A new wave of development appears to be forming on Capitol Hill. After a year of developments digging in on major arterials and in the heart of Capitol Hill on Broadway and in Pike/Pine, there are signs that a second wave of projects is also sweeping through quieter sections of the Hill like Belmont Ave and, now, 19th Ave E. Here’s a note passed on to CHS from a developer who says its partners are planning to build a 4-story, 50-unit mixed use building on 19th Ave E:
Dear Capitol Hill Neighbor,
You are invited to attend an informal meeting to discuss preliminary plans to develop the property located at the SE corner of 19th Avenue E., and E. Mercer Street, with the address of 522 – 526 19th Avenue E. The project sponsor is Lake Union Partners and Meriwether Partners of Seattle. To learn more about our firms, visit www.LakeUnionPartners.com or www.MeriwetherPartners.com
The project architect is Weinstein Architects + Urban Designers, www.WeinstesteinAU.com
We are in the preliminary planning stages of a mixed use building that would include an underground parking structure, one level of street level commercial space, and approximately 50-apartment units on floors 2-4.
We would like to hear from you about any aspirations or concerns you may have about the project to be built on this site. We believe there is a unique opportunity to create a special development that will be well designed and will provide desirable amenities for the neighborhood.The architect Ed Weinstein will present preliminary site fit studies, and we will be on hand to answer your questions and take notes. We are very interested in hearing what you have to say. The meeting will be held on Monday September 12 from 6pm – 8pm at Miller Community Center located at 330 19th Avenue E. in Multi-Purpose Room # 1.
We look forward to meeting you and hearing your thoughts. If you would like to contact me prior to the meeting, I can be reached at (206) 850-6637 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Union Partners
The lot is across E Mercer from the Kingfish Cafe and is currently home to the Holiday Craft Store and Strength Studio. CHS has heard rumors that the parcel has been sold but no sale is listed in King County Records. According to the county, the land is owned by Ambrose and Bernadette Noonan who bought the property in 1987 for $147,848 at a time when the fortunes of present-day Capitol Hill were still risky bets. The most recent tax assessment valued the land at more than $1.1 million.
The Holiday Craft Store was formerly home to Director’s Service, a business that, believe it or not, specialized in the shipment of the deceased.
Also planned to make way for the new development is the building that has been home to Capitol Hill Hair — where, apparently, former Seattle mayor Greg Nickels still gets his hair cut.
The lot at Mercer and 19th is currently zoned for a 40-foot height limit.
The September 12th meeting is not being organized by the City of Seattle and is not part of the formal design review process. We’ll check with developers to see if any renderings of design concepts are ready at the early juncture in the project. The project is not yet listed on the Capitol Hill Design Review Board’s schedule.
Weinstein AU, principal architects on the project, also designed the BelRoy project that will soon be underway on Bellevue Ave
The new project won’t be the first mixed-use development to be kicked around for 19th Ave north of Thomas. It’s been a few years since we last wrote about another 19th Ave E development that was to of replaced the building where Monsoon continues to reside when the project bogged down and was ultimately canceled.
Before that, back in 2003, Capitol Court was built and is featured in the Seattle Design Review Program’s “Gallery of Great Examples.”
Down the street at 19th and Madison, a long dormant 6-story project that was unthawed earlier this year is now under construction with a spring 2012 opening target.