DEVELOPMENT: Informal community meetings for Delridge, Admiral, Junction projects

Three more West Seattle projects have informal community meetings coming up as part of the city’s semi-new Early Community Outreach for Design Review process. All three of these projects are going through Administrative Design Review, which means no other meetings involved beyond these casual drop-in opportunities:

8415 DELRIDGE WAY: This 14-townhouse plan has a community meeting set for 4:30-5:30 pm next Monday (April 8th) at Southwest Library (9010 35th SW). There’s also a basic webpage set up for it, offering other ways to provide early feedback on the design, including this survey.

1606 CALIFORNIA SW: 12:45 pm Saturday, April 13th, is when you’ll be able to drop by the West Seattle (Admiral) Library for information on this 8-unit rowhouse project planned to replace a house and fourplex at 1600-1606 California SW. Here’s a webpage for the project, also with a link to a survey you can answer.

4800 ERSKINE WAY: The microapartment project planned to replace the Junction 7-11 will be discussed 5-6 pm April 15th at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon), according to this poster:

Thanks to the reader who spotted it and sent the photo – since there’s no online mention yet in the city system. We have reported on the project before. The poster says construction is not expected before 2023 and notes that commercial space is planned as well as 65 microapartments, with no offstreet parking.

27 Replies to "DEVELOPMENT: Informal community meetings for Delridge, Admiral, Junction projects"

  • S - in West Seattle April 4, 2019 (4:42 pm)

    Great another developers dream putting put boxes up with no parking. Continuing to destroy West Seattle one box at a time. 

    • KM April 4, 2019 (6:49 pm)

      I know. My favorite part of West Seattle is the private parking in homes and the underutilized parking spots on the streets and in lots. These car storage facilities are what make West Seattle great!

  • Rick April 4, 2019 (5:22 pm)

    Over the years I’ve had to move my business (41 years here) 4 times due to “progress” and will have to again in 2 months. I deal with it but the part that saddens me is that as great as West Seattle is (arrived in 1969) is the loss of character. And that can’t be bought.

    • CAM April 5, 2019 (9:47 am)

      I’m sorry Rick but comments like this are just so irritating. You’re basically suggesting that the new people moving here and the new businesses opening here aren’t as good as what used to be/still is here or have no “character.” Maybe take a walk around and check out those new businesses that are opening in these developments. Or get to know some of the people moving to West Seattle in the last few years. I think you’d find a lot of diversity and “character.”

  • Jon Wright April 4, 2019 (5:46 pm)

    No parking…oh, the humanity!

  • Mj April 4, 2019 (6:30 pm)

    Rents for micro apartments are around $800 to $900 a month.  This is affordable for a person working FT in Seattle.  Street parking near the site is already used extensively.  The City should monetize this public resource to the going market rate.

    • chemist April 4, 2019 (8:05 pm)

      I think they’ve worked up to the $900-1,000/mo range, as indicated by the Fauntleroy Lofts (which had that repeat arson-thing a year ago).  The RPZ limits being “per household” are amazing considering that those 66 micro-units planned for the 7-11 site would be eligible for 264 RPZ permits and another 66 guest passes.https://knockrentals.com/community/7g1NVX3jOyJyXLYd/apartment/rental/seattle – info on Fauntleroy Lofts rent

      • Peter April 5, 2019 (9:15 am)

        Oh for …… Yes, I’m sure 65 units will result in 330 cars parked on the street. Gimme a break.

  • AMD April 4, 2019 (6:34 pm)

    Yay!  More houses!  Especially excited to see the house on Delridge being torn down and replaced.  What a waste to have so much empty space on a main drag like that!  And being right next to the future H line and Sealth, the location couldn’t be better for more dense housing options.  Super excited to see more people in the neighborhood.

  • Rick April 4, 2019 (8:04 pm)

    Love it when folks are allowed to express their opinions here and others are allowed to take sarcastic pot shots directed at them rather than just expressing their own opinions. 

    • John April 5, 2019 (12:05 pm)

      Rick, In my opinion, after 41 years you could have been one of the many  successful West Seattleites that own their business and building.  If you had bought back 35-40 years ago, or any number of times since, you would be sitting on a goldmine rather than complaining and blaming. In my opinion, West Seattle has never been as great as it is now.  And I started here in 1952!  I will express my opinion that the seventies and eighties were some of the most blighted times in West Seattle.  You were hard pressed to find a decent restaurant.  Even now,  local businesses  continue to buy for their own financial security like Thunder Road Guitars announced move to Morgan Junction.

    • Lagartija Nick April 5, 2019 (1:32 pm)

      Ain’t free speech grand? People are free to leave inane comments and others are free to mock them for it.

      • CMT April 5, 2019 (3:18 pm)

        Wow Lagartja Nick.  Embracing the breakdown of civility, politeness, respecting differing viewpoints.  That’s something to champion.  You have actually just made me depressed with that comment, although no doubt that simply creates an opportunity for a “clever” snarky comeback.  

        • Lagartija Nick April 5, 2019 (3:51 pm)

          Rick chastises people for their comments in an attempt to silence them and I’m the one responsible for the breakdown of civil society? Give me a break.

          • CMT April 5, 2019 (7:09 pm)

            I read him as asking for civility – and asking that people state their own differing opinions without sarcastically deriding his.  You then called his clearly heartfelt (regardless of whether you agree) comment “inane” and glibly gloated that mocking is just part of free speech.  Own it.

  • Airwolf April 5, 2019 (7:33 am)

    More Housing options = loss of neighborhood character

    • Peter April 5, 2019 (9:18 am)

      As long as the city and economy are growing, not building housing will force housing costs up and up and up. Seattle desperately needs more housing.

    • AMD April 5, 2019 (11:15 am)

      Remember when there were only 400 people living on the peninsula, total?  You moved here after that.  Your home was built after that.  And your home and presence are part of what gives West Seattle its current character.  How would you feel if those 400 people were like “Ugh!  Airwolf and his less-than-two-acre lot!  There goes the neighborhood!”?  You’re probably a pretty decent guy who has a lot to offer the area.  Give your new neighbors a chance.  Things will look different, but change isn’t inherently bad just because it’s different.  

    • JOHN April 5, 2019 (5:26 pm)

      MORE HOUSING OPTIONS = MORE NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTERS

  • JeffK April 5, 2019 (8:37 am)

    Instead of an ADU in my backyard can I build a small multi-story parking garage?

    • CAM April 5, 2019 (9:50 am)

      No, you can’t because your neighborhood organizations which claim to represent the community interests effectively lobbied to have West Seattle restricted in growth for large portions of the urban core for the foreseeable future.  

      • WSB April 5, 2019 (10:05 am)

        The bashing of neighborhood organizations grows quite wearisome. (Not just you, but some others.) They work on a ton of things that nobody else bothers to give time to but without which IMO our community would have, well, less community. In no particular order: Activating Roxhill Park and the Delridge Triangle? Neighborhood group. Morgan Junction Festival? Neighborhood group. Summer Concerts at Admiral? Neighborhood group. Fauntleroy Fall Festival? Neighborhood group. Countless community-safety (from transportation to crime) issues? ALL VOLUNTEERS who seldom get thanked for their time and trouble and instead get snarked at as if they’re sitting in smoke-filled rooms counting cash.

        Land use issues? Not a huge preoccupation. The city’s decision to pursue HALA MHA for the past few years put it on the front burner for some. In the years before that? Not so much. We cover neighborhood groups as often as we can precisely because they deal with a wide variety of things that a wide variety of people should care about and it’s just one of a massive list of issues, topics, events they deal with. But if you want to talk Junction growth, for just one example, it has already hit multiple times what it was projected to hit. (I’m sorry I don’t have the stat handy.) And the single-family zoning in the urban village IS being upzoned. It’s being upzoned slightly less than it was proposed to be upzoned. Even that is considered to be temporary until the ST routing/station locations are figured out.

        P.S. The ageist vilification of neighborhood advocates as a bunch of old people with time on their hands isn’t accurate either. JuNO for example has been led by young moms in recent years – current director Amanda Sawyer is mom to a newborn. Erica Karlovits, two leaders ago, is often seen (we wave in passing) with hub and two little ones at the Sunday Farmers’ Market. If you don’t agree with what your nearest neighborhood group is doing, then go get involved. BELIEVE ME, they would be MORE THAN THRILLED to have more help. However much or little you could provide.

        Criticize and critique actions, positions, etc., but you might consider respecting the fact that whether you agree with them or not, some people at least care enough to volunteer. I’m afraid our reporting fails to fully convey who does what and maybe that’s why it seems so easy to throw bricks. – TR

        • John April 5, 2019 (12:31 pm)

          TR,I respectfully disagree.  As you know, I once was active in attending these neighborhood groups, particularly in areas of specific interest to me Morgan Junction and Derlridge mostly but also Fauntleroy, Admiral and Alki.  I got to know the movers behind MOCA some 20 years ago.  They are the same bunch now, but 20 years older.  I absolutely respect the manner some of them have devoted their retired lives to promoting their view of their community.  They no doubt devoted thousands of hours to their community group.  I truly appreciate their commitment but highly disagree with their anti-housing platform and  while attending meetings, I was often interrupted or shouted down.In my opinion, the bashing TR cites is specific to the issues of our urban housing struggles that these groups realistically  represent just one side of.The good done by these groups that TR mentions is wonderful and an addition to our community.  I laud and thank them for some many wonderful things they do outside of the politically charged development  issue that have assumed such a defining presence.Yes, there are some young, diverse and maybe non-homeowning activists becoming involved, but most WSB photos of  neighborhood group meetings portray the demographic that I experienced (and  I am ‘middle aged white’).  I do not know anyone who would argue that these neighborhood groups appear fully integrated representing all who live in the community.

        • NH April 5, 2019 (1:09 pm)

          Thank you, WSB.Also, some neighborhoods were upzoned fully. We live on the one upzoned block of 45th in Admiral. Despite Admiral being the only urban village without frequent transit (pointed out by Lisa Herbold several times) no concessions were made. 

        • Karen April 5, 2019 (8:56 pm)

          Thank you, Tracy.   Hearing from the same old saws playing the same old laments.

        • H April 15, 2019 (3:36 pm)

          Bravo, WSB. People seem to think that because the neighborhood associations don’t necessarily agree with them personally that they must be full of old timers who want things the way they were and therefore represent zero interests of the community. I live in this community and I think they do a great job representing me (and I’m not old, nor an old timer).

      • WSJ April 5, 2019 (4:26 pm)

        Lobbied?  It’s called being engaged in the regulatory/legislative process, and as a constituent you and anyone else who lives in the community are free to do so as well.

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