West Seattle development: Site work starting for The Blake

April 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm | In Development, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Of the 4 sizable Junction apartment developments ready for construction, The Blake (5020 California SW) is the first to get off the ground. It’s been in the development-preparation process for almost six years, with the site’s former buildings cleared away a year and a half ago – and now, the heavy equipment has arrived (thanks to the WSB’ers who tipped us this afternoon, so we could get a photo before dark). This site has a relatively long history – it was once part of an ambitious West Seattle portfolio that was being amassed by BlueStar, the original developers of “The Hole” (which now, under different ownership and a different name, is one of the other 3 could-start-soon Junction developments). It became bank-owned, then sold to a Burien company, and then three months ago, its new name was announced – though the plan is essentially what was approved in 2008 via the Design Review process:

It’s now planned for six stories with 101 apartments. Right now, the next Junction development to start might be 4724 California SW, just a few blocks north, also on the east side of the street – as reported here last week, the DPD has issued a decision approving its Land Use Permit, and development-team spokesperson Rob O’Dea told WSB they hope to get the project under way at the start of June.


  1. My son who is six and named Blake loves the name! His older bro asks why he doen’t have a bldg named after him… :)

    Comment by PDH — 10:18 pm April 8, 2013 #

  2. WSB–have you had a chance lately to query Equity about their Alaska/ California corner project estimated starting date?

    Comment by Elizh — 1:40 pm April 9, 2013 #

  3. I have not received any official comment from them. But a multitude of unofficial sources and tea leaves says it’ll be months, not weeks.

    Comment by WSB — 1:44 pm April 9, 2013 #

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