Development decision published for 4532 42nd SW

From today’s city Land Use Information Bulletin: More than a year after demolition of the big old house at 4532 42nd SW (map) – just north of Capco Plaza — the official city decision is published approving the mixed-use project replacing it (July rendering above) with 35 residential units and 3,000 square feet of commercial development: Read the decision here. The documents say changes were submitted in September to address the concerns brought up at its last Southwest Design Review Board meeting in July (as covered here):

These included an irrigation component as part of the landscape plan, a widened sidewalk along the entire 42nd Avenue SW façade, extending the height of the Prairie Stone bases of the columnar design elements along the 42nd Avenue SW façade, and the insertion of Prairie Stone headers above the windows of the commercial storefronts on 42nd Avenue SW, as well as providing these Prairie Stone headers along both the north and south ground-level facades to be consistently co-extensive with the areas of brick façade. The Director finds that these changes when implemented will adequately address the concerns and meet the recommendations of the Design Review Board as expressed at the July 23, 2009, Board meeting.

Now that the decision’s been published, there’s a two-week period in which appeals can be filed – the deadline is December 14; the official city notice explains how.

4 Replies to "Development decision published for 4532 42nd SW"

  • Nulu November 30, 2009 (10:59 am)

    It’s a beauty.

  • JanS November 30, 2009 (2:44 pm)

    that will change that area forever. Does it seem like West Seattle is becoming a town of these high rise apt./retail buildings and canyons? Think it’ll stop any time soon? like when the “island” sinks? lol…

  • chas redmond November 30, 2009 (2:53 pm)

    You can now actually see “downtown” West Seattle from across the Bay – there’s enough of these tall structures now clustered in that little valley (the Fauntleroy cut is evident from nearly anywhere east of here) that it looks like a little city somewhere in the west. People compare this to Ballard, but because Ballard’s essentially flat, the comparison fails because Ballard looks blocky and chunky from the Phinney Ridge whereas WS downtown looks mysterious with buildings half hidden behind one or another hill. I’m not that worried, once again the WS geography is in our favor.

  • JanS November 30, 2009 (3:43 pm)

    chas…WS IS mysterious…and we want to keep it that way – lol. I’m always reminded of that movie with Don Ameche and Joe Montagne called “Things Change”, when it comes to the growth in WS. It’s inevitable – things change.

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