Fuller Sears Architects
This is design for the mixed use retail and apartment complex proposed thus far for the site at 4755 Fauntleroy Way S.W. The community group, 'gettingitrightforwestseattle.com' will present two alternative design concepts on Monday Nov. 18 at Merrill Gardens on 35th S.W.

Alternative design concepts for 4755 Fauntleroy Way S.W. Project will be shown

The project aimed at being built at 4755 Fauntleroy Way S.W. to ostensibly be the site of Whole Foods Grocery plus mixed retail and apartment homes has faced hurdles so far on its way to construction. It found its way into the last Mayoral election last July when Mike McGinn denied an alley vacation for the developers based on what he felt were unfair wages paid. The developers, Lennar Multi-Family and Weingarten Realty Investors, responded with a description of the plan and the benefits they say it holds for the community. They also said they "looked forward to a dialogue with the City and our neighbors in West Seattle."

That dialogue will get a new chapter written as the community group known as "Getting it Right for West Seattle" presents two alternative design concepts for the project in a public meeting.

Deb Barker, a Morgan Junction resident and former planner, will present two alternative design concepts at the meeting set to take place at Merrill Gardens, 4611 35th Ave. S.W., Floor P1 Activity Room, Nov. 18 from 6:45pm to 8pm.

In a statement from the group they said:
"Based on your feedback, Dr. Sutton, professor of architecture and urban planning at the University of Washington, created two alternative designs. We'd love your feedback. We'll also discuss next steps with City Council and also other concerns such as the proposed widening of 40th which is designated a greenway.

Why bother with alternative designs?
If we can offer two reasonable alternatives that better serve our community's interests, why can't the large developers of this property do better than the "megaproject" in exchange for the sale of our public alleyways? We know they can do better and will be encouraging our City Council to not approve a sale of our alleyways until we have a development that is safe, walkable, and strengthens our community."

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