Melrose & Pine developers to meet with community group as design review approaches

The developers behind the Melrose & Pine project that will integrate a seven-story apartment building with E Pine’s “Bauhaus Block” will meet with community members Wednesday one week before the project’s first appearance before the East Design Board.

An invitation sent to members of the Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council over the weekend is below.

CHS posted notes from a media review of the proposals and this early rendering showing the concept of the planned building’s massing and layout prior to the 4th of July holiday.

Madison Development Group, the developer of the “Bauhaus Block” of buildings in Pike/Pine, is holding a community meeting regarding their draft designs for their project.  David Hewitt, the project architect,will be on hand as well.   The meeting will be at the Casey Buildingatrium at Seattle University on Wednesday July 11th from 4:00 – 5:30PM.

SPACE IS LIMITED to 30 persons, so please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Seattle University Campus Map can be found here:


Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council

The initial details on the block-long project shocked and angered many in the neighborhood but subsequent updates have revealed potentially better news:

“It’s been our focus to save the buildings,” the Madison Group’s Tom Lee told CHS in June saying the announcement on the project got off track when existing storeowners were told about the project’s plans prior to any formal announcement of the development. Lee said the initial idea when his group looked at the property years back was to “scrape” the parcels and start fresh. Then the developers learned about the in-the-works plans for the Pike/Pine Conservation Overlay District. “David [Hewitt] talked to DPD — ‘This is where the overlay’s going,’ we were told.”

“We think the ordinance works,” Lee said.

We’ll know for sure how the incentives are proposed to be applied at Melrose & Pine as the July 18th design review approaches.


The proposal is for a seven-story residential apartment building containing 160 dwelling units and 14,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and 2 floors of below grade parking for 120 vehicles. 


The applicants have applied for Design Review related to development of this site.  At the early design guidance meeting, the applicants will present information about the site and vicinity. The public may offer comments regarding the design and siting of a development on the subject site; and the Design Review Board members will also offer comments and identify those Citywide Design Guidelines of highest priority in developing the site.


Date:                   Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Time:                  08:00 p.m.

Location:            Seattle University Casey Building

                           901 12th Ave
                           Room 500E – Casey Commons

UPDATE: Thursday brings another opportunity to discuss preservation in Pike/Pine:

Great City Pike/Pine Brown Bag
When: Thu, Jul 12, 2012 12:00 PM – Thu, Jul 12, 2012 1:30 PM

Where: 1301 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA‎
Growing up offers advantages over growing out (AKA sprawl). But recent and proposed developments in the Pike/Pine neighborhood highlight issues at hand when a community grapples with growth in character-rich neighborhoods while seeking to retain the diverse, dynamic vibrancy that makes them so attractive to incoming residents, investment and development.

Joining us to look at the Pike/Pine Conservation Overlay District, discuss how it has influenced development plans and share ideas for enhancing outcomes will be DPD Strategic Advisor Dennis Meier, Dunn & Hobbes Principal Liz Dunn, Architect and Historic Preservationist Patricia Tusa Fels and Weber Thompson Senior Associate and Great City Board Member Jeff Reibman.

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4 thoughts on “Melrose & Pine developers to meet with community group as design review approaches

  1. I live in the Garden Studios which is next to this so I am concerned about noise from the construction and closures of the sidewalks. It seems like they start at the crack of dawn with jack hammers and other noisy equipment and sidewalks are closed with little to no advance notice requiring inconvenient detours. It’s time pedestrians quit getting the treated like they don’t matter when it comes to construction projects and the sidewalks around them.

  2. Capitol Hill has long been my favorite neighborhood. Now it is well on it’s way to being just another unaffordable yuppie haven. I might as well move to Bellevue.

  3. Yes, it’s annoying to live next to a large construction project…I should know, as I live across the street from the 230 Broadway re-development which has been going on for one year now….but it’s a fact of life in a city.

    Construction permits include specific rules about what work hours are allowed, which days, etc…so I’d advise you to look into this for the project next to you, when it starts, and you can complain to the City if the rules are being violated.