West Seattle development: Southwest Design Review Board date set for 2626 Alki SW

This time last year, the latest wave of West Seattle development hadn’t yet resumed its rise; one measure – just one project went before the Southwest Design Review Board in the first two months of 2013. So far in 2014, a different story; between now and February 20th, seven reviews are scheduled – including one just added to the schedule, 2626 Alki Avenue SW, at the corner of 59th and Alki (map).

That’s the project first reported here in Alki Community Council coverage last June, after architect Roger Newell came to the ACC for an early public presentation. Its Early Design Guidance meeting before the SWDRB is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 20th. It’s now described in the city Department of Planning and Development files as “3-story structure containing 14 residential units, 5 live-work units, and 3,250 sq. ft. of commercial space,” with 28 ground-level parking spaces, accessed off 59th (Newell explained in June that they can’t have an underground garage because of peat issues at the site). Documents submitted to the city by the architecture firm further explain that, fronting Alki, the building will have 4 apartments over 5 live-work units which in turn are over commercial space, and behind that, 10 apartments will be on two floors over the parking area. Three buildings are to be torn down at the corner of 59th and Alki and to the northeast, currently holding an office, pet-services shop, medical-marijuana dispensary, and restaurant, plus second-floor apartments in two of those three buildings.

The February 20th meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, where the SWDRB usually meets these days; formal notice should appear within a few weeks in the twice-weekly Land Use Information Bulletin.

4 Replies to "West Seattle development: Southwest Design Review Board date set for 2626 Alki SW"

  • Betty at Alki January 4, 2014 (11:12 pm)

    Isn’t this the same owner as the ill-fated Homestead and the same businessman who originally wanted to build a hotel at 2626 Alki Ave. which met with MUCH resistance from our beach community & Alki Community Council?

    • WSB January 4, 2014 (11:23 pm)

      No, it is not. Please follow the link to the story from the Alki Community Council meeting in June, lots more info at that briefing – the owner is Borge Steinsvik. – TR

  • Rob January 6, 2014 (10:33 am)

    Nice to admit, Betty that you and others like you are the reason the Homestead just looks like crap after all these years…
    We all thank people like YOU for getting in the way of personal property and creating such an eye sore for everyone.

  • Russ B January 10, 2014 (12:19 am)

    Man, I just moved into one of the apts set to be torn down. This is the first I’m reading of this :( I really loved this area too.

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