In a space once planned for an eight-unit townhouse project, developers are moving forward on a seven-story, 75-foot
“workhorse” “workforce” affordable housing building at 418 Bellevue Ave E with 67 units and underground parking for 16 vehicles. The Department of Planning and Development and building developers will discuss their plans at the project Early Design Guidance meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 4 at Seattle Vocational Institute at 21st and Jackson in the Central District.
Plans by previous developers to build the townhouse project were scuttled a few years back but not before a previous apartment building had been razed. Now the space is an empty lot with debris from the old concrete foundation still jutting from the earth. Here’s what developer Chris Langer Properties says they are hoping to achieve with the new project:
The applicant’s development objective is to provide the highest and best use for the site and to create a high-density,workforce/affordable housing development. The proposed project is a 7-story, 75 foot building with 59 units of housingand parking for 16 vehicles in a below grade parking garage. The project intends to take advantage of the height and FARbonus for providing affordable housing and meeting sustainable building standards.
Developers will present three design options for the building, all of which call for some code departures.
The preferred design from the design proposal document by Runberg Architecture Group:
The footprint of the preferred design has smaller setbacks from all property lines than code calls for, as shown here:
The full design proposal: