West Seattle development: 2nd Morgan rowhouse; The Blake update

February 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm | In Development, West Seattle housing, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Two development notes today:

AND NOW THERE ARE TWO: That 61-year-old duplex at 7018 California SW in south Morgan Junction, across from the row of businesses anchored by Caffe Ladro, will be replaced by a five-unit “rowhouse” of 3-story townhomes. It’s next to 4250 SW Myrtle, where a similar, if not identical, development is on the way (as reported here last July). (added – aerial photo by Long Bach Nguyen showing both sites, the cleared one on Myrtle and the to-be-demolished duplex facing California)

Both are being developed by Renton-based Isola Homes, which also is building a five-unit “rowhouse” in The Junction (mentioned in that same July story). The 7018 California proposal is up for the city’s streamlined Administrative Design Review process, meaning it will be reviewed, but there’s no public meeting planned. From the city website, here’s a scanned version of the design packet submitted last week. County records show this site was sold to the developers less than a month ago for $400,000.

UPDATE ON THE BLAKE: When the owners of the 101-apartment development planned for 5020 California SW, just south of The Junction, announced its new identity as The Blake in December, they said work would begin in January. Since February is almost over with no sign of groundbreaking, we checked in with the company managing the project. They say the permits will be “pulled” this week, so the start is near. The site has had a land-use permit for more than a year but the construction permit is not yet finalized, according to online records.

4 Comments

  1. Thanks for the update! What happened with the Equity Junction start in December?

    Comment by WSSgal — 2:23 pm February 25, 2013 #

  2. Don’t know the specifics but they don’t have a date yet. I’m renewing my inquiry with their PR folks, however, because some of the windows on the California side have been newly papered, uniformly, from the inside.

    Comment by WSB — 2:26 pm February 25, 2013 #

  3. It would be nice if the owners of the “Blake” would get around to raking up last Fall’s leaves and picking up the garbage that is strewn across the site. The sidewalk is a mucky mess on a rainy day with wet leaves covering nearly all of it. Just because development hasn’t started shouldn’t mean the owner is exempt from basic upkeep.

    Comment by Gatewood Guy — 4:58 pm February 25, 2013 #

  4. These town homes are awful. They ruin the neighborhood. Traffic is already a nightmare. The last thing we need is more residents with no or limited parking.

    Comment by casey — 12:44 pm February 28, 2013 #

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