West Seattle development: New sign of planned memory-care facility on Junction site

November 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm | In Development, Health, West Seattle news | 21 Comments

(Photo by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
A sign has just gone up at 4515 41st SW in The Junction, announcing “Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle” is on the way – here’s a closer look:

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
This is the same long-vacant site (map) mentioned in a WSB report from October 2012, noting that a city Department of Planning and Development webpage featured an early-stage filing “proposing construction of a new 50-60 unit Alzheimer’s care community …” with the would-be applicant inquiring about any similar projects in West Seattle. The North Seattle address on that filing is the same one listed for Living Care Lifestyles, the company on the new sign; its website does not mention the 41st SW plan, nor does the DPD webpage include any new filings, but we have an inquiry out and will update whenever we hear back. The site (which has had multiple previous proposals that didn’t go through) is adjacent to the 41st/Oregon townhouse plan reported here two months ago; at least one other senior-care project is expected to be on the local drawing boards soon, since as we reported last week, Aegis Living is buying the former Life Care Center site at 47th/Admiral.


  1. Let me guess… No parking for staff and visitors of this 60 bed facility right in the middle of my once quiet residential street. My “For Sale” sign is going up tomorrow.

    Comment by DTK — 12:47 pm November 14, 2013 #

  2. It’s gotten to the point where residents (me) need zone parking.

    Comment by Cashmere — 1:06 pm November 14, 2013 #

  3. This is no longer a safe area to have vulnerable elderly people walking around.

    Comment by JoAnne — 1:30 pm November 14, 2013 #

  4. Also that will push all of the people living at the Altamira to other side streets for parking. Then once the new Apartment gets built, all of their cars will be fighting as well.
    This will get ugly I’m afraid.

    Comment by Wes C. Addle — 1:35 pm November 14, 2013 #

  5. It’s already ugly my friend. RIP West Seattle.

    Comment by A — 2:24 pm November 14, 2013 #

  6. We have parking at Altamira as residents, but visitors may have a problem with the two hour limit, which may lead them to street parking, but I always make my friends park in the garage and just move their car to a different spot if they are visiting during the day, but from 6pm-7am its never been a problem parking in the garage.

    Comment by Kara — 3:05 pm November 14, 2013 #

  7. Ok seriously, do you guys expect the 60+ residents who are likely to be living there because they have dementia, advanced illnesses to be driving?

    Comment by smartiepants — 3:17 pm November 14, 2013 #

  8. I believe they are talking about parking for staff and visitors, not residents. We have the same thing re nursing home down here with staff and visitors parking throughout the neighborhood. For 60 residents, I am not sure how many staff that would entail. On the plus side, provides more jobs for our area, which will be nice. Parking in West Seattle does seem to be getting more and more difficult to get especially with all of the new buildings going up. West Seattle seems to be changing quickly & is so much different than it was. Going for the West Seattle Historical book to get some nice memories….

    Comment by Bee — 3:49 pm November 14, 2013 #

  9. No, the dementia pts won’t drive, but the staff, including caregivers, janitorial, and maintenance personnel most likely will. Not to mention visitors on a daily basis. ZONE PARKING

    Comment by Cashmere — 3:58 pm November 14, 2013 #

  10. Excellent point smartiepants!

    Comment by Ms. Sparkles — 4:05 pm November 14, 2013 #

  11. Memory Care facilities are needed now and will be needed even more as the boomers age into dementia. I am very thankful for The Kenney’s wonderful, caring supportive Memory Care unit.

    Comment by Molly — 4:16 pm November 14, 2013 #

  12. Smartiepants- I think the concern is NOT with the residents driving and needing parking places, but the parking for the staff and for any visitors of the residents.

    Comment by ACG — 4:21 pm November 14, 2013 #

  13. @Kara
    Did QFC finally let you park back in the garage? I lived there for a year and it used to be OK to park there overnight, but once the liquor store and Petco moved in they started to crack down.

    Comment by Wes C. Addle — 4:23 pm November 14, 2013 #

  14. It would be nice to have visitor parking, often dementia residents have spouses that visit daily, or family members that like to drop in at various times to keep an eye on things.

    Comment by gina — 4:32 pm November 14, 2013 #

  15. The parking needs are for 24-h staff, visiting family members, etc.

    Altamira has reasonably sufficient parking. These new places coming in do not.

    They are destroying our neighborhood and quality of life.

    Comment by JoAnne — 4:44 pm November 14, 2013 #

  16. There goes a neighborhood dog poop garden.

    Comment by Steve — 4:51 pm November 14, 2013 #

  17. I thought this idea was shot down? There’s no room during the day to park on my street let alone adding this. Build this where there’s room.

    Comment by Marty S — 7:54 pm November 14, 2013 #

  18. When we reported it last year, it was just an exploratory item on the DPD log, and no application was filed, therefore no hearings, comments, etc. (I’ve looked at adjacent lots’ records too to be sure it wasn’t filed at a different address) and that remains all we can find in files – but suddenly this sign turned up…

    Comment by WSB — 7:58 pm November 14, 2013 #

  19. well, so far, no parking is just speculation, it seems. Why don’t you all wait until you hear the official plans before you get your knickers in a knot :)

    Comment by JanS — 10:44 pm November 14, 2013 #

  20. How dare you to insist that I use patience and common sense! I just want to leap to the conclusion in my head and use that as reality! ;-). I know what you’re saying, I would just like it to quiet down on my street finally. Between Altamira, the four new town houses, the Oregon spot and The Hole being filled in parking has been non-existent during the day between construction crews and QFC employees taking up everything else.

    Comment by Marty S — 3:31 am November 15, 2013 #

  21. Good news. If I or a family member ever need Memory Care services, I am glad that we would be able to stay in the neighborhood we know and love.

    Comment by J — 7:29 am November 15, 2013 #

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