Part of the plan?

An interesting albeit accidental discovery that may be relevant to one neighborhood’s fight against a sizable development planned in their midst: While looking for something else, we happened onto the city’s 1999 plan for Junction development. It describes the area from 41st to 44th, Genesee to Edmunds, as targeted for creation of “a more compact mixed-use commercial core.” That would seem to include the area on 41st, just north of Alaska, where folks are upset about a proposed 7-story apartment/condo building with a “park-and-pool” facility (lots of interesting info in the comments on our original post); the SW Design Review Board takes up the project this Thursday night. Not sure how closely that 1999 plan is still being followed, but you can still easily find it (and plans for other city neighborhoods) from here.

4 Replies to "Part of the plan?"

  • Gina November 13, 2006 (7:19 pm)

    Ah, yes. The infamous “urban village” plan for West Seattle. According to one of the documents, one of the successes of the plan was getting Queen Anne Thriftway to rename itself Admiral Thriftway. That was an exciting time.

  • Andre November 13, 2006 (8:31 pm)

    I just had a look at this plan and the area for the proposed park and ride is outside of the commercial core this plan was targeted at (see page 2 and 5). They must have walked the area and realized that anything even remotely commercial just doesn’t fit in this area consisting solely of single family homes (I believe the townhouses were built after 1999).

  • Administrator November 13, 2006 (9:35 pm)

    We remember the hue, cry, fuss, and outrage over “urban villages” — and yet the funny thing is, that’s exactly what has sprung up around the Admiral & Morgan Junctions anyway. Maybe not precisely as imagined, but pretty darn close.

  • LEC November 14, 2006 (1:02 pm)

    Just wanted to emphasize…. the site of the proposed rezone for a park and pool falls outside the drawn line on the 1999 Plan identifying the commercial core of the Junction.

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