Charlestown Court update: Land-use permit; project status


This time last year, Charlestown Court — the oft-admired brick fourplex at 3811 California (map) — was soon to be reviewed for possible landmark status as a requirement before a proposal to tear it down could proceed; WSB closely covered the process, which ended in April with the city Landmarks Board deciding landmark status wasn’t merited. But instead of demolition equipment showing up – a new proposal materialized, and that’s what we have an update on tonight:


Two months after the non-landmark decision, West Seattle-based Nicholson Kovalchick Architects unveiled a new design that saved Charlestown Court’s distinctive “wings”; 2 days after revealing it at an Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting, architect Michael Godfried presented it to the Southwest Design Review Board, which gave its approval. Now, the city has just granted a land-use permit for the project, while the construction-permit application is still under review. We asked Godfried about the project’s status; he replied, “The master-use permit is completed and the developers intend to build the project. Given the current economy the construction time frame is in question and we have not yet started building permit drawings. The developers also would like to complete the Dakota project on California before moving on to Charlestown.” (That refers to this condo complex at 4116 California, a teardown site that drew some interesting reminiscences here at demolition time.)

4 Replies to "Charlestown Court update: Land-use permit; project status"

  • Krystal January 20, 2009 (10:49 am)

    I don’t know anything about buildings, or how this works, but will they be able to salvage some of the materials from the old building to use in the new one?

  • WSratsinacage January 20, 2009 (11:10 am)

    Krystal, good news! I believe based on previous discussions on this topic, that bricks will be re- used/kept in place for some of the facade.

  • Beasley January 20, 2009 (5:04 pm)

    Thanks for the update. I sincerely and selfishly hope they don’t come up with the finances to proceed with the destruction of this beautiful building because frankly, it’s the nicest looking little apartment building on the block!
    I’ve got to give them credit for the redesign, though. It’s a nice change of pace for developers to give a fig about maintaining the character of any neighborhood.

  • average joe January 21, 2009 (7:49 am)

    wow! brick recycling….that is so environmentally sound!

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