West Seattle development: 6900 block California demolition; 4439 41st SW comment extension; church-project website

March 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm | In Development, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Three development updates:

6900 BLOCK OF CALIFORNIA DEMOLITION: Three days ago, city published its land-use-permit-approval decision for the 30-apartments, no-parking project at 6917 California SW in south Morgan Junction. But the two houses torn down today (so far) are not for that site, but rather mostly (due to a lot-boundary adjustment) for the 4 townhouses and two single-family homes shown in city files as planned immediately north.

On to The Junction:

4439 41ST SW COMMENT EXTENSION: The Hope Lutheran Church/School community has been voicing concern about the 40-apartments, 5-parking-spaces proposal on the site above, which is across the alley from their campus, and the latest community update notes that the city has granted a two-week extension in the official comment period. (That’s always an option if requested before the original comment period on any proposal expires.) If you have something to say about the project, Bruce Rips is the assigned city planner, bruce.rips@seattle.gov.

CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE TOWNHOME-PROJECT UPDATE: The six townhouses proposed on the unofficial “park” site south of, and owned by, West Seattle Church of the Nazarene, now have an informational website, as announced by architect David Neiman, who says, “The website contains links to the plans and drawings that we showed at our neighborhood presentations, a project schedule, and a document outlining how the church intends to spend the proceeds from the development. We’ll be posting a draft of the proposed comp plan amendment by the end of the month, and we’ll post additional info as it develops.” The “comp(rehensive) plan amendment” refers to the zoning change required for the project to get approval; the “neighborhood presentations” include this one we video-recorded.

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  1. It is ironic that Hope Lutheran Church is questioning this proposed 40 apartment building with few parking spaces.

    Hope Lutheran does not provide a heckuva lot of parking for their own uses.

    Plus, how much in property taxes does Hope Lutheran pay the City of Seattle, or King County?

    I was born and raised a Lutheran, but this strikes me as a bit bizarre.

    Your thoughts?

    Comment by Mike — 5:45 pm March 21, 2014 #

  2. Here we go again.

    Comment by Gatewooder — 6:14 pm March 27, 2014 #

  3. I think the point here is that the construction will be going on directly across the alley from the younger children’s playground. The construction traffic will coming up and dowm a dead end alley distracting the classroom learning environment. Also, this is micro-housing with small studios and the area was not zoned as such. Parking is just one of the issues.

    Comment by Jane — 7:19 pm March 27, 2014 #

  4. Just for accuracy, not as an opinion pro/con/otherwise: It’s not microhousing, according to the plan set. It’s small apartments – microhousing is multiple sleeping rooms sharing a common kitchen. Also, though the site has a house on it, it is zoned Lowrise 2, which allows apartments, according to city code. The zoning is mentioned in the county Parcel Viewer page info:
    City zoning is explained here, albeit somewhat confusingly, so it’s good to be in touch with city planners to find out what this all boils down to:

    Comment by WSB — 7:36 pm March 27, 2014 #

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