VIDEO: Demolition begins at ex-Life Care Center, future Aegis Living site

11:36 AM: Demolition has finally begun at the former Life Care Center at 47th/Admiral/Waite, vacant for more than 3 1/2 years. The teardown has begun on the back of the building, which will be replaced by a new Aegis Living memory care and assisted living center.

12:30 PM: By the way, thanks for all the tips that the teardown work had started. When last we published an update, after tips about the arrival of the construction-office trailer last month, Aegis told us they expected to start this week. The Eastside-based company got Design Review approval last February for a three-story center with 80 units – here’s a rendering by architects GGLO:


Aegis bought the property in late 2013 for $3,650,000. This is their 17th project in the Puget Sound area; the Aegis website says this will open in spring 2018.

10 Replies to "VIDEO: Demolition begins at ex-Life Care Center, future Aegis Living site"

  • Westsider August 9, 2016 (2:59 pm)

    A little bit of sadness for me.  My grandmother was lovingly cared for there.  It is also where she took her last breaths.  She lived there so long it’s almost like seeing her house being torn down.  I hope that the Aegis facility cares for its patients with the same love my grandmother received at Life Care Center.  

  • Josh August 9, 2016 (4:24 pm)

    Now if they could just mosey on over and demo the creepy deserted daycare on Avalon, that’d be great

  • Chris August 9, 2016 (5:45 pm)

    Westsider – agree with you.   We have many memories attached to the facility from people we knew there to the many years our family volunteered.   Though the building is now gone, those memories will still stay with us.    It is sad, though so many others will be helped with the new facility.

  • Jeanie August 9, 2016 (8:49 pm)

    My mom stayed at the Aegis in Bellevue when she developed dementia in her 90s. It was a very sad time, seeing her mind deteriorate, but she got terrific care at Aegis. Kind staff,  beautiful and clean facility with almost the feel of an upscale hotel. Yes, it was terribly expensive, but that’s an unfortunate reality. 

  • dsa August 9, 2016 (11:06 pm)

    That lumber should not be wasted.  It is better quality than is now available.

    • DaveB August 10, 2016 (8:21 am)

      I talked to one of the demo crew yesterday (I had the same question about the lumber). He said almost none of the waste will go to a landfill. The larger beams will be repurposed and the smaller scraps of wood will be used as fuel by refineries, and the metal and concrete will be recycled. Lead and asbestos were removed in advance of the destruction. 

      • dsa August 10, 2016 (2:33 pm)

        Thanks, but all I’m seeing in that picture is heavy equipment crawling over broken wood.  Using it for fuel is is just burning it.  It’s not recycling.  Do people know Seattle’s waste used to be burned? 

        • William August 10, 2016 (3:21 pm)

          @DSA – you are correct, not much of that building will ever be saved for re-use.  A company like Aegis will do the cheapest thing.  The City’s code does not require any kind of efforts for salvage with commercial building tear downs like this.  

  • Brendan J. August 10, 2016 (10:19 am)

    I have memories of that place even going as far back as Modern Care!

  • Dwayne clark August 28, 2016 (7:12 pm)

    This is Dwayne Clark the founder and CEO of Aegis Living. We are honored to  be part of the West Seattle Community. Ironically, one of my first dates with my now wife consisted of visiting an elderly neighbor of hers who was put  in Life Care Center.  My wife lived for many years in West Seattle before we were married and we have many family members that still live within blocks of this community. We are sensitive to reusing materials and do try do so when possible.  As a Seattle Family Owned Company,  we endeavor to build not only a beautiful buildings but provide outstanding care.  Looking forward to be a good neighbor….

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