West Seattle land-use notes: 2 mixed-use projects; 3 closed schools

June 25, 2009 at 11:03 am | In Development, West Seattle news, West Seattle school closure | 3 Comments

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LAND USE PERMIT FOR “LINK”: In the Triangle, the mixed-use building Harbor Properties plans to build at 38th/Alaska (on the site that’s been home to West Seattle Montessori School [WSB sponsor] and a former Huling auto shop) has received its land-use permit; we’ll be checking with Harbor to find out its newest plans for a construction timeline (those permits are still in the pipeline). ***Added 1:42 pm: Harbor’s Emi Baldowin tells WSB that Link construction is expected to start in early fall; they’re still securing financing but “it looks good.”**** (back to original report) Westward into The Junction:

DESIGN REVIEW MEETING SET FOR 4532 42ND SW: Three years after its first design-review meeting, and 7 months after the big old house on the site was demolished, this mixed-use project in The Junction still has at least one more Southwest Design Review Board meeting to go, and the date for that is now tentatively set for July 23 (time TBA) at the nearby Senior Center of West Seattle.

THREE CLOSED SCHOOLS: From this morning’s city Land Use Information Bulletin – a long list of “notices of interpretation” regarding closed Seattle Public Schools buildings around the city, including three in West Seattle – Fairmount Park, E.C. Hughes and the newly re-closed Genesee Hill. The text of each notice goes like this:

The issue raised, subject to Land Use Code Interpretation, was whether the (school building in question) may be converted to certain other uses permitted in the Single Family 5000 zone, without convening a School Use Advisory Committee. The Department has concluded that the school building may be converted to any of the following institutional uses, regardless of conformity with institutional development standards, without going through the SUAC process: Child care centers, public or private schools, educational and vocational training for the disabled, adult evening education classes, nonprofit libraries, community centers, community programs for the elderly or similar uses. The building also may be converted to any other use permitted outright in the SF 5000 zone, as listed at Seattle Municipal Code Section 23.44.006, without going through the SUAC process.

Anyone who disagrees with that interpretation has till July 9th to file an appeal. The notice for Fairmount Park is here; the notice for E.C. Hughes is here; the notice for Genesee Hill is here. We have a question out to Seattle Public Schools to find out if there’s any particular reason these “interpretations” were pursued for these and five other properties citywide. 3:19 PM UPDATE: From school district spokesperson David Tucker: “Nothing has changed regarding the buildings’ status.” He says this is a move made to enable “expanded usage in the future,” possibly so that community organizations could rent the buildings for usages beyond church, school or day care: “It’s to the district’s benefit to have community organizations in these buildings — they help maintain the buildings” and step up security. He stresses that any change in the buildings’ status would have to be approved by the School Board, and he doesn’t expect anything to be proposed until the rest of the Student Assignment Plan is finalized.

3 Comments

  1. I wonder what’s going in to the Link spot?

    Comment by JBL — 12:59 pm June 25, 2009 #

  2. With regard to the “any other use” category for the school properties…er, what other use? Please don’t tell me “luxury condominiums” are among the options.

    As for the proposed apartment buildings – how do we know they won’t end up big holes in the ground like the non-existent Whole Foods?

    Comment by sarelly — 2:40 pm June 25, 2009 #

  3. We knew if we followed the money, we would figure out why Cooper was closed so swiftly and without due process. The judge has still not decided summary judgment yet and Pathfinder was moved into the before the bodies were even cold. We figured it was a real estate deal, just to get the Genesee Hill land and build townhouses on them. They had to do something to get Pathfinder off of that valuable land, Wow, how stupid does the school board think that the city is? This is going to be a serious mess if the judge rules in favor of COOPER.

    Comment by Toolate — 10:31 pm June 28, 2009 #

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