Patrick Robinson
The cab for the construction crane for the building of the new West Seattle L.A. Fitness center and apartments arrived at the site of the former "hole" on Alaska Street on June 12 and was installed. Once certified, construction can begin. It's expected to take 2 years according to builders, Chinn Construction.

SLIDESHOW: L.A. Fitness and apartment construction site sees crane arrival

"The Hole" is about to be filled...finally

The planned seven-story mixed use building with one and two bedroom apartments and an L.A. Fitness Center at street level got a serious boost on June 12 with the arrival and installation of a 135 foot crane. The crane, from Ness Cranes, is a "luffing jib tower crane."

Chinn Construction of Redmond, which previously handled the job of building the Capco Plaza and QFC expects the work to take two years to complete.

The crane will be installed today and if certified by the state will begin construction on Friday, James Casal, Superintendent of Construction said.

Until recently, the "Hole" site at 3922 S.W. Alaska St. had sat dormant since the original developer abandoned the project in 2008.

See our coverage from a year ago.

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