DeNova Northwest has started clearing a 4.5-acre lot on Wyatt Way for 18 homes near Lovell Avenue.
The development, known as Ashbury, was originally for 19 homes, although one lot was removed to save an old Black Locust, said Heather Beckman, an associate planner with the city.
The tree is part of a community park and garden area on the northeast portion of the property. The development will connect to a trail on the south end of the site for access to Winslow and the ferry.
DeNova will begin selling the homes in the fall, according to its website, although no prices are listed.
The Kent-based company also is working on a 17-home development in Burien and 165-home development in Tacoma’s University Place, which will include a playground and dog park.