Density advocates will celebrate the appearance of two 4-story development projects on the East Design Review Board agenda this week while some in the neighborhoods around the projects might feel like pushing back. This push and pull of the midrise-40 zone will be on full display at Wednesday night’s design review board sessions. Here’s a look at the two projects.
This 4-story housing project shouldn’t feel out of place at all. Planned for smack in the middle of 12th Ave just east of Cal Anderson Park, the 37-unit building will neighbor multi-story buildings up and down the street — some nearly 100 years old.
The project is headed by developer Gramor backer of area developments including the apartment complex home to E Madison’s Trader Joe’s. Unfortunately for you Joe’s fans, Gramor isn’t planning any retail as part of this forty-foot project but it will include two additional live/work units. Architect is Caron Architecture. You can view their recent multifamily projects here.
Project: 1711 12th Ave map
The developers list the following the objectives for the project in the design packet for Wednesday’s early design guidance session focused on big picture issues like massing. The full design document is embedded below.
The proposed development will create an urban mixed-use apartment building with street level live / work lofts and provide an enhanced pedestrian experience in the urban village neighborhood.
The ground level of the preferred scheme consists of a residential lobby, 5loft units facing a private interior courtyard or rear of property, and 2 commercial live / work lofts facing the street. The commercial live / work units will have direct, individual street access, while the loft units will have ground level amenity space and individual entries.
The second, third and fourth floors each have a mix of studios, open one bedrooms and one bedroom units, for a total of 10 units per floor.
The roof of the building will be accessible and act as an amenity space for tenants with opportunities for entertaining, gardening and relaxation.
Parking is not required for this site, and the lack of alley access will dictate use of the street level area for building services. To enhance the appearance of the services required on the street, we propose an open breeze-way with screening which will allow visual connection to the interior courtyard and a view of the landscaping.
The building will meet current required energy codes and will obtain a built green rating.
The developers acquired the land for the project last summer for $850,000. It’s currently home to an office building overhauled in 1985. Like any good office building from 1985, it looks a little bit like it might house a racquet ball court. It doesn’t. It does house the offices for COR Northwest Family Development Center, the previous owners of the parcel and provider of training for “psychoanalytic psychotherapy.”
This project from Rudd Development might not fit into its neighborhood as snuggly as the 12th Ave 4-story but it’s also not unprecedented in the immediate area. Across the street sits another multifamily development.
Project: 1823 18th Ave map
1823 18th Ave is planned as a forty-foot building with 20 units and parking for nine vehicles. To make way for it, a more-dilapidated-than-it-looks-but-still-kind-of-charming 1901 house will have to be leveled.
Here are the design objectives l
isted for the project:
The proposed project is a multi-story, residential apartmentbuilding containing residential apartment units in the upper levelsand parking in a subterranean garage. The height of the building isanticipated to reach the maximum limit of 40 feet. The existingsite maintains vehicular access from the developed alley. Allvehicular access, refuse / recycling storage, and other services areproposed from the alley in Option A. Options B and C proposevehicular access and refuse / recycling pick-up from 18th Avenue,while Option D proposes refuse / recycling storage along the alley and vehicular access from 18th Avenue. Refuse / recycling storageis within the building envelope in all options. The residentialentrance lobby is located at the corner of E Denny Way and18th Avenue in Options A & B, and Options C & D propose anaccessible lobby accessed along 18th Avenue. Residential amenityspace will be provided through a combination of the following:street level landscaped areas, private decks, and a commonarea courtyard at the ground level. Construction of this projectrequires the demolition of two existing two-story single family residences.
The architect is grouparchitect. You can review their recent multifamily projects here — including a bold but mothballed E Thomas project that is approved and on the development clock with a 2014 land use expiration.
The 1901 house and land were purchased this summer for $778,000.