West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle housing http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:25:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle development: Demolition at 4745 40th SW; 3 new teardown/rebuild plans http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-development-demolition-at-4745-40th-sw-3-new-teardownrebuild-plans/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-development-demolition-at-4745-40th-sw-3-new-teardownrebuild-plans/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:01:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278042 Demolition-for-redevelopment notes today:

4745 40TH SW TEARDOWN UNDERWAY: Thanks to Maris for the heads-up on Monday that backhoes had taken up position at the 40th/Edmunds project site. They hadn’t started work by day’s end but this afternoon, they’re taking down the office building on site, former home to businesses including what might be West Seattle’s biggest tech firm, Tango Card. (You’ll recall our story last August about its search for a new WS location, which it found not far away, in Jefferson Square.) 4745 40th SW won final Design Review approval in December (WSB coverage here), and applied for the demolition permit in March. is slated for 150 units and 115 parking spaces, with some live-work units and a relatively small commercial space on the ground floor, adjacent to the future city-park site to its north. (That site in turn will soon be the temporary home of Fire Station 32 while that station is rebuilt on its site in The Triangle at 37th/38th/Alaska.)

THREE DEMOLITION-PERMIT NOTES: From the city files today, all in single-family-house projects:

*1 DOWN, 2 UP AT 4316 SW THISTLE: A demolition-permit application is in for the site of this 106-year-old Gatewood house across from the top of the fabled Thistle stairway, as well as early word of two houses to replace it, pending a lot-boundary adjustment which has a case number but no documents on file so far; county data for the 7,500-sf site does show two lot numbers.

*1 DOWN, 1 UP AT 3426 38TH SW: The permit has just been granted for demolition of this 106-year-old bungalow, with a new house slated to replace it.

1 DOWN, 1 UP AT 4707 14TH SW: A demolition permit is sought for this 85-year-old house on 15,000 sf of land, where records show one new house is planned.

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Landmarks Board votes to formally consider Charlestown Court for landmark status http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/landmarks-board-votes-to-formally-consider-charlestown-court-for-landmark-status/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/landmarks-board-votes-to-formally-consider-charlestown-court-for-landmark-status/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:19:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276844 Quick update from the city Municipal Tower downtown: The city Landmarks Preservation Board has just voted to approve the nomination of Charlestown Court, the brick fourplex at 3811 California SW, as a potential city landmark. A consultant hired by its owners – who want to demolish it and replace it with eight townhouses - said they don’t think it merits landmark status, a decision reached by the board six years ago when another demolition/redevelopment proposal was pending. (Since more than five years have passed, city reps explained, a new review was warranted.) Today’s vote sets the stage for a final vote on August 6th; we’ll add more information to this story later.

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West Seattle real estate: 3060 Avalon up for sale again http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-real-estate-3060-avalon-up-for-sale-again/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-real-estate-3060-avalon-up-for-sale-again/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 23:45:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274108

Nine months after a real-estate/development group bought the 12-unit apartment building at 3060 Avalon Way for just under $1 million, they’ve put it up for sale for more than twice that. The 9,500-square-foot site is listed for $2,552,000, with the listing mentioning renovations since last year’s sale, and also: “With the ability to build up to 65 feet in height on the property. The land value today is approximately the same as the asking price for the apartment building, giving the buyer an opportunity to earn income while processing permits at the City of Seattle.” The building is sandwiched between two sites that have had development proposals in the past few years – apartments at 3062 Avalon (which the DPD site notes were canceled last year) and 104 units of microhousing at 3050, and a few lots east of a project that just won a key approval last week, 100+ apartments at 3078 Avalon.

P.S. If you like stats and numbers, they abound in this background brochure about the 3060 Avalon property, which takes a broader look at the West Seattle and citywide apartment market, too.

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New microhousing rules: Tell City Councilmembers what you think on Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/new-microhousing-rules-tell-city-councilmembers-what-you-think-on-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/new-microhousing-rules-tell-city-councilmembers-what-you-think-on-monday/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 01:06:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=273526 If you feel strongly about microhousing – the new wave of mini-apartments that cluster around shared kitchens, usually one per floor – Monday’s your chance to speak to the City Council’s Planning/Land Use/Sustainability Committee about the proposed new city rules/definitions. The meeting agenda circulated today reminds us of the date, which, as reported here, was first announced last month. Here again is the council memo about the proposal; here’s the agenda. The public hearing is at 5:30 pm Monday (May 19th) in council chambers at City Hall downtown. (WSB photo: First West Seattle microhousing project to open, Footprint Delridge)

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Video: ‘Three-minute teardown’ today in Seaview http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/video-three-minute-teardown-today-in-seaview/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/video-three-minute-teardown-today-in-seaview/#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 05:59:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=269008

Dan Engel shares that video he recorded today as a house in his Seaview neighborhood was torn down – 6008 44th SW, one of the demolition permits mentioned in our roundup last Saturday. Dan says the 96-year-old, 1230-square-foot house took less than 20 minutes to take down; his video is at six times real time, so the entire demolition (minus cleanup) is shown in about 3 minutes. The house’s planned replacement is shown here.

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West Seattle development: 1606 California SW penciled in for design review http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/west-seattle-development-1606-california-sw-penciled-in-for-design-review/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/west-seattle-development-1606-california-sw-penciled-in-for-design-review/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 07:56:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261351 Add another project to the Southwest Design Review Board‘s schedule for the first few months of 2014: A North Admiral apartment project first reported here last October, 16 units replacing a fourplex and house at 1606 California SW (map), is tentatively set to debut before the board on March 6th. The project site is zoned L(owrise)-3 and is proposed as three stories, with 21 offstreet parking spaces. (It’s not in a frequent-transit zone, so parking is required.) This is the eighth West Seattle project scheduled for design review in the next eight weeks.

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West Seattle history: Long-shuttered ex-market to make way for new house http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-history-long-shuttered-ex-market-to-make-way-for-new-house/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-history-long-shuttered-ex-market-to-make-way-for-new-house/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 00:13:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=260413

Almost exactly six years ago – on New Year’s Day, 2008 – we took a quick “past/present” look at 4808 SW Alaska, thanks to neighbor Bill pointing out its past identity as Fraker’s Grocery. Today, the building is pretty much what it was at the time of that WSB story – vacant and rundown:

But its days are finally numbered. We’re mentioning it today because our latest routine check of city Department of Planning and Development files turned up new applications for demolition and construction permits. A new single-family house is proposed for the site, which was separated from an adjacent lot in a land-use action three years ago. But it’s noteworthy given its history, still hinted at by this shadow of a Coca-Cola sign on the south-facing window:

County records show the market’s former proprietor, Dean Fraker, owned the site until 2001; he died in 2009. It was sold again two weeks ago to a real-estate-investment LLC.

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Happening now: North Delridge prefab townhouses flying into place http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/happening-now-north-delridge-prefab-townhouses-flying-into-place/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/happening-now-north-delridge-prefab-townhouses-flying-into-place/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:30:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=257970

Across from the 13th hole of the West Seattle Golf Course, in the 2800 block of SW Genesee (map), a crane is lifting three prefab townhouses into place, module by module. We reported on the modules’ arrival back on Saturday; now, the installation is a hot ticket on the cold, shady side of the street:

Of course, we, our fellow newspeople, and the spectators could leave at any time. Not an option for the crew working to make sure it’s all done correctly and safely – no mean feat given the size of the lot:

As noted in our previous story, the dozen or so modules comprising Method Homes‘ 3-unit, 2-building townhouse project were trucked in from the factory in Ferndale and parked along 26th SW west of Delridge Community Center/Park, a temporary staging zone:

The work is scheduled to continue tomorrow, with intermittent lane closures on Genesee while it’s under way.

P.S. For three quick video clips from the midmorning module lift, check out the WSB Instagram feed.

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West Seattle’s fabled Walker Rock Garden up for sale again http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattles-fabled-walker-rock-garden-up-for-sale-again/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattles-fabled-walker-rock-garden-up-for-sale-again/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 06:04:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=257927

(2011 photo by Ellen Cedergreen)
Nearly three years ago, the family of the creators of West Seattle’s Walker Rock Garden – a hidden but world-famous backyard labor of love – announced they planned to sell it and the little house on its grounds. At one point, it had a buyer … but the sale wasn’t completed, and it went off the market. Public tours – previously offered at least a few times a year – never resumed. We get questions from time to time about its fate, and all we could say was that public records showed it was still owned by the family. Now, we discover via a tip from Deb that the property, at 5407 37th SW, is listed for sale again, this time for $549,000, up from the $392,000 asking price in early 2011. As the listing notes, it’s a double lot, more than 12,000 square feet. (See more galleries here and here.)

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Video: Inside DESC’s almost-finished Cottage Grove Commons http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/video-inside-descs-almost-finished-cottage-grove-commons/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/video-inside-descs-almost-finished-cottage-grove-commons/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:35:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=256893

Next month, the DESC housing complex now known as Cottage Grove Commons is scheduled to open at 5444 Delridge Way SW, after about a year of construction. Its 66 units will be home to 66 people who are currently homeless and dealing with challenges including mental illness and/or addiction. The advisory committee that has been meeting for more than a year and a half toured the building earlier this week; committee member Dorsol Plants recorded cell-phone video, with some narration, and published it via YouTube. After he mentioned it on the North Delridge Neighborhood Council e-mail list, we asked him if we could feature it here, in case you are interested. It’s broken into seven separate clips that are viewable as a “playlist,” or can be selected from an index, via this YT page. The clip above is one of those seven, showing the front desk area and its view of the street and courtyard.

WSB coverage of the project, dating back to first word of it in 2011, is archived here, in reverse-chronological order.

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2nd ‘West Seattle: We Have That!’ report: We have change; what about its effects? http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/2nd-west-seattle-we-have-that-report-we-have-change-what-about-its-effects/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/2nd-west-seattle-we-have-that-report-we-have-change-what-about-its-effects/#comments Sun, 10 Nov 2013 23:58:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=255660 EDITOR’S NOTE: Earlier this year, WSB started a series of stories about independent local businesses and why they matter more to a community like ours than you might realize. Then, the West Seattle: We Have That” campaign launched at midsummer. Now, we’re continuing to publish stories as part of the series – and inviting you into the conversation. Many of the reports, including this one and the one we published four weeks ago, are being underwritten by the West Seattle Junction Association, but not as ads – it’s their contribution to an issue of importance from Alki to Westwood, Fauntleroy to Highland Park, and all over WS.

By Keith Creighton
Special to West Seattle Blog

This past month, my wife and I moved from a hill atop Morgan to that same hill a mile south in Gatewood. One of the biggest considerations we faced was trading more space for less view and giving up the easy walk to the Morgan and Alaska Junctions.

We’re not the only family facing big changes in West Seattle.

How will the surge of demolition and construction (California/Alaska, above), store closures/moves (Sweetie, Coffee to a Tea, Alki Arts) and chain introductions (including Fatburger on Alki and plans for Whole Foods Market, LA Fitness) affect the values of your home and the quality of your life? I asked several Junction-area residents and real estate pros to share their expertise:

Dawn Leverett of Windermere Real Estate
Katie Hildebrand and Kirsten Donovan of The Usonia Group/Keller Williams Realty
Jill Campbell of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate

Can you put a price tag on the concept of walkability? What will happen if the big chains push mom and pop shops out of West Seattle? Is White Center becoming the new West Seattle? Read what the pros have to say and weigh in with your comments.

We Have That:
Does the hometown charm of the three junctions (Morgan, Alaska and Admiral) affect the property values for homes around those areas?

Kirsten Donovan:
Buyers have become more and more concerned with preservation, public transportation and walkability scores of the neighborhoods where they purchase. Around the Alaska Junction, you’ll see a property-value bump that extends south of Genesee, north of Hudson, west of 40th Ave SW and east of 45th Ave SW. Today, there are 15 homes on the market in this area (7 condos, 8 homes) compared to 360 homes available in all of West Seattle.

Dawn Leverett:
The Junction certainly is a magnet and known to be a positive selling factor. Many buyers want walkability. That could mean proximity to parks or beach or schools, but more often they want proximity to village-style shops and restaurants, the farmer’s market, etc. Entertainment options like ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery make the Junction a highly desirable neighborhood, therefore increasing nearby home values. It’s hard to put an actual number on it, but if you look at two very similar houses in size, condition, and view, one is within 5 blocks of the Junction and the other is a mile or two away, you could easily see a 10 percent difference in price.

Katie Hildebrand:
In early 2010, a young couple bought a refreshed craftsman bungalow three blocks from the Junction and ended up selling their car. They wanted a community with character, where everything was in walking distance and close to a bus line. They wanted to be close to the city, but in an area that wasn’t citified. The home they purchased for $265,000 in 2010 would sell in a heartbeat today for $375,000.

Jill Campbell:
West Seattle is similar to an island in that outsiders [generally] do not drive through our neighborhood to get to somewhere else. Walkability to West Seattle’s three Junctions seems to be a big deal, especially for buyers 40 and under. Young professionals want to live in and near the center of activity rather than drive to the Junctions. For those who cannot necessarily afford a view, walkability to the Junctions scores second in popularity.


We Have That:
Would real estate values change if the locally owned restaurants and boutiques gave way to giant chains?

Growing up, most of the retail areas in West Seattle were mom and pop, including Westwood Village. Now that Westwood consists mostly of national retail stores, residents can buy just about everything they need without having to cross the bridge. If the Junction remains boutique, ‘coming to the Junction’ will remain a unique experience. My friends from Issaquah and Wallingford like to hit the Farmers Market, grab a latte at Easy Street, and shop up and down California Ave.

This topic is a double-edged sword in most small communities. All big changes have an effect on home values. Giant chains come with the promise of more jobs but typically at a cost of community. If we wanted to live in a metropolis of big business, we would live downtown. People adapt, but that does not mean they like it. Nobody knows who the owner of Home Depot or Target is, but they can personally meet shop owners like Jack Miller of Husky Deli.

This is a tough one. I’m not sure that I would say values would change because variety would give way to convenience. After conversations with many buyers over the years, independent businesses and boutique shops are still highly desirable over big box stores. Sure, it’s nice to be able to go to Target for toilet paper and toothpaste, but we can also buy specialty items at Pharmaca. All the big box stores sell wine, but boutique wine shops like Bin 41 and West Seattle Cellars provide the personalized expertise of the shop owners.

I think people who love the small-town charm of West Seattle will tend to support local businesses and make the giant chains feel less welcome, but over time, most of us have grown to appreciate what Westwood Village has to offer.


We Have That:
What is the commercial perspective for shop owners and tenants in these areas? Are their rents high or competitive compared to similar demographic areas in the city?

15 years ago, these numbers had a massive spread with West Seattle being far less expensive. Today, West Seattle is slightly higher than Ballard/Fremont. For a quick number comparison … active for-lease retail spaces in Ballard/Fremont, 2000 square feet or less, are averaging $22.45 per square foot per year, compared to $26.50 for West Seattle. That little difference really adds up and puts more pressure on these retailers to do steady and brisk business.


We Have That:
What will the impact be of all the new apartments going in around the Junction?

Something close to 1,600 new units are under construction or permitted. Developers and landlords are challenged to find anchor tenants such as national chains that can provide long-term financial stability versus a start-up mom and pop shop with no business history. It’s important that both the developers make lease rates realistic for small business and that our community gets out there and supports these shops.

We are seeing many local business owners go to White Center to start their business, as lease rates are far less there, as are the housing prices. In terms of small, family-owned businesses, White Center is becoming the new West Seattle. Naturally, businesses of all sizes are essential components of a thriving, stable, business community. West Seattle has those bases covered.

The new apartments will absolutely bring more business to the Junction-area retailers. One challenge will be parking in the Junction and surrounding neighborhoods. Because of this, living in a walkable distance to the core will be even more desirable and thus more lucrative for home sellers in this area.

The new density plan will impact us all. Of course it will be great for area businesses and service providers, but tough on traffic, checkout lines, and getting into our favorite eateries. Those of us who love the sleepy little community of West Seattle feel sad and upset this density plan is coming so hard and fast.


In Summation, What Can You Do?
If you’re interested in keeping West Seattle a thriving and unique community that’s filled with independently owned businesses, take some time to explore everything that West Seattle has to offer. The holidays are a critical time for local retailers. When you add up the advantages, it makes sense to shop in West Seattle:

√ Avoid the crowded malls, the bridge, and the traffic
√ Discover one-of-a-kind treasures
√ Engage the expertise of store owners and staff
√ Keep more of your money in your community!

Will you be shopping in West Seattle this holiday season? Share your thoughts and your discoveries here.

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West Seattle development updates: Special meeting for no-parking Junction project; Design Reviews confirmed; more http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/west-seattle-development-updates-special-meeting-for-no-parking-junction-project-design-reviews-confirmed-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/west-seattle-development-updates-special-meeting-for-no-parking-junction-project-design-reviews-confirmed-more/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:40:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=254552 Six West Seattle development updates today – starting with a special public meeting for one of the projects proposed without parking spaces:

SPECIAL MEETING FOR 4535 44TH SW: This five-story, 36-apartment building on the west side of The Junction (map) currently includes no parking. Neighbors concerned about that and other aspects of the “Lofts at The Junction” project circulated a petition last summer seeking a special public meeting to address that and other State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)-related concerns, and that meeting has just been officially scheduled and announced. The meeting is set for 6:30 pm Tuesday, November 19th, at Hope Lutheran School (42nd/Oregon); here’s the formal notice. This is separate from the Design Review process, in which this project passed Early Design Guidance in May (WSB coverage here), with an early-stage proposal including the sketch you see above; it still has to go through at least one more Design Review meeting, and there’s no date for that yet.

Meantime, today’s edition of the city’s twice-weekly Land Use Information Bulletin also included confirmation of the next two Southwest Design Review Board sessions, both on November 21st, as reported here earlier this month:

3210 CALIFORNIA: As first reported here more than two weeks ago, this 5-story, 143-apartment, 168-parking-space mixed-use building (map) is scheduled for its next review at 6:30 pm Thursday, November 21st, at the Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon). See the official notice here.

3078 AVALON WAY: As first reported here 11 days ago, this 8-story, 108-apartment, 61-parking-space residential building (map) is scheduled for its second and possibly final review at 8 pm during that same November 21st meeting; its first review was more than a year ago. Here’s the official notice.

Also in today’s bulletin:

6917 CALIFORNIA SW: This is the official published notice regarding the 30-apartment, no-parking building in Morgan Junction (map) that we’ve mentioned twice, first on October 16th; the clock is now ticking on its official comment period, through November 13th.

4522 DELRIDGE WAY SW: This four-house proposal (map) also was mentioned here back on Monday; the official notice of its land-use-permit application is in today’s bulletin, with a comment period through November 13th.

3947 SW KENYON: The city is taking comments through November 13th on an application to split one lot into two at this Gatewood location (map). Separate from this application, the city website shows applications to build two new homes on the site.

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DESC Delridge project 3/4 complete, advisory committee told http://westseattleblog.com/2013/09/desc-delridge-project-34-complete-advisory-committee-told/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/09/desc-delridge-project-34-complete-advisory-committee-told/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 05:51:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=250831

(WSB photo, added Wednesday morning)
The DESC homeless-housing building at 5444 Delridge Way is three-fourths complete, DESC executive director Bill Hobson told its Advisory Committee tonight when they met at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Hobson says it’s expected to be complete in November, with residents starting to move in near year’s end, two and a half years after the $14 million plan was first disclosed to neighborhood advocates.

Asked by committee member Dorsol Plants how the residents will be chosen, Hobson said they will use DESC’s standard procedure (described in part in the project FAQ). He also announced that they’ve hired a building manager from within DESC, Levi Dineson. He and his to-be-hired staff will handle the process of choosing residents, who will be moved in groups of 15 to 20 until the 66-studio-apartment building is full. Hobson said the manager’s job also will include neighborhood outreach and participation in the North Delridge Neighborhood Council. One decision yet to be made – a permanent name for the building, currently dubbed Delridge Supportive Housing. The committee discussed the possibility of using a relevant local geographic term as part of the name – such as Longfellow, Findlay (the nearest east-west street), or Cottage Grove. The name will be chosen at the next DESC Board of Directors’ meeting.

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Benchview battle: City approving revised boundaries for three lots http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/benchview-battle-city-approving-revised-boundaries-for-three-lots/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/benchview-battle-city-approving-revised-boundaries-for-three-lots/#comments Fri, 30 Aug 2013 22:39:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=162394

(WSB photo, July 25: Original house at right, under-construction house at left)
The city Department of Planning and Development has just announced that it is approving the revised boundaries for splitting what was once one home’s lot at 55th/Manning (map) into three. “Lot boundary adjustments” are not uncommon, but this one has been under a microscope since early this year, because of a challenge by residents who call their neighborhood Benchview. They appealed the city’s original approval of the lot split and went all the way to King County Superior Court, where they won a partial victory last month. They believed Judge Mariane Spearman‘s decision meant the site’s new owners could only build one new house on the lot. Shortly after the decision, the owners/developers filed documents for revised boundaries, and today, the DPD sent this letter saying those will be approved – read it here (or as a PDF here if you can’t see Scribd embeds):

Benchview decision

Benchview residents had contended the city could choose to “protect the neighborhood” rather than consider the revised boundaries; DPD director Diane Sugimura contended, in both a letter earlier this week and the letter today, that her department was required to review them for consideration. We will be checking with the Benchview neighbors to see if they plan to challenge this new decision.

ADDED 5:17 PM: Benchview spokesperson Dave Allen cc’d us on his reply to the city – an excerpt follows:

This response is incomplete.

On what grounds do you say that the permit was not issued in error, or that 23.76.034 does not apply because the judge remanded the issue back to DPD?

This law makes no mention of anything other than a permit being issued in error.

Once again, the permit was issued in error. That is a fact.

> The judge instructed that “This matter is remanded to DPD for modification OR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS.”<

DPD was not required by the judge to revise the permit.

If you approve this permit, we will file another (land-use) case. ...

We find your issuing of this revision on the eve of a long Labor Day weekend to be incredible.

There was absolutely no reason to issue this today. Why the rush?

The first and obvious conclusion any rational person would make is that you were hoping the news media will miss this story by breaking this news before the long labor day weekend.

Finalizing this decision without a complete response to the nhood would be inappropriate. DPD issued the first permit in January prematurely when the junior planner issued it without the supervisor fully reviewing the issues. You cannot make that same type of mistake again.

Finally, slapping the neighborhood in the face with this news right before what should be a restful Labor Day weekend is insensitive at best.

Again, why do this this afternoon?

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West Seattle development: Another newer building sold – Nova http://westseattleblog.com/2013/07/west-seattle-development-another-newer-building-sold-nova/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/07/west-seattle-development-another-newer-building-sold-nova/#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 01:11:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=159011 6:11 PM TUESDAY: Earlier today, we reported that The Residences at 3295, a 60-apartment mixed-use project completed last year at 35th/Avalon, is up for sale. This afternoon, WSB has learned that another building finished in 2012, Nova Apartments (WSB sponsor) at 4600 36th SW in The Triangle, has a new owner. Nova was the last West Seattle holding for Harbor Urban, which sold Mural in The Junction and Link in The Triangle last year, both built by Harbor Properties before its merger with Urban Partners last year. County records show the $17.5 million purchase closed today for Nova, an all-residential 62-unit, 36-parking-space building that started leasing last September. The new owner is Sea Apartment 1 LLC, which so far traces to a New York City-based LLC listed in state records here as ZREC.

ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING, 9:09 AM: The formal announcement of the sale, just received:

Jim Sepic and Harbor Urban LLC announced today that they have sold the 5-story, 62-unit Nova for $17,592,778. A transit oriented project development located in the Fauntleroy Triangle of West Seattle. The project team included Runberg Architecture Group and Compass Construction and Coughlin Porter Lundeen.

“Nova was thoughtfully designed for the pedestrian-oriented business district of West Seattle,” said Jim Atkins, managing director of Harbor Urban. “It was planned with the character of the local neighborhood in mind which is why we did not include retail space – we want to support the existing businesses.”

“We are looking to do more transit oriented, neighborhood character projects like Nova,” continued Atkins. These are not cookie-cutter projects – they take time and thoughtful design which also requires raising capital. The sale of Nova is an opportunity to do more community specific projects in the future.”

“Nova is a locally inspired project that I was proud to be bring to the market place,” said Jim Sepic. “West Seattle is an established Seattle community with pockets of unique and wonderful neighborhoods. After the recession, we were one of the first to break ground on a new residential project and I am glad to see that others are now following suit and creating more opportunities for people to live in this great Seattle community.”

Developed as a joint partnership between Jim Sepic and Harbor Urban LLC, Nova is a 6-story residential building with 62-units and comprised of 51,346 square feet of residential space and zero square feet of retail space.

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