Design Review doubleheader, quick update: 4745 40th SW, 4755 Fauntleroy Way both advance

After almost four hours, the Southwest Design Review Board‘s doubleheader meeting has just wrapped up. We have it all on video, and detailed notes to come, but for right now, the bottom line: Both projects advanced. First one up, ~150 units and 115 parking spaces at 4745 40th SW, moves from the Early Design Guidance phase to the “recommendations” phase – meaning there might be just one more meeting for that project. Second one up, the ~370-apartment, 600-parking-space 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW megaproject, won final SWDRB approval – technically a recommendation to city officials – after four meetings. Both recommendations come with conditions that will be formalized by city planners, and this is nowhere near final approval for construction – a variety of other permit processes will follow, and there’s still time to comment (we’ll explain how in our longer coverage). The 4755 Fauntleroy team has said they hope to get their project going by year’s end; we’ll check with the 4745 40th SW team tomorrow.

7 Replies to "Design Review doubleheader, quick update: 4745 40th SW, 4755 Fauntleroy Way both advance"

  • DTK July 11, 2013 (10:26 pm)

    Well there’s a shocker.

  • WS Mom July 12, 2013 (8:18 am)

    “150 units and 115 parking spaces” – I’m not sure our narrow WS streets will be able to accommodate the overflow parking. I know everyone hopes these tenants will not own cars + just take the bus and ride bikes – but is that reality? – or just wishful thinking? Grrr.

  • Matt July 12, 2013 (8:19 am)

    Any word on what it will cost to live in these Buildings? As has been written about lately, lots of new Apartments going up as fast as the rising rates to live in them.

  • pjmanley July 12, 2013 (1:06 pm)

    115 parking spaces = ridiculous. I know there are people who live here and don’t own cars. But in 18 years, I haven’t met one yet.

  • Last53BusRider July 12, 2013 (9:16 pm)

    Perhaps we need to do some serious research on car ownership in West Seattle – to get a better grasp of the situation. I have been living here 12 years without a car – and know other people who live car-free.

  • wetone July 13, 2013 (5:09 pm)

    I got 3 trucks a car a motorhome and a couple boats if that helps. Enjoy them all ! also got 5 bicycles. What does car ownership have to do with anything ? most people I know need them for the work they do, also the enjoyment they get from driving them as you do on your bus. 70% of people moving into these new apartments have cars also as they need them or want them which is their choice and the city knows that and should require new buildings to provide parking for the # of units being built.

  • Lukestrtwlkr July 14, 2013 (11:24 am)

    The last comment says it all. Until gas prices go high enough to change our behavior you’ll never be able to build enough parking stalls to satisfy everyone.

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