WEST SEATTLE DEVELOPMENT: Plans for 13 houses and 5 townhouses

Two more development notes:

13 HOUSES IN DELRIDGE, AND A RESIDENT’S REQUEST: Today’s Land Use Information Bulletin includes two notices that launch comment periods for adjacent undeveloped sites where 13 new “clustered” single-family houses are proposed. Eight of them would be at 5244 23rd SW (here’s that notice); five would be at 5232 23rd SW (here’s that notice). Each would be three stories, with parking for one vehicle. Comments are being sought on environmental impacts as well as on “allow(ing) a cluster housing development in a steep slope.” The deadline is April 25th, and you can follow the link to each notice to see how to comment.

One comment already in – and CC’d to us when sent pre-notice – is from area resident Douglas Ollerenshaw, who wrote to the city:

… I am requesting that the project include a publicly accessible stairway on the currently inaccessible Brandon St right of way on the south edge of this parcel.

A public stairway at this site would serve as a critical connection for residents of Puget Ridge to access the RapidRide H bus line that is currently being planned. It would also provide residents with access to the Delridge Library, nearby parks, and local businesses. There is currently an approximately 1 mile gap separating the closest pedestrian connections between Delridge and 23rd (at Oregon and Juneau Streets). This section of Brandon St. appears on the Feet First Trails of West Seattle map as a ‘future trail’. It is currently covered in deep shrubbery and inaccessible. …

The development site is just south of the address pinned on this map.

TEARDOWN-TO-TOWNHOUSES AT 4518 41ST SW: Three months ago, we reported on a plan to tear down a house at 4518 40th SW and replace it with five townhouses. City files now show an almost-identical plan for an almost-identical address one block west – 4518 41st SW, where this 108-year-old house will be demolished:

This five-townhouse project will go through Streamlined Design Review (public comment but no meeting), according to the city website.

7 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE DEVELOPMENT: Plans for 13 houses and 5 townhouses"

  • John April 12, 2018 (1:39 pm)

    Head north a few steps to 5000 block of Puget Blvd SW to see what a similar developer built on a steep slope. You may soon have your own 16ft concrete retaining wall to admire, and likely no improvements to any public infrastructure whatsoever.

  • ScottAmick April 12, 2018 (1:56 pm)

    Good news on the stair suggestion above – last October the developer asked for a right of way improvement exception and this was the result: “SDCI, in consultation with SDOT, hereby modifies the improvement requirements in the SW Brandon Street right-of-way from a 20 feet wide paved roadway to the following: The SW Brandon Street right-of-way shall be improved with pedestrian stairs and lighting per SDOT standards.”
    It’s in this 1/25/18 file: http://web6.seattle.gov/dpd/edms/GetDocument.aspx?src=WorkingDocs&id=1018139

    • best policy April 12, 2018 (2:19 pm)

      That’s fantastic!  Thanks for the info.

      • ScottAmick April 12, 2018 (2:27 pm)

        Just be sure the lighting is actually decent.  The relatively new stair near my place is really long and only has one light at the top and one light at the bottom.  There’s a long middle section that’s pitch dark.  Still better than nothing but wow – one more light is now a big deal to add.

  • KBear April 12, 2018 (2:27 pm)

    Awesome! Glad to hear stairs are in the works!

  • MJ April 12, 2018 (2:47 pm)


    Good and reasonable request for the stairs.  I hope they are installed.


  • Colin April 12, 2018 (4:35 pm)

    +1 on the stairs up Brandon connecting Puget Ridge to Delridge! This would significantly improve transit access for my neighborhood, especially with the upcoming H Line.

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