See revised design proposals for 3824 California SW, 4505 42nd SW before tomorrow’s Southwest Design Review Board meeting

April 16, 2014 at 2:28 pm | In Development, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

Two projects return to the Southwest Design Review Board tomorrow night at the Senior Center of West Seattle, and the revised design proposals for both are now publicly previewable:

REVISED DESIGN FOR EX-CHARLESTOWN CAFE SITE: At 6:30 pm, it’s the second Early Design Guidance meeting for 3824 California SW; board members asked the team for the 30-unit (townhouses and live-work units) project to give it another try (here’s our report on the first meeting in January). The rendering above is the “preferred” option proposed by the architects, Caron, the third of these three “massing” options:

You can see the full “design packet” by going here – again, remember, this is the “Early Design Guidance” stage, which means they are just proposing size and shape, and that’s why you don’t see other potential design details.

REVISED DESIGN FOR 4505 42ND SW: At 8 pm tomorrow, this Junction project also is returning for a second round of Early Design Guidance (our report on the first meeting in January is here). The changes in this one involve size as well as shape:

On a site zoned for up to 8 stories, what started as a 7-story proposal is now down to 6, and 45 apartments (five fewer than previously proposed), with 17 parking spaces, and 4,300 square feet of retail. See the full “design packet” by going here.

P.S. Both of these projects are among the dozens on our finally-updated map of West Seattle development projects under construction/on the drawing boards/recently completed. See it here.


  1. wondering how ‘getting it right for ws’ feels about this one? being the tenant is a non issue perhaps they have no opinion?

    Comment by joel — 6:36 pm April 16, 2014 #

  2. That’s architecture? Looks like something out of Legoland with 70′s colors. Yummy. Makes the old Charlestown Cafe look like a palace.

    Comment by Born on Alki — 8:28 pm April 16, 2014 #

  3. As noted above, this is MASSING (size/shape), not the actual future design, let alone the colors. But if you have thoughts about what it should look like, show up and have a say, or e-mail planner Beth Hartwick – – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:50 pm April 16, 2014 #

  4. I’m still wondering how it’s even legal to make a living space that thin. That lot is not all that big, really. A small restaurant with minimal parking is there now. Somebody parks their semi there without a trailer and it takes up a pretty large chunk of the parking lot on the north end.

    Comment by Mike — 11:37 pm April 16, 2014 #

  5. That first drawing makes it seem like the buildings are only going to be a bit taller than the houses on the other side of the block.

    Comment by s — 9:09 am April 17, 2014 #

  6. This is disgusting, looks like a nuclear site, WTH, why can’t any of these so called talented architects come up with something more Palatable!
    West Seattle deserves better than this and for the sake of keeping some integrity in the neighborhoods please provide real parking spaces for tenants and not this 1.5 space crap. Fed up with all the poor architecture appearing in West Seattle!

    Comment by Silly Goose — 9:23 am April 17, 2014 #

  7. Another development without enough parking! 17 spaces for 45 units? What are they thinking?

    Comment by Amy Thomson — 7:57 pm April 17, 2014 #

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