West Seattle development: 2 sites readying for construction

January 24, 2013 at 11:00 pm | In Development, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

We’ve heard from a few people wondering about two sites currently being readied for construction; here’s what we know so far:

The land west of the Arco station at 7301 Delridge Way [map] was up for lease for quite a while – and now, work is under way. City records show a permit granted one month ago for construction of a new 4,000-square-foot “retail building,” We have inquiries out to see if we can find out what sort of retail is planned, given that the existing station already includes a mini-mart; no reply yet.

Also in the earth-moving stages:

That’s 3266 SW Avalon Way [map], the second lot to the east of the 35th/Avalon 7-11 store. (Our photo was taken last week; the lot has even more heavy equipment in action now.) City records say the site is slated for a 7-unit “boarding house” building, same owner/developer as a Delridge project including boarding houses, and same one on record as in the early stages of pursuing a 14-unit boarding-house project at 3050 Avalon Way, as noted when we updated our West Seattle development map a month ago.

In a policy published last year, the city listed characteristics and requirements for boarding houses, including private bathrooms for a “high percentage” of the units, and pathways inside the building leading more to the exterior entrance/exit rather than to common areas. County records say the 3266 Avalon site previously held an 87-year-old house.


  1. On Delridge it will be a Sherwin-Williams paint store. They like to put these next to Home Depots.

    Comment by timh2o — 8:08 am January 25, 2013 #

  2. Ive heard Sherwin williams is planning a new location in the spot near home dept.

    Comment by EF — 8:18 am January 25, 2013 #

  3. Thanks for following up, WSB. I do hope that “boarding house” is not a new euphemism for “flophouse”.

    Comment by vraxvalhalla — 8:18 am January 25, 2013 #

  4. I was holding out hope for a Starbuck drive thru!

    Comment by Jack — 10:02 am January 25, 2013 #

  5. There actually was a proposal on that site for some kind of drive-thru several years ago, according to the DPD records.
    Meantime, thanks to those who mentioned Sherwin-Williams – we have an inquiry out to see if corporate PR will confirm it. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:06 am January 25, 2013 #

  6. The 10 year plan to end homelessness has alot of funds available to build housing. One has to have a solid plan on place to get approval for this money. I wonder if that is the case for this boarding style building.

    Comment by coffee — 5:43 pm January 25, 2013 #

  7. Sherwin Williams? Bummer, was hoping for something else.

    Happy though that the revitalization of Delridge continues.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 4:03 pm January 26, 2013 #

  8. I don’t think anybody really wants a Sherwin Williams there. I hope they don’t build one there because it is going to go out of business and then investors will think Delridge does not work for retail.

    Comment by RB — 4:30 pm January 28, 2013 #

  9. RB, I agree. Sherwin-Williams is not a specialty paint store. It seems silly to place one by Home Depot, where numerous paint options are already available, and Benjamin Moore can be purchased right down the street at McLendon’s. Now Farrow & Ball would be a different story, but they’d never put a store on Delridge. Wish we had one here!

    A casual restaurant (Mexican, maybe) might have worked. They’d have constant business from HD & the cop shop, as well as locals and/or bus riders.

    Comment by anonyme — 6:41 am January 29, 2013 #

  10. Hello,
    do we know anything new about this? I am still hoping it will be a Bartell or something good.

    Comment by RB — 12:42 pm February 1, 2013 #

  11. Corporate PR for Sherwin-Williams has confirmed they received my request for information but has not actually provided an answer yet … Whenever I get confirmation, I’ll publish an update. Multiple non-official sources are saying that’s the plan, though, so I have no reason to doubt it at this point – TR

    Comment by WSB — 12:44 pm February 1, 2013 #

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