DEVELOPMENT: Comment time for 9201 Delridge Way SW, with an address change

(Massing sketch from October meeting)

Now that the newest plan for the ex-auto-shop site at 9201 Delridge Way SW has passed the first phase of Design Review (here’s our coverage from October), the project team has applied for a land-use permit, and that’s opened the next round of comments. The project is in the city-circulated Land Use Information Bulletin today with a different address, 9208 20th SW. The proposal is now for a 5-story, 77-unit building – 73 apartments and 4 small efficiency dwelling units, and no offstreet parking. You can comment through December 16th; this notice explains how. The project also will have to have at least one more meeting before the Southwest Design Review Board; no date yet

10 Replies to "DEVELOPMENT: Comment time for 9201 Delridge Way SW, with an address change"

  • Pawkey December 3, 2020 (12:12 pm)

    Please, as a resident and employee in West Seattle, can we dispense of multi-family structures with no off street parking?  I understand the goal, but there should be a compromise that requires developers to provide a certain percentage, whether there is a bus stop out front or not. 

    • Kram December 3, 2020 (4:56 pm)

      Hi Pawkey; The city of Seattle is pushing hard for less off street parking as the we get more dense. Their goal is to get people out of cars, not make it more convenient. Depending on where the building is being built you may still be required to provide off street parking by the way. This location is in what’s called ‘frequent mass transit’ so there are different parking rules. If it were a few blocks away there would be different requirements. This is all laid out on the city’s GIS mapping system.

  • Mel December 3, 2020 (12:50 pm)

    Second the parking issues. This end of South Delridge/White Center is rapidly expanding and it’s problematic enough to park to patronize our businesses, let alone our homes. Also, was there ever consideration given to street level retail? Not long ago it was a requirement that high density structures also had a neighborhood benefit/business component built into any plan.

  • Tracey December 3, 2020 (2:03 pm)

    As a cyclist and motorist, I wish the City would consider that lack of off street parking is problematic for cyclists.  Roadways cluttered with parked cars leave no room for bikes and makes cycling more dangerous.   An empty roadside shoulder is an ideal and safe place to ride your bike but those shoulders are becoming more and more congested with lack of off street parking options for cars.

    • avidcyclist December 3, 2020 (3:43 pm)

      Don’t ride to the side, use your legal right to take the lane. Ride right up the gut to avoid the “dooring” zone. When a driver gets angry (which they will) simply smile and wave at them.

      • Also John December 3, 2020 (5:37 pm)

        I ride the same way.  I need to be far enough away from those idiots that open their car doors without looking.  I have to give it 5 feet.  I’m sure these drivers that open their doors without looking are the same that b*tch when a biker is 5 feet offset from the parked cars.

  • AMD December 3, 2020 (3:14 pm)

    Anyone who says you need a car to live at this location doesn’t know the neighborhood AT ALL.  It’s walking distance to downtown White Center and to Westwood Village (like, a 5 minute walk to either).  It’s on the future Rapid Ride H line and within a few blocks of buses with direct access to downtown, Admiral, Bellevue, the airport, Morgan and Alaska Junctions, Southcenter, Renton, all the hospitals on First Hill/Broadway, South Park, Georgetown, South Seattle College, and more.  People who desperately need to own cars can live in one of the multitude of other complexes that do offer off-street parking (due to building codes, most of them do).  There is no need to alter our building codes to accommodate the handful of irresponsible car owners who don’t look for off-street parking when buying a home.  There is no need to increase the cost of living in these units by requiring parking when it’s so well connected to amenities and transit.

    • m December 3, 2020 (6:02 pm)

      @ AMD – Do you not own a car? Are you able to afford to live in a single family residence in the city with off street parking that is easily accessible? Do you have a job that has one established location where you work throughout a regular conventional work day? Do you work from home when there is no pandemic? Do you have a partner who works which allows financial security for you to choose not to work?i live in this South Delridge neighborhood and cannot answer “yes” to any of those questions. 

      • AMD December 4, 2020 (9:17 am)

        Yes (I do own a car), yes, no, no, and no.  I also live in this neighborhood.  

  • John December 3, 2020 (7:17 pm)

    Once again the simple solution to all those who continue to ignore it, are unaware of it or just too entitled with everyone else subsidizing their on street parking. MONETIZE ALL STREET PARKING – you park you pay. I am not even a bike commuter, but I agree with the agenda of their healthy alternative of car commuting should be encouraged and safe. 

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