West Seattle Trader Joe’s: Comment deadline January 9th

As first reported here last Tuesday, the official city signage is up at the future West Seattle Trader Joe’s site (map), announcing the formal application for city permits. They’re not creating new buildings on the site, as noted in this followup after the original announcement in June, so no public hearing is planned at this point, but a public-comment period is now open. Today’s city Land Use Information Bulletin includes the first two official notices published online, both with comment deadlines set for January 9th: One for 4545 Fauntleroy, including building modifications and part of the parking, and one for 4527 Fauntleroy for the rest of the parking. Both of those links go to city pages that include instructions on how you can comment on the project, which requires an environmental review taking into account an “environmentally critical area” on the site (a steep slope on the north side of the site; a “preliminary assessment” of the site is viewable online here).

15 Replies to "West Seattle Trader Joe's: Comment deadline January 9th"

  • ws mavrick December 27, 2010 (1:04 pm)


  • sillygoose December 27, 2010 (1:12 pm)

    I have one thing to say to Trader Joe’s! “We’re waiting with open arms”!!!

  • Alki Area December 27, 2010 (2:26 pm)

    Turns out Trader Joes is just a small quirky grocery store, who knew! But seriously, it will be nice to have an operating business on that now abandoned site. It will definitely help the area look better.

  • Lincoln December 27, 2010 (6:56 pm)

    Looking forward to TJ’s! :o) However, has a traffic survey been done in that area? And are there any plans to address how traffic will be impacted by people slowing down and/or turning in to the parking lot? That area is rife with terrible traffic many days of the week.

  • Julia December 28, 2010 (12:07 pm)

    Just wondering when they are slated to open if the building work goes as planned……….looking forward to having a TJ’s in the area.

  • Ex-West Seattleite December 28, 2010 (12:38 pm)

    People slowed down to pull into Huling’s. Shouldn’t be a problem for TJ’s. Glad to read that property’s being re-developed.

    Too bad Dick’s didn’t move in next door!

  • Lou K December 28, 2010 (1:17 pm)

    Love TJ’s. They have great produce and the grocery bill is usually surprisingly cheaper than shopping at major chains like Safeway.

  • Grace December 28, 2010 (6:08 pm)

    Yay! TJ’s always improves any neighborhood it’s in. You can’t say that for Safeway. :-/

  • cheryl brockway December 28, 2010 (7:09 pm)

    We can hardly wait to see you in West Seattle! We live on Vashon and would definitely take the ferry to shop at your store.

  • Lincoln December 28, 2010 (7:54 pm)

    @Ex-West Seattlelite – True, but how many people were there at Huling pulling in to buy a car within an hour, two, three, etc and during rush hours?? Not many…I’ve driven that way most days for 16 years and rarely saw any cars actually pull in to Huling…The hold up in traffic sometimes, was the actual salesmen crossing the road between the car lots on foot. Loads of people enjoy visiting TJ’s all day long every day as proven by the Burien location. Just seems to me that traffic will be highly-impacted by this new location and I’m curious as to whether the DOT, or whomever handles these things, are prepared or planning any turn lane improvements or something?

  • Bensen December 29, 2010 (3:59 pm)

    YES! Love Trader Joe’s and West needs one.

  • Jean December 29, 2010 (8:06 pm)

    I would have to agree with Bensen. I think the traffic flow and amount of ample parking deserves some well thought out planning. Any city I’ve lived in that has had a TJ (most recently San Francisco) had challenges with good traffic flow in and out of the lots as well as enough parking. One location even had to have a full time parking lot director. I realize this is not SF but I think this store will pull a great deal of people so hopefully Trader Joe’s is spending enough time planning this as well as the flow of the store layout. VERY excited about TJ’s. All we need now is our own full size Movie Theater!

  • Mary December 30, 2010 (5:41 pm)

    I love TJ’s

  • Crabby January 1, 2011 (9:41 am)

    I heard a rumor that the permit process for Trader Joe’s hit a snag with the city and that the project is now delayed. Any official news on this?

    • WSB January 1, 2011 (11:56 am)

      What kind of snag? In terms of how these things progress through the system as viewed from outside, it’s made the normal progression in the past couple weeks, once the application finally happened … which took six months after the announcement of the project, though that gap hasn’t been explained … TR

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