DEVELOPMENT: Preview Harbor Avenue 32-unit rowhouse project before Design Review Board meeting

(Rendering, packets by Fischer Architects)

Two and a half years after the first Southwest Design Review Board look at 3257 Harbor SW and its adjacent sites, the project goes back before the board tomorrow (Thursday, September 19th). The “North Parcels” are proposed for 15 rowhouse units and 15 offstreet parking spaces, the “South Parcels” for 17/17. Here are the design packets:

Public comment will be accepted at the meeting, which starts at 6:30 pm Thursday at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon). Some already has been received in writing/email, as summarized by assigned city planner Sean Conrad in this pre-meeting memo (PDF). This isn’t the first proposal for the site – back in 2014, a ~90-unit proposal went part of the way through Design Review.

8 Replies to "DEVELOPMENT: Preview Harbor Avenue 32-unit rowhouse project before Design Review Board meeting"

  • old timer September 18, 2019 (6:16 pm)

    So the site went from 90 units down to 32?Maybe if things continue, it can go to just 1 really big house.

    • kram September 19, 2019 (2:42 pm)

      Seattle saw a 114,412 more people move here from 2010 to 2018 (per Seattle Times). If that trend simply continues where do you propose those 114,000+ people go to live? On a side note the city will no longer let you build ‘1 really big house’. You are limited to 50% of your lot size now.

  • heartless September 18, 2019 (6:26 pm)

    The vicinity and walkability metrics are just bonkers. 

    The circles that purport to show how far someone can walk in 5 or 15 minutes pay no heed to whether or not it’s actually possible to walk in those directions–they absolutely mislead where and how far someone can walk from this proposed site.  It’s not just that they ignore the hills, they ignore the fact that it’s flat out impossible to walk in some of those directions… 

    Sorry for the rant, but I’m tired and this sort of pretense really bothers me.  

  • No September 19, 2019 (10:35 am)

    30th Ave SW will be a driving disaster. It’s already a one lane road. Terrible idea.

    • markinthedark September 19, 2019 (5:46 pm)

      I bike 30th to get to Admiral Way. We’ll definitely need new bike lanes there. 

  • Kathy September 19, 2019 (4:04 pm)

    I cannot attend due to a conflict, but I am concerned about the impact this might have on bikeable routes to the Admiral District. Currently the route of choice is 30th Ave SW and SW City View Street to get to the bike lane on Admiral Way. The staircase with the runnel is only good for people with lightweight bikes and no cargo. Senior citizens like myself, people with cargo bikes, e-bikes, bikes with kid seats or trailers cannot safely use the steep staircase to get to Admiral Way. It is good that 30th Ave will be widened, but I would like to see the developer acknowledge this is a defacto route providing critical bicycle access connecting downtown to northern West Seattle and the impacts that increased traffic may have on the safety of people biking.

  • Just Curious September 20, 2019 (11:02 am)

    Why does every new multi-unit structure resemble buildings that were constructed in the eastern bloc before the wall came down?

  • John September 20, 2019 (12:32 pm)

    JUST CURIOUS ,Can you please provide some reference photo examples of such fabled “eastern bloc before the wall came down?

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