DEVELOPMENT: 2 more West Seattle projects set for ‘early outreach’ meetings

Checking the city’s Early Community Outreach for Design Review calendar, we see 2 more West Seattle projects have set meetings. These are casual drop-in meetings at which you can ask the project team questions and offer early design feedback, not the big formal board meetings (which may or may not come later):

APARTMENTS AT 3417 HARBOR SW: We first reported on this back in April, a 5-story apartment building planned just north of the West Seattle Bridge. An Early Design Review Community Outreach Meeting with architects Atelier Drome is now set for Tuesday, December 17th, 6:30 pm at Hiawatha Community Center (2700 California SW). The project files show the team has continued talking with the city in the ensuing months; last month, for example, their request to avoid sidewalk improvements on the 30th SW side of the site was rejected. (Side note: Our April report mentioned the site was listed for sale for $2.5 million. Records show it sold last month for $2.1 million.)

TOWNHOUSES AT 2330 ALKI SW: We first wrote about this plan in September. 17 townhouses are proposed to replace a single-story apartment complex. Caron Architecture has an Early Community Outreach meeting scheduled for 6 pm Thursday, December 19th, at Alki Community Center (5817 SW Stevens).

5 Replies to "DEVELOPMENT: 2 more West Seattle projects set for 'early outreach' meetings"

  • Steve November 23, 2019 (6:55 am)

    I feel for the people that live near or behind these projects that are going to lose their view and see a change to their neighborhood.  What you have is the information, provided thankfully by the WSB, to make a decision whether or not to stay.  People say they’ll go to meetings and fight but if the project meets the zoning regulations there’s not a damn thing you can do.  Permitting and construction take forever…you have a heads-up to maybe cash out and start a new chapter somewhere else.  Sad but it’s the reality.

  • Mj November 23, 2019 (12:39 pm)

    Steve – I respectively disagree.  Most developers are willing to refine a project based on reasonable public input.  And simply buying the property and not developing it is an option, granted this option is untenable by most people.  

  • M November 23, 2019 (12:46 pm)

    Steve- I live in the condos next door. While these won’t affect my view, it’s guaranteed that what little parking there is will be removed and absolute hell to ensue when construction starts. It’s on the corner of a main drag that is one of the only routes out of west seattle and 30th Ave will become a mess. I will be attending this meeting because I want to see what they’re going to do about keeping the flow of traffic in and out as open as possible. 

  • D G December 12, 2019 (6:16 am)

    I am one of those this building will block.   Besides the potential privacy issues we will have, as M started, this will  put at least 50+ cars in the area with no where to park. Harbor has no parking and 230th ave is already hard to navigate and was not design to support dual side parking.

  • John December 12, 2019 (7:37 am)

    Unfortunately here in Seattle, homeowners are afforded no legal protection of views.  Construction as well as trees are popping up all over blocking our cherished views.  Yes,  I too like the unique combinations of mountains, Sound and green traditionally afforded West Seattle residents.The only homeowners left entitled to views are those directly on waterfront. Remarkably, the other issue besides ‘view possession’ entitlement is the street parking entitlement that residents still strongly feel and express as above.  Simply, in Seattle we have no rights to views or street parking.At least if you are a homeowner and you are being taxed for blocked views either tree growth  or construction, you are able to challenge those assessments through a formal time limited process.  And no, the assessor has not adopted the bumper sticker wisdom – “THE TREES ARE THE VIEW” – yet. 

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