DEVELOPMENT: Four West Seattle projects to get Southwest Design Review Board hearings in next month

The city sent official notices today for the next Southwest Design Review Board hearings about two projects we’ve been tracking, both on November 4th, and the SWDRB schedule shows two more projects are on the schedule for a meeting two weeks after that. All are projects we’ve reported on previously. Here’s the meeting schedule:

4406 36TH SW: Second and possibly final meeting (here’s our coverage of the first) for this project in The Triangle, described as “a 7-story, 275-unit apartment building with retail (and p)arking for 163 vehicles.” It’ll go to the board at 5 pm Thursday, November 4th. Info for attending/commenting at the online meeting, by video or by phone, is here.

3010 SW AVALON WAY: First SWDRB meeting for this “8-story, 87-unit apartment building (with) parking for 4 vehicles,” 7 pm Thursday, November 4th. We’ve been reporting on this project for two years. Viewing/commenting/call-in info for this meeting is here.

4440 FAUNTLEROY WAY SW: Second and possibly final meeting for this project (companion to 4406 36th SW, both on property owned by Alki Lumber‘s Sweeney family), described on the city website as a “7-story, 217-unit apartment building with retail (and p)arking for 153 vehicles.” 5 pm November 18th; here’s our coverage of the first meeting. Info on video/call-in/commenting for this meeting should appear here soon.

4448 CALIFORNIA SW: This will be the second “early design guidance” meeting (here’s our coverage of the first) for this project, “a 7-story, 96-unit apartment building with retail (and n)o parking.” It’ll be at 7 pm November 18th; viewing/call-in/commenting info will be at this link soon.

17 Replies to "DEVELOPMENT: Four West Seattle projects to get Southwest Design Review Board hearings in next month"

  • Al King October 18, 2021 (6:51 pm)

    Adding up the number of units and the number of off street parking available there will be a LOT of new cars showing up in neighborhoods. Doesn’t fit the “nobody want’s/needs cars” agenda but it does reflect reality.

    • Reed October 19, 2021 (5:17 am)

      Cars parking in neighborhoods, oh the horror!

    • Kevin on Delridge October 19, 2021 (8:38 am)

      If only there was a way to spread these units across the city. Something Something “protect my quiet single family neighborhood.”

  • Flivver October 18, 2021 (8:35 pm)

    Waiting…….Anybody really believe less or no parking actually results in less, or no cars owned by renters??? Would LOVE to see actual and TRUTHFULL #’s.

    • CAM October 19, 2021 (8:16 am)

      Multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times, and commenters in this blog have documented exactly what you are asking for or linked to those statistics multiple times but no matter what the same request for “truthful” #s keeps getting made. Makes me wonder what would actually fulfill that criteria other than #s that fit what you already believe. 

    • Kevin on Delridge October 19, 2021 (8:44 am)

      Well, do you think transit is sufficient in West Seattle? Do you think West Seattle is conducive to handling most things without a car (groceries, etc)?

      I would say half of these locations meet the criteria for walkability, but only barely. None of them are great environments for pedestrians.

      Personally, having lived in another more walkable neighborhood, I was able to live in Seattle for eight years without a car. So yes, it is possible. When asking for truthful numbers, you should also reflect and ask truthfully whether you yourself have supported or detracted from efforts that would make it easier to live in West Seattle without a car.

    • JohnW October 19, 2021 (9:03 am)

      Okay Fivver, The Seattle Times has the numbers (for you to dismiss?).”There are now nearly 64,000 households in Seattle that do not own a car, a 46% increase since 2010. To be sure, that’s still just 19% of the city’s households — we’re a long way off from New York City, where 55% are car-free.”Nov 2, 2019

  • Stuck in West Seattle October 19, 2021 (8:18 am)

    They need to start forcing these units to have at least one space per unit and a set number of guest spaces. Very few tenants show up without a vehicle.

    • AMD October 19, 2021 (5:16 pm)

      People need to stop having the mindset that they’re entitled to street parking.  Whoever made the choice to live somewhere without dedicated off-street parking-knowing they have a car-and then finds themselves unable to find street parking should stop blaming other people, developments, and “the city’ for their own poor life choices. Most rental units DO have plenty of parking for residents. Those with vehicles can just make better choices and look to those buildings instead.

  • Lee k October 19, 2021 (11:26 am)

    I’m continually amazed at the sarcasm and dismissive comments when people question parking capacity against units built here. Living in the Junction and dealing with no spaces on 40th or anywhere near our home is a constant problem when visitors arrive. Sure, this is a very walkable community, but many still may have jobs where bus service is not available or convenient. People also like to get out to the coast or mountains often and need transport for that. Given the high cost of rents, don’t people deserve the right to park on site or near where they live? 

    • Jenny D October 19, 2021 (2:00 pm)

      Privilege, sure. Right, no. The streets aren’t yours. Parking should not be prioritized. You’re welcome to Suburbia life or Island life.

    • Jort October 19, 2021 (2:23 pm)

      The “right to park on site or” at their house. Where is that in the Bill of Rights, again? 

  • Jenny D October 19, 2021 (1:58 pm)

    WSB, are we keeping the cool neon Alki Lumber sign? Would be devastated to see that go…

  • skeeter October 20, 2021 (9:36 am)

    This is insane.  We’re adding over 300 new parking spaces?  Our streets are already clogged.  This makes absolutely positively no sense.  We should be removing parking spaces, not adding parking spaces.  

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