Yet another Junction-area project is getting ready for groundbreaking. It’s a site we have been tracking for more than five years – 5020 California SW, formerly known as “Spring Hill,” dating back to its time in the fold of BlueStar Development, the original developer of what became “The Hole.” When BlueStar’s West Seattle plans went awry, 5020 California SW went into foreclosure, and then was sold to a Burien-based company last year. Four months ago, we spoke with the site’s new managers, who told us nothing was likely to happen before year’s end, and that the project hadn’t changed much; today, the management company, Indigo Real Estate Services, just sent an official announcement of the site’s new name and imminent construction::
After much anticipation, groundbreaking for The Blake (formerly known as Spring Hill) at 5020 California Ave SW is slated to begin in January 2013 with a target opening of summer 2014.
Named for the most prominent island seen from the building’s expansive rooftop deck, The Blake will offer sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains for all residents to enjoy.
Just south of the Junction, The Blake is within close walking distance to the area’s popular restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping and many services, including Rapid Ride’s West Seattle C line.
Designed by renowned Seattle Architect David Hewitt with interiors by Mercedes Fernandez, the property is managed by Indigo Real Estate, who West Seattleites may know from the company’s previous involvement in the Mural and Link Apartments.
The Blake will be a completely residential, upscale, pet-friendly building featuring two live/work lofts and 101 apartments including two-story townhomes, studio, 1bed/1bath, and 2 bed/2 bath apartments. With secure indoor bike storage and 87 underground parking spaces, the parking to unit ratio is .8 to 1, a high percentage in comparison to other Junction developments.
“West Seattle is uniquely connected to Puget Sound; The Blake speaks to that connection,” describes Fernandez. “It’s a classic modern residence with sparkling interiors. Earthy texture and modern beach colors marry to create a sophisticated palette and restful refuge.”
A nod to nature in the city, the tree-lined entry leads to a lobby with cozy seating. An elevated East courtyard on the 4th floor offers lush landscaping providing greenscape views to residents and neighbors alike. Perhaps one of The Blake’s most inspiring features is the roof deck and alcove designed to bring the outdoors in. This area boasts a cook’s kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and rustic farm table for community gatherings.
“The Blake will add a building of urbanistic character to the southern edge of the commercial area on California Ave. It is carefully scaled to relate well to buildings on California and to the neighboring buildings in all directions, “ explains Hewitt. “There are stunning views to the West and quiet courtyards to the East. The Blake will reinforce this great walking neighborhood with a quality project that is appealing on many levels.”
According to Indigo, The Blake plans to be deeply involved in the local community — such as West Seattle Art Walk and other Junction festivities. Visit TheBlakeApartments.com to leave your contact info and be included on construction updates and other related happenings.
Even before this announcement, we had been updating our “West Seattle developments in the works” map, last published in August. Look for the update by tomorrow, to include this new information.