West Seattle development notes: Avalon applications; 4724 California update; Design Review reminders

As we continue tracking West Seattle development plans, notes of interest this morning:

(Image from November 2012 review – 3078 Avalon at left, 3062 at right)
AVALON PROJECTS APPLY FOR PERMITS: The city’s Land Use Information Bulletin has just arrived in the inbox, with the official announcements of permit applications for two neighboring apartment buildings on Avalon Way – 3062 Avalon and 3078 Avalon. Each is now described as 8 stories, 108 apartments, and 61 parking spaces (changes in the original descriptions for both). Comments are being accepted on both through March 20th; there are “how to comment” links on both notices – 3062 Avalon here, 3078 Avalon here. Neither project has finished the design-review process yet (and no dates are set for their next meetings); both early reviews drew a crowd of neighbors from the street just north of the sites – here’s our report on 3078 Avalon’s September meeting, and our report on 3062 Avalon’s November meeting. At the latter meeting, the architect said the two were likely to be built at the same time.

JUNCTION DEVELOPMENT MAY START IN MAY: With multiple development sites in The Junction in stages of near-readiness for construction, we keep checking with developers about their plans. Most recently, we talked with a spokesperson for 4724 California SW – about 90 apartment and live-work units on the former Petco/Sound Ad Group site – who tells WSB they’re thinking mid-May. The two-building California/Alaska/42nd development still has not announced a start date, after pulling back on two projected start dates last year.

DESIGN REVIEW REMINDERS: One week from today, the 166-unit apartment proposal at 3210 California SW goes to Early Design Guidance – here’s the story we published last week after talking with the architect; here’s the meeting “packet.” Then three weeks from today, the 4755 Fauntleroy megaproject (370+ apartments, 600 parking spaces, Whole Foods) goes back to Design Review (today, its alley vacation goes before the Design Commission).

9 Replies to "West Seattle development notes: Avalon applications; 4724 California update; Design Review reminders"

  • DW March 7, 2013 (9:14 am)

    Why has the California/Alaska/42nd development pulled back? Should we be worried?

  • AnotherRealist March 7, 2013 (9:33 am)

    I LOVE CONDOS. We need more condos, less parking, and no additional transportation options. Yaaaaaaaay us! USA! USA!

  • DTK March 7, 2013 (9:48 am)

    Apartments, not condos.

    • WSB March 7, 2013 (10:25 am)

      Thanks, DTK. Every development in the pipeline now – double-digit unit count or more – is apartments, not condos. The market for the latter crashed more than five years ago. However, for those interested in units that’ll be available for purchase – the townhouse-building business has certainly perked up, as we’ve also been reporting – I’ve happened on a couple more “rowhouse” projects since our last update on a few just a week or two ago. – TR

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  • Rick March 7, 2013 (10:23 am)

    I heard from a local realtor yesterday that the owner of the Ca/42nd/Ak project recently passed and at this point it’s only a delay.

  • wetone March 7, 2013 (11:42 am)

    I feel for the home owners behind the Avalon projects as their property values and lives will be greatly impacted by this build up do to traffic,noise,parking,views,garbage…. This area of West Seattle is being built up quicker than any other area in the city except for downtown. To bad we don’t have a road system in,out and around the area to support it.

  • W March 8, 2013 (7:07 pm)

    Is it just me, or are the avalon projects just the same building twice?

  • cathorse March 8, 2013 (10:05 pm)

    I agree with W, and more so, same as every other building of late. Developers and architects are looking to maximize square footage and profits, it seems to me, not fit into the neighborhood in any way. Some day the infrastructure will come?

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