DEVELOPMENT: New, bigger proposal for 35th/Holden/Ida

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Two years after a development proposal at 7617 35th SW stalled in Design Review, with the property put back up for sale, a new, bigger proposal has just appeared in city files. This time, the proposed redevelopment site spans 35th frontage from Ida to Holden – 3507 SW Ida, 7603 and 7617 35th SW, per the early-stage site plan. That includes the former Howden-Kennedy Funeral Home building as well as the Complete Auto Repair site. The proposal is for a five-story apartment building with underground parking, which would have an entry off SW Holden; the city website shows 124 apartments are proposed, with 60 vehicle-parking spaces and 140 bicycle-parking spaces. The city site also lists LDG Architects as working on the project; they were also architects of record for the previous proposal, which had envisioned up to 50 apartments. Property records show the owner of the Complete Auto Repair site bought the other two parcels last October for $1.4 million total. Since this is an early-stage proposal, it’s not at the public-comment stage yet, but we’ll be watching for that. (Thanks to John for the tip.)

22 Replies to "DEVELOPMENT: New, bigger proposal for 35th/Holden/Ida"

  • Kalo July 10, 2020 (3:13 pm)

    I wonder if the anyone has done a survey of how many people that are moving into these places being built on a bus line, actually give up their cars? In this locale, as there are no grocery stores close by, like in the Fauntleroy/Alaska area. 

    • Ice July 11, 2020 (3:08 am)

      There have been some studies that show that the fewer parking spaces that are available, the less traffic there is.

  • D July 10, 2020 (5:28 pm)

    Fingers crossed the building owner offers the retail space to restaurants. We don’t have many nearby. 

    • Cassie July 11, 2020 (12:49 am)

      Agreed! I miss cafe Osita, it was one of the only walkable places to eat. I hope they reopen. 

  • Chemist July 10, 2020 (5:41 pm)

    That might be interesting.  Maybe use all the zone 35 rpz permits issued and correlate to parking capacity of the structure at that address.I was really surprised that sdot did the rpz study scanning license plates and didn’t look up the registered owners address for residency and just used being parked during the 3am or whatever time.  Like they don’t want a list of addresses and who is parking on street.

    • Pay to Park John July 11, 2020 (4:00 pm)

      Why would the government agencies fund such a study with tax payer funding?   And what would you propose doing with the data?  It’s nobody’s business who is storing their vehicles on the street at 3AM as long as it is legal, which it is. That would be like SDOT doing a study of where all the vehicles that pass an intersection  are registered. The perceived ‘problem’ of street parking including all residential, business and pleasure vehicle storage could be controlled by charging for all street parking.  When residents finally reach a tipping point point of exasperation, we will demand an end to the current “free” system.Solving the ‘parking problem’ will do absolutely nothing to address road capacity.

      • Chemist July 11, 2020 (7:24 pm)

        I am saying that rpzs only available to residents deserve good data when studying the rpz creation.  Vehicles street parked at 3 am presumed to be residents may not be the most accurate estimate and deserves being compared to what is found by actual address lookup.

  • Michael July 10, 2020 (6:12 pm)

    All I can say is that I hope this time it goes through and they do something with the space. That auto repair shop has been pretty run down for years.

  • Just wondering July 10, 2020 (7:54 pm)

    So 1 parking space for every 2 apartments?

    • heartless July 10, 2020 (9:24 pm)

      Nope!  More than 1 parking space for every apartment!  (200 spaces, only 124 apartments)

      • k July 10, 2020 (9:37 pm)

        Only 60 car spaces.

        • heartless July 10, 2020 (10:08 pm)

          That’s right, and 140 bicycle spaces.  So 200 parking spaces.

          • Kendra Williams July 12, 2020 (1:28 am)

            Do actually live in the area. You know the top of 35th the highest Point in Seattle? Better make that electronic bikes, and limit 60 spaced to people over 45. 

      • Gatewood homebody July 10, 2020 (10:34 pm)

        That’s 200 only spaces if you count the bicycle ones… that’ll be a bundle of extra cars looking for street parking. 

        • Joe Z July 11, 2020 (2:05 pm)

          Good thing there is plenty of free parking on the neighboring streets then!

        • KM July 11, 2020 (3:17 pm)

          There is an abundance of street parking in this area, so it’s good they aren’t overbuilding it in the building. That would raise the rent.

      • Concerned Neighbor July 11, 2020 (11:27 am)

        The report said 60 parking spots for cars (underground) and 140 spots for bikes.  Its ridiculous, and my heart bleeds for the neighbors.  This developer is sketchy.  What he isn’t saying is how many low rent/studios there will be.  (There will be alot)  That is why he doesn’t need corresponding parking spots. And the fact that he intends to put a party deck on top of the building, looking directly down into the adjoining houses.

  • WTF July 10, 2020 (8:43 pm)


  • Cherie Townsend July 11, 2020 (3:12 pm)

    If parking entrance is on Holden, going to be impossible to turn west onto Holden off 35th. Traffic going east on Holden would also be slowed/stopped waiting for parkers to turn left into building.

    • KM July 11, 2020 (11:46 pm)

      It’s 4 lanes wide there with dedicated RT lanes, and I don’t expect a stream of traffic at all times. It will be fine. The real issue at that intersection is the pavement when traveling E/W on Holden. I hope it is fixed as part of this project.

      • KM July 12, 2020 (10:03 am)

        Realized I pictured this wrong. I like the ingress/egress much better on Holden than 35th as I initially pictured/commented. It will be just fine turning W onto Holden (cars don’t come and go in/out of parking garages 24/7) and no concern about the eastbound occasionally slow down either. Left turns into the parking garage can be made while traffic is stopped, as well, so not delaying anyone at all. 

  • Kendra Williams July 12, 2020 (1:30 am)

    When we get snow and ice, None of the side streets get plowed. None except Holden that is. This means everyone within 10 blocks, heads over to Holden to get up to 35th. Why don’t we see how many empty houses there are now at the bridge isn’t coming back for six years. People are fleeing West, not moving here. I seriously doubt the need for more townhouses.

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