West Seattle Blog... » Development http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:53:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 What might West Seattle look like in 2035? Grab the steering wheel @ upcoming meeting – or speak up by e-mail, social media, postal mail … http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/what-might-west-seattle-look-like-in-2035-grab-the-steering-wheel-upcoming-meeting-or-speak-up-by-e-mail-social-media-postal-mail/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/what-might-west-seattle-look-like-in-2035-grab-the-steering-wheel-upcoming-meeting-or-speak-up-by-e-mail-social-media-postal-mail/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 23:44:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324449

(Above, 1962 view looking west over Luna Park and beyond, from the Seattle Municipal Archives. Below, April 2013 aerial view looking south from Duwamish Head, by Long Bach Nguyen)

The seeds of our current growth and zoning, whether you like the way things are going or not, were sown many years ago – going back in the 1990s, during a big civic process. Maybe you weren’t here to get involved. Maybe you never heard about it. Here’s your chance to change that for the next 20 years. Right now – somewhat drowned out by a lot of other noise – another big process has been under way for a while, aimed at coming up with a road map to last through 2035. Even if you’ve missed earlier discussions, here comes another chance. West Seattle will be the site of one of five meetings coming up to talk about the next revision of the Comprehensive Plan. The announcement, just out of our inbox:

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will hold five community meetings this fall to solicit public comment on the Draft City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan. Titled ‘Seattle 2035,’ the Draft Plan was released for public comment on July 8, 2015. The updated Comprehensive Plan will be our roadmap for Seattle’s next 20 years.

The meetings will include open house displays and a presentation to provide a broad overview of the Draft Plan, highlight major changes and get feedback on proposed village expansion areas, especially areas near meeting locations. Since some of Seattle 2035’s policies about affordable housing will be implemented as part of the City’s proposed Housing and Affordability and Livability Agenda, there will be information and opportunity for feedback at the meetings.

The Draft Plan is informed by the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was released in May 2015. The Draft Plan includes goals and policies to help achieve our vision for Seattle’s future. Seattle is expected to grow by 120,000 residents and 115,000 jobs in the coming 20 years. The Draft Plan also includes a new Future Land Use Map, showing a pattern of growth that supports the City’s vision.

The City of Seattle is seeking public feedback on the Draft Plan as we continue to evaluate goals and policies to build a safe, livable, vibrant, and affordable city for all. City staff has already received hundreds of public comments on the DEIS and on the overall direction of the Draft Plan document.

DPD is extending the public comment period through Friday, November 20th. The Online Community Conversation will remain live through this period. Here’s how to join the conversation about Seattle’s future and provide comments:

1. Attend a community meeting in October or November

2. Read the Draft Plan Summary and check out the Draft Plan.

3. Join the Seattle 2035 Online Community Conversation and discuss the potential pros and cons of proposed policies with other Seattleites

4. Follow Seattle 2035 on Facebook and Twitter

5. Send comments by November 20, 2015:

a. Email comments to 2035@seattle.gov

b. Mail comments to the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Attn: Seattle 2035, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124-4019.

Feedback received on the Draft Comprehensive Plan will help inform the Mayor’s Recommended Plan, which will be released in early 2016.

(Five open houses are listed in the full announcement – following is the only one in West Seattle)

November 12, 6 pm to 8 pm (presentation at 6:30 pm)
Senior Center of West Seattle
4217 SW Oregon St.

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West Seattle development: City, builder seek to dismiss challenge to ’14 units, not 104′ microhousing building at 3050 Avalon Way http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-development-city-builder-seek-to-dismiss-challenge-to-14-units-not-104-microhousing-building-at-3050-avalon-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-development-city-builder-seek-to-dismiss-challenge-to-14-units-not-104-microhousing-building-at-3050-avalon-way/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 04:55:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324345

(WSB photo from August)
New developments in a neighborhood group’s challenge to what would be West Seattle’s biggest microhousing building, 104 “bedrooms” at 3050 SW Avalon Way: The city and developer Columbia Builders are both asking the Hearing Examiner to dismiss the latest appeal filed by Seattle Neighbors Encouraging Reasonable Development (NERD), which was founded in the neighborhood just north of Avalon. The group’s fight, now in its third year, continues to center on the city’s definition of microhousing and the reviews that are required, or not required, because of it. In this case, while the 3050 Avalon project will include 104 “bedrooms,” each a unit with a private bathroom, they’re clustered around shared kitchens, allowing the city to consider it 14 “dwelling units.” That means it falls beneath thresholds for environmental and design review, because in both categories, that threshold is 20 “dwelling units” in the midrise zone where the property is located.

This latest appeal relates to an announcement in early August, as reported here – an “interpretation” which Seattle NERD had requested, regarding whether the development really could be viewed as “14 dwelling units” and therefore exempt from those reviews. The city said yes:

The question raised for interpretation was whether the 104 bedrooms in the proposed building should be regulated as separate dwelling units. Each of the bedrooms has a private bathroom. Early versions of the plans showed counters with sinks in each bedroom, outside the bathroom, but those features were eliminated before the plans were approved. The interpretation concludes that the individual bedrooms are not designed and arranged as separate dwelling units, and that the proposed building is appropriately regulated as a 14-unit apartment building based on the plans as modified.

On the environmental front, the site does include what the city considers a “steep slope,” which triggered a limited environmental review, but otherwise, the city issued a “determination of (environmental) non-significance.” A full environmental review would include issues such as traffic effects; this building, like most microhousing buildings, was designed with no offstreet parking.

The appeal currently is set for a November 5th hearing before the examiner, if the dismissal motions aren’t granted. The points on which they are argued are complicated but basically contend that the examiner doesn’t have jurisdiction, and that SeattleNERD made a procedural error by not appealing the “underlying decision” on the issue. You can read all the documents in the case here.

The project has now been in the pipeline for almost three years; we first noticed and mentioned it in November 2012. It’s been almost exactly a year since the city told its developers – among others – that, as the result of a court ruling, they would have to undergo Design Review if they didn’t change their plans. This project, and the microhousing building under construction at 3268 Avalon, did that, and continued on through the system.

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West Seattle development: Plans for old garage site on Fauntleroy Way; update on night work at The Whittaker http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-development-plans-for-old-garage-site-on-fauntleroy-way-update-on-night-work-at-the-whittaker/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-development-plans-for-old-garage-site-on-fauntleroy-way-update-on-night-work-at-the-whittaker/#comments Wed, 23 Sep 2015 23:30:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323364 Two West Seattle development notes this afternoon:

(King County Assessor’s Office photo)

PLANS FOR OLD GARAGE SITE: A long-vacant, fenced-off old commercial garage-style building on Fauntleroy Way SW northeast of Morgan Junction now has a development plan. The 67-year-old building is on a 7,140-square-foot lot zoned Lowrise 2; the plan proposes a 6-unit rowhouse building (see the preliminary site plan here).

NIGHT WORK AT THE WHITTAKER: Over the past few nights, several people have asked us about nighttime work at 40th SW and SW Alaska. We’ve confirmed with The Whittaker‘s project team that they’re doing nighttime work that’ll continue over the next two weeks. It’s related to sidewalk and utility work along SW Alaska; it started in daytime hours but that caused too much of a traffic crunch, so the project team and the city came up with a night-work plan, allowing the outside eastbound lane to be closed 6 pm to 6 am. The so-called heavy work – the noisiest part of it – is only allowed through 10 pm; that includes tree removal, stump grinding, concrete demolition, and jackhammering. It’s expected to run through October 7th; later in construction, similar work will be done along SW Edmunds on the south side of the project. (If you’re new, The Whittaker is the largest project ever in West Seattle – approximately 400 apartments, 600 underground parking spaces, and retail including Whole Foods.)

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West Seattle development notes: South Delridge, Admiral, Morgan http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-development-notes-south-delridge-admiral-morgan/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-development-notes-south-delridge-admiral-morgan/#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2015 00:48:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323194 Three notes, two of which are updates on projects we’ve mentioned before:

(Rendering: S + H Works Architecture & Design)

DESIGN REVIEW FOR APARTMENT BUILDING AT 9021 17TH SW: Back in June, we reported on a plan for a 31-unit, 31-parking-space apartment building at 9021 17th SW in South Delridge. The project is now on the Southwest Design Review Board‘s schedule, as the second review of the night on Thursday, October 15th, 8 pm at the Sisson Building (home of the Senior Center) in The Junction.

THREE TOWNHOUSES BEHIND 2336 44TH SW: New project just popped up in the system – a plan to demolish a building described as a “garage/carriage unit” (see the bottom photo here) behind this address, on the alley between 44th and California SW, and replace it with three townhouses.

THREE HOUSES REPLACING 1 AT 6715 CALIFORNIA SW: Back in January, we mentioned this south Morgan Junction plan. This week, work has begun, with the 97-year=old house on the site torn down, and the rest of the site-clearing work under way.

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West Seattle (and beyond) development: City changes ahead http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-and-beyond-development-city-changes-ahead/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-and-beyond-development-city-changes-ahead/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:04:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323163 In the middle of a building boom, the city is making/considering changes in some of its processes and programs – including the only one that guarantees public meetings about some development projects. Two notes this morning about how you can get involved:

BREAKING UP DPD: As first announced in June, the city plans to separate the current Department of Planning and Development functions into two new divisions. This morning’s Land Use Information Bulletin includes the official notice of an October 20th public hearing at City Hall about the proposed change:

(This would) reorganize the Department of Planning and Development into two separate departments: (1) the Office of Planning and Community Development; (2) and the Department of Construction and Inspections. This Bill clarifies responsibilities for planning, permitting and enforcement activities between the two departments.

Part of the news in that is the name “Department of Construction and Inspections,” which was still TBA when the breakup announcement was made in June. The October 20th hearing is at 5:30 pm, with speaker signups an hour earlier.

DESIGN REVIEW CHANGES: For an even-longer time, the city’s been reviewing the Design Review program, which has for years been the only means by which public community-based meetings have been required for some development projects. The next step before potential changes is a set of open houses, one for the north part of the city and one for the south. The latter is the closest to West Seattle, set for September 29, 6–7:30 pm at Columbia City Library, 4721 Rainier Ave. South. (Thanks to Deb Barker, a former Southwest Design Review Board member, for calling our attention to that so we could make sure you knew.)

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West Seattle development: 5-home site on Highland Park Way; plus, ‘what’s in a name?’ x 3 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-development-5-home-site-on-highland-park-way-plus-whats-in-a-name-x-3/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-development-5-home-site-on-highland-park-way-plus-whats-in-a-name-x-3/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2015 01:39:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322586 Haven’t had much time this week to report on development/housing, but four quick notes:

FIVE NEW HOMES REPLACING ONE ON HIGHLAND PARK WAY: Brand-new early-stage proposal just turned up for 7717 Highland Park Way (between Holden and Portland), including the vacant parcel to its west, 8,500 sf total, demolishing the 72-year-old house shown above and replacing it with what’s described as “five small 3-story single-family homes with rooftop decks.” Here’s the configuration on the preliminary site plan filed with the city. Watch for a notice at project #3022246.

Now, three projects in varying stages of completion/construction, all of which now have names:

FAUNTLEROY LOFTS: This is the name for the just-complete-and-now-renting microhousing (Small Efficiency Dwelling Units) project to open in West Seattle, 5949 California SW. Thanks to Diane for pointing out to this Craigslist listing announcing the opening, declaring the building on a “quiet street,” and listing rents from $950 (for a 200-sf unit) to $1500. That’s furnished and includes all utilities plus wi-fi, we should note. No off-street parking in the building; the ad declares, “Bike parking is available and street parking is easy to find in the surrounding neighborhood.”

SPEAKING OF PARKING … remember the kerfuffle over the 30-unit, no-offstreet-parking apartment building at 6917 California SW? Neighbors challenged it and eventually settled with the builder. Now, it’s almost done and has a name, according to the sign that went up this week: Viridian.

This is NOT microhousing – it’s self-contained studios, about 300 sf, developer Mark Knoll told neighbors in late 2013. No rental listing yet that we can see (in ’13, Knoll guessed units might go for about $700). Meantime, if you look up the word, it seems to mean either a “bluish-green pigment” – not unlike the building’s color – or a slang definition that could be paraphrased as “good-looking, cold-hearted guy.”

RALLY ROUND: We also noticed earlier this week that the townhouse/live-work development under construction since June on the site of the former Charlestown Café now has a name: Rally. The 27 units will be available for sale this winter, according to the Rally website.

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58-unit microhousing at 4528 44th SW OK’d by Southwest Design Review Board http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/58-unit-microhousing-at-4528-44th-sw-okd-by-southwest-design-review-board/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/58-unit-microhousing-at-4528-44th-sw-okd-by-southwest-design-review-board/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 22:04:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321864

(From the “design packet” by Alloy Design Group)

The 6-story, 58-unit microhousing project planned to replace an 8-unit apartment building at 4528 44th SW in The Junction is the first West Seattle project in a while to make it through Design Review in the minimum amount of meetings. The Southwest Design Review Board has approved it after one Early Design Guidance-phase meeting (in March) plus, last night, one Recommendation-phase meeting. One member of the public offered comments. Patrick Sand was at the meeting for WSB; toplines ahead:

The board asked architects Alloy Design Group to look at reducing the number of different materials and colors on the building’s facade, for a more-consistent look. On the south side of the building, though, the one member of the public to comment, Diane Vincent, suggested a little more color would be welcome, beyond the medium zinc tone currently in the plans. That ultimately stayed, but the board suggested the black north side of the building should be rethought. Meantime, the touches of cedar on the side of the building and the walkway railings drew the most support; the project team described it as related to the cedar tree on the site that will be saved, right at the front entrance. They were urged in turn to have landscaping as lush as possible.

Also discussed while the landscaping was being reviewed, the buffer between this building and the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot immediately to the south, with an observation that potential future development of that lot should be kept in mind.

The project team got kudos for the V-shaped break on the building’s east and west sides, considered an improvement over the “boxy look” that many newer projects tend to have. Pedestrian-friendly features on the south side were well-received too.

One more note about materials – the risk of “oil canning” (explained here); the architects were told to doublecheck their materials to do what they could to keep that from happening.

While this was the last Design Review meeting, you can comment on any issue related to the project by e-mailing the assigned city planner, BreAnne McConkie, up until it gets final DPD approval - breanne.mcconkie@seattle.gov.

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FOLLOWUP: Extra comment time for 14-house proposal http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/followup-extra-comment-time-for-14-house-proposal/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/followup-extra-comment-time-for-14-house-proposal/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00:36:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321772

Three weeks after we wrote about that 14-house development proposal at 3601 Fauntleroy Way SW – on an East Admiral slope – the public-comment period has been extended. Thanks to Diane and MJ for the tips on that. September 10th is the new deadline for comments on the project, which was first proposed eight years ago; you can read the comments already sent to the city by going here and entering project #3007882. That’s the same number to use to send your own comments in via PRC@seattle.gov.

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TOMORROW: Junction microhousing project 4528 44th SW goes back to Southwest Design Review Board http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/tomorrow-junction-microhousing-project-4528-44th-sw-goes-back-to-southwest-design-review-board/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/tomorrow-junction-microhousing-project-4528-44th-sw-goes-back-to-southwest-design-review-board/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:10:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321644

The first microhousing (in official city terminology, Small Efficiency Dwelling Units) project in The Junction goes back before the Southwest Design Review Board tomorrow night (Thursday, September 3rd) at 6:30 pm. Embedded above is Alloy Design Group‘s “packet” for the meeting (or see it here as a PDF). Toward the start, it explains the 4528 44th SW project:

The owner proposes the construction of a new 6-story apartment building with approximately 58 small efficiency dwelling units, or SEDU’s. An existing apartment building on site will be demolished. The objective for these apartments in to provide upscale, yet affordable, housing to the West Seattle Junction neighborhood. The demographic that will benefit most from this housing will be wage earners in the neighborhood that can’t afford the $1,000 plus rents of nearby properties – millennials desiring to move out of their parents houses, people opting for minimal consumption as a lifestyle, and people that commute to downtown businesses that will utilize the Rapid Ride bus service steps from the project. In short, the project endeavors to promote urban density and support the thriving pedestrian-oriented businesses and activities in the neighborhood.

Public comments on the proposed design will be taken during Thursday night’s meeting (upstairs at the Senior Center of West Seattle, southeast corner of California SW and SW Oregon). You can review the official city report on the previous SWDRB review by going here.

SIDE NOTE – THE LAWSUIT: You might recall, the developer sued the city and the current tenants of the 2-story, 8-unit building that this will replace, challenging the city’s notice saying they needed to apply for a “tenant relocation” license under the city law requiring compensation for demolition-displaced tenants. The city filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit – as we reported in July – and that was scheduled to be argued in court this morning; we’re checking on whether a ruling resulted or is pending.

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West Seattle development: Next phase of public-comment process for proposed CVS store http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-development-next-phase-of-public-comment-process-for-proposed-cvs-store/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-development-next-phase-of-public-comment-process-for-proposed-cvs-store/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:13:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321424

(July ‘cover page’ image from project file on city website. Architect: Schemata Workshop)

After passing the first stage of Design Review on the second try earlier this summer, the project team for the proposed CVS drugstore at 4722 Fauntleroy Way SW has applied for a land-use permit – and with the announcement in today’s Land Use Information Bulletin, that opens the next phase of the public-comment process.

As reported previously, the store is proposed as a one-story building on the site that now holds West Seattle Produce and Suite Arrangements; it would have 50 offstreet parking spaces (including 32 on an adjacent parcel) and a drive-through window. Here’s the official notice; here’s how to comment. At least one more Design Review meeting will be required, but there’s no date set yet, and this phase of the comment process is open to more than its design – you can offer opinions on environmental issues such as traffic and noise. The comment deadline is September 13th.

The store has been in the works for two years now; we first found an early version of the proposal in city files in July 2013.

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West Seattle development: 1st Design Review meeting set for 1250 Alki SW ‘Perch’ project http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-development-1st-design-review-meeting-set-for-1250-alki-sw-perch-project/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-development-1st-design-review-meeting-set-for-1250-alki-sw-perch-project/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:25:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321108

An Early Design Guidance packet is on file and a date is set for the Southwest Design Review Board’s first look at “Perch,” the mixed-use project proposed for 1250 Alki SW: 6:30 pm October 15th. (Remember as you look at the “packet” above that Early Design Guidance is for size and shape – once those are determined, the details follow.)

We first reported on the proposal three months ago; it’s the first new 100+-residential-unit project proposed in West Seattle in a few years – all the others in the pipeline are under construction or complete. The developer is SODO-based SolTerra, which began as a company focused on sustainability-focused systems such as solar power, and has branched out into housing. Their designs are aimed for LEED Platinum and Perch, SolTerra says, will be designed to that standard “at minimum.”

From the packet, key points of the project:


+/- 125 residential units
Five stories of residential floors over a ground floor of lobby space, support, service and public parking
188 Parking Stalls for residents and visitors, in a below-grade garage
Dedicated space for car-sharing programs
Ample bike storage for residents and exterior bike parking for guests


Extensive vegetated green roof with a variety of seating areas and scenic viewpoints
Solar panel array on the rooftop
Rainwater collection cistern
Potential native marine bird habitat on the rooftop
Public green space along Alki Ave. with multi-purpose programmed uses for the neighborhood
Rear courtyard space at the foot of the hillside with a water feature and lush plantings

Five 2-story residential structures – described in the packet as three multiplexes and two single-family homes – would be demolished to make way for this development. A SolTerra spokesperson tells us that in addition to the Design Review process, they also will be seeking feedback from community members including the Alki Community Council.

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Renew the Multi-Family Tax Exemption? City Council committee briefing this morning http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/renew-the-multi-family-tax-exemption-city-council-committee-briefing-this-morning/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/renew-the-multi-family-tax-exemption-city-council-committee-briefing-this-morning/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:09:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320430 It’s a tax-break offer that many developers have long accepted from the city: If your project’s being built in certain areas, and you allot a certain percentage of units to a certain number of tenants at a certain income level, you can get the residential portion of your building (not the land) exempted from property taxes for 12 years. It’s called the Multi-Family Tax Exemption, and the council soon will have to decide whether to renew it for the fourth time since its inception in 1998. That discussion officially starts with a briefing during the end of this morning’s 9:30 am meeting of the council’s Housing Affordability, Human Services, and Economic Resiliency Committee. It’s a lead-up to a meeting next month at which the committee will consider legislation renewing the program.

Here’s what the committee will be shown and told this morning – first, the slide deck with stats on the program, which it says involves almost 2,000 rental units now, with almost 2,000 more “in the pipeline”:

Here’s the council-staff memo:

Wondering which West Seattle projects got the MFTE? From the newest list on the city website, dated August 14th:

*Element 42
*Footprint Avalon
*Footprint Delridge (microhousing)
*Oregon 42
*Youngstown Flats
(WSB sponsor)

The list does NOT include under-construction projects that will be getting the MFTE – the program’s annual report included an expanded list that does, but only as of last December, so some might be missing. The additional projects on that list are:

*Spruce (open now so we’re not sure why it’s not on the first list)
*Admiral East Apartments (on the list as 3210 California)
*3050 Avalon (microhousing)
*Footprint’s Morgan Junction project (microhousing)
*4730 California
*Junction 47
*Trinsic West Seattle
*Lofts at The Junction
*The Whittaker
*Broadstone Sky
*6917 California
*Junction Flats

Right now, September 20th is the date for the committee to look at renewal legislation. If you’re interested in watching this morning’s discussion, the meeting will be live on Seattle Channel, cable channel 21 or online stream; it’s the last item on the agenda.

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West Seattle development: 10 houses, one duplex for Pigeon Point site http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-development-10-houses-one-duplex-for-pigeon-point-site/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-development-10-houses-one-duplex-for-pigeon-point-site/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:14:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320373 New from the city files today: An early-stage proposal for 10 houses and one duplex at 3710-3722 21st SW on Pigeon Point (map). The north side of the site faces a Seattle Parks-owned slope over the West Seattle bridge; the south side, SW Charlestown. The 12 new homes would replace two single-family houses, one more than a century old, the other, 58 years old. Documents in the online files suggest the site’s been under consideration for development for at least two years. Brad Khouri is the architect.

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West Seattle development: Westwood apartments; Alki projects; 36th SW microhousing update http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-development-westwood-apartments-alki-projects-36th-sw-microhousing-update/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-development-westwood-apartments-alki-projects-36th-sw-microhousing-update/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 01:54:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320299 Four projects in this roundup of West Seattle development notes:

WESTWOOD APARTMENTS: A preliminary “site plan” has just been filed for a proposed 32-apartment, no-offstreet-parking building on a vacant triangle of land at 2221 SW Barton Place, southeast of Westwood Village. Notes in the city’s online files say the project would require Design Review.

ALKI TEARDOWNS: Three century-old beach bungalows have just been demolished on a site long planned for redevelopment in the 3000 block of 63rd SW in Alki, just across the south-side alley from the commercial building that is home to Cassis (WSB sponsor), Cactus, and Alki Urban Market.

An earlier proposal for the site passed Administrative Design Review more than six years ago. Six townhouses and one single-family house are to be built.

1307 HARBOR PROJECT FILES APPLICATION: This is the site that includes the former Alki Tavern, now closed for almost 2 1/2 years. The mixed-use proposal went through the first stage of Design Review in spring 2014; though no date is set, its next Design Review is getting closer, as city files show the developers have applied for their master-use permit. The project is now described as including 15 residential units, fewer than the original proposal.

4122 36TH SW MICROHOUSING FOLLOWUP: When we first reported last month on this proposal to replace a triplex with a microhousing building, the proposal didn’t specify a number of units. Now it does – approximately 24.

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West Seattle development: 14-house project, 8 years in the making http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-development-14-house-project-8-years-in-the-making/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-development-14-house-project-8-years-in-the-making/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 17:14:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=319813 From today’s Land Use Information Bulletin: A sloped site in East Admiral that was first proposed for a multi-house subdivision almost eight years ago is moving more deeply into the review/approval process. A 14-house proposal is now in the works for 3601 Fauntleroy Avenue SW, which is hard to find on online maps, but documents in the project file show it’s in the vicinity of 33rd SW & SW Spokane, just northwest of where Admiral Way meets the West Seattle Bridge, and you can get a better idea from this map in the plans filed online:

The land, currently undeveloped, is zoned single-family 5000. The LUIB notice says the application would require “administrative conditional-use” approval because of “clustered housing in a steep-slope area,” and an environmental determination. Comments on the revised application will be accepted through August 26th, says the city (unless someone requests and is granted an extension). It proposes 14 houses with offstreet parking for 28 vehicles, to be developed by West Seattle-based Inhabit LLC, which was also the applicant when this site appeared in DPD records as a possible 21-house project in August 2007, and is shown in county records as owning other undeveloped parcels nearby. You can comment via this form linked to the city notice, or via contacting the assigned DPD planner, Michael Dorcy, michael.dorcy@seattle.gov.

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