Ty Swenson
The project notification signs are up for a large mixed-use project at 4755 Fauntleroy Way S.W., signifying an open comment period on design and environmental impacts. The comment period ends on Jan. 9. This photo is taken in front of an old Huling Brothers dealership, looking north. If the project passes city review, three-quarters of the block up to S.W. Alaska St. will be demolished to make room.

Comment period opens for massive development at 4755 Fauntleroy Way S.W.

The developers for the largest mixed-use project in West Seattle history have submitted their master use permit application to Seattle’s planning department and with that comes open comment time for the public.

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development is accepting comments on the project – ranging from building design to traffic or environmental impacts – until Jan. 9.

Comments can be sent to the city’s head planner on the project, Bruce Rips, at bruce.rips@seattle.gov or by calling (206) 615-1392.

The plan is for a multi-story 370 apartment complex with a Whole Foods grocery store and chain drugstore at the ground level. There will be parking for nearly 600 vehicles underground and the project will take up three-quarters of a city block at the southwest corner of Fauntleroy and Alaska, at the “Fauntleroy Triangle.”

An ex-Huling Brothers dealership, the Howden-Kennedy Funeral Home and a Shell gas station will be demolished to make room for “the biggest building in West Seattle,” as Southwest Design Review Board member Robin Murphy called it at an early design guidance meeting this fall.

In the coming months, there will be another design review meeting open to the public before developers can finalize the paperwork and begin demolishing, excavating and building. Barring the unforeseen, the project is expected to be completed in 2015.

In an unrelated development note, Seattle has issued a master use permit to FL 200 Investments, LLC to build a three to four story structure at 9051 20th Ave S.W. (east of Westwood Village) that will include 2,095 square feet of retail space, four live-work units, and 35 apartments. Homes currently located on the lot will be demolished.

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