Work begins for Harbor Properties’ Nova in The Triangle

December 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm | In Development, Triangle, West Seattle news | 22 Comments

Thanks to Josh Sutton from the West Seattle Y (WSB sponsor) – he took the photo as demolition began on the site kitty-corner from the Y that will become Harbor Properties‘ next West Seattle apartment building, Nova. Harbor opened Link a few blocks away earlier this year and also owns Mural in The Junction (both are WSB sponsors). Nova’s at 4600 36th SW (just north of The Grove) and is designed for five stories, 62 apartments, 36 parking spaces (it’s close to the forthcoming RapidRide, and the city now does not require parking for developments close to major transit).

Harbor’s contractor is Compass Construction; its major financing is from Bank of the West. Construction is expected to take a year.


  1. Another apartment building?

    Comment by Kim — 3:56 pm December 8, 2011 #

  2. More people=More public transit???

    Comment by Neo-Realist — 3:57 pm December 8, 2011 #

  3. Wow…that’s just over 1/2 a parking space per UNIT. I already circle the block a couple of times looking for a parking spot when I go to the YMCA. Seems Y parking will soon become even MORE difficult.

    Comment by Near Alki — 4:00 pm December 8, 2011 #

  4. Good times..

    Comment by WSratsinacage — 4:17 pm December 8, 2011 #

  5. If you build it they will come…unfortunately.

    Comment by sun*e — 7:28 pm December 8, 2011 #

  6. That is a really UGLY building…

    Comment by Aman — 9:20 pm December 8, 2011 #

  7. What a Scam! That parking lot was suppose to be for the link building , I thought. Another bait and switch? Good job city council. Why else was the lot newly paved and striped.????? Check into it WSB. But then they are a WSB sponsor! LINK, NOVA Somethings wrong with this picture!

    Comment by Billy — 9:20 pm December 8, 2011 #

  8. Billy, whether someone is a sponsor or not has nothing to do with how we conduct our business. Which is why we – unlike most news organizations (if you know of one, please tell me, I’d be interested) – disclose EVERY time we mention a sponsor. Anyway, no, this is no bait and switch. Harbor had this lot in addition to an option on the motel property, and it was talking about a big project on the entire site.
    Its option on the motel property expired; the motel was purchased by someone else and renovated as a motel, and eight months ago they announced the plan to build Nova on this site.

    Comment by WSB — 9:31 pm December 8, 2011 #

  9. waah, waah, waah!!! Way to live up to expectations. Looks cool to me.

    Comment by villagegreen — 10:08 pm December 8, 2011 #

  10. WOW, are the city planners that stupid. Glad
    I don’t live near there. West Seattle now has a minimum of 22 vehicles parked on the streets…in one block. The question is this. Is there 22 extra parking places in a block?

    Comment by Pv — 12:39 am December 9, 2011 #

  11. City planners are under the illusion that residents on a bus line will not own or store cars. That belief has been proven wrong again and again, as practically all new tenants come with at least one vehicle.
    Even a 1:1 ratio of units to parking spaces results in new residents clogging up the street parking. Junction residents do NOT welcome neighbors like this.
    Our city is deliberately and knowingly transforming our neighborhoods to be very stressful and unpleasant places to live.

    Comment by JoAnne — 9:00 am December 9, 2011 #

  12. I’d like to know if they plan on salvaging those cedar fence boards which surround the majority of it? Doesn’t this company practice green building?

    Comment by DF — 9:26 am December 9, 2011 #

  13. This is great for West Seattle!

    Comment by WSJEEP — 11:32 am December 9, 2011 #

  14. everyone says that WS is turning into the next Ballard.
    so then when is City council going to study a light rail line to West Seattle… “rapid” ride buses get stuck in the same traffic as cars.. sigh

    Comment by sam-c — 2:08 pm December 9, 2011 #

  15. Pv, JoAnne and company: it’s time to give up on the dream that West Seattle remain a ‘small town’ for all eternity. The Junction/Triangle area is almost ideal for this kind of development, given it’s within walking distance of most services and adjacent to a direct public transit route downtown. Your issues should not be with the city or the builders for encouraging this kind of development, it should be with the residents with cars who insist on moving into these apartments designed for those without. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating – Seattleites need to get past their collective car fetish. Don’t blame the city for streets clogged with cars – blame the cars themselves.

    Comment by higgins — 2:45 pm December 9, 2011 #

  16. Very well said Higgins.

    Comment by seriously — 3:12 pm December 9, 2011 #

  17. For us who grew up here our whole lives it really sucks seeing the area change with these projects you folks shouting from your soapboxes have a little humility and see things from our side also.

    Comment by DF — 7:31 am December 10, 2011 #

  18. Very nicely put, Higgins.

    Comment by JN — 10:42 am December 10, 2011 #

  19. DF, I grew up on a farm surrounded by wheat fields in eastern Washington. Now my parents’ house sits smack dab in the middle of a hideous ticky-tacky housing development. I can definitely see things from your side, but change is inevitable.

    Comment by higgins — 12:30 pm December 13, 2011 #

  20. Amen to that sister

    Comment by DF — 9:10 pm December 13, 2011 #

  21. Why are these new apartment buildings not required to follow the King County Code Chapter 21A.18.030 regarding the minimum parking spaces required?

    Comment by WS. Junk-Son — 1:43 pm December 14, 2011 #

  22. Because they’re being built in the city.

    Comment by WSB — 1:50 pm December 14, 2011 #

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