What’s going on at 35th & Avalon


Thanks to SW for e-mailing WSB to say work has really intensified today at the mixed-use project site at 35th & Avalon. We last discussed this project in mid-December, when the city granted a permit for shoring/mass excavation/erosion control. As you can see from the photo (taken from the bus stop on 35th, looking northeast at the site), all sorts of heavy equipment is there today; a new check of the city files reveals they’ve just applied for the building permit too. You can check architect Mark Travers‘ website to see what the future building is supposed to look like (we’re still wondering if they’re really going to build another Starbucks so close to the drive-thru!).

16 Replies to "What's going on at 35th & Avalon"

  • Kingston January 9, 2008 (12:52 pm)

    I love the WSB – I just drove by here earlier today and wondered what was going on. Then I logged on to the Blog and there it was. You rock!

  • Vanessa January 9, 2008 (1:44 pm)

    …and how soon is it, before they start in on tearing down Schucks and Joanann Fabrics for Whole Foods and more? How many major projects are allowed to go on at once? There must not be any kind of restrictions. Let us people just deal with “progress and the urban village growth”. Every time I check into this wonderful blog, or travel down my own streets, there is another project mushrooming up…aaahhhhh! Getting into Bartell’s or Safeway at Jefferson Square, is a nightmare…well, I could go on and on and on….just wanted to vent a little. Thank you WSB for all the real news you print. And there is no brittney spears here. Years ago, I saw a tatoo’d, pierced, leather studded young girl, waiting to cross the street wearing a tee-shirt that simply said, “spear Brittney”. It took me a couple of blocks to get it, then I started laughing……

  • WSB January 9, 2008 (1:59 pm)

    Vanessa, Fauntleroy Place (Schuck’s/Whole Foods/etc.) is expecting to break ground perhaps by April. If you have any concerns about that project, the Design Review Board takes it up again on Feb. 14 (we have posted about that previously) — we’ll be there.

  • Frank January 9, 2008 (2:28 pm)

    DRB meeting Feb 14th….How nice. What WONDERFUL way to spend Valentines day. I’d like to be there but I know where my priorities are, I’ll be spending it with my wife and kids!!!

  • Luckie January 9, 2008 (3:35 pm)

    That’s going to be one hunka building.

  • Jen V. January 9, 2008 (4:48 pm)

    looks like a little slice of Queen Anne right here in West Seattle. Not saying that is a bad thing- definitely an improvement over an empty lot! ~ on another note, WSB- have you heard anything on the impending sale of the Tervos building and what will be going there?

  • Keith January 9, 2008 (4:58 pm)

    “And there is no britney spears here.” I hadn’t thought about that, Vanessa, but it *is* another reason to love WSB! :)

  • Kingston January 9, 2008 (11:26 pm)

    Jefferson Square has its own problems. How ridiculous to have a parking lot surrounded by all those stores with only one major entrance. A nightmare! I wish Taco Del Mar was located somewhere else, otherwise I would steer clear entirely.

  • Stephen January 10, 2008 (11:32 am)

    (we’re still wondering if they’re really going to build another Starbucks so close to the drive-thru!).

    Have you tried to walk in and get coffee at that Starbucks? They could definitely support enough traffic for a walk-in location nearby… and improve every one’s ability to get caffeinated… (Personally, Starbuck’s is only a fall-back emergency supplier.)

  • sassy January 10, 2008 (12:53 pm)

    Wow – it’s already such a joy to drive in that area, so safe, so friendly – why not add another building, with conveniently accessed parking off Avalon & 35th?
    I loved the architect’s depiction of people walking across the road. I live in this area – nobody wants to walk across this intersection.

    It would be great if the Mayor installed a left hand turn signal at Avalon & 35th – it’s not just cars/trucks that have to deal with the mayhem, the bus turns there as well!
    OK – sorry, long rant.

  • JenV January 11, 2008 (7:00 am)

    My SO who works in heavy construction has pointed out it looks like they have started driving pilings and this means there will not be below ground parking at this building (that big hole at the new QFC will be at least 2 levels of underground parking)- I wonder where they think people are supposed to park? There is already no parking on Avalon and parking on 35th is also out of the question.

  • Sean January 13, 2008 (11:57 pm)

    I had emailed the architect about the Starbucks. The reply was not necessarily. There might not be any food place there at all, they said.

  • Condo Dweller February 4, 2008 (6:30 pm)

    And how much will the rents be at those apartments?? It’ll be prime real estate, just steps to many bus lines going into the city.

  • Evan February 5, 2008 (1:08 pm)

    I emailed the architect about the exterior (it sort of looked like wood in the rendering), he says it’ll be metal siding with a zincalume finish.

  • Bret February 9, 2008 (8:56 pm)

    Does anyone know what is going to happen to the many acres of old Huling bros lots? Is there some talk of putting in mixed use construction there?

  • WSB February 9, 2008 (9:36 pm)

    Just today, we broke the first news of one of those projects – after months of watching. Application just filed to put a six-story building at 38th/Alaska. Part Huling land, part land that West Seattle Montessori will have to vacate (at least temporarily) to make way:

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