Fauntleroy Place site demolition update: Interior focus today


From the sidewalk on the SW Alaska side of the building that’s coming down to make way for Whole Foods and the rest of Fauntleroy Place, you can still see into the ex-storefront, and beyond to the former parking lot. We’re just back from another visit to the demolition site, where Fauntleroy Place project manager Easton Craft from BlueStar told WSB that the crews are not expected to tear down the actual structural shell before tomorrow. They’ve been assessing as the work proceeds, he says, and there’s more clearing out to do inside the old Hancock Fabrics (which will have a new store in the new building) and Schuck’s (which won’t) building; if you go by the site, you’ll see the debris in almost-neat piles:


It’s being arranged this way because much of the debris will be taken away for recycling. As previously mentioned, demolition (to be followed by excavation) is proceeding even though a final design for the mixed-use building (including almost 200 apartments) hasn’t been approved yet — the most recent version will go before the Southwest Design Review Board three weeks from tomorrow, on August 14th; the site for that meeting now has been set — High Point Community Center. Fauntleroy Place will be reviewed at 8 pm, after the design for the 35th/Graham project is reviewed at 6:30 pm.

5 Replies to "Fauntleroy Place site demolition update: Interior focus today"

  • Isabel July 23, 2008 (10:24 am)

    While it’s sad to see the building torn down, my kid loved seeing all the “big bulldozers” outside of the building.

  • WSB July 23, 2008 (10:38 am)

    It’s fascinating to watch. I sat there staked out for more than an hour till getting word of the updated schedule, and though I can be easily bored, there was no danger of that here. The project manager and I even discussed the watchability aspect this morning – he had a great word for it, noting it can be almost “balletic” at times.

  • Michelle July 23, 2008 (10:46 am)

    200 apartments seems like a lot, but I’m having a hard time imagining it. Do you know of any other complexes in the area of that size, for comparison’s sake?

  • B July 23, 2008 (11:05 am)

    Maybe Jefferson Square, but that building is built differently. It’s about the same number of units as most of the other developments going up though.

  • Sue July 23, 2008 (1:29 pm)

    Michelle, West Ridge Park on Delridge has 239 units, but it’s hard to compare it visually to this new one since that is a more spread out as both apartments and townhomes.
    WestWater has around 70 units, so it would be around 3 times the size of that, if that helps.

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