West Seattle development: Site work starting for The Blake

Of the 4 sizable Junction apartment developments ready for construction, The Blake (5020 California SW) is the first to get off the ground. It’s been in the development-preparation process for almost six years, with the site’s former buildings cleared away a year and a half ago – and now, the heavy equipment has arrived (thanks to the WSB’ers who tipped us this afternoon, so we could get a photo before dark). This site has a relatively long history – it was once part of an ambitious West Seattle portfolio that was being amassed by BlueStar, the original developers of “The Hole” (which now, under different ownership and a different name, is one of the other 3 could-start-soon Junction developments). It became bank-owned, then sold to a Burien company, and then three months ago, its new name was announced – though the plan is essentially what was approved in 2008 via the Design Review process:

It’s now planned for six stories with 101 apartments. Right now, the next Junction development to start might be 4724 California SW, just a few blocks north, also on the east side of the street – as reported here last week, the DPD has issued a decision approving its Land Use Permit, and development-team spokesperson Rob O’Dea told WSB they hope to get the project under way at the start of June.

3 Replies to "West Seattle development: Site work starting for The Blake"

  • PDH April 8, 2013 (10:18 pm)

    My son who is six and named Blake loves the name! His older bro asks why he doen’t have a bldg named after him… :)

  • Elizh April 9, 2013 (1:40 pm)

    WSB–have you had a chance lately to query Equity about their Alaska/ California corner project estimated starting date?

    • WSB April 9, 2013 (1:44 pm)

      I have not received any official comment from them. But a multitude of unofficial sources and tea leaves says it’ll be months, not weeks.

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