The Southwest Design Review Board will check in tonight on a strangely familiar West Seattle development.
The project is at 3811 California Ave. W. The developer initially proposed tearing down the Charleston Court building to build an entirely new project. Then, partway through design review, Charleston Court was nominated for landmark status. The project went on hold for a year.
The landmark board voted in April against landmarking the 1927 building, designed by William Whiteley, clearing the way for demolition. (Original building shown above.)
But the developer is back with new plans that will give the neighbors deja vu.
The rear portion of the old building would be torn down, but the developer wants to use that brick to create a new building front between the wings.
Steven Butler and Paul Cesmat bought the building in 2007. Project architect is Nicholson Kovalchick.