West Seattle, Washington
Just a bit north of Verge Condos on Harbor Ave, two more big buildings (six stories) just got permits, with plans for condos over retail: 3257 Harbor and 3303 Harbor.
I’m wondering that’s at these addresses now.
AND will they also overlook the mile-high slag heap.
I think the “mile high slag” was piled up by the Port of Seattle after Verge Condos started construction. Many of their units that they planned on having city views now have a slag view, hence the unsold units. Maybe the new buildings just to the North will have better luck.
The mile high slag heap has been there for years, and growing steadily over the years. It consists of slag from the steel plant, I think. I suspect the Verge Condo people might have thought it was going to diminish. But alas. Not!
Any word on how many new car-driving residents will be crammed onto Harbor Avenue as an outgrowth of the new condo construction? The City constantly rags on citizens who drive instead of bus, yet it does nothing whatsoever to serve the Alki neighborhood with adequate bus options.
The Port of Seattle has no interest in slag. It’s a point of prestige for a steel plant to show a large and prosperous slag pile. It gives them added power in negotiations as they can show that they aren’t in dire need, and steel prices, as we all know, can fluctuate wildly. If you want the price of steel to stay “affordable” for your next construction project, you have to accept a slag pile here and there. People who buy condos in the vicinity of steel plants: caveat emptor.
A quick ? for an expert. Does a surge in condo construction hurt your overall home value?
Even without that slag pile, the Verge was so overpriced that it was laughable – upper $300s when I looked last year. The apartments were nice, but nothing remarkable. The “view” was just the final nail in the coffin.
The condo owners managed to squelch the Alki Tavern’s “Taco Thursday” Harley-Davidson gathering, so I’m glad that they’re getting slagged.
That’s one thing that I miss is the rumble of the American Steel in West Seattle on Thursday evenings.
I really must wonder which is the bigger pile, the slag or the countless shanty homes that line Harbor Ave near 7-11. Wait, I forget, it’s the GT Towing and all the Budget trucks parked halfway up the sidewalk and grsss. Classy.
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