Three West Seattle Junction area development notes:
4508 CALIFORNIA SW: First, a reminder that the first of the next wave of big projects at the heart of The Junction are set to kick off soon. This is the mixed-use project that will replace the building that housed recently closed restaurants Related and Kamei as well as the old Naked Pancake / West Seattle Cyclery space. It completed Design Review over three years ago – here is our report from the final review meeting in January 2019, when it was described as 58 apartments, 12 accommodation units, 17 underground parking spaces and a commercial space on the ground floor. When we asked the owner/promoter Leon Capelouto about the schedule recently, he said that the work could start by the end of the month; the most recent permit filing for the project, related to the use of the driveway behind the building, suggests that an early May start is expected.
CHURCH-PROPERTY REDEVELOPMENT: A preliminary filing with the city this week proposes 30 townhouses for parking and the old school building that West Seattle Christian Church owns east of its main building, 4401-4425 41st SW. We asked the WSCC pastor Worth Wheeler on the diet; he explained that the file was part of a feasibility exploration for a potential buyer, but both parties have two months to review it, so it is not finalized yet. The church also once owned land in southwest 42nd, including the 42nd/Genesee corner where a new owner is currently developing an apartment building.
MICRO-APARTMENT PROJECT: Several blocks south on 41st, it’s been five years since we first reported a 22-unit micro apartment plan at 4807 41st SW. The last time we noted this was when the site was put on the market in 2020. The building permit file showed activity on the project recently, so we checked the site and noted that work was in progress (below, the view to the east from the lane).
We don’t know how long the work has been going on, because we don’t follow this one closely. County Assessor records show no change in ownership resulting from the aforementioned 2020 listing.