West Seattle development: North of The Junction …

January 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm | In Development, West Seattle news | 14 Comments

Just north of The Junction, two development notes this afternoon:

SIX-TOWNHOUSE PROJECT: Across from the north edge of Dakota Place Park, the city has announced upcoming “administrative design review” – no meeting required – for a six-townhouse project scheduled on a 5,750-square-foot lot currently holding one almost-century-old home at 4044 California SW (map). Here’s the city’s project page. The owner is listed as Charlie Guyot, a member of the busy builder-finance group Blueprint Capital. Though it’s not on Blueprint’s map of West Seattle projects; two nearby ones are, including this:

NEW HOUSE AT 4010 SW GENESEE: Just east of Seattle Lutheran High School, the 1920s-era house on the northwest corner of 40th and Genesee has been demolished in the past few days (thanks to a WSB reader for sending the photo). City records say it’s slated for a new single-family home on the 6,440-square-foot lot; the Blueprint site says it’ll have three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and just under 3,000 square feet of living area.

14 Comments

  1. 3 bedrooms, 3-1/2 bathrooms. What, the family dog gets only a half bath?

    One of the Blueprint Group’s projects is being built about a block from me. It’s crammed into a tiny lot that was split off from the rest of the lot when the property sold. The building looks as if the architect was told to draw the house to the max allowable property lines. It’s graceless and ugly and an eyesore (yeah, I know that’s IMNSHO).

    Some of us use our non-built property for growing food we can eat, for plants that visually feed our souls, and to buffer us from the effects of crammed urban living.

    I’m starting to favor the idea of regs which require new buildings to visually and footprint-wise fit with the existing neighborhood.

    Comment by LivesInWS — 2:28 pm January 28, 2013 #

  2. The house in the picture being torn down was owned by Gary Putman who was remembered in the West Seattle Blog in the article shown below.

    GARY PUTMAN, 1954-2012: It’s been about a year since Mr. Putman’s fight against cancer led to the closure of his West Side Import Repair in The Triangle. Now, this week, comes word that he passed away. According to his Times obituary, Mr. Putman moved to Seattle in 1978 and worked at West Side for 33 years, starting as a mechanic before taking over the business. No memorial service is mentioned; instead, “a gift to your favorite charity or to cancer research” is suggested.

    Comment by sc — 3:12 pm January 28, 2013 #

  3. Thanks, SC. For anyone in the area, I also noted that there’s a lot immediately to the west, listed as having a different owner, and not listed as being part of this project – whenever researching development, we look at all the surrounding addresses to see if there’s something that didn’t come up immediately. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 3:26 pm January 28, 2013 #

  4. You are not alone LivesInWS. http://www.onehomeperlot.com/

    Comment by WSratsinacage — 3:28 pm January 28, 2013 #

  5. West Seattle should stay exactly the same as when I moved here in 1990. How dare it change.

    lol

    Comment by We Were Here First — 5:28 pm January 28, 2013 #

  6. Where I came from, we called those California houses. That was Southern Oregon, before it turned into California. After I came from California.

    Comment by Margaret in Vashon — 5:29 pm January 28, 2013 #

  7. Seatlle Times Paper: Single house property in residential area turning into THREE homes on one lot. Please read the article,(section B-front page).
    Check it out. It’s on top of 55th s.w. and s.w. Manning st. I’m surprised WSB has not reported on this. Now, I am not complaining on WSB, they do a great job. I just think maybe this one eluded their evermost important reporting! The Times article is really relevant to our West-Side.

    Comment by let them swim — 7:45 pm January 28, 2013 #

  8. Let Them Swim, actually, we have. In far more detail.
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    http://westseattleblog.com/2013/01/west-seattle-development-neighbors-rally-against-adding-2-homes-to-the-site-of-1
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    And a followup five days after that on the “Smart Growth Seattle” group announcing itself:
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    http://westseattleblog.com/2013/01/development-notes-smart-growth-seattle-group-launches-33-lot-puget-park-area-site-for-sale
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    TR

    Comment by WSB — 7:52 pm January 28, 2013 #

  9. That CAT is going nom nom nom on the house

    Comment by Marcus M — 8:12 pm January 28, 2013 #

  10. I sit at the keyboard and type out “I apologize WSB”. I truly missed your article. And I have to admit yours was more informative.

    Comment by let them swim — 8:26 pm January 28, 2013 #

  11. How much was recycled from that house? Maybe some regs requiring that a 10 day notice is given to salvage companies before the demo?

    Comment by Mike — 7:11 am January 29, 2013 #

  12. That CAT is going nom nom nom on the house

    .

    Marcus, I’ve long imagined a scenario where the Operator of another brand of heavy equipment is approaching their machine, and seeing somebody on it, yells; HEY! Get off my Case!! ;-)

    .

    Mike

    Comment by miws — 8:20 am January 29, 2013 #

  13. This is why I call Seattle “Progressive on Paper”. We talk a big talk in this city, people drive their hybrids, they use cloth bags & talk about being good to the earth. Yet, we demolish house after house and replace. No recycle or reuse. So sad. Someday when all of the old houses in Seattle are in a landfill somewhere, people will still be discussing how “earth-friendly” they are.

    Comment by Michael — 12:54 pm January 29, 2013 #

  14. Back off. There was lots of stuff put out to the curb the previous weeks before the teardown. And from there, it didn’t appear a lot was worth salvaging.

    Comment by george — 12:21 pm January 31, 2013 #

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