West Seattle funeral home moving to make way for big apartment project

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

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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.


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