West Seattle development: No Whittaker appeal; Alki demolition; Saturday meeting not just DPD; more…

Another round of development notes, including demolitions current and future:

THE WHITTAKER UPDATE – DEMOLITION THIS SUMMER: Despite previous controversy over the 4755 Fauntleroy Way project, aka The Whittaker, no one had filed an appeal of its key land-use approval by the deadline yesterday, so the project is moving ahead. A spokesperson tells us they expect to start demolition by summer’s end, but don’t yet know which of the buildings on the site will be first to go. This is the project with a Whole Foods Market (we’re checking to see if any other retailers have been signed), ~389 apartments, ~594 parking spaces. If construction does start this year, it would be on target for completion in 2016.

3008 ALKI DEMOLITION: Nine months ago, we noted an application to build five “rowhouse” units in two buildings at 3008 Alki Avenue SW. This week, the existing structures on the site were torn down:

(Thanks to the person who texted the photo!) One building, with two units now described as townhouses, will carry the Alki Ave. address; the 3-unit building will be at 6502 SW Stevens. Documents filed with the city say the offstreet parking will total 10 spaces.

1 DOWN, 2 UP AT 5421 49TH SW: A demolition-permit application was filed this week for that 93-year-old house at 5421 49th SW.

City files say it will be replaced by two single-family houses; its lot is 15,000+ square feet.

UPDATE ON 2-REPLACING-1 AT 8437 41ST SW: We reported earlier this month on the plan for two single-family houses on the site of one to-be-demolished house in Upper Fauntleroy. The owner/developer is now seeking a lot-boundary adjustment, to split the site into 4,500- and 7,300-square-foot parcels.

DESIGN REVIEW REMINDER NOTICES: The dates have already been reported here, but in case you missed them, the formal Southwest Design Review Board meeting notices appeared in Thursday’s Land Use Information Bulletin for 3824 California SW (8 pm July 10th) and 2626 Alki SW (6:30 pm July 17th).

‘LET’S TALK’ WITH DPD, SDOT, DON IN WEST SEATTLE TOMORROW: One more nudge before our Saturday morning calendar highlights – tomorrow is the West Seattle “Let’s Talk” conversation with Department of Planning and Development reps including director Diane Sugimura, 9:30-11:30 am at the Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon in The Junction) – and we see on the DPD’s website that reps from SDOT and the Department of Neighborhoods will be there too. It’s listed there as “open-house-style” so we’re trying to find out more specifics about the format.

5 Replies to "West Seattle development: No Whittaker appeal; Alki demolition; Saturday meeting not just DPD; more..."

  • DTK June 27, 2014 (2:59 pm)

    If the DPD can put up their notices on power and light poles surrounding a proposed development, why can’t they remove them after the comment closing date? I would really like to know how they can justify allowing the plastic covered notices to deteriorate and fall, many times clogging a rain gutter. Could it be the DPD really doesn’t care about anything but the next permit payment?

  • schwaggy June 27, 2014 (3:01 pm)

    Finally. Let me be the first to say Hallejulja!
    Bring on Whole Foods.

  • Azimuth June 27, 2014 (3:14 pm)

    Probably some incredible views at 5421 49th SW

  • wetone June 27, 2014 (5:18 pm)

    Down from 3008 Alki ave a couple houses is another two small houses on one lot 3038 Alki soon to be subdivided into multiple lots with 2 two unit buildings and one house . Total is 5 residents on the 6700 sqft lot and very tight parking . One more great one from one of our local developers. Thank you city and Diane Sugimuri for allowing such build up.

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