Admiral Safeway project: 42nd/Lander house ‘recycling’ under way

Another side note on the Admiral Safeway project: The old house on the southeast corner of the site, 42nd/Lander, had been offered for many months to anybody who would pay to have it moved – but no takers – it’s now set for demolition. We got a tip from area resident Forest that the fencing had come down and some windows were boarded up; went by, and found the banner you see in the photo above. The company named on the banner, Earthwise, salvages what it can from old houses like this and resells the material to both contractors working on projects and homeowners in the throes of DIY work. That’s according to James Klicpera, Earthwise’s acquisitions manager, who, it turns out, is a West Seattleite. He tells WSB they subcontracted with Safeway to salvage whatever would be reusable and have actually finished most of the work, with much of the “recyclable” material coming from inside the house: 400 square feet of fir flooring, some appliances, windows, a few doors, and he mentions, “There was a very nice fireplace front – kind of Art Deco, tile – so we gathered up as many of those tiles as we were able to.” They also salvaged “several pallets” of bricks from the backyard patio as well as the fencing from around the house (as Forest had noticed). They resell the material, James explained, from a warehouse on 4th Avenue South in SODO. He says some of what they’ve salvaged from other sites is incorporated around West Seattle – like the bar top at Beveridge Place Pub, a recycled bowling lane. Safeway’s Sara Corn tells us other material from the house will be reused after demolition, which could happen as soon as next week – or as late as mid-September, when the existing grocery store comes down. (As first reported here last week, the store will close August 21, with the new store to be open next July.)

8 Replies to "Admiral Safeway project: 42nd/Lander house 'recycling' under way"

  • JanS August 5, 2010 (5:42 pm)

    what a cool house this is. It’s such a shame that there were no takers. It would make someone a beautiful home :( The fireplace was lovely…decorative tiles…beautiful!

  • homedk August 5, 2010 (6:49 pm)

    Earthwise is a great org! So glad to see they are the ones salvaging this old house.

  • miws August 5, 2010 (8:31 pm)

    So sad that nobody was able to relocate this house. :(


    But, at least, it can be an “organ donor”.



  • Gina August 5, 2010 (9:07 pm)

    The pillars went on Tuesday.

    • WSB August 5, 2010 (9:25 pm)

      Part of one was captured in my favorite recent photo. We got to the starting line of the West Seattle Grand Parade really early and I had to go find shade to work while waiting. Found it on the overgrown steps of that very house. After walking by and saying hi, when I had turned back to my work, Rhonda Porter – whose stepdaughter Kelsey was in the parade as a Miss Hi-Yu candidate – snapped me sitting there. Composition was really nice with the sunlight filtered through the shrubbery …

  • Bert Stalker August 6, 2010 (3:46 pm)

    Walt and Betty always said that they wouldnt let safeway have their house as long as they lived. They said that in 1960.

  • Rhonda Porter August 6, 2010 (5:48 pm)

    Tracy, I didn’t realize how historic that photo was at the time I was taking it. :)

    Sad about the house since it has so much potential. I love older homes.

  • wsparent August 7, 2010 (11:47 pm)

    ohh, we lived in that house as a rental for a while. It had great bones and nice features. Really too bad….

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