West Seattle Thursday: Design Review for 4505 42nd SW and 4515 41st SW; ‘Judy’s Scary Little Christmas’ opens; McLaren @ Lafayette

In the spotlight topping today’s list of calendar highlights, a Southwest Design Review Board doubleheader looking at two Junction projects:

DESIGN REVIEW X 2: First up, 6:30 pm in the big upstairs room at Senior Center of West Seattle, it’s the first meeting for 4515 41st SW, a proposed 48-unit memory-care facility (here’s our June report). Here’s the “packet” with project details and renderings:

At 8 pm, the board is scheduled to move on to the third review for 4505 42nd SW, now proposed for 50 apartments, 9 units of “lodging,” and 3,600 sf commercial space. Here’s its info/images “packet”:

Here’s our report on the previous review for that project. Both meetings will have time for public comment. (Oregon/California)

Now, here’s what else is on our calendar and/or in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:

INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY POTLUCK AND SWIM … at Southwest Pool, noon-1:30 pm swim, 1:30 pm potluck, details in our calendar listing. (2801 SW Thistle)

HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS’ SHOP LATE THURSDAY! First of three December Thursdays during which you’ll find many Junction shops open late, until 9 pm, so you can enjoy more local holiday shopping. (Full HH schedule here)

BEER TASTING: Winter Is Coming Fest from 11 am opening time on, “five tastes of winter favorites” at Elliott Bay Brewing Co. in The Junction. (4720 California SW)

COOKBOOK LAUNCH: During Shop Late Thursday, Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) is hosting a launch party for Michelle Babb‘s new anti-inflammatory cookbook – details in our calendar listing. 6-9 pm. (4540 Californai SW)

HELPING JASMIN: 6:30 tonight at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), it’s the start of a fun night, silent auction included, to help Jasmin Egan, a West Seattle native and mom of 3 who is battling leukemia. Music and more – see our preview here, including dream auction items for that golfer in your life – or you! (6451 California SW)

SCHOOL BOARD REP @ LAFAYETTE: As previewed here on Wednesday, the Lafayette Elementary PTA invites you to its first community forum with local representatives. **6:30 pm** tonight in the school cafeteria, West Seattle’s school-board rep Marty McLaren is the first guest. (California/Lander)

MEET & GREET & TALK FISHING: 7-9 pm tonight, also during Shop Late Thursday, it’s a “women’s meet-and-greet” at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) with wine, cheese, and info about local fisheries – details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Oregon)

JUDY’S SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS: The holiday production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) opens tonight, 7:30 pm – get tickets here. (4711 California SW)

10 Replies to "West Seattle Thursday: Design Review for 4505 42nd SW and 4515 41st SW; 'Judy's Scary Little Christmas' opens; McLaren @ Lafayette"

  • DTK December 4, 2014 (1:52 pm)

    Fifty apartments and 15 parking spaces.
    Sixty six beds and 11 parking spaces.
    One ex-West Seattleite overjoyed that he sold his townhouse and got the heck out!!!

  • KT December 4, 2014 (2:15 pm)

    … 9 units of “lodging,” … What does that mean?

    • WSB December 4, 2014 (2:22 pm)

      I’m hoping to find out tonight. It’s new to this rev of the project. The only further description I found in the packet was “non-transient lodging.”

  • ChefJoe December 4, 2014 (3:15 pm)

    DTK, the packet for 4505 is “creative”… and the packet sketch for floor P1 has pillars in two of the parking spaces meaning there’s only 14 slots unobstructed (because someone sketched 16 spots).

    It also says on pg 10 there’s 36 flats, 9 mezzanine units, 2 retail spaces, and 17 parking spots. I guess when you’re talking design maybe they’re not concerned about interior layout accuracy yet.

  • WSB December 4, 2014 (6:34 pm)

    By request here at the meeting – here’s the direct link to the 4515 41st SW packet:
    And for the 42nd SW project …

  • Diane December 4, 2014 (6:36 pm)

    thank you

  • John December 4, 2014 (11:28 pm)

    zero setbacks again.

  • WSeaKyle December 5, 2014 (8:21 am)

    Lodging refers to non-lease, night-to-night rentals similar to a hotel for relatives/friends of residents of the building or nearby West Seattle residents. I live in Altamira and we have three. It is an incredible amenity for when I have out of town guests.

    • WSB December 5, 2014 (8:24 am)

      We actually did get a clarification on that (the “lodging”) last night and our story should be up this morning – delayed a bit by the breaking news happening elsewhere while the meeting was under way. In short, this will be intended for people who need something a little longer-term than a hotel – visiting businesspeople, for example – one week minimum, one month maximum. It was hatched as a solution, the project team said, to the fact that in order for the building to qualify as “mixed use” they needed more commercial space than could be fit on the ground floor, given the building’s footprint. – TR

  • John December 5, 2014 (8:23 am)

    Impressive how many of West Seattle’s new buildings are being done by this former resident, former West Seattle (now Pittsburg) design firm and former chair of the Design Review Board.

    I wonder how important that post was to their current dominance of projects in our hood?

    They are expert at pushing the West Seattle buttons with references to West Seattle landmarks and providing ‘milk-toast’ designs tailored to the don’t change the old look that we are being burdened with.

    It is sad that the only strong, even great design existing or now happening in West Seattle is in SFRs, where we never get to hear about it, much less see it.

    I wonder if the conservative retro-ism of West Seattle in regards to Design Review would change if we all could experience some of the great buildings in our neighborhoods. And I would hope that such exposure would lead to appreciation which would lead to a more open mindset to creative designs.

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