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May 7, 2013

Alliance updates West Seattle plans
By JOURNAL STAFF

SEATTLE — Phoenix-based Alliance Residential has filed with the city updated plans to build a six- to seven-story, 159-unit apartment building near the Alaska Junction in West Seattle.

The site address is 4745 40th Ave. S.W.

Nine of the units would be for live-work tenants. Underground parking for 100 vehicles is planned. The revised proposal no longer has retail.

A commercial building would be demolished.

Encore Architecture is the architect. The Seattle firm set up shop in January and is headed by three architects that left Mithun. Encore plans to focus on multifamily and student housing projects, according to Principal Vince Ferrese.

The city will hold an early design guidance meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 23 at the West Seattle Senior Center, at 4217 S.W. Oregon St.

The Alliance project will be across the street from the site of a 372-unit apartment and retail complex proposed by Lennar Multifamily and Weingarten Realty that would include a Whole Foods store.
 

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Glad to hear that. Looks like the last review item was approved for the building permit on Friday, and they either have a permit or will momentarily.

Gotta say, if you enjoy the DPD "activity locator," it's important to look at old permits for shelved projects too, not just the new ones. Lotsa veeery interesting stuff there including potentially reviving projects.
 

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^^I need to do one of my maps for that area. Every time i scroll thru the design review list, there's always something new on Fauntelroy or Alaska.

edit: The should save some room for a light rail stop :D
 

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May 23, 2013

Alliance plans West Seattle complex
By JOURNAL STAFF

Architects for a proposed Alliance Residential apartment building near West Seattle's Alaska Junction are offering an early look at their plans.

The images are massing studies that show the height and scale of the project, but not what the design will look like.

Encore Architects of Seattle is planning a six- to seven-story building with 150 apartments and nine live-work units at street level. Underground parking for 100 vehicles would be accessible from an alley that runs west of the building.

A two-story office building used by Farmer's Insurance would be demolished.

The site is at 4745 40th Ave. S.W., at the northwest corner of 40th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Edmunds Street.

The city is holding an early design guidance meeting for the project today at 6:30 p.m. in the West Seattle Senior Center at 4217 S.W. Oregon St.

In the plans the building is called Broadstone West Seattle. That's consistent with other projects Alliance Residential has planned or built around town, such as the Broadstone Capitol Hill at 1414 10th Ave., and the Broadstone Koi at 1139 N.W. Market St. in Ballard.

The preferred option for the West Seattle building shows a larger, seven-story north end and a smaller, six-story south end. In between is a narrow midsection with a large amenity area.

Zoning allows taller development on the north of the site. The south side faces a residential area.

A vacant quarter-acre lot north of the apartment site was acquired by the city last year for $1.44 million and a park is planned there.

The apartments would be across the street from the site where a 372-unit apartment and retail complex has been proposed by Lennar Multifamily and Weingarten Realty, which would include a Whole Foods store.

 

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June 13, 2013

Petco takes a walk, apartments move in
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Crews on Monday began tearing down a former Petco store in West Seattle to make room for an 88-unit apartment building at 4730 California Ave. S.W.

When finished in fall 2014, the building will have 13 live-work units and nearly 5,000 square feet of retail wrapping around the north corner and extending into a new mid-block pedestrian connector.

Weber Thompson is the architect, interior designer and landscape architect. Compass Construction is the general contractor.

The Wolff Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz., is the developer. Wolff, a real estate equity firm, has been busy in Seattle lately, with other projects planned or underway on Capitol Hill (270 units and retail), South Lake Union (210 units and retail), Columbia City (270 units) and the Pike/Pine corridor (92 units).

 

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http://westseattleblog.com/2013/07/...-vacation-for-4755-fauntleroy-way-megaproject

Big news on the West Seattle Whole Foods project assuming the City Council doesn't/can't still grant the alley vacation. I really don't think the city should be worried about how many other grocery stores are in the area or what they pay their employees when considering an alley vacation request. The tenant in the space could change before the project even opens.
 

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I'm torn on this issue because overall this looks like a good development but I see where the mayor is coming from in this. Ultimately such decisions are political and subjective, and it's often in exchange for some perceived public good.
 

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Do we really want government officials telling us what is a good business and what is a bad business? Remember, one day there may be a less progressive (yeah, I know, doubtful) mayor in office.
 
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