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July 13, 2017

Legacy team designing 300 West Seattle units

Journal staff reporter

Renderings by Encore Architects [enlarge]
A seven-story building facing Fauntleroy would have 250 apartments, retail and parking. A four-story building to the east would have 50 apartments.

Legacy Partners will show the initial plan next week for two buildings with 300 residential units at 4722 Fauntleroy Way S.W. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20 at the West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 S.W. Oregon St.

This proposal comes after The Velmeir Companies scrapped plans to develop a CVS Pharmacy on the same 54,000-square-foot midblock site, which is still owned by members of the Campagnaro family.

Legacy's preferred plan by Encore Architects calls for two buildings on a site that is divided by the north-south alley. (There is also a transverse east-west alley.)

The larger seven-story building, facing Fauntleroy, would have 250 apartments (including 17 live/work units), 10,000 square feet of retail space and parking for 250 vehicles. About 35 parking spaces for shoppers would be at grade, accessed from the alley to the east. About 215 spaces for tenants would be on two levels below grade, accessed from the alley to the north.

The smaller four-story building to the east would be at 4721 38th Ave. S.W. It would have 50 apartments (including one live/work unit) and one level of parking, at grade, for about 30 vehicles. That garage would also be accessed from the alley to the north.

Both buildings would have bike rooms. The larger west building would also have a roof deck and roof plantings, fitness room, and two small pocket decks on the second and third floors. A landscaped courtyard would face the alley to the east.

The team also includes landscape architect Thomas Rengstorf & Assoc.

All existing structures on the site would be removed if Legacy buys the land and proceeds with its plans. Current tenants include Taqueria La Original and West Seattle Produce Market.

Nearby, Holland Partner Group is planning the 118-unit Foundry apartments just south of the site. To the west across Fauntleroy, Lennar Multifamily Communities is building The Whittaker, with 389 units in two buildings.

And to the north, there's been no change in status for the 24,600-square-foot Les Schwab Tire Center site on the corner of Southwest Alaska Street. Like the Legacy site, it has split zoning on both sides of the alley, allowing structures to 85 and 40 feet.

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