DEVELOPMENT: Comment time for 14 units at ex-substation in Highland Park

IMG_5852 (1)(WSB photo from 2016)

At 8822 9th SW, that former substation’s saga is getting closer to development, four years after it was declared “surplus” by the city in the same group of properties that included:

-5601 23rd SW, becoming a park under DNDA stewardship as the Delridge Wetland
-50th/Dakota, which a community group wants to buy ($650,000 current asking price) and turn into the “Dakota Homestead” (here’s our update from last week)
-2100 SW Andover, sold for $185,000 and redeveloped into 8 rowhouses
-4520 SW Brace Point, sold for $352,000 in 2017 but still vacant (with a proposal for a house)
-16th/Holden, still vacant

8822 9th SW has changed hands already since the city sold it for $279,000 in 2017; records show a subsequent 2018 sale for $158,000. Now 12 townhouses and two “accessory dwelling units” are proposed, a change from the 9 units planned when a community Early Design Outreach site tour was offered a year ago (there’s still a project website at; the proposal includes 14 offstreet parking spaces. Today, the official application has opened a two-week comment period. You can download the notice from this page; it explains how to comment.

4 Replies to "DEVELOPMENT: Comment time for 14 units at ex-substation in Highland Park"

  • John December 26, 2019 (11:32 am)

    Wow, quite strange valuation and sales of this parcel. -King County Assessor has it @$825,000, someone purchased it from  Seattle for $279,500 and then sold it six months later for $158,125, a loss of $110,000!

  • John December 26, 2019 (11:48 am)

    Upon downloading the notice, I am delighted to see the applicant is Matt Wittman of Wittman Estes Architecture.  They live in a beautifully remodeled & tastefully landscaped Highland Park home and do excellent work including the infill project near the top of Highland Park Way. I don’t work for them or personally know them.  I just enjoy and respect their work.

  • Rick December 26, 2019 (1:32 pm)

    I want deals like that! Who do I have to know?

  • Mj December 26, 2019 (5:48 pm)

    It was a substation, there may be environmental remediation work needed that lowered the valuation?

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