From the “for sale” files: Corner cow may have to moo-oove

January 27, 2008 at 9:45 am | In Development, West Seattle news | 17 Comments

cow.jpgAccording to a listing we just found, the land under John’s Corner Deli at 35th/Webster (map), known for the cow on the roof (file photo @ left), is for sale, along with three adjoining parcels. The listing doesn’t say which three, but King County property records show the deli lot is owned by the same person as the three lots immediately south. The listing, priced at $2,685,000, says in part:

Prime mixed use development site near the highest point of W. Seattle with commanding views of Sound, Olympics & Cascades. Corner lot with alley access. Four tax parcels (zoned NC2-40) to be sold together as one 27,256 sq. ft. parcel. Preliminary feasibility report indicates the potential for at least a 79,500 sq. ft. structure. (Note that the 23,600 sq. ft. lot next door has 71 residential units).

(That last line appears to refer to 7524 35th SW, which is the fourth lot south of the deli.) A different version of the listing on the agent’s website has a few more pix.

17 Comments

  1. Aw man, too bad… maybe I should have shopped there.

    Comment by E — 9:58 am January 27, 2008 #

  2. Well get ready for ANOTHER big condo developement. Seeing as it’s the hightest point in Seattle I imagine a 10-15 story condo with penthouse type units on the top floors to make use of the views.

    Comment by Frank — 10:05 am January 27, 2008 #

  3. Oh man…I always use that cow when giving out directions.

    Comment by Bonnie — 10:14 am January 27, 2008 #

  4. 35th is a good avenue for density, and why not take advantage of great views? Maybe the cow can stay if it’s one of those retail-on-1st-floor buildings.

    Comment by m — 11:42 am January 27, 2008 #

  5. guess I’m gonna have to go get a sandwich or 2…love their tuna on rye….hehehe

    Comment by Jan — 11:44 am January 27, 2008 #

  6. oh good, more condos…just what west seattle needs

    Comment by Barbara — 11:49 am January 27, 2008 #

  7. Anyone wanna guess if a developer will buy all four lots and submit the project as four *oh-so-small* projects instead of one large one??

    Comment by JumboJim — 11:50 am January 27, 2008 #

  8. At that price for the land it will have to be a large project.

    Comment by Mikal — 12:30 pm January 27, 2008 #

  9. I hope they can keep some kind of deli/market there… I live right down the street and go to John’s all the time to pick up essentials/snacks without having to make a big Safeway run. Corner stores are essential for urban living!!!!

    Comment by k — 2:16 pm January 27, 2008 #

  10. I’ve always been amazed that the cow has remained unmmolested for all of these years. I’ve often wished I were back in high school and revved for a friendly prank. I suspect, however, that our local savior of funkadelia, John Bennett, will latch onto Bossie and put her on display at the Luna. :-)

    Comment by islewrite — 2:53 pm January 27, 2008 #

  11. No way! My grandparents lived down the street (back when it was “Bee’s”) and my grandpa used to walk me up there in the summer and buy me one of those ice cream sundaes in a little plastic cup!

    Seattle keeps selling off pieces of my childhood.

    Comment by Kayleigh — 4:34 pm January 27, 2008 #

  12. I grew up with that cow! Heck, my old alma matter even chopped her off at the knees. 30 years ago I worked a couple doors north and 15 years ago owned a house 2 blocks east. The character of West Seattle is dissappearing bit by bit by bit…..

    Comment by Rick — 5:30 pm January 27, 2008 #

  13. In the early 80′s the cow ended up one night on the roof Chief Sealth High. Look closely when you drive by and you can see the bolts to reattach the hoofs.

    Comment by Denny — 6:50 pm January 27, 2008 #

  14. I posted this way back in the early WSB days, but I can’t help to post again – when my daughter was about 1-1/2, we drove past the corner deli, as we often did, and she suddenly called out “Pig!” and pointed to the cow. To this day (9 years later), whenever we pass by someone in our car inevitably says “pig!”.

    Comment by add — 7:32 pm January 27, 2008 #

  15. Nooooooooooo!!! I love John’s. This is basically the only “grocery store” I don’t mind visiting. I leave all of the real shopping to my wife and this place basically has everything a guy needs: Dog food, PBR Tallboys and warm JoJos from the deli case. A nice candy selection and a cooler with ice cream makes my son pretty happy, too.

    Comment by Will — 9:02 am January 30, 2008 #

  16. Oh no, John! We’ll miss you, your cow (I agree–excellent for directions, as we live right down Webster), and your fantastic sandwiches. Another classic Seattle establishment gone …. I hope Pizza Time survives …. where will I get those emergency six-packs now?

    Comment by Justin — 9:29 am February 1, 2008 #

  17. When the building comes down, can I have the cow?

    Comment by Bernicki — 9:59 am February 1, 2008 #

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