DEVELOPMENT: See 7617 35th SW design packet before Thursday’s review

(Rendering from design packet by LDG Architects)

That’s one of the design concepts in the final packet for Thursday night’s Southwest Design Review Board online meeting about the mixed-use building proposed for 7617 35th SW, between SW Holden and SW Ida. As reported here previously, this is a new plan for the site, where a smaller-scale plan went part of the way through the process four-plus years ago. This time the proposal is, as described on the city website and in the packet, for a building with six stories, 130+ apartments, ground-floor commercial spots, and ~50 offstreet-parking spaces. See the packet here; see information on attending the 5 pm online meeting and commenting here. Remember that this is the Early Design Guidance portion of the process, which means the review is primarily focused on the size and shape of the building as well as its placement on its site. (This meeting will be followed by the board’s separate 7 pm review of the Aegis Living proposal for 5252 California SW.)

16 Replies to "DEVELOPMENT: See 7617 35th SW design packet before Thursday's review"

  • WS is pretty good January 31, 2023 (8:23 pm)

    I love that they are including retail on the first floor, the more the better. 35th is coming alive.

  • 1994 January 31, 2023 (9:16 pm)

    Maybe they will get a lower rate on their home/renters insurance policies living right across the street from the fire department? Some of those units will have stunning views! Surely not designated to be low income units with those views?

    • Moima February 1, 2023 (8:57 am)

      It would be incredibly awesome if they were low income units! 😊 or even a mixed income building

  • JunctionResident February 1, 2023 (8:57 am)

    Would love to have a bar/restaurant on the ground floor in this building

    • Todd February 1, 2023 (12:15 pm)

      Or on the top!

      • Friend O'Dinghus February 1, 2023 (2:39 pm)

        A restaurant/lounge/cafe on the top floor, with both indoor and outdoor accommodations, and expansive westward views, is the first exciting idea for our little West Seattle that I have heard in quite a while. Great idea actually. Design the building purposefully with direct elevator access to the ground, thus eliminating the need for extended hours for downstairs businesses/lobby. I imagine a grandiose structural design but with warm, relatively unassuming interiors/fixtures. Exposed timbers, stucco, fireplaces. Outside could have a small stage area for the occasional low key live performer(s). The kind of place that uses multicolored cafe lights, not Edison style OR frosted white. Ya know? Anyways, I’ll take a Margarita please and thank you. See y’all there.

  • Smee February 1, 2023 (9:52 am)

    Agree with previous comments excited about retail/bar/ restaurant opportunities here… what a win for 35th!

  • Concerned Neighbor February 1, 2023 (11:19 am)

      We are so glad we sold our home directly behind this monstrosity.  It would have completely obliterated any chance for sun, and the traffic would be more horrific.  They are not providing parking for all units, or shopping opportunities.  I feel for the neighborhood.  It is truly unfortunate that West Seattle is becoming “little New York” with the highrises coming.  So terribly sad for those of us who grew up in West Seattle to witness.  It was one of the hardest decisions we had to make, leaving our ‘hood due to endless and boundless expansion.  There are rules for building, and if it doesn’t fit a developer’s expectations….they keep at it until the rules are changed to accommodate.  So sad.

    • Scarlett February 1, 2023 (12:48 pm)

      Neighborhood?  Sorry, these new residents will be part of the neighborhood.  Yes, they are real live human beings that will live there,  Homo Sapiens just like you.  We live in a rapidly deteriorating society of self-interest on all socio-economic strata.  “I got mine, tough luck for you.”

    • NIMBY-Knot February 1, 2023 (12:59 pm)

      So glad you have sold your home also.  

      The new homeowners (perfect of vampires by your reconning) will enjoy the positive offerings that development has provided to West Seattle…
      so many new shops, private enterprises, restaurants, breweries, salons, health care facilities, wellness services that did not exist prior to our injection of new housing populated by non-NIMBYs.

    • K February 1, 2023 (5:31 pm)

      Thank you so much for selling your home!  Hopefully that will some day be redeveloped as well.  It’s a shame to have single-family homes so close to an arterial.

  • skeeter February 1, 2023 (1:26 pm)

    130 new apartments?  Yes please!  50 more parking spaces?  No thanks!  We already have way too many cars in West Seattle.    

    • Rhonda February 1, 2023 (4:30 pm)

      There will likely be at LEAST 100 more cars associated with that new building. Some tenants will have none but most tenants will (and many couples will have two). Good luck finding a large apartment complex anywhere around West Seattle that isn’t ringed with tenants’ parked vehicles.

  • Unconcerned Neighbor February 1, 2023 (5:27 pm)

    This will be a HUGE improvement to the existing lot and neighborhood. Yay!

  • Ryan February 1, 2023 (7:53 pm)

    Super pumped for the ground level retail. 50 parking stalls sounds just about right! Delighted to hear we’ll be building something of substance to replace that dilapidated building on the corner there now. Put me down as an #unconcernedneighbor

  • SD February 1, 2023 (9:42 pm)

    Concerns include: increased traffic and related danger to pedestrians, children, pets, cyclists (lots of speeding on 35th); blocking the light and views with a giant box crowding the sidewalk; altering the suburban character of the neighborhood; being so big the exterior colors will have a huge impact; affordability of the units; use of the retail spaces.  Other apartments on 35th have more varied planes facing the street and don’t sit right on the sidewalk. Although Seattle needs more housing, it also needs more public spaces that enhance a sense of community.

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