West Seattle development: 9-lot subdivision proposal

An acre and a third of land in eastern West Seattle is proposed to be split into nine single-family-house lots, according to documents accompanying a land-use application filed with the city this week. Its official address is 4849 21st SW (map), but you can barely glimpse the site from 21st – as shown in our photo, it looks like greenbelt behind a fence, but the site stretches westward to 23rd SW. Two lots would front on 21st, three on 23rd, and the other four inbetween; documents in the online file say a private drive would be built for access to the latter seven. An arborist’s report says the site has 99 “significant” trees, 20 of them “exceptional,” but assesses 35 of the trees as unhealthy and in need of removal. If the subdivision is approved, the lots would be mostly 5,000-7,000 square feet, in keeping with the site’s single-family 5,000 zoning, but one of the lots on 21st would be double-sized, at 10,000 square feet. A two-week comment period will open as soon as the proposal officially appears on the city’s Land Use Information Bulletin.

4 Replies to "West Seattle development: 9-lot subdivision proposal "

  • dsa September 25, 2014 (1:31 am)

    As long as they do as they say and build no denser than what this story says, I’m all for it.

  • Deodara September 25, 2014 (8:18 am)

    I’d like to see preservation of the 20 exceptional trees in proposed building plans.

  • dsa September 25, 2014 (10:20 am)

    I would not trade a zoning or density requirement to save any second growth tree.

  • WSRedux September 26, 2014 (6:25 am)

    Dsa…re: not saving 2nd growth trees? Please elaborate why not? In West Seattle 2nd growth can be anywhere from 100 to 125+ years old, trees that certainly would add visual & biological value to any SF development.

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