West Seattle funeral home moving to make way for big apartment project
Puget Sound Business Journal by Marc Stiles, Staff Writer
Date: Thursday, December 27, 2012, 4:54pm PST – Last Modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012, 6:21pm PST
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include information in the project’s recently filed application to the city for a master-use permit.
An apartment developer on Thursday paid nearly $17.9 million for a large West Seattle property, including the Howden-Kennedy Funeral Home.
The acquisition by Lennar Multifamily Investors means Howden-Kennedy, West Seattle’s oldest funeral home, will have to move.
“We’re definitely staying in business, and we definitely will be staying in West Seattle,” said Stuart Johnston, Howden-Kennedy’s office manager. He said the owners are looking for a new location because “we’ve got to be out by Sept. 1.”
Lennar paid Kennedy Family Limited Partnership nearly $5 million for the funeral home property, and paid $12.9 million to Huling Brothers for property where the Huling car dealership used to operate, public records show. In total, Lennar bought just over two and a third acres, where the company will work with Weingarten Realty to build a 350-unit apartment building with a large retail space.
Lennar is a national homebuilder that branched out into apartments last year, and Weingarten specializes in shopping centers.
Earlier this month, the developer applied to the city for a master-use permit to develop two, five-story buildings with a total of 370 residential units over 62,750 square feet and two levels of below-grade parking for 598 vehicles.