See about-to-be-reviewed new design for 4700 SW Admiral Way

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That’s one rendering (by the architecture firm GGLO) from the new 42-page “packet” for this Thursday’s review of 4700 SW Admiral Way, the assisted-living center that Aegis Living plans to build where the old Life Care Center of West Seattle awaits teardown, three years after its closure, two years after Aegis bought the site.

The project is currently described as a 3-story, 80-unit complex with 36 offstreet vehicle-parking spaces and 20 bicycle spaces; 48 of the units are expected to offer assisted living, with the remaining 32 providing memory care. The packet notes, “The proposed project aims to use a stucco facade in keeping with the client’s vision of a Mediterranean oasis.” At 6:30 pm Thursday, the Southwest Design Review Board will take its second and possibly final look at the project, with the meeting including a public-comment period. The project’s first review was last July; here’s the official city report. This Thursday, it’s the only project the board will review, 6:30 pm upstairs at the Sisson Building (West Seattle Senior Center), California/Oregon.

14 Replies to "See about-to-be-reviewed new design for 4700 SW Admiral Way"

  • dsa February 1, 2016 (9:22 pm)

    The lesson is to never buy close to an arterial.

    • Joe Szilagyi February 2, 2016 (5:56 am)

      Unless one wants to live near amenities and human activity…

    • Brian February 2, 2016 (7:33 am)

      This comment is truly baffling because anyone who bought a home near this lot has been living near a shuttered building for years anyway. Are you going to miss the abandoned building when this new development goes up?

  • chemist February 1, 2016 (11:17 pm)

    Interesting Juliet balconies in front of windows (so the bottom of the window is only slightly below the top of the railing) rather than the usual sliding glass door such a balcony would have. I guess it serves to break up the facade more than anything else. Maybe you could put a potted plant out there and lean out the window to water it.

  • dsa February 2, 2016 (12:07 am)

    I don’t think they are balconies, just aesthetic trim, and it helps.   It helps a lot.  This thing is big.

  • Wendell February 2, 2016 (7:05 am)

    Mediterranean oasis? 

  • abovealki February 2, 2016 (7:18 am)

    A Mediterranean look is kind of silly; we live in the NW, why can’t the architecture look appropriate…I assume there’ll be a forest of stupid-looking palm trees around it too. 

  • ktrapp February 2, 2016 (8:52 am)

    Yeah, stucco is a hilariously bad choice for both the Northwest climate and in terms of fitting in with existing design.  But considering the existing building is looking more dilapidated every day, I’m sure it will look fine for a good 15-20 years, before it needs to be stripped off and replaced by something more practical.  It would be nice if they cleared the old building sooner rather than later, but I’m guessing they’re waiting to make sure they can actually build what they want there before they sink the money into demolition work.

  • wetone February 2, 2016 (11:43 am)

    Designed with global warming in mind ; )        20 bicycle spaces ? what’s that about ? must be something involving city.

    • WSB February 2, 2016 (11:53 am)

      A development of this size would apparently require more bicycle spaces but they are proposing 20, saying it’s enough for staff to use, as most of the residents, particularly in the memory-care unit, are not likely to be using bicycles.

  • wetone February 2, 2016 (5:52 pm)

    Thanks WSB, comment was just pointing out how out how crazy it sounds when city  requires an assisted living  memory-care facility to have 20 dedicated  spots to park bikes. But then this is Seattle.

    • chemist February 2, 2016 (7:19 pm)

      If they weren’t a senior care facility, they’d need 56 bike parking spots for 81 units.

      The formula for car parking at assisted living facilities is in Table B for SMC 23.54.015 and suggests staffing of 29 or fewer at a time.

      1 space for each 4 assisted living units; plus
      1 space for each 2 staff members on-site at peak staffing time; plus
      1 barrier-free passenger loading and unloading space

  • Nancy R February 2, 2016 (6:11 pm)

    I like the proposed design.  What an improvement this will be from the previous architecture!!

  • Gina February 3, 2016 (8:24 am)

    A welcome addition to the neighborhood!

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