DEVELOPMENT: 4800 40th SW gets land-use approval, 2 years after Design Review

One notable West Seattle project in today’s city-circulated Land Use Information Bulletin, and it’s one that had been off the radar for a while: 4800 40th SW (corner of SW Edmunds) went through Design Review in 2017-2018. Today, the city has published its land-use approval, which opens a 2-week appeal period (the decision notice includes information on how to file one). The project is described by the city as a “4-story, 56-unit apartment building with 4 live-work units and retail. Parking for 44 vehicles proposed.” (The site was upzoned to 55′ in the HALA process but this project was initiated under the previous 40′ zoning.) Approval doesn’t necessarily mean development is imminent; the site has been home to Origins (WSB sponsor) for 4 years, so we’re following up separately.

12 Replies to "DEVELOPMENT: 4800 40th SW gets land-use approval, 2 years after Design Review"

  • John W September 8, 2020 (11:46 am)

    Why so much vehicle storage for this location?

    • WSREZ September 8, 2020 (1:03 pm)

      how is this “so much”? there are 56 apartments, so not enough for each apt to have a parking spot.

    • AMD September 8, 2020 (1:34 pm)

      Hopefully it’s for the retail there.  No need for resident parking when it’s so close to so many transit options, even without the future light rail (which will also have a station within walking distance).

  • Matt O September 8, 2020 (1:13 pm)

    Perhaps they’ll fix the drainage at this intersection after many years of Band-Aids….

  • Al King September 8, 2020 (1:20 pm)

    John. Because the city hasn’t got a clue that 100% of the people that will live there don’t, and won’t EVER own, or rent a car. If they can’t get somewhere by bike/walk/transit they won’t go.  

    • Ice September 8, 2020 (2:14 pm)

      The city isn’t building these apartments.

  • wendell September 8, 2020 (2:12 pm)

    I love the look of that wide boulevard, replacing the current narrow street and life-threatening chicane at bottom of the steep hill. Not to mention the drivers patiently waiting for the pedestrians to get to the new nail salons and pot shops.

    • Bill September 8, 2020 (4:11 pm)

      At least you seem to get it!

    • Lee September 8, 2020 (6:05 pm)

      Do you think they will really redo the streets? I live across the street from this and I would love to see that, but I don’t believe that would happen. I think this is just a rendering. For the parking – I’m glad to finally see a reasonable amount being planned. There are way too many cars looking for spots on 40th and nearby. 

      • Wendell September 8, 2020 (7:41 pm)

        I guess I wasted (what I considered) good sarcasm. So you live in the parking lot?

  • Al King September 8, 2020 (4:16 pm)

    Ice.  Nothing get’s built unless the city approves and issues the permit’s. 

  • Raye September 8, 2020 (8:39 pm)

    Wendell, I understood and appreciated your sarcasm! I did have to look up “chicane.” It reminded me of “chicanery.”

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