Will this be the one that beats back the backhoes?

October 5, 2007 at 7:11 am | In Development, West Seattle housing, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Almost six months have passed since we first told you a teardown-to-mixed-use proposal was on the drawing board for the elegant old brick apartments shown above, at 3811 California (across from the also-in-limbo Charlestown Cafe), drawing laments from dozens of commenters (as well as from us). The four-story project planned for the site appeared to be proceeding full speed ahead. But maybe not – according to the following e-mail we received late last night from one of the current tenants:

I realize this is an old story for most, but for anyone interested in the fate of this beautiful building, we (the tenants) received a notice from the landlords today stating the following:

“The Landmark Preservation Board has determined that this property may meet the standards for Landmark Designation. Before this can be determined by the board, it is necessary to access the units for construction details.”

They’ll be doing a walk-through sometime tomorrow. The real significance for me is that this is the first documentation we’ve received at all from the landlords regarding the potential fate of our homes.

(On a side note, the notices were slipped into our mail slots in Omni
Construction envelopes — my first thought was they were our vacate
notices. Glad to see they weren’t!)

We will check today with the Landmarks Preservation Board to find out more about the expected inspection and what might happen next.


  1. Will Omni Construction stop already? They are a horrible plague on our community. The schlock they toss up on our few remaining vacant lots is bad enough, but destroying graceful, charming buildings in favor of their designless, proportionless, soulless boxes should be a class A felony.

    Comment by WS Native — 8:31 am October 5, 2007 #

  2. Or maybe only a Federal Misdemeanor like blasting endangered whales with high powered guns and harpoons.

    Comment by Eddie — 9:35 am October 5, 2007 #

  3. Whhoohooo! Save the cool architecture!

    Comment by Tom — 5:30 pm October 5, 2007 #

  4. I hope this building survives. It’s so graceful…not quite as nice as an Omni Box…but close. (kidding…I love this brick building).

    If this Landmark Preservation Board deems this as a Seattle landmark, why would this stop the (dreadful) “progress”?

    Comment by Rhonda Porter — 6:34 pm October 5, 2007 #

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