Plans are underway to build a four-story residential building on the northwest corner of 11th Ave E and E Republican, adjacent to the future home of Federal-Republican Park. The preferred project option would preserve the house currently located on the lot and would add 20 units to the property.
While other options considered in the design review proposal would demolish the existing house, the preferred option would instead move it closer to the corner of 11th and Republican. The new structures would then be built behind the rehabilitated house.
In the document, Nicholson Kovalchick Architects cites the Pantages House at Harvard and Denny as precedent for siting a new building around an existing house on the same lot.
The project would include 10 underground parking spaces and falls within the existing 40′ height limit. Planners are asking for design departures regarding setbacks.
The city acquired the property to the west of the proposed 11th and Republican development for the Federal-Republican Park for just under $2 million one year ago. NK Architects principals Shanna Kovalchick and Brandon Nicholson bought the property in February this year for $652,000 according to King County Records.
“If you look at Capitol Hill from a bird’s eye view you’ll see a blend of every style of building which is indicative of this ever-changing and growing neighborhood,” Nicholson said in a media release on the project. “Our new building will pay homage to this tradition.”
According to NK, the new apartment complex will target LEED platinum certification with a number of sustainable features that emphasize reduced energy use and an attempt by the firm to create a building that incorporates Passive House standards. Passive House level requires reduction of energy usage by 90% over traditional code-built homes. The project is also enrolled in Seattle’s Priority Green Program encouraging innovation and residential and commercial projects that can serve as models for sustainable development.
There will be a meeting to discuss the early design proposal Wednesday, July 6. Details:
Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Time: 06:30 p.m.
Location: Seattle Vocation Institute
2120 S Jackson St
The early design guidance document: