UPDATE: West Seattle will be tower-crane-less after this one comes down

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(Photo by Eddie, substituted at 3:58 pm)

11:02 AM: West Seattle’s last tower crane – for now, anyway – is coming down.

The Whittaker – almost 400 apartments @ 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW – at one point had two. The first one was removed some months back. Today and tomorrow, the portable crane in our top photo is bringing down the second one after 15 months, the last one at any West Seattle project.

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(This photo and next by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

There’s still plenty of construction activity in West Seattle, but no others, currently, of the size that requires a crane. The Whittaker is seven stories; WS zoning maxes out at 8, for now. It’ll be a while before the next project of that height gets going – there’s one planned right across the street, at the former Capitol Loans pawn-shop site, and a 6-story project at 4532 42nd SW, just north of Capco Plaza.

Our archives of recent tower-crane presence in West Seattle go back to at least 2007, when we chronicled the arrival of the crane for Capco Plaza at 41st/42nd/Alaska, just a block west of The Whittaker; there was a year-long gap when the Capco crane came down in February 2009, until the crane for Link in The Triangle arrived in January 2010.

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History aside, while The Whittaker’s crane-removal operation is under way today and tomorrow, 40th SW is closed to traffic between SW Alaska and SW Edmunds. That includes the Seattle Fire units from temporary Station 32 – we saw them staged along Alaska by Bank of America earlier this morning.

The Whittaker has two buildings – the south, at Fauntleroy/Edmunds, will open first. The north is the one that will include a Whole Foods Market; we just checked in with WF a few days ago, and a spokesperson reiterated that they’re on track to open in fall of next year.

9 Replies to "UPDATE: West Seattle will be tower-crane-less after this one comes down"

  • LostHorizon October 6, 2016 (12:10 pm)

    REALLY tired of all the cranes and constant rumble of construction size trucks rolling all over West Seattle and damaging roads and generally disturbing the neighborhood.

    • Pops October 6, 2016 (12:25 pm)

      Me too. Getting old. Where I live, I’ve been feeling the effects close by M-F for a few years now. Plus whenever I try to go anywhere around town – Lane close, road closed, no parking, sidewalk closed, rumbling trucks, diesel idling work trucks, dirt from dump truck loads, slow moving side loaders and cement trucks, etc, etc. A booming community is better than a depressed one but this is getting ridiculous. No care is given to those already living here (in houses). Deal with it ir move. Yeah that’s my city now. I miss my city.

    • Blinkyjoe October 6, 2016 (12:32 pm)

      Just wait til those 400 units are occupied….

  • Chuck October 6, 2016 (12:49 pm)

    Couldn’t agree more, Lost. The rumble up and down Graham street (first the Lowman beach project, then nearby excavations on 48th for foundation work with huge earth haulers) has been a nightmare. Couple that with working downtown in the constantly building SLU neighorhood, and my nerves are shot. Ah, the price of “progress.”

  • Brian October 6, 2016 (2:04 pm)

    I know! I wish our economy was faltering and sinking lower into depression instead of all of this growth, development, and change! Can I get a witness?    

    • West Seattle since 1979 October 6, 2016 (3:03 pm)

      Yeah!  Maybe we could get businesses to move out, then no one would want to live here, in fact they’d leave!  We could be like Detroit, except with a better football team!    

      Seriously though, we need more housing here to stop the huge rent increases.  Landlords can ask for whatever rent they want and get it, because there are so many people moving here and a shortage of housing.  

  • Gatewood October 6, 2016 (8:03 pm)

    Unreal. Growth is a horrible thing. A thriving economy is burdensome. The romanticism of the past. West Seattle is a gem from its rich origins to the present. Growing pains are a part of any evolution. 

  • bolo October 7, 2016 (9:47 am)

    Let’s hope they can get the cranes down without any more injuries.

    • WSB October 7, 2016 (10:05 am)

      The crane involved in the recent incident was a portable crane, not a tower crane (the latter are fixed installations), just in case anyone missed that.

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