West Seattle development: City decisions for 2 more Junction projects, including 36-unit, no-parking 4535 44th SW

May 19, 2014 at 11:27 am | In Development, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

From this morning’s city Land Use Information Bulletin, approvals for two more Junction projects, including one that drew community concern for its lack of offstreet parking:

(Rendering: NK Architects)
4535 44TH SW: Back in November, this project, Lofts at The Junction, was the subject of a community-petitioned meeting, requested by neighbors concerned mostly about its 36 apartments/two live-work units having been proposed without any offstreet parking, as allowed by city zoning because of the proximity of frequent transit. The Department of Planning and Development has now ruled that it does not require a full environmental review, and has made a Determination of Non-Significance; here’s the announcement; here’s the decision (which also summarizes comments received about the project, including Design Review and the aforementioned requested-by-petition meeting). This starts the clock on a 2-week period for appeals (info here). The project had its final Southwest Design Review Board meeting last December.

4433 42nd SW: A similar decision has been announced for this four-story, 78-apartment/two-live-work-unit project, Junction Flats, planned with 53 offstreet-parking spaces. See the notice here; the decision details are here. June 2nd is the appeal deadline for this (info here) as well. This project finished Design Review in January.

8 Comments

  1. If this isn’t an example of the need to take our revolt to the next level, I don’t know what is. If they won’t listen to words, maybe it’s time for action.

    Comment by DTK — 12:32 pm May 19, 2014 #

  2. All one has to do is take a look at 44th Ave. SW between Genesee & Oregon St. to see the “enviromental impact”. Once, at least on the west side of the street, was single family homes. It is now littered with automobiles most of which park facing the incorrect way on the street. Looks like in the not to distant future we (WS) will have more RPZ restricted parking zones. And you all thought a lic tab increase was going to be expensive.

    Comment by WS4Life — 1:55 pm May 19, 2014 #

  3. WSB – I believe the address for the project is 4535 44th Ave SW.

    Comment by 44th Res — 3:57 pm May 19, 2014 #

  4. Yes, headline was right, sorry, one keystroke off in the slug, fixed, thank you.

    Comment by WSB — 3:59 pm May 19, 2014 #

  5. DTK Time for action? Whoa…so.. more people get to move and live in beautiful West Seattle, where we all get to live, calls for revolt and action?!? good grief.

    Curious what you think we should do about the rising crime and theft in West Seattle?

    Comment by happy monday — 4:54 pm May 19, 2014 #

  6. “The Department of Planning and Development has now ruled that it does not require a full environmental review”
    .
    Oh really? So the DPD won’t mind me calling the EPA to look into that, right? http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/report-environmental-violations
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    Considering they are not helping to improve the sewage overflow problems we already have to sustain the current number of residence and toilets, I think the EPA should be notified that the City of Seattle’s DPD has decided that environmental impact is of no concern when adding thousands of additional crappers to the system, paving over land that used to absorb runoff, cutting down trees, etc.

    Comment by Mike — 8:46 pm May 19, 2014 #

  7. @Mike: If you feel that strongly about it then, yes, you should contact the EPA regarding your concerns.
    .
    I think the comments section of this website sees far too much citizen action theater than it does actual citizen action.

    Comment by Brian Connolly — 7:08 am May 20, 2014 #

  8. Now these are the projects that we should be taxing to fund the metro crisis.

    Comment by 4thGenWS — 1:32 pm May 20, 2014 #

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