day in the SeaTac/Tukwila area. During the lane reductions, drivers can help reduce congestion by:

  • Using bus or light rail service
  • Carpooling
  • Scheduling trips early or late in the day
  • Using alternative routes like State Route 167 and I-405, SR 99 or SR 509.

This is the first of two major I-5 rehabilitation projects that are starting this year. Work between Kent and the Duwamish River in Tukwila will wrap up in 2018. The second project, between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and East Ravenna Boulevard in Seattle, will be complete in 2019.

Have ‘Coffee with a Cop’ on Wednesday, May 24 at the Starbucks near Macy’s at Southcenter Mall, from 4 – 7 p.m.

“Please join us for a cup of coffee and a very informal meet and greet with Tukwila Police Officers,” reads an announcement. “Come get to know us and let us get to know you.”

This event is sponsored by Starbucks and the Tukwila Police Department.

Photos courtesy King County Library System

By Ralph Nichols

The new Tukwila Library, which welcomed more than a thousand community residents at its grand opening April 29, has been an instant hit with patrons and staff alike.

“We love it!” Abbie Anderson, Tukwila’s librarian services manager, said this week. “It’s gorgeous. It’s light and bright and open.”

And, she noted, with 10,000 square feet of space, it’s almost twice as large as the now-closed Foster Library, which was 6,000 square feet.

Located at 14380 Tukwila International Blvd. in Tukwila Village – a mixed-use development currently under construction – the new library is the most recently completed project in the King County Library System’s ambitious Capital Improvement Plan that was approved by voters in 2004.

It was built at a cost of just over $6 million, financed by capital bonds, plus a $1 million grant from the King County Library System Foundation. Perkins + Will was the architectural firm and Edifice Construction was the general contractor.

Anderson recalled that at the old Foster Library, children’s story times were held in a separate room just off the lobby, which kids could get to without ever going inside the library area. Now, in the new building, “they go into the library and walk all the way through to get to the meeting room for story time. They feel much more part of the library.”

With a laugh, she added that the ambiance is so different that a lot of children on their way to their first story time there thought they were going to the wrong place. “The children’s librarian,” Echo Galbraith Allen, “said they were ‘gob smacked,’ overwhelmed, by their new surroundings.”

Despite this initial confusion, the children – fascinated by these changes – adjusted quickly. “The day after our grand opening, before the library opened its doors, a whole bunch of kids were standing outside, peering in to see what they could” while waiting to go inside.

When not in use for story times or other events, the Tukwila Library’s meeting room walls slide open to allow patrons to use the area with ease, expanding seating capacity.

And speaking of seating, “a real gift to anyone who just wants to sit and study is the variety of tables and chairs,” Anderson continued. “We have a nice variety of seatings. All but two tables have electrical outlets and USB ports for laptops and other devices.” Most of the round white end tables also have power.

A “big bonus” is the increased access to the Internet and other computer applications, along with WiFi, available to patrons of all ages. The 28 computers more than double the number in the old library, “and they all fill up,” she said. “The increase in the number has allowed us to increase the amount of computer time someone can have from 90 minutes to two hours.”

Beyond the many new functional features, other aspects of the Tukwila Library enhance its spacious interior, highlighted by a mural painted by Kelly Staton in the children’s area that depicts a farmers market of animals.

And, “one thing we’ve all noticed, things that didn’t have to be beautiful but are, the big round light fixtures with wooden lattices.”

Anderson noted a reflection on the positive changes, which was made by Faruk Vohra, operations supervisor in charge of both staff and the building, sums things up well: “The mood in the new library has really brightened,” compared to the old facility.

“We love seeing how happy people are in our new building,” she added.

And “it means a lot to us” that the Tukwila Library “is a key part of Tukwila Village,” Anderson concluded.

In addition to the Tukwila Library, 15 other new libraries have opened, 11 libraries have been expanded, and 14 libraries have been renovated during the first 13 years of the King County Library System’s capital improvement plan.


  • Designed by Perkins + Will
  • 10,000 square feet


  • 1945: KCLS and the Foster PTA open a library in what is now the Foster area of Tukwila, in a Foster Community Club room
  • 1952: Formation of the Foster Library Board
  • 1960: Library rents a house behind Foster High School
  • 1966: Foster Community Club is sold to make way for I-5; Club donates $16,000 for a new library building with a community meeting room
  • 1967: Opening of new 2,400-square-foot library
  • 1989: City of Tukwila annexes Foster
  • 1996: Opening of new 5,250-square-foot Foster Library at the corner of 42nd Avenue South and South 144th Street
  • 2017: Foster Library closes and reopens as the new 10,000-square-foot Tukwila Library


14380 Tukwila International Boulevard
Tukwila WA 98168





  • Monday: 10:00AM – 9:00PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00AM – 9:00PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00AM – 9:00PM
  • Thursday: 10:00AM – 9:00PM
  • Friday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
  • Saturday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Sunday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM