More Harbor Ave changes ahead


Three Harbor Ave notes tonight: First, property in the 3200-3300 block potentially earmarked for an apartment building called the “Aqua Bella” (rendering above from the real-estate listing’s flyer) is now up for sale, $6.4 million dollars. Second, a hearing is set before the city hearing examiner January 15 for a proposal to divide 1 parcel of land in the 2300 block into 7. And third, a rumor that’s been going around for at least five months seems to have gained a grain of potential reality — a Salty’s hotel — right now, of course, West Seattle has only one motel/hotel, the former Travelodge that is now “Seattle West Inn and Suites” (as we reported here in July). Tonight’s article mentions the Alki hotel proposal too, but as an informed observer notes to WSB, Alki zoning is NC-1, which wouldn’t allow a hotel, while Harbor Ave is NC-2, which would.

7 Replies to "More Harbor Ave changes ahead"

  • Meghan December 29, 2007 (8:35 am)

    A boutique hotel by Salty’s is a brilliant idea. I’ve been advocating that for years. It will finally give W. Seattle residents a nice place for their out of town visitors to stay, it will have the best view of any hotel in Seattle, and it will bring tourist dollars to Seattle. I sure hope the “no development is good development” populace of W. Seattle doesn’t stop it or tie it up in so much red tape that the developer gives up. West Seattleites are going to have to realize that they are a part of a major city and new development (and no guarantee of a free parking space right in front of where they want to go, e.g.) is a fact of life.

  • GenHillOne December 29, 2007 (12:31 pm)

    I hope this works out as well. I like the idea of a (small, preferably not a chain) hotel going in at that end of Harbor Avenue – although not farther down on Alki. Good luck booking a weekend room during the summer though. Can you imagine the wedding business they would do? I see rehearsal dinners at Salty’s with out-of-town wedding parties staying next door. Sounds fun – and yes, great view. Good luck George!

  • GenHillOne December 29, 2007 (12:33 pm)

    Good luck to George too, whomever he might be, but I meant Gerry – LOL.

  • Jan December 29, 2007 (1:43 pm)

    It will be interesting to see how the community responds to this. I can understand why they duidn’t want one right smack in the middle of Alki, but this would be a perfect place for one. I don’t live far from there, just up the hill, and I have wondered why it’s taken so long to “develop” some of that area around Salty’s. GenHill, I agree…what a great wedding duo that would be…and a boon to West SEAttle tourism and economy. And…the people there could take the water taxi to downtown, to the market/waterfront… a great combination all around.

  • Alki Res. December 29, 2007 (2:33 pm)

    I think it is a great idea too!
    Sorry to read in the article that Tom Lin “hasn’t given up yet” on his attempt to put a hotel on Alki.

  • grr December 31, 2007 (6:03 am)

    I’d love a ‘Silver Cloud’ or some other hotel of that quality on Harbour Ave! The one by Safeco is nice.

    of course, it can’t be more than 40′ tall..


  • m December 31, 2007 (9:52 am)

    A hotel by Salty’s would be great! We desperately need a nicer hotel over here (not over the top fancy though).

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