DEVELOPMENT: Preview proposal for new Golden Tee at 3201 SW Avalon Way, before Southwest Design Review Board meeting

That’s the “packet” from Public47 Architects for tomorrow night’s Southwest Design Review Board meeting about the proposal for a new building to replace the Golden Tee Apartments – keeping the name – at 3201 SW Avalon Way [map]. From the packet, here’s the overview:

The proposed 8-story, mixed use project seeks to achieve the following development objectives:

• Provide approx 144 residential apartment units
• Parking for 70-80 vehicles
• Provide +/- 3500 SF of street-level commercial space
• Foster pedestrian friendly sidewalk experience
• LEED Gold construction standard

The review meeting is online, at 5 pm Thursday, and includes an opportunity for public comment on the proposed design, Information for videoconferencing or calling in is on the city website. This could be the final Design Review meeting for this project; the site has been upzoned to 80′ maximum, leading to project revisions, since its first review meeting three years ago.

20 Replies to "DEVELOPMENT: Preview proposal for new Golden Tee at 3201 SW Avalon Way, before Southwest Design Review Board meeting"

  • Avalon September 22, 2021 (11:55 am)

    So pumped for the street level commercial space! 

    • Avalon September 22, 2021 (12:02 pm)

      I also noticed on page 23 of the new design packet. It does indeed show a general store and cafe/restaurant spaces. Last post about the golden tee state this was not the case? Would this be a good question to ask in tomorrows review? I would love for both to be considered. 

    • Avalon September 23, 2021 (9:05 am)

      I find it odd that people are suggesting they want to drive to these commercial spaces but I don’t think that is the point. This small stretch of road has thousands of apartment rooms and even more townhouse/house down the road. All in walking distance. These two commercial spaces are to serve the local walking/biking community. Not someone from a whole other neighborhood. Don’t be silly. 

  • Lauren B September 22, 2021 (12:40 pm)

    I wish there was a requirement that there be at least one parking space for each apartment plus parking for the commercial space.  This proposal is for 144 apartments plus commercial space, but only provides 70-80 parking spaces.  This is already a congested area where it is difficult to find parking. 

    • Ice September 22, 2021 (1:13 pm)

      Adding more (free) parking would only further incentivize vehicle ownership and further contribute to the congestion. Parking will always be in short supply in a dense area as long as it is free. Developers have absolutely no incentive to build parking anyways, since they are competing with free parking. I want there to be less congestion and easier parking in this city and the only way to achieve that is to disincentivized driving and making people pay for the full cost of their vehicle, which includes its storage. 

      • Carole September 22, 2021 (6:40 pm)

        So I should take TWO busses from Admiral District (one to Junction, transfer to C) to the commercial spaces in this proposed building?  Not gonna happen.  

        • Ice September 22, 2021 (8:11 pm)

          You can get there however you like, but parking will continue to become increasingly scarce as long as people refuse to pay for it.

        • Avalon September 23, 2021 (9:08 am)

          Carole I would ask why would you even drive to this commercial space? Its going to probably be a mini mart and a coffee shop to server the local walking/biking community. Not sure if you been to this stretch of road but it has a bunch of townhouses/houses and apartments all in a 5 min walk. Heck if they open a mini mart I would no longer need to walk to trader joes(15 min walk) when I need to pick up only milk but instead go here which would only be 5 or less mins.

        • Bob September 23, 2021 (10:52 am)

          Nope, just take the 50!

    • Joe Z September 22, 2021 (4:41 pm)

      Given the proximity to light rail, the number of parking spaces should be zero. 

    • bill September 22, 2021 (6:43 pm)

      Yes indeed, let’s add more cars to an “already … congested area.” That is sure to make traffic much better!

    • jack September 23, 2021 (7:16 am)

      Future residents will understand immediately their parking situation when they try to attend the first open house.

  • DB40 September 22, 2021 (2:32 pm)

    Well, gee, has the City first considered the possibility of ST3 running right over this proposed monstrosity? Or is this proposal just an artificial property enhancement should the County declare eminent domain? Ridiculous! Don’t even consider this project until the ST3 route is determined. 

    • Also John September 22, 2021 (4:40 pm)

      One of the last proposed ST3 plan sets I saw showed the light rail diving into the golf course hillside just east of this new development.     The price of a lengthy tunnel is becoming more practical.  Buying existing land/homes is becoming expensive.

    • Joe Z September 22, 2021 (4:43 pm)

      Good luck getting any answers from Sound Transit about which route(s) they are favoring. The results of the environmental studies have not been released yet. They may end up taking out all of the houses on the north side of Genesee in order to avoid impacting the golf course–in which case this property would be unaffected. And yes — per federal regulations, bulldozing dozens of houses is considered “lower impact” than touching a golf course. 

      • Ray September 22, 2021 (6:04 pm)

        “To better serve the neighborhood we must destroy the neighborhood.”-Sound Transit, probably

      • Gentrified Genesee September 23, 2021 (1:28 pm)

        You are right about them taking the houses on the North side of Genesee.   I think ST decided that before they even started the EIS when they closed down 31 St going up to Avalon. Pretty sure they will miss the newer homes and just take out the last few older affordable homes on top of the hill.  Not sure what happened about that big push a few years ago to close down one of the Golf Courses in Seattle. My guess is that will start back up again after the preferred route is determined. And they they will close Jefferson. 

  • NM September 22, 2021 (3:44 pm)

    A putting green on a 7th floor roof deck is such a bad idea. FORE

    • badputter September 23, 2021 (9:23 am)

      I think you are putting wrong.

  • DB40 September 22, 2021 (7:16 pm)

    Sound Transit: “We’ve decided not to decide.”Meanwhile costs keep mounting from 7 billion to over 12 billion. Blah, blah, blah…ka-ching! What an inept entity!And should eminent domain be declared on the Golden Tee, will it be based on its current eyesore value or the proposed monstrosity? 

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