DEVELOPMENT: Next chance to comment on 32-townhouse project at 3257, 3303, 3315 Harbor SW and 3252 30th SW

(‘Conceptual’ rendering by Lemons Architecture, from April 2017 Design Review presentation)

Just one West Seattle project on the city-circulated Land Use Information Bulletin published today – but it’s a four-parter. The project [map] has four addresses:

3257 Harbor SW (7 units, 7 parking spaces)
3303 Harbor SW (9 units, 9 parking spaces)
3315 Harbor SW (8 units, 8 parking spaces)
3252 30th SW (8 units, 8 parking spaces)

The project passed the first phase of Design Review back in April (WSB coverage here), which meant the developer was cleared to go ahead and apply for land-use permits. They have now just done so, which is the reason for the notices published today, opening a new public-comment period until January 8th (each address above is linked to the notice that in turn includes a “how to comment” link).

NEXT STEP: The second round of Design Review – no meeting date yet.

BACKSTORY: In 2014, a different proposal for the site – 80+ apartments – passed the first round of Design Review, but went idle, and in November 2016, we found this then-newly filed townhouse plan.

12 Replies to "DEVELOPMENT: Next chance to comment on 32-townhouse project at 3257, 3303, 3315 Harbor SW and 3252 30th SW"

  • WTF December 26, 2017 (9:30 pm)

    Commenting on any development in this city is a waste of time. They do what ever they want to.

    • WSB December 26, 2017 (9:35 pm)

      No, it’s not necessarily. If all you want to do is get a project canceled, yes, that’s highly unlikely, although we have seen projects dropped in the face of extensive pushback (most recent case, Fauntleroy Way CVS; past cases include the Petco once proposed for the ex-Charlestown CafĂ© site where the Rally live-work units and townhouses are now open). But in 10 years of covering design review and other aspects of the process, we’ve seen numerous changes made in response to public and/or Design Review Board comment. – TR

  • Diane December 26, 2017 (9:40 pm)

    such a bummer the original plan for this got cancelled; it was the best I ever saw at design review 

  • Mike December 27, 2017 (7:32 am)

    More people, less parking, less estate taxes to pay for fixing things all these people will need, more tax cuts for developers, more traffic, more impact on our over burdened sewer system and electrical grid, more kids in over packed schools, higher costs of living, more more more more.  I think it’s time we start adding a tax to each unit to help with the impact and stop the tax cuts for developers.  We need to find a way to share the costs of fixing and keeping up our utilities and other things such as schools.  This is not sustainable living, this is stupid.

    • Steve December 27, 2017 (8:53 am)

      And to think Seattle has the second highest paid council in the U.S.  Look at their success in WS.

  • John December 27, 2017 (11:08 am)


    This project is located close to transit, provides onsite parking, does not displace tenants, does not eliminate existing housing and looks nice, yet people still complain. 

    • Diane December 27, 2017 (11:34 am)

      and there’s always John to complain about other people’s comments

      • DianeReally December 27, 2017 (3:47 pm)

        I take issue with Diane complaining about John’s complaining about the other complainers. I mean- come on, Diane- Really?!

  • Also John December 27, 2017 (11:52 am)

    Those exterior stairs are not in compliance.  Where’s the handrail/fall protection?  :-) 

    • OhJohn December 27, 2017 (3:44 pm)

      Hey! Engineer “survival of the fittest” booby traps into new construction, to help offset the massive influx of residents..

    • dsa December 27, 2017 (4:28 pm)

      Those are hill climb stairs.

      The notice of application says:  “…POTENTIAL SLIDE AREA, STEEP SLOPE (>=40%)…”

  • Blarp December 28, 2017 (10:35 am)

    What are you talking about?  Each unit in this development has its own parking space.   Also, property taxes are based on the value of the unit.  These new townhouses will probably sell for 800k+ each, times 32.  That’s a whole lot of property tax, much more than would have been collected if this land were used for single family homes.

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