We have been following the progress of the controversial construction of 39 new homes at the former site of Briarcliff School and wanted to share this note we just received from the developer of the site.
John C. Cochenour, Lexington Fine Homes writes: “We have started construction of our first home! The adjacent home should also be started within the near future. It will probably take most of this year to complete them. Hopefully we will start several other homes before the end of the year. While the market has improved, we will start additional homes as the market dictates. We have not completed the marketing artwork for these homes yet, but will add them to our website once we have established prices. It’s good to finally be at this point. We’re hopeful that the homes being built will be a pleasant addition to the context of the community. Thanks for your continued interest.”
We reported recently that the roads at site at 39th and Dravus near the water tower had been completed. This project has been a long time in coming. The Briarcliff School was closed for a number of years before it was sold by the Seattle School District to Lexington in 2003. As we have been reporting, construction was delayed as neighborhood groups opposed the project saying it amounts to sticking a dense subdivision in the middle of an older neighborhood of single-family homes. Critics worry that with so many houses on such small lots there will be traffic problems and congestion.