DEVELOPMENT: Demolition under way at 1704 SW Roxbury, future mixed-use project site

11:56 AM: Thanks to Bob for the tip. Demolition is under way at 1704 SW Roxbury, the official address for the planned project on parcels including the former Meineke shop – which moved to 35th/Barton – and buildings to its north. Last time we mentioned the project was more than two years ago, when it went into the city’s Early Outreach for Design Review program. It remains in the relatively early stages of the permitting process, according to the city’s online files. This – like almost-complete 3405 Harbor Avenue SW, just-underway 9201 Delridge Way SW, and planned 4448 California SW – is a collaboration between Housing Diversity Corporation and STS Construction Services (WSB sponsor). HDC’s website outlines the plan as:

-9,428 SF retail
-34,008 SF lot
-Six stories
-214 unit development, 161 attainably priced market-rate units, and 54 rent-restricted units through Seattle’s Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program

We have an inquiry out for more information on the site’s status beyond the now-underway demolition.

12:27 PM: Demolition is expected to last two to three weeks, we’re told. Construction will not follow immediately as the project is still “in feasibility.”

16 Replies to "DEVELOPMENT: Demolition under way at 1704 SW Roxbury, future mixed-use project site"

  • k April 15, 2024 (12:20 pm)

    I’m so excited for this project to begin!  The property to the north was one of Harvey Rowe’s long-neglected properties.  Glad to see it being put to use creating much needed housing.  So many new customers for local businesses and more ground-level retail to get even more great businesses into the neighborhood. 

    • WSB April 15, 2024 (12:27 pm)

      Well, it’s going to be a while, as I just got a reply back and they’re still in “feasibility.” But demolition will proceed.

      • KOB April 16, 2024 (10:05 am)

        I’m the business next door. I’m curious – is a while a year or more? I know you can’t tell for sure. Is there a site I can track the permitting on?

    • Arbor Heights Resident April 15, 2024 (2:21 pm)

      It’s a pretty good spot- walking distance to a lot of different services, and right on the H line.

      • Spudnut April 15, 2024 (8:28 pm)

        For old timers, this was a location of a Spudnuts Donuts franchise.

  • waikikigirl April 15, 2024 (1:38 pm)

    We saw this, this morning and it’s going down very quickly. Another thing we saw were “street closed” signs going up in WWV’s parking lot by Mod Pizza mcDonald area, are they getting ready to repave and hopefully repair the entrance into WWV by McDonald’s???

    • WSB April 15, 2024 (2:35 pm)

      Thanks for the WWV tip. Will ask, although so far we haven’t received responses from WWV on any inquiry we’ve sent to the new-ish ownership. Perhaps we’ll find something in city permit files. (UPDATE) There’s permit activity for side-sewer repair by the McDonald’s, so that’s more likely to be it.

      • waikikigirl April 15, 2024 (4:37 pm)

        Yep, you found out what’s going on!There was a lot of the pavement with paint markings (locators) mostly near McDonalds. Not that we go there but that poor McDonald’s seems like the brunt to remodel, closures… 🥴

  • Rhonda April 15, 2024 (3:35 pm)

    I don’t like beehive apartment buildings but this is a good location for it, especially with the retail space at the ground level. That side of the intersection has been a blight for years. The local White Center businesses nearby can also use the added daily foot traffic.

    • Spudnut April 15, 2024 (8:25 pm)

      I do appreciate you expressing your dis-like of “beehive” apartment buildings.  
      But what would you like?  
      Maybe share some examples?  
      Maybe here in West Seattle? 

    • Bbron April 16, 2024 (2:29 am)

      no idea why a home owner has an opinion on which apartments they do or don’t like (if they actually like any). what impact does it have on you? what even is a beehive apartment besides a way to “other” those that live in them?

      • Oh Seattle April 16, 2024 (3:54 pm)

        Many people have opinions on the built environment around them and prefer certain styles over others.  This is pretty normal human being living in the world stuff.

  • sing bird April 15, 2024 (4:15 pm)

    Including to the north where wasn’t  there a Veteran hall? 

  • Alki resident April 15, 2024 (7:53 pm)

    I took a pic this morning when driving by the site. I forgot it was getting demolished. I’ve been to their new location twice so far and really like that spot better than in White Center. Looks like it didn’t take long to bring down. 

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