And now, our daily update on another six-story, mixed-use development on Capitol Hill. Unlike Monday’s report about the project at 19th and Madison where the machines are in motion, this project is only completing the design phases of its march toward construction. But like the 1818 East Madison project and other projects we’ve been reporting on so far this year, the 1650 East Olive Way project started a long time ago — the initial construction application was filed way back in October 2009. Wednesday’s meeting of the Capitol Hill Design Board could push the project — which faces opposition from a community group concerned about the large development’s impact on the neighborhood and, at one point, the possible expulsion of B&O Espresso from longtime home – forward toward construction.
It’s been more than one year since the project first came to light, the opposition is still there — see 1650choice.org for more — but last we heard, B&O had worked out a deal to return to its East Olive Way corner when the construction is completed. The developers have filed for a permit to allow them to relocate their tenant — we’ll keep our ears open about where and if B&O will re-open during the demolition and the construction of the project. At one point, B&O was about to open a second location on Broadway but those plans were scuttled.
Still, there’s more to the project than espresso and brunch. 1650 East Olive Way will be a six-story, 78-unit building with 3,600 square feet of retail and two live-work units at ground floor and underground parking for 52 vehicles. Architects Nicholson Kovalchick also designed the Roy Street Townhomes project in Lower Queen Anne. Wednesday night, the board will convene for a Recommendation meeting to review the final designs for the project. We’ve attached the presentation the architect will discuss at the session. At the meeting, the board will hear how its previous feedback on the project has — or has not — be incorporated in the design. The meeting is likely to be much quieter and calmer than early sessions when many voiced opposition to such a massive change for their area of the Hill and their home coffee shop. It will be interesting to see if time — and solutions for B&O — have brought more community acceptance for the project.
Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Time: 06:30 p.m.
Location: Seattle University Alumni Relations and Admissions Bldg
901 12th Avenue