West Seattle development: 12 units proposed for 6537, 6541 35th SW in Upper Morgan

(King County Assessor photos for 6537 35th SW & 6541 35th SW)

Checking the city files to see what came in just before the holiday weekend, we’ve found new early-stage site plans for two parcels just south of the Upper Morgan business district on the west side of 35th SW. They are filed for 6537 35th SW and 6541 35th SW, to replace two 90+-year-old houses. Both lots are zoned NC2-40, as is that entire block, all the way to the next street south, SW Holly. The files show almost-identical site plans for the two lots, each with two live-work units fronting on 35th, four townhouses behind them, and five parking spaces on the alley behind that. Documents also indicate these sites will go through the “streamlined design review” process, which means no public meetings, but there will be a chance for public comment, once the official notices go out – watch for the sites to show up here.

7 Replies to "West Seattle development: 12 units proposed for 6537, 6541 35th SW in Upper Morgan"

  • chemist May 29, 2016 (10:55 pm)

    Wow, two 6,000 ft lots formerly containing two 1500 sq ft homes is planning to become 4 live-works on 35th and 8 townhouses with 10 off-street parking spaces accessed via the alley ? Maybe the city will make a condition that they finally complete the alley back there so it’s continuous.

  • Andros May 30, 2016 (8:40 am)

    And the new property owners already cut down some massively old trees back there without permit. Welcome to the new West Seattle. 

    • chemist May 30, 2016 (11:15 am)

      You don’t always need a permit to remove trees and you’re allowed to remove up to 3 non-exceptional trees of more than 6 inch diameter a year. Rules are different as part of a development plan, but I don’t think the code currently calls for a “1 year window” around any tree removal where no re-development can take place.


  • Andros May 30, 2016 (12:14 pm)

    It should have been considered at least. It was over 70 years old and had been part of the neighborhood for a long time on the alley side. Instead of there being an review process, the property owner and his buddy just took it their own hands. 

    This sort of development and developers already are unwelcome in our community. The fact that none of this will be reviewed is troubling. 

  • Elle Nell May 30, 2016 (2:31 pm)

    I am SO sick of these people destroying “our” neighborhoods.. These beautiful old homes are priceless and not to mention the old growth trees… Disgusting! 

  • LarryB May 30, 2016 (2:40 pm)

    I’d rather see retail or a restaurant at that location. Live/Work units don’t add that much to the community, and the area needs more walkable options. That’s the main miss with the High Point development – no walkable retail.

  • JP May 31, 2016 (7:37 pm)

    The owner, who has his office in one of the houses, clear cut 5 beautiful cedar trees, and cut most of the rest of the trees. There is no parking in this block, and with a new yoga center there – parking is awful. The owner is your typical hippie cool cat, underneath he is just a plain greedy old businessman. He didn’t even tell his renters he was taking all the trees down. This is not a good development – is just a grab the money and run so some moneybags can get richer. There is no room for this type of building. The beginning of the end of West Seattle.

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