Full City Council vote next for Admiral Safeway alley vacation

Update on an item from the WSB morning preview: City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen‘s office confirms that the Transportation Committee (which he chairs) approved the Admiral Safeway alley vacation this morning, 4-0. The full council will vote on Monday. Safeway told the committee this morning they’re hoping to start construction in about a month; the site’s “contract rezone” was approved by the council in June. The project will include a new, bigger store, plus a small retail building along California SW on what is now the northwestern edge of the parking lot, and a building along 42nd SW with apartments and flex-work units. 3:21 PM UPDATE: Safeway’s Sara Corn tells WSB that they don’t have an exact store-closing date yet, but will be discussing it tomorrow, and information on that plus the construction schedule should follow. (They previously projected it would take about 10 months to build the new store – here’s our June update with details on a briefing by the project team.)

14 Replies to "Full City Council vote next for Admiral Safeway alley vacation"

  • Diane July 27, 2010 (12:53 pm)

    any idea how much warning Safeway will give shoppers before closing?
    will BECU atm stay open til Safeway closing day?
    btw, at summer fest, the BECU folks said they are looking at opening a new location in WS; any scoop on that?

    • WSB July 27, 2010 (1:31 pm)

      Diane – I was checking with Safeway and have just heard back. Adding to the story but the short answer is, they are talking tomorrow about a closing date. Much more info after that. Re: BECU, I’ll check with them, haven’t done so in a while – TR

  • maplesyrup July 27, 2010 (3:36 pm)

    Also does anyone know how long the construction of the new store is supposed to take?

  • WSB July 27, 2010 (3:44 pm)

    That was all in our last story, which I need to link to this one. 10 months.

  • maplesyrup July 27, 2010 (4:06 pm)


  • Diane July 27, 2010 (5:09 pm)

    Safeway employees keep telling me they don’t know any more than general public and don’t know where they will be going after closure; at least we know Safeway is well funded so this will open again; wonder how many current staff will return

  • JanS July 27, 2010 (7:15 pm)

    Interesting…my checker at about 5:45pm today told me Aug. 24 would be the last day of operation. Will be interesting to see what it really is.

  • Diane July 27, 2010 (7:59 pm)

    last time I was in, talk to checker, was last night; perhaps they were all informed of final closing time today?

    • WSB July 27, 2010 (8:02 pm)

      According to Sara at Safeway, the big internal meeting to talk about the closing date is TOMORROW. Maybe that’s to finalize it, I don’t know. But there will be an official announcement soon enough – TR

  • T July 28, 2010 (8:19 am)

    what the hell is an “alley vacation” can you guys work on your titles.

  • newcomer July 28, 2010 (11:57 am)

    This kinda sucks. I’m about to move to Seattle and chose a house a few blocks away based partially on the convenience of this grocery store. Now I find out it’ll be closed for ten months. Awesome.

  • MA July 28, 2010 (12:26 pm)

    Just go to QFC… it’s right across the street and is a lot nicer anyway.

    • WSB July 28, 2010 (12:32 pm)

      MA – wrong Safeway. QFC’s in The Junction (and Westwood Village). However, I was going to say that no matter which direction “blocks away” that our new arrival is – there’s Metropolitan Market barely a block north of Safeway, and PCC barely a block south. (Both WSB sponsors, too!)

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