A new group has just formed to oppose the 40-apartment, 5-parking-space building proposed for that site at 4439 41st SW in The Junction. We’ve written about it twice in the past four weeks – first, here, when we discovered March 4th that the original townhouse proposal for the site had morphed into an apartment building, and then last week, when the comment period was extended. The group invites you to a meeting at 7 pm tomorrow (Friday, March 28th) at Holy Rosary:
Led by a group of neighbors, the newly formed group, Residents of the Junction will have a meeting to discuss apodments being built in our neighborhoods.
Neighbors in the Junction area of West Seattle are meeting Friday night, March 28, at 7:00 pm at Holy Rosary School’s meeting hall, located at 4142 42nd Avenue SW to rally support in blocking the development of 4439 41st Avenue SW, currently a single-family home, into an apodment complex with 40 – 300 square feet each- units and five parking spaces. (Project #3015444).
All in our community who are interested and/or affected by this, and other, development in our community are welcome to join us at the meeting.
The objectives of the community meeting are as follows:
· summarize the shared concerns to create a group letter/petition to the city (planning, council, Mayor, etc.).
· identify a critical path for the group to pursue, once the comment period is over.
· identify areas of expertise and resources within the group and assess what additional resources are needed.
· identify other neighborhood groups who have expertise in organizing opposition to over development of our neighborhoods.
· identify research for various group members to conduct and report at an agreed upon next meeting time.
If there is adequate response, it would be great to grow the size of the group through active recruiting and get the appropriate professional expertise to make the apod style development in our community infeasible.
One note – while the neighbors’ announcement refers to this as “apodments,” that’s a trademarked term for one brand of microhousing, and while this project is proposed as small apartments, so far as we can tell from the online plan set, they are not technically microhousing – they have individual kitchens.