From the ‘in case you wondered too’ file: Upton Flats update

Upton Flats – the High Point mixed-use development at 35th SW/SW Graham – “isn’t as close to complete as you might think.” That’s what Seattle Housing Authority spokesperson Kerry Coughlin told us when we checked in after receiving multiple recent e-mails wondering about its status. Coughlin explained, “The developer is facing the same issues that a lot of construction projects are right now. It’s difficult to get certain subcontractors, which creates delays.” Most of those e-mailing us to ask about the project’s status were particularly curious about its commercial space. As we’ve reported previously, most of it will become offices for SHA; Coughlin says that will total about 5,300 square feet, and they’re now expecting to move into that space next summer. No tenant yet for the retail space, about 1,200 square feet. In addition to those spaces and the ~100 apartments, which Coughlin says are still under construction, Upton Flats will include a “nearly 3,000-sf community room with kitchen and restrooms.” (If you’re interested in more information about the 6058 35th SW project, here’s our report from its final Southwest Design Review Board meeting in 2016.)

18 Replies to "From the 'in case you wondered too' file: Upton Flats update"

  • pdid September 19, 2018 (5:09 pm)

    Please put a bar in there, this in-between neighborhood needs a good watering hole.

    • RCS September 20, 2018 (9:55 am)

      100% AGREE!

  • Ice September 19, 2018 (6:30 pm)

    I wa hoping for a coffee shop and a weed shop but alas my dreams have hit the rocks. With the insanely high volume of traffic in that area, I am surprised they are going to have so much office space. The location seems like it would be a good spot for some sort of resturant/retail.

  • Sarah September 19, 2018 (6:47 pm)

    As someone who lives very nearby, I’m so, so disappointed that this is mostly office space for SHA.  As others have said, this neighborhood sorely needs a coffee shop, bar, cafe… anything along those lines.  There are already so many spaces dedicated to city / organization offices in the area, between High Point community center (s), library, food bank, department of corrections, youth center etc etc…. Don’t get me wrong, all very worthy, but such a concentration of one kind of ‘civic’/ public use and NO retail other than domino’s and the food mart. Maybe the idea is to give people a “campus” of services but for the rest of the neighborhood this is a big missed opportunity for more retail and other destinations.  Why not leave a bit more space for other uses, it wouldn’t take that much and would be a boost to the whole neighborhood that public services spaces simply cannot bring!

    • WSB September 19, 2018 (7:03 pm)

      The 1,200-sf space might yet be a coffee shop or café – but nothing signed yet per SHA.

    • KM September 19, 2018 (8:44 pm)

      Agree 100%. Absolutely bummed about how much space is going toward office space.

    • Ice September 19, 2018 (11:58 pm)

      I have the feeling that once these apartments, offices and all of the townhomes that are behind them are filled, our area will be able to support a bit more economic activity. Hopefully we’ll get a restaurant that isn’t Pizza Hut.

      • Sarah September 20, 2018 (9:25 am)

        Fingers crossed. Nothing against office space but a mix of uses would be best for everyone… including the people working in the offices who might want lunch etc 

  • Mr J September 19, 2018 (9:01 pm)

    Really? Bummed about office space? Has anyone seen the bridge in the morning? Anyone? West Seattle needs more office space. There’s several coffee shops within a short walking distance in either direction. 1200sf in today’s market of $35-$45sf plus NNN is unlikely to lure a coffee shop in. 

    • Azimuth September 19, 2018 (10:09 pm)

      Agree 100% on the need for more office space in WS.

    • WS Guy September 20, 2018 (8:36 am)


    • KM September 20, 2018 (9:23 am)

      Sure, WS could use more office space (with that comes additional cars/traffic/parking to the area, FWIW). This area has been extremely underserved for some time, and I believe was originally designed to have a grocery store for the community when it was redeveloped (someone else might remember this timeline better). I don’t think that most of the commercial footprint going to SHA offices is the best use of the space.

    • Hmm September 20, 2018 (9:26 am)

      Short walking distance? Do tell! 

      • WSB September 20, 2018 (10:01 am)

        “Short” is subjective. Unless I’m overlooking someone – the nearest coffee shops/coffee bars are Cafe Osita, about 3/4 of a hilly mile south on 35th, or Thriftway (WSB sponsor) and Starbucks, half a mile down a steep hill on SW Morgan.

        • HMM September 20, 2018 (3:09 pm)

          Yeah, my thought as well — given both topography and distance… no one located near 35th and Morgan would pop over to any of these regularly.  Walking distance is technically defined as 1/4 mile.  So it’s kinda too bad that anyone working in the new SHA offices won’t have many places to walk to, as well.  They’ll all drive to Morgan, etc.

  • Jort September 20, 2018 (2:08 pm)

    There’s a good terry stark difference between retail and office space at ground level. Using that area for office space is a real shame.

  • Angie October 5, 2018 (1:38 pm)

    100000% agree this place needs to be retail. coffee, fast food, grocery store. anything! even a subway will make our life so much better. SHA plz reconsider!!!!!

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