West Seattle development: Five updates, including site sights

Five development notes today:

OFFICIAL NOTICE FOR 6917 CALIFORNIA MEETING: In case you missed the mention in our coverage of last week’s Morgan Junction development-primer meeting, the city notice is officially out today, confirming December 19th as the date for the citizen-requested Department of Planning and Development meeting to take comments on the 30-apartments, no-off-street-parking building planned at 6917 California SW. The project does not require Design Review, so no public meeting would be happening if not for a petition drive spearheaded by Concerned Morgan Junction Neighbors. The meeting is at 6:30 pm December 19th at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (This Thursday, December 12th, there’s another community-organized meeting, this time with the site’s developer, 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center.) Our photo, by the way, shows the fence that went up around the site within the past few days.

2 FAUNTLEROY WAY TOWNHOUSE PROJECTS: First, with demolition last week, the site’s being cleared for the 5-rowhouse townhouse project at 5457 Fauntleroy (first mentioned here in June):

Further north, another proposal is now in the city system – seven townhouses proposed for a 7,500-square-foot site at 4842 Fauntleroy Way SW (map), to replace a 62-year-old duplex. The site plan shows two townhouses fronting Fauntleroy, five behind, with seven parking spaces lining the alley on the east side of the site.

2801 SW NEVADA LOT SPLIT, TOWNHOUSES: A few more details on this lot-split plan mentioned last week while we were covering the prefab-townhouse installation nearby on SW Genesee: The comment period for 2801 SW Nevada’s lot split (map) ends next Sunday; you can send a comment by following the link atop the notice, which currently covers only the lot split, though a site plan on file with the city outlines four townhouses to replace the 66-year-old duplex that’s there now.

2 NEW SEAVIEW HOMES: Two 94-year-old houses in the 5900 block of 47th SW in Seaview (map) are planned to be demolished and replaced with new homes – the application for 5911 47th SW is here; the application for 5917 47th SW is here.

SIGHTS ON SITES: Two reader-contributed photos – first, Sharonn caught one of the tanks taken out of the ground at the former Shell station on the 4755 Fauntleroy Way development site at Fauntleroy/Alaska:

That’s not the official start of demolition at the site, just the cleanup of the corner.

Finally – the crane that’s been up for half a year over Spruce, aka the ex-Hole, was spotted hoisting bio-break necessities:

Thanks to Leslie for sharing that pic taken from Dream Dinners (WSB sponsor) on the outer east side of Jefferson Square.

16 Replies to "West Seattle development: Five updates, including site sights"

  • Smiley December 9, 2013 (4:05 pm)

    Thanks for including the map links, that really improves the usefulness of these types of post!

  • natinstl December 9, 2013 (4:22 pm)

    Sorry to hear about the two Seaview homes coming down. I live close by and I’ve always liked that our neighborhood has some well maintained older homes. 5911 was a cute house, 5917 did look like it needed some fixing though. It makes me wonder if the individuals that sold them knew they were going to be demolished. After all the hard work my husband and I have put into our 1918 house I would be devestated.

  • Franchise December 9, 2013 (5:00 pm)

    When will demolition start for the new Whole Foods project on Fauntleroy and Alaska?

    • WSB December 9, 2013 (5:04 pm)

      Not until and unless final approval is given to the project, which includes the “alley vacation” that Mayor McGinn told SDOT not to approve – that has not yet come to the City Council, which has the final say.

  • JayDee December 9, 2013 (6:00 pm)

    One wonders if that UST had any holes? Steel and not fiberglass…Survey says…

  • Gina December 9, 2013 (6:10 pm)

    A 1908 built home was torn down in Admiral last week, will be replaced by two houses. The house was in pretty rough condition under the well kept roof and paint on the outside.


    and this is still on the market.

    The house has been vacant since the Carter administration.

    • WSB December 9, 2013 (6:15 pm)

      Thanks, Gina. Permits granted before we started looking at some of the smaller (two homes replacing one, etc.) infill recently. Preceded by a Lot Boundary Adjustment, which seems to be the first flag going up. Isola Homes, which is very busy!

  • A December 9, 2013 (7:36 pm)

    It’s so sad what has become of West Seattle. I’m looking forward to our move out of this area.

  • OP December 9, 2013 (10:23 pm)

    Progressives against progress? Whodda thunk.

  • iamseriodotus December 10, 2013 (6:48 am)

    @A I’m looking forward to it too, oddly enough.

  • DTK December 10, 2013 (8:09 am)

    When progress is detrimental to progressives due to lack of vision, greed and hubris, we all lose. I will be reluctantly leaving as well.

  • Kim December 10, 2013 (8:55 am)

    I’m looking forward to moving closer to the Alaska Junction so we can get rid of one car and take the C-line until they build light rail. (Feeling optimistic.)

  • CW December 10, 2013 (8:56 am)

    Long term, the city will re-zone all existing single family home areas to multi-unit in all but the following neighborhoods:

    – Laurelhust/Windermere
    – North Capitol Hill/Madison Park/Volunteer Park
    – Pockets of Queen Anne (the very wealthy pockets)
    – West Magnolia
    – small pocket of Mount Baker
    – Beach Drive
    – Broadview
    – North Beach/Blue Ridge

    Everywhere else it will only be a matter of time before that house next to you is demolished and replaced by 8 townhomes or an apartment building. The city simply gets way more tax revenue from 8 townhomes assessed at $500K each than from one home assessed at $750K.

  • JVP December 10, 2013 (11:02 am)

    I’m with Kim and iamseriodotus. I live near the Junction and like that the energy level on the street is improving. More things to walk to all the time. More people walking around. I like it, feels good to me.

  • Tight Squeeze December 13, 2013 (7:41 am)

    Regarding the proposed construction at 4842 Fauntleroy Way SW. 7 townhouses on a 7,500 square foot lot seems really tight. Is that allowed by code?

  • Christina lamers December 14, 2013 (2:59 pm)

    I lived in west seattle for 17 years and liked the small townook. The new development is just going to make stores more croweded, block veiws and more traffic plus a lot of the new stucture buildings are ugly looking

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