West Seattle development: Site clearing begins at 4505 42nd SW


6:10 PM: Weeks after equipment showed up for clearing the site, work started today on the mixed-use project at 4505 42nd SW in The Junction, across the alley from the Senior Center of West Seattle. This project got final Southwest Design Review Board approval early last year after four meetings over the course of a year. It is set for 7 stories including 40+ residential units, ~6,000 square feet of lodging, and ~4,500 square feet of retail, with 14 offstreet parking spaces; owner Leon Capelouto has said that tenants interested in parking beyond that will be able to access it in the garage for his Capco Plaza building less than a block south at 42nd/Alaska. The “lodging” was described during Design Review as nine furnished units to be offered for “minimum one-week, maximum one-month” use, expected to appeal to “corporate types.” (Thanks to NLB and Eddie for the tips that site work had begun.)

ADDED 7:55 AM THURSDAY: Thanks to NLB for this clip of demolition work continuing this morning:

13 Replies to "West Seattle development: Site clearing begins at 4505 42nd SW"

  • West June 1, 2016 (6:41 pm)

    Let’s call this construction West Seattle. This is way to much.  I hate all this growth?? And I’m not alone

    • LWC June 2, 2016 (10:38 am)

      I personally love all the growth in our urban villages. I’d much rather have more construction and more density here than to increase sprawl and further destroy what’s left of our farmlands and forests at the edge of our suburban areas. And I’m not alone either :)

      • KM June 2, 2016 (11:06 am)

        Hear! hear!

  • Carole June 1, 2016 (6:53 pm)

    9 units at 6000 Sq ft total.  For “corporate types.”  Ah, businessmen/women with no cars who will use metro, presumably.  One week to 30 day rentals.  Right.  So flop house?  Hotel?  Air BnB?  

    • WSB June 1, 2016 (7:02 pm)

      Sounded more “Residence Inn” to me – at least as they were back in the days when I had business travel related to previous employment.

  • Diane June 1, 2016 (8:22 pm)

    I don’t remember the lodging part of this from DRB

  • Noelle June 1, 2016 (9:05 pm)

    I don’t understand how a 7-story building with only 14 parking spaces gets approved.

    • WSB June 1, 2016 (9:07 pm)

      It is in a frequent-transit zone. The city rules do not require ANY parking in frequent-transit zones.

  • Gene June 1, 2016 (9:51 pm)

    Right everyone who lives there will take transit- bike ,walk ,uber or car to go. Still- that parking lot monitor better be on his toes!

  • can u believe it June 1, 2016 (9:58 pm)

    No one had lived here for over 6 months.  City came out and said they found evidence of someone who was clearly living on the street. Wanted to charge the city and the owner $1800 apiece, per month  for a displaced tenant. Had to tell em no one was displaced. 

  • Eddie June 2, 2016 (6:40 am)

    This is one of a number of houses in West Seattle that have gotten what I call “Hedge Locked”.  Where the Laurel hedge gets so big and thick you have to strain to see the house inside.  The workers said it would take more time to clear the vegetation out than it will to knock the structure down.

    There’s another “Hedge Locked” place on Oregon and Glenn Way (NE corner) that would change the whole view of that corner. 

  • birdgeek June 2, 2016 (12:42 pm)

    @eddie: “Hedge Locked”: luvvit! So true! :D

  • Bruce June 2, 2016 (2:05 pm)

    I wish the city would limit density increases to a 10-minute walk zone around light rail stations, ferry terminals, Sounder stations, and streetcar stops. I’m unsure about rapid ride stops.

Sorry, comment time is over.