New pay-to-park lot in The Junction – at future development site

January 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm | In Development, West Seattle news | 16 Comments

Thanks to Jess for noticing a sign that the delayed start of work on the two-building Equity Residential development at 42nd/Alaska/California is NOT imminent: Part of the site is being turned into a pay-to-park lot. It’s been six months since the businesses formerly on the site had to clear out. In November, the development team had told WSB they expected to start demolition right after Christmas; then when we checked in a month ago, they said it would be “early (this) year” instead. So with the parking-lot striping, we renewed our inquiry with project spokesperson Sierra Hansen, who replied:

As we mentioned earlier this month, the start of construction has been delayed at the site. In the meantime, Equity has decided that there might be interest by Junction visitors to use the parking lot on the east part of the block, and are contracting with Diamond manage the lot until construction starts.

On a related note, they discovered signs of trespassing and will be hiring a security firm to patrol and monitor the buildings until demolition.

The site had been long held by Eastside-based Conner Homes, which shepherded the development plan through the approval process, and then sold it to Chicago-based Equity for $11 million in December 2011. No new date for the expected start of work.


  1. I hope it doesnt sit as long as the “Hole”.

    Comment by timh2o — 7:24 pm January 25, 2013 #

  2. Great, empty space for an unknown time. Can’t we get some financial penalties to developers that do this? They should have to sick to the timeline on the permit application.

    Comment by Jeff — 7:32 pm January 25, 2013 #

  3. Actually, so far, they are. Most permits are granted for periods of years. I just randomly pulled up one of the permits on this project – land use – and its expiration date is in 2017:

    Comment by WSB — 7:49 pm January 25, 2013 #

  4. Diamond Parking? Well, that will make the decision easy…not parking there.

    Comment by JanS — 7:56 pm January 25, 2013 #

  5. They will soon find out that we’ve only been parking there because the buildings were empty, meaning it was free. Once a pay box goes in everyone I know will stop parking there!

    Comment by JEM — 7:59 pm January 25, 2013 #

  6. But it says welcome :)

    Anyone know what’s up with the old Charlestown Cafe building? Been empty for 2 years! I thought people couldn’t wait to set up shop in WS. I wonder why the lag time. Just don’t want another 5 year vacancy like the old burned out Shucks.

    Comment by Todd_ — 8:52 pm January 25, 2013 #

  7. Was the drive up window along the north side of the lot for picking up photographs developed film? I seem to recall that being the case. Is anyone documenting the DRASTIC change we are undertaking in West Seattle 98116 WEST SEATTLE. As in photographs documentry style?

    Comment by DF — 10:18 pm January 25, 2013 #

  8. It’s simple, nobody should pay to park in this Lot. Just don’t use it.

    Comment by Matt — 6:01 am January 26, 2013 #

  9. What a disappointing and uncreative use!

    Comment by Jan — 9:52 am January 26, 2013 #

  10. So here we go again! Another “hole”! How long will we have to put up with so called developers. Leave West Seattle alone. It was fine the way it was.

    Comment by Danielle Blais — 3:37 pm January 26, 2013 #

  11. SW corner of Dakota and 42nd just went by on the bicycle family inside gutting it out of hardware and other salvageable items. Asked the guy when they are tearing it down he thought a week just blocks from this future project.

    Comment by DF — 3:58 pm January 26, 2013 #

  12. Wonder if the developers are underfunded and unable to borrow more money to finance their project?

    Meanwhile, viable businesses were closed or relocated to accomodate them. Sad.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 4:06 pm January 26, 2013 #

  13. Hyperlink to Equity Residential should be

    Comment by HP — 6:25 pm January 27, 2013 #

  14. A little West Seattle History… Those Pick Up windows were from the old N.B.of C bank that became Rainier Bank and then Bank of America. There was also a Seattle Trust bankin the mix also

    Back when banks were only open 10am to 3pm daily and the drive up was open until 6pm on Friday nights… no cell phones and only doctors and pagers. A much different time

    Comment by kc on the hill — 7:11 pm January 27, 2013 #

  15. I wonder if Equity is locked in to a short term contract or are just contracting with Diamond on a month-to-month basis. That would give us a better indicator of when construction may start.

    Comment by J T — 1:23 pm January 30, 2013 #

  16. Any new updates on this project?

    Comment by J T — 2:27 pm February 15, 2013 #

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