Followup: Owners of “The Hole” say they’ll answer the letter

April 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm | In Development, Southwest District Council, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

A week and a half ago, the Southwest District Council decided (WSB coverage here) to send a letter to the owner of The Hole, aka the excavated-then-stalled Fauntleroy Place development site at Fauntleroy/Alaska/39th, asking for safety and aesthetic improvements. The letter subsequently was sent, after a few changes (here’s our report with the final version). We subsequently sought reaction from the addressee, Seattle Capital. After a few days, spokesperson Mary Grace Roske sent this reply:

I have talked with representatives of Seattle Capital Corporation, managing member of Fauntleroy Place LLC, and they have received the letter from the Southwest District Council. Seattle Capital intends to respond to the letter and is reviewing the issues raised. A response will be sent as soon as reasonably possible … the property is in foreclosure and that legal process continues.

A motion for judicial foreclosure was filed eight months ago (WSB coverage here) as part of the ongoing lawsuits (consolidated into one mega-case that is currently set for trial in October).

8 Comments

  1. I hope they choose to fix the park – that was so beautiful and its just ruined now covered in fencing.

    Comment by md — 9:17 pm April 18, 2010 #

  2. This giant hole is a huge hazard. One spaz move and a car/truck would go through the fence and down. There is no way that fence would hold. There are no concrete barricades and it is not reinforced. This thing needs to be dealt with and fast.

    Comment by jociep — 10:19 pm April 18, 2010 #

  3. Let’s hope the economy continues to bounce back… resuming construction is the best solution to this problem.

    Comment by CB — 8:55 am April 19, 2010 #

  4. Unfortunately construction will not resume in this space–at least not towards the original vision. I think Whole Foods intended to go into that space originally, among other things, and you can mark my words here that will not happen.

    When a new developer acquires that property, they will be starting from square one trying to find new occupants for the real estate. Instead of waiting around for that to happen, I would love to see West Seattle residents rally to purchase the land and develop a community water park.

    Coleman Pool, the SW Community Center and the YMCA are fine but West Seattle could use a proper, family friendly water park–much like the water parks in other Seattle area communities. One with a lap pool, a toddlers’ wading area with squirty things, a few small but fun slides, diving boards of various heights, etc.

    I’d love to see it happen.

    Comment by Andrew — 4:55 pm April 19, 2010 #

  5. Oh @Andrew – That idea would be LOVELY. I’ll cross my fingers and toes for a water park. ‘Course, it’ll have to be privately owned, since the city is broke a$s.

    Comment by Cheryl — 5:03 pm April 19, 2010 #

  6. That sure would be one heck of a deep pool!

    Comment by wseye — 8:40 pm April 19, 2010 #

  7. Cheryl – the city is you.

    And that property would make a crummy water park. 1) no parking. 2) big hole on the side of a hill.

    Comment by Eddie — 8:41 pm April 19, 2010 #

  8. “Seattle Capital intends to respond to the letter and is reviewing the issues raised. A response will be sent as soon as reasonably possible …”

    Hmmm, given how long this has all taken, I wonder what they mean by responding “as soon as reasonably possible”? Before the next millennium?

    Comment by CurlyQ — 11:37 am April 20, 2010 #

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