(Street-level view of 4724 California, along its namesake street)
Two major Junction-area developments go back to the Southwest Design Review Board tomorrow night, as first reported here last month. Last week, we showed you key points from the “packet” available online for 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW, which will have its second round of Early Design Guidance tomorrow. Now, we have new renderings for the project whose review will start the night, 4724 California (also known as the “ex-Petco” building). We talked about it with project rep Rob O’Dea, who says that while there’s a packet online for this project too, architects were still working on updates and what’s shown online may not reflect everything you see tomorrow night. It includes two views of the “passthrough” along the building’s north side – this one from California, looking toward the alley, with the apartment building’s entrance to the right:
Toward the right side of the rendering, the project’s lobby no longer will have a “grand staircase” to the second floor – access to the live-work units up there will be more utilitarian; the staircase would have taken lobby space out of commission -. Meantime, here’s the passthrough looking from the alley toward California:
O’Dea says the project team has continued to work on suggestions from community members, in conversations since the first Design Review meeting as well as since. There’s one “departure” – digression from what’s allowed by zoning – they plan to ask for. It would enable the project to have a “staging zone” for moving trucks fully enclosed on the lower level, with an entry off the alley, so that moving trucks wouldn’t block the alley. That would not, he says, enable the sort of curved parking-garage entry that was suggested at the first meeting – a straight-on parking-garage entry, which is the type that Mural has right across the alley, would be required, to facilitate the staging area and a utility zone between it and the garage entry. Also to be described/shown tomorrow night, proposed materials for the project, including some, O’Dea says, that are more expensive than originally envisioned, since the owners plan to hold this building for the long term.
Whether you have something to say about this project, about 4755 Fauntleroy Way, or about both, public comment is welcomed at tomorrow’s meeting, which starts with the 4724 California review at 6:30, moving to 4755 Fauntleroy Way at 8 pm. The meeting location is upstairs at the Senior Center of West Seattle, California/Oregon.