Happening now: Tower-crane takedown day for 4730 California

August 16, 2014 at 11:46 am | In Development, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Yes, even the Christmas lights have to come off the tower cranes once they’re taken down. After eleven months on the job, the tower crane for 4730 California is being dismantled today. We arrived in The Junction just in time to see its jib brought down – from California/Edmunds, you could see it had been harnessed:

Then it was lowered to the street:

Looking south down California, that made for an interesting pattern:

And the entire operation, as was the case when it went up last September, held a fascination for onlookers, especially some of the smaller ones:

4730 California is expected to open by year’s end, with three retail spaces, 88 apartments and 71 offstreet-parking spaces, according to its commercial-leasing flyer. We haven’t heard of any tenant signings yet.

SIDE NOTE: This will leave The Junction with “only” two cranes for now, at the Equity Residential two-building California/Alaska/42nd project and Spruce (formerly “The Hole”) at 39th/Alaska/Fauntleroy, but two more will arrive before long, with demolition over and site prep under way at 40th/Edmunds and 35th/Avalon.


  1. when does construction at Whole Food/former Huling start?

    Comment by DW — 3:30 pm August 16, 2014 #

  2. Last time I asked a project spokesperson, they were hoping to do some demolition by fall. Still permits in play.

    Comment by WSB — 3:37 pm August 16, 2014 #

  3. I sure hope the whole foods project starts soon! I also can’t wait for the new LA Fitness to be completed. Any idea when LA Fitness will be completed?

    Comment by B — 5:35 pm August 16, 2014 #

  4. Great looking crane fleet, team work along with safety is alway first and is the number one priority on any job. John A Sr.

    Comment by John Anderson Sr — 7:27 pm September 3, 2014 #

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