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Work continues at Briarcliff

April 27th, 2009 · 53 Comments

There is lots of progress at the site of the old Briarcliff School where Lexington Fine Homes plans to build 39 houses. This first phase of construction extends 39th Ave. W. through the Briarcliff property to Dravus Street, along with improvements to Dravus in front of the property. 

Here is the latest from the Lexington website. “We are pleased to announce that the detailed engineering drawings for the roads, utilities, sidewalks, landscaping and other development improvements have been approved by the City.  These development activities have started and are expected to be completed in late 2009.”

This is the map that shows where the homes will be located.  No prices have yet been set for the homes.

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  • snoopd


  • dd

    It looks like these are going to be really a nice improvement for the neighborhood.
    Any word on what is happening with the townhouses in the Village?

  • Notafanofthis

    I disagree with snoopd & dd – I don’t like this at all. We have areas of Magnolia that have been designated for high desnity, and why people feel this type of development needs to be plopped in the middle of SF5000 & SF7500 is a mystery to me. This development absolutley does not ‘fit in’ with the surrounding residences and will degrade the area, in my opinion.

  • Magpie

    It is a done deal now but I just don’t understand why they have to put soooo many houses up there. I understand it is a prime location and I know they want to get every dollar they can but geez, those things look like they will be stacked up like sardines.

  • Notafanofthis

    You’re right, Magpie. Average lot size is about 3000 sq ft. Good luck finding street parking on Briarcliff Lane.

  • KeepWell

    Pandemic Influenza originates in High Density cities , Hong Kong, Mexico City, London, so Mayor Nichols doesn’t want Seattle to miss out .

  • snoopd

    i am sure the people living in the brick tudors felt the same way , when the houses that were built in the 40’s and 50’s “didn’t fit in”. Don’t be so negative. embrace it. nothing you can do about it. its better then the rat infested school that was there.

  • Notafanofthis

    I don’t know how the people in brick tudor’s felt about the houses built in the 40’s & 50’s, and I’m not sure I can trust your judgement or recollection. It’s difficult to not be negative with such a travesty, and there’s little chance that I will embrace this project anytime soon becasue it doesn’t ‘fit in’ with the neighborhood. It’s not like the only option was a vacant school or this sad example of greed meets social engineering.

  • Ahh…

    Magnolia’s own little track house development!

  • snoopd

    ok, i guess for now on we better check with you. whether something fits into the neighborhood. every plat built after the teepee was a sad example of greed meets social engineering. i guess you shoulda stepped up during the open bid and wrote the check. then we coulda explored all the options. enjoy the beauty. trust me.

  • Kay

    Apparently the city approved 5 foot setbacks from the street, but the community ‘won’ a concession from the city for the houses on the corners. Those will have standard 20 foot setbacks. Woo-hoo. I’m sure hordes of people will be lining up to pay extra for those places. A few extra feet of space to ensure that the neighbor doesn’t accidentally drive through the living room window! I wonder who the developer had to pay off at the city planner office?

  • DavidB

    The developer is a little late to the real estate bubble party.

  • Valentijn

    It looks like the developers usually make houses that vary between decent and attractive on the outside. Let’s hope the trend holds.

  • Notafanofthis

    Why was my last response to snoopd deleted?

  • Fran DeBruler

    How can this builder not think of the neighbors that have fought having 39 houses built on only 4+ acres. What a thoughtless person. There are so many buildings being constructed in all the neighborhoods, and certainly aren’t being sold very quickly. When all this first started we were told there would be 24 homes. We all went along with that, but then when it turned to 39 we tried to put a stop to it. The department of housing an development should all be impeached for what they have let go on in the Seattle neighborhoods.
    I hear that Bellevue is putting a restriction on how high a home can be and also how much of the lot would be taken up by the house. We neighbors fought this for quite a few years, and as you can see it didn’t do much good, just like the tunnel we in Seattle all voted down more than once. I have lived in my home for 58 years, but this project is taking all the joy out of our neighborhood. Fran DeBruler

  • Shanon T

    Is the demand for homes so high that they had to build 39 homes on such a small plot. I guess time will tell how fast they sell. I am guessing they will all have garages so parking shouldn’t be an issue, but why not build single family homes anymore, is that being too greedy with the land?

  • Notafanofthis

    Fran – the developer paid far more than the other groups were offering and the only way they could recuperate the cost was to spread it out over 39 homes, instead of the 24 homes that ‘normal lot sizes’ would produce. The only way they could pull this off was to claim a code variance that wasn’t designed for sites like this. The City couldn’t look past the extra tax revenue from the additional 15 homes and granted the variance.

    Shanon – one of the many problems I see with this development is parking. Even though they may have a garage, there will not be the typical two spaces in front of each house for street parking. The lots are so small, if your neighbor has a party, or if a family gathering happens at one of these houses, there will be little parking available for other residents to use, therefore spilling outside their development. What a shame.

  • co

    So sad to see this property go to waste on homes hardly big enough to house a dog let alone a person. We need a school!!!!

  • DB

    Tax Revenue had to be considered. Est $1M sales price/ house. Est Property taxes of $10K/hse. 39 hses x $10K = $390K in revenue. Instead of $240K.

    Magnolia has an openness and spaciousness, this doesn’t appear to fit with that feeling. This looks like a compact high density housing tract. With relatively identical houses standing shoulder to shoulder. Did the community get a chance to truly voice their opinion on this?

    The real tragedy though is that Briarcliff school was not saved and refurbished. There are more children in Magnolia than I have ever seen. The county / state is closing schools and laying off teachers when it should be doing the exact opposite. Rather than further residential development,a school re-opening would have been a welcome, vibrant & true benefit to our community.

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