Here is a first look at the design for the Cameo, a twin development to the Braeburn being planned for 15th and Pine. We reported in February that developers have dusted-off stalled plans for the six-story mixed-use residential and retails building at 15th and Pine. The design plans provide a closer look at the building’s features and some of the non-standard elements related to the underground parking entry the developers are asking the Capitol Hill Design Review Board to allow. Details on the design and the upcoming design review meeting next week, below.
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Seattle University, Alumni Relations and Admissions Building Meeting Room, 824 12th Avenue
According to the marketing promotion currently on the Cameo Web site, the new building is, like the Braeburn, being planned as condos making it the only active development on the Hill currently planned as a condominium project:
Studio, 1 & 2 Bedroom Condominium Homes
Starting from the low $200s
Cameo Condominiums is located across the street from Braeburn Condominiums, one of the fastest selling communities in Seattle history. Designed in tandem with Braeburn, the corner of 15th and Pine marks the gateway to the vibrant Pike/Pine Corridor of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Green to the core, every aspect of the Cameo community is crafted with smart-looking and earth-friendly material selections, making your new home healthier and happier for you.
Beautiful, simple and enviromentally savvy. That’s Cameo.
Dana Behar, president of HAL Real Estate Investments – the Braeburn developer and owner of the parking lot where the Studio Meng Strazzara-designed Cameo is planned, told CHS in February the Cameo was envisioned as forming an entryway to Capitol Hill with its twin Braeburn across the street:
“The way the Cameo was designed was to be very complimentary to the Braeburn. Coming down Pine from up there will be kind of like an entry to Capitol Hill,” said Behar, a longtime Hill resident.
The Braeburn began marketing its units in 2004. According to DPD records, construction plans for mixed-use buildings of varying sizes on the site date back at least ten years.
The proposed Cameo is a six-story, 56-unit building with two live-work units and 2,100 square-feet of retail at ground level. Parking for 61 vehicles is planned.
The design departures the developers are requesting for the Cameo have to do with a driveway on Pine. The current design calls for the driveway entrance for the underground parking garage to be on Pine instead of 15th. The driveway would also need either a ten-foot cutaway next to the driveway to improve sightlines, which would bring the percentage of retail frontage to less than the mandated 80 percent of the lot. The other option would be to install mirrors, flashing lights and audio announcements at the driveway.
The Cameo is meant to be a companion piece to the Braeburn, HAL’s other apple-variety-named building located across Pine on the site that formerly housed a Red Apple Grocery (thus the apple-themed names). The Braeburn, home to ‘Zaw Pizza, Polished, Poco Wine Room and the now-empty former home of Online Coffee, sold its 150 condos so quickly it made headlines. It sold 59 units its opening day. But that was in 2004, and the slowdown in the economy has left the Cameo hanging.