West Seattle development: Demolition starts Wednesday for Equity Residential’s Junction project

New information today about the impending demolition at the Equity Residential development site at California/Alaska/42nd in The Junction: A notice circulated by the contractor, Andersen Construction, says demolition of the eastern building (right side of our photo) will start this Wednesday (October 2nd), and demolition of the western building (ex-Super Supplements, etc.) is set to start one week later, on Wednesday, October 9th. Full text of the notice, shared by a reader (thank you!):

Demolition of the East Building located at 4203 SW Alaska Street will commence on Wednesday 10/02/13. The sidewalks located along 42nd Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street will be closed to pedestrians during this time.

Demolition of the West Building located at 4706 California Avenue SW will commence on Wednesday 10/09/13. The sidewalks located along California Avenue and SW Alaska Street will be closed to pedestrians during this time.

Demolition work will be complete by 10/21/13.

The North end of the Alley will be closed to through traffic as needed during construction activities; however, egress will remain open as traffic will be diverted through the parking lot located south of the East Building.

The project – initiated five and a half years ago by Conner Homes, which sold the site to Equity two years ago – will include two 7-story buildings with ~200 apartments and 20,000+ square feet of retail space over a ~265-space underground parking garage shared by both buildings. Equity had originally planned to start work in summer of last year and ordered the retail tenants out by July 31, 2012, and has not commented on what led to the subsequent delay. (Its west building, by the way, is in the same block where the 4730 California project, owned by The Wolff Company, is in its fourth month of construction, with the crane going up two weeks ago. Equity’s crane is likely to be up in about three months.)

14 Replies to "West Seattle development: Demolition starts Wednesday for Equity Residential's Junction project"

  • villagegreen September 30, 2013 (11:44 am)

    Yay!!!! Thought for sure the current blight would stand vacant for years.

  • Diane September 30, 2013 (12:25 pm)

    yay, finally

  • old timer September 30, 2013 (1:28 pm)

    No cheers from me until I see folks moving their furniture in.
    These out-of-towners are skilled at delay and procrastination.

    The dead zone they created is a bad sign for their accountability.
    My worst fear is that we end up with another “hole” in the heart of The Junction.

  • margaritaville September 30, 2013 (3:07 pm)

    How can we support the existing local businesses that are impacted by these construction projects all over West Seattle when the projects gobble parking lots and on-street parking spaces? This particular project eliminated a parking lot on 42nd SW AND has turned some parking spaces on California and 42nd SW into No Parking Zones.

  • Genesee Hill September 30, 2013 (4:13 pm)


    Just walk for a block or two. Or, a mile, if you want to get your heart rate up, a bit.

  • Gene September 30, 2013 (6:32 pm)

    Parking will definitely be at a premium- other lots & spaces be in demand by more & more folks. Too bad this project is starting during inclement weather– makes it harder for some to”just walk a block or two- or a mile” that might work for some GH- but not everyone.
    Hopefully businesses won’t take too much of a hit during the upcoming holiday season.

  • WSPS September 30, 2013 (6:57 pm)

    Many of the area parking spots are taken all day long by People Parking to Ride the Bus.

  • Bsmomma September 30, 2013 (7:48 pm)

    No cheers from me at all. That’s a big chunk of WS gone. I know people are pumped about WS “thriving” and all that but I like MY West Seattle. I love the classic architecture. I love the bricks and mouldings. I love the memories.

  • Last53BusRider September 30, 2013 (9:59 pm)

    Yeah! Another demolition/excavation site to stop and gawk at on a slow day:)

  • White Lalo October 1, 2013 (8:08 am)

    More and more transients. Every building that is going up is an apartment. What we need are more home owners. Local business might enjoy the added population, but waiting an hour to get into a restaurant, or watching people cross when they should be waiting for the Cross All Ways….I see W.S. as being quite different in a few years.

    • WSB October 1, 2013 (9:01 am)

      Homes are also being built – far, far more of West Seattle is zoned for single-family-home construction than multifamily (map: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cs/groups/pan/@pan/documents/web_informational/dpds022048.pdf
      …and then of course townhouses/rowhouses are ownership situations too. Regarding renters being transients, do you know anyone who owns a home who did not start their adult life as a renter? Certainly you don’t have to be in favor of density but more than a few local community advocates are renters working hard for their neighborhoods – for all residents of their neighborhoods – in community groups that would love to see more homeowners step forward too.

  • margaritaville October 1, 2013 (10:00 am)

    Genessee Hill: Did you ever think that some of us due to physical limitations can’t walk a mile? Sure would be fun to watch YOU walk a mile on my broken feet!

  • Nwryan October 1, 2013 (5:37 pm)

    Not out of towners building these projects, maybe owners, but local jobs. Again, we are getting badly needed replacement of dilapidated buildings that west Seattle will influence the culture of. It’s a good thing.

  • datamuse October 3, 2013 (2:05 am)

    Geez, White Lalo, snobbish much? I thought people in West Seattle were supposed to be neighborly. The renters at the end of my block are friendlier and take better care of their yard than some homeowners I can think of.
    margaritaville, studies show that parking is secondary to the quality, variety, and number of stores and other businesses available in an area. I’ll walk the mile (well, bike the four miles from Highland Park, which is what I usually do), and you can have the parking space I’m not using. :)

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