DEVELOPMENT: Next round of comments open for mixed-use proposal at 4448 California SW

(Latest “massing” – size/shape – proposal from November Design Review meeting)

Four weeks ago, the mixed-use proposal for 4448 California SW cleared the first round of Design Review. That meant the project team could apply for a land-use permit, and today’s city-circulated Land Use Information Bulletin brought word of that application, which means another comment period has opened. The proposal is for a 7-story, 88-apartment building with ground-floor commercial space and no offstreet parking. Here’s the notice published today, which explains how to comment, by a deadline of December 29th. The project also will have at least one more Design Review meeting (no date yet).

11 Replies to "DEVELOPMENT: Next round of comments open for mixed-use proposal at 4448 California SW"

  • 2 Much Whine December 17, 2021 (6:34 am)

    I just glanced at the graphic and thought it was another article about package theft.  Looks like a cardboard box.

    • My two cents … December 17, 2021 (9:58 am)

      It is just a representation of the general size and mass of the design.

  • Jay December 17, 2021 (10:00 am)

    For the return on investment this project is going to generate, the cost of a parking garage would be negligible. They’re already excavating a deep foundation and going deeper and adding the parking garage structure is relatively simple. It’s a no brainer. The reason the developer isn’t doing this is because they want to cut all possible costs. Save a dime now even if it costs someone else a dollar later is the motto. They shouldn’t get a permit without parking.

  • auntie a. December 17, 2021 (10:50 am)

    I totally understand the foresight in increasing multi-family housing and decreasing car use as a way to look ahead at needs for housing and most especially for climate change.  That said, can there be a balance, where some off-street parking is planned, for people with disabilities and older people.  Of course, there would be a monthly fee for this.   Not everyone can ride bikes, walk long distances,  or take buses/light rail, etc.  Seems rather “able-ist” to this elder. 

    • Jon Wright December 17, 2021 (11:17 am)

      Maybe people for whom off-street parking is an important amenity could just pick a place to live that offers that?

    • Frog December 17, 2021 (5:56 pm)

      Funny you say multi-“family” housing.  To pack 88 apartments mostly or entirely onto the upper 6 floors, they need to pack around 14 units per floor.  With that footprint, the units must not be very large, and I doubt that many families with children will be living there.

  • Augustine December 17, 2021 (4:03 pm)

    full design package can be found here ( 4448 CALIFORNIA AVE SW – Seattle in Progress ) seems to have been uploaded on dec 6th. 

  • Leo December 17, 2021 (4:07 pm)

    88 units and no parking?  What could possibly go wrong?

  • CarDriver December 17, 2021 (4:38 pm)

    Jon Wright. Point is not that car drivers must have off street parking. The REALITY is that the vast majority of renters and ground floor commercial space workers/customers will be driving cars and will park some place in the neighborhood rather than at the building. Is that better???

    • Jeff December 17, 2021 (5:39 pm)

      Unless it’s a special permit zone, parking in the neighborhood is perfectly legal.  What’s the issue?

  • CarDriver December 17, 2021 (6:31 pm)

    Jeff. The issue will be with all the neighbors of this building who will be complaining about all the new cars parked in “their” neighborhood.

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