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

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.

16 Replies to "New pay-to-park lot in The Junction - at future development site"

  • timh2o January 25, 2013 (7:24 pm)

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

  • Jeff January 25, 2013 (7:32 pm)

    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.

  • JanS January 25, 2013 (7:56 pm)

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

  • JEM January 25, 2013 (7:59 pm)

    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!

  • Todd_ January 25, 2013 (8:52 pm)

    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.

  • DF January 25, 2013 (10:18 pm)

    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?

  • Matt January 26, 2013 (6:01 am)

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

  • Jan January 26, 2013 (9:52 am)

    What a disappointing and uncreative use!

  • Danielle Blais January 26, 2013 (3:37 pm)

    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.

  • DF January 26, 2013 (3:58 pm)

    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.

  • West Seattle Hipster January 26, 2013 (4:06 pm)

    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.

  • HP January 27, 2013 (6:25 pm)

    Hyperlink to Equity Residential should be http://www.equityresidential.com

  • kc on the hill January 27, 2013 (7:11 pm)

    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

  • J T January 30, 2013 (1:23 pm)

    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.

  • J T February 15, 2013 (2:27 pm)

    Any new updates on this project?

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