Admiral Safeway project: Latest details and request for comment

A new filing in the Admiral Safeway redevelopment project, and this one comes with a request for community comment (read the request memo here): The plan proposed by Safeway would require that the city “vacate” part of an existing alley – the L-shaped one shown here on the south side of the site:

The petition now has been received by the city and that means it’s time for comments, which are requested by October 23rd. The five-page document explaining exactly what Safeway wants to do and where also contains the newest outline of the proposed project (including “flexible workspaces” as first reported here in July, and the “public benefit” items meant to satisfy a city requirement that the public get something back if it gives up right-of-way). See the document (which includes maps) here. Then if/when you are ready to comment, here’s what the city asks you to do:

Return your comments to: Moira Gray, Seattle Department Transportation, PO Box 34996, Seattle, Washington 98124-4996, or e-mail comments to Please include your name and whether you are responding as an individual or as a representative of an organization when you return your comments.

As for the project’s overall status, lots of city decisions yet to come: Because this vacation is part of the project, that means the Seattle Design Commission will have to sign off on it, after at least one hearing to review the project, particularly the “public benefit” proposals; rezoning also is requested, and that requires City Council signoff. Meantime, the project had not finished going through Design Review, so the West Seattle board also needs to see it at least once again before it gets a green light – nothing scheduled so far – here’s our report from the last DR meeting in November ’08.

9 Replies to "Admiral Safeway project: Latest details and request for comment"

  • Robert September 22, 2009 (10:58 am)

    Why doesn’t Safeway just buy the “Hole Foods” lot and make a mega Safeway to replace the two existing ones?

  • JanS September 22, 2009 (1:08 pm)

    well, one of the reasons, I’m sure, is that they already own the property that the Admiral Safeway sits on…it’s not leased property.

  • EdChurch September 22, 2009 (1:31 pm)

    I’m so done with Safeway….now that QFC is open.

  • WSB September 22, 2009 (1:35 pm)

    I was just re-reading part of West Side Story, the definitive West Seattle history book up through the mid-’80s, and came across a huge ad spread for what was at the time (1986-87) “The Supermarket of the Future” – the Jefferson Square Safeway “Superstore,” still at the time under construction … TR

  • Forest September 22, 2009 (2:54 pm)

    [Fun trivia for WSB – While you’re browsing West Side Story, notice the 1911 photo on page 190 showing the Lander & California corner that is currently occupied by Admiral Safeway’s back parking lot. The clapboard building in that photo was moved years later and is now mounted on stilts at the northwest corner of the Admiral Way bridge above Fairmount Ravine.]

  • miws September 22, 2009 (4:20 pm)

    I think I’ve made a similar comment here on WSB before, but half the fun of looking through West Side Story these days, is the ads that are now some 22 tears old! :cool:



  • Ken September 22, 2009 (5:52 pm)

    Hmm Architectural details that benefit Safeway, proposed as “public improvements”?

    They have to bleed a little more in my book for taking away the ally and parking lot used by the school the safeway and the public on the corner across from Lafayette.

    This will remove every last parking space in the vicinity of the school, the park and the play-field.

    Sure they own the site and the property, but pretending landscaping and sterile commercial “art” is a public benefit comparable to the nightmare the area will be during and after the construction is absurd.

    Wait. I forgot. We are all supposed to shop every day for overpriced organic greens that will fit in the hemp bag that will hook to the bicycle as we peddle 5 miles in the rain with a child.

    Never mind.

  • Jose September 22, 2009 (7:08 pm)

    I have shopped at that Safeway for almost all of the 11 years I’ve lived here; no more. Their lousy service on the late shift continues despite repeated complaints to management, and I won’t tolerate it anymore.
    I make the drive to the big Safeway on Roxbury now; better selection of everything, and the staff is polite and helpful.

  • seven September 23, 2009 (8:54 am)

    Metro Market across the street is ten times better. That safeway should be burned down and turned into affordable apartments.

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