West Seattle Trader Joe’s: The land-use approvals are indeed in

May 5, 2011 at 11:11 am | In Door-to-door alert, West Seattle news, West Seattle Trader Joe's | 10 Comments

For those following this project step by step: The land-use decisions for the West Seattle Trader Joe’s are indeed published today, as we reported the other day that they would be. Here’s the one for the main part of the project; here’s the one for additional parking spaces. Both include “determinations of non-significance” meaning no formal environmental review is needed. Both decisions (the docs with the fine print are linked from the notices our links point you to) have a 2-week window now for potential appeals; the construction permit also would have to be granted before work could begin, but permit-wise, they are two-thirds of the way there.


  1. Say No to trader Joes

    Comment by w.s. maverick — 12:58 pm May 5, 2011 #

  2. Say no to hideously ugly suburban architecture. Trader Joe’s seems okay otherwise. Why can’t they save some money and incorporate that buildings oldschool decco thing into the new store?

    Comment by Fiwa Jcbbb — 11:12 am May 6, 2011 #

  3. Woo hoo! Can’t wait.

    Comment by epl — 11:40 am May 6, 2011 #

  4. It’ll look better than what is there now. We won’t have to burn gas going to Burien either! Can’t wait!

    Comment by Jay — 1:40 pm May 6, 2011 #

  5. I love TJ’s and can’t wait until this store opens! Hopefully they’ll have a nice eating area with natural lighting (windows, skylights)…
    One thing that can get old fast is constant solitications for this, that and the other thing every time one visits a store. For example, yesterday at their Lynnwood store there were three different people asking for money or signatures right at the store entrance. Will the same thing be going on daily at the new WS store?

    Comment by S — 8:21 am May 7, 2011 #

  6. Personally, I would rather see Trader Joe’s utilize an existing structure and improve it. Perhaps, they could keep their prices a little lower if the consumer didn’t have to pay for an entire new structure.

    Comment by Barb Korducki — 11:08 am May 11, 2011 #

  7. That’s what they are doing. This is just facade and parking lot work, but it required all these permits just the same (land-use change among them) … TR

    Comment by WSB — 11:17 am May 11, 2011 #

  8. The first Trader Joe’s stores were all in unaltered structures; I wonder why the design board does not want to keep the architectural integrity and history of West Seattle.

    Comment by Ulrich Course — 1:19 pm May 12, 2011 #

  9. Ulrich, this hasn’t gone before a design-review board and won’t, since it’s a new facade on an old building. The only reviews are being done by planners for the land-use and construction permit – TR

    Comment by WSB — 1:34 pm May 12, 2011 #

  10. Where will they be located?
    When is the proposed opening date?
    Say yes to TJ’s.

    Comment by Disco lemonade — 2:19 pm May 12, 2011 #

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