David Rosen
A backhoe was tearing down a home on Avalon Way to make way for the construction of a 115 unit apartment building. Bottom image courtesy of Nicholson Kovalchick Architects.

Demolition of homes underway on Avalon Way before construction of 120 unit apartment building

The 120 unit apartment building that the West Seattle Herald told you about this past winter is seeing the demolition of the homes on the site today, Aug. 9,

The $13 million project is backed by developer David Meissner and designed by Nicholson Kovalchick Architects, a West Seattle company located above Easy Street Records in the Junction.

Four residential are being demolished and the H-shaped, residential-only complex will take their place.

NK Architects project manager Steve Fischer said a guiding principle in the design was to take advantage of the views, with north-facing, south-facing and rooftop terraces.

“We are taking advantage of the views towards downtown Seattle and Mt. Rainier and the golf course and football stadium,” he said.

Fischer said the building will have a wide variety of apartment options, from studios to lofts to one and two-bedroom units. A portion of the building will be workforce housing – spaces set aside at a fixed lower rent in exchange for tax incentives from the city.

There will be parking for 118 vehicles – mostly underground with a few ground level spots, according to Fischer.

Fischer said NK Architects is designing the building for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification. LEED is a framework for implementing green building design.

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