DEVELOPMENT: See the design packet for mixed-use 9037 35th SW

That’s the design packet (PDF) by JW Architects now posted for the mixed-use project planned at 9037 35th SW [map]. It’s going through Administrative Design Review, so no public meeting, but it is open for public comment.The project is described in the packet as:

The project team is proposing to demolish an existing single family residence, in order
to construct (1) 13,919 sf apartment building with (25) SEDU units and 839.24 sf of commercial space on the ground level. Vehicle Parking provided in on-grade garage, with bike parking provided in centrally located secure bike room.

Height: 55’
Parking: (6) Vehicle Stalls
(25) Bike Stalls – Long Term
(2) Bike Stalls – Short Term

SEDU means Small Efficiency Dwelling Unit, the city’s term for microapartment. Wayne Farrens is the assigned city planner, so if you have feedback, send it to We noted the project’s previous phase of Design Review in June 2018; HALA MHA has upzoned the site from 40′ to 55′ in the meantime.

13 Replies to "DEVELOPMENT: See the design packet for mixed-use 9037 35th SW"

  • john February 28, 2020 (3:31 pm)

    Looks good.

  • GuyNextDoor February 28, 2020 (3:52 pm)

    Is there any normal/general time frame from this stage to when they start demolition? I live directly next door and am not looking forward to the construction (strictly from a noise/constant activity of people outside perspective). My lease is ending in a bit and it may be time to move again…

    • WSB February 28, 2020 (4:38 pm)

      Could be as much as a year. Seldom a standard.

  • JB February 28, 2020 (4:00 pm)

    Does any developer or architect have any other options besides building boxes?

    • Plf February 28, 2020 (7:12 pm)

      JB it’s a cheap way to design and build, why should they try to create any design that is beautiful, the goal is to maximize profit, hence ugly, and more often then not cheaply built

    • Peter February 28, 2020 (8:24 pm)

      You mean the same shape the vast majority of buildings have been since the beginning of human history?

  • Rick February 28, 2020 (6:29 pm)

    Sure, they all have that option. You just won’t see it happen.

  • Lars February 28, 2020 (8:32 pm)

    Out of curiosity, why is there not parking requirement as in most cities? 6 spots for 25 units seems absurd. 

    • WSB February 28, 2020 (8:58 pm)

      Because the city decided almost a decade ago to reduce requirements for parking, starting with areas that have access to frequent transit (the definition of the latter has been changed over the years).

    • Ookla the Mok February 28, 2020 (9:54 pm)

      There is a Rapid Ride C and a 21/21x stop within a half block of this site.  All of the single family homes in this area have off street parking (whether or not they choose to use it).  Plus, there is an overabundance of street parking even though there are several multi-family developments in the immediate area.  If you can’t find parking within a block of this site, you aren’t trying.  

      • flimflam February 28, 2020 (10:26 pm)

        oh man, i haven’t heard anyone mention “ookla the mok” since i was 10 years old about a million years ago!!!!!

  • 1994 February 28, 2020 (9:15 pm)

    Page 7 of the slide show says “The site is located in a flexible parking area” – not for long!  Holy cow! packing 25 units on a 4800 square foot lot! 14,000 square feet for 25 units? How can the units be called Small Efficiency Dwelling Unit? they will be tiny!

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