West Seattle Blog… | DEVELOPMENT: Demolition begins for 4508 California mixed-use project

This morning, we described the 4508 California SW mixed-use project site as “about to begin demolition.” We had passed by 9am, looking both sides of the site and not noticing any heavy equipment in sight, so it didn’t look like dismantling would start today. However, when we returned this evening, we found that the demolition had indeed started, from the alley at the back of the old Kamei Japanese Restaurant.

(The building being demolished for redevelopment also housed Lee’s Asian Restaurant and nude pancake.) No hint of demolishing the front yet – just plywood and scaffolding. The project is planned as 7 stories, 58 residential units, 12 accommodation units, over 3,500 square feet of commercial space and 17 off-street parking spaces. Its owner/developer is a long-time Junction entrepreneur Leon Capeloutowhich has also built two mixed buildings near this site, the A J at 42nd/Oregon and Altamira/Capco Plaza at 42nd/Alaska. We don’t have a recent timeline estimate, but mixed-use projects of this scale typically take a year to a year and a half to build.

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