DEVELOPMENT: New look at 2-building Triangle project as next design reviews approach

That’s a new rendering of the concept for 4406 36th SW and 4440 Fauntleroy Way SW, the properties that the Sweeney family is planning to redevelop on and near the site of their legacy business Alki Lumber. Family spokesperson Lynn Sweeney sent the rendering today, as architects Ankrom Moisan sent the city the full design “packet” for 4406 36th SW, which will go back to the Southwest Design Review Board on November 4th (as reported here previously) The building is proposed for 8 stories, 284 apartments, 10,000 square feet of retail space, and 162 offstreet-parking spaces. Here’s the packet:

You’ll also find it on the city website. ]Sweeney says regarding the 2-building plan, “Our design team has been hard at work responding to the Design Review Board guidance and collaborating with the city to develop an outstanding project for the West Seattle Triangle Neighborhood. The focus of this project is to create a unique and engaging streetscape experience for the community while providing housing for more than 500 new residents. The project is well positioned with proximity to the proposed Avalon light rail station. We are excited to go before the board on November 4th (East Block) and November 18th (West Block).” Both are 5 pm online meetings; viewing/listening/comment info for the November 4th meeting is here. The Sweeneys have said they’ll look for a new location for their lumberyard; Sweeney told us today there’s no update on that yet, nor do they have a target date for groundbreaking.

13 Replies to "DEVELOPMENT: New look at 2-building Triangle project as next design reviews approach"

  • Niko October 23, 2021 (2:49 am)

    Proximity to the non-existent light rail station

    • Uh yeah October 23, 2021 (6:23 pm)

      It says proposed light rail station…

  • Joe Z October 23, 2021 (6:48 am)

    Happy to see they did a much better job with 36th St this time. The building itself is going to be great. I’m looking forward to having more retail within walking distance of the Triangle. 

  • Villagegreen October 23, 2021 (8:04 am)

    Looks great. Can’t wait for this! Looking forward to more commercial/retail options in this area (I live across Fauntleroy). Maybe a brewery? Such a shame West Seattle’s namesake brewery across the street is so underwhelming. Maybe some competition would encourage them to up their game!

    • Beerseeker October 27, 2021 (3:59 pm)

      I agree with all of this! WSB (brewing) step your game up! 

  • S.A. October 23, 2021 (9:46 am)

    Looking at the light rail plans closely, how do these buildings fit with the potential light rail station planned very close by?

  • HS October 23, 2021 (10:50 am)

    Well, I kind of love it. Really great massing, use of rooftop space and I appreciate the openness along the lower portion of the building. A welcoming design. Again, really great massing to capture views, walkways have more opportunities for sunlight and it’s kept the building visually interesting. That corridor could be a great “Portland pearl district” retail opportunity. 

  • anonyme October 23, 2021 (12:16 pm)

    Speaking of the Pearl District, it would have been really interesting and characterful to use the old Alki Lumber building in the design somehow, perhaps even the building itself, with authentic, industrial loft spaces.  West Seattle has never been especially rich in character, so I hate to see everything old or iconic entirely lost to shiny, new development without even a nod to the past.

    • WSB October 23, 2021 (6:28 pm)

      Look again at the design packet.

      • anonyme October 24, 2021 (12:39 pm)

        More of a blink than a nod.

  • StopCuttingDownTrees October 23, 2021 (12:50 pm)

    These look a lot better than the giant, boxy beehive complexes that have congested the Alaska Junction in the past 20 years.

  • H20K9 October 23, 2021 (8:27 pm)

    Look around, Seattle doesn’t handle ‘Livability’ very well. Developers delivering the smallest units with not even a balcony to stand on.Hideous, poorly designed  prison like boxes with no set-backs or  green spaces.No thanks !

    • natinstl October 25, 2021 (12:39 pm)

      When I went to Chicago I was so impressed with the use of setbacks, art work and the attention to detail in the architecture they had in the city. They are very intentional in mixing new with old, wish we had more of that here. 

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