Preview proposed Delridge project before Thursday’s Design Review

For the first time in months, there’s a West Seattle project up for Southwest Design Review Board consideration – as first reported here one month ago, it’s a mixed-use project at 7100 Delridge Way (map), north of the Shell station that’s kitty-corner from Home Depot and Arco. And today, you can get a very preliminary peek at the shape it might take: “Early design” renderings are now available online in the packet that’s posted on the city website in advance of the 6:30 pm Thursday DRB meeting (West Seattle Senior Center, California/Oregon). Keep in mind, the renderings do NOT include exterior finishes – they’re more for “massing” (size/shape) than anything else. As is required for Early Design, architect Warren Pollock proposes 3 alternatives, labeling #1 as the “preferred alternative”:

The Delridge Neighborhood Plan designates the site vicinity as the “South Node” and it anticipates the development of a walkable pedestrian-scale neighborhood center. The “South Node” is a transportation cross road. There is an important transit stop on Delridge Way SW at the Northwest corner of our site at the foot of the city stairway in the SW Myrtle R /.W. … Concept A locates the building at the sidewalk edge to engage with pedestrian activity moving to and from the transit stop. Commercial space is located at sidewalk level and is transparent to allow views into the space and pedestrian exposure for the business that operates there.

The massing of the building will create the “street wall” that is necessary to achieve a sense of defined space for the neighborhood center. Future development on both sides of the street is necessary to full realize this “goal” of the neighborhood plan, but this project is a start in that direction.

The north end of our street wall will be a green landscape wall that will function as a backdrop for seating for people waiting for transit. Leaning against a glass storefront is not a comfortable way to wait for the bus. Project parking is internal on level 1 behind the commercial space and it steps up to level 2 to respond to the existing topography. …

The several stories of apartments are configured to create an internal courtyard that will be an activity space for the residents. A large opening in the west façade connects the court yard to the street and to the emerging neighborhood center. … 3 rental houses will be build on the hillside to the east of the apartments on the edge of the Urban Forest. … The parking for the houses is in the apartment garage. Elevators will provide access to the pedestrian bridge that crosses over the courtyard to the house. The bridge also provides a connection to the Urban Forest and to the stairway in the SW Myrtle St R / W. …

Again, you can look at the full proposal packet here; public comments are always encouraged at Design Review Board meetings. (The city’s project-status page is here.)

6 Replies to "Preview proposed Delridge project before Thursday's Design Review"

  • Meegan August 9, 2010 (9:02 am)

    Any chance this would include a much needed grocery store for the area? Wouldn’t that be something?!

  • J August 9, 2010 (10:22 am)

    “Concept A locates the building at the sidewalk edge to engage with pedestrian activity moving to and from the transit stop.”

    This sounds they’re just trying to spin the lack of setback.

  • JTM August 9, 2010 (10:29 am)

    Its not clear where parking garage access is located. Garage access location and anticipated increase in traffic to the area may require revising the pedestrian light at Myrtle to accomodate both pedestrians and traffic.

  • Donn August 9, 2010 (10:57 am)

    See more pics @

    I generally like the form and being able to see through the building to the interior courtyard. The lively accent colors will hope to brighten our many drab days.

  • mondo August 10, 2010 (5:22 pm)

    @J: That’s not spin. It’s actually a practice recommended by the City, specified in their neighborhood Design Guidelines manuals. Siting a building at the sidewalk line, and including elements such as awnings, encourages pedestrian interaction with the businesses located within.

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