With 30+ developments underway and under construction around Capitol Hill, Wednesday night brings a project at an earlier stage in front of the East Design Board as the four-story apartment building planned to replace the failed Seattle landmark Weatherford House at 14th and John takes its second bow in the review process. We also have details on two more projects still in the paper phase. Meanwhile, also on the Wednesday docket is a session with one of those 30 as the developers of the super green Bullitt Center make a “courtesy visit” to the board to talk photovoltaics as part of the city’s Living Building program. Details, below.
- mish-mash architecture and place in Seattle’s photography history wasn’t worthy of official landmark status. The move cleared the way for demolishing the 1904-built house and constructing a new apartment building from developer Murray Franklyn. But, first, the developer needs the project’s design signed-off on by the East Review Board. We wrote about the plans a four-story, 42-unit apartment building on the site with four live/work units at street level along John earlier this year. The development will include parking for 24 vehicles. : Earlier this summer, the Seattle Landmarks Board decided that the old antique shop at 14th and John’s
Wednesday night, the project comes back in front of the design review board with a more fully fleshed-out plan and details about finishes for the first of two planned meetings in this final recommendation phase. At the early design guidance session in December, Murray Franklyn found a board reluctant to grant the developer’s requested zoning departures regarding smaller lot setbacks and shallower and shorter commercial “live/work” lofts. This time around, the packet says architects have provided a “futureproof” plan for the lofts that will help make the units work for standard retail if the live/work thing doesn’t, well, work.
- The super green project at 15th and Madison is slated to complete construction in mere months but Point 32, the developer behind the project, still has an appointment with the design review board Wednesday night: :
Project: 1501 E Madison St. mapDesign Proposal available at review meeting
Review Meeting: September 19, 8:00 Seattle University 824 12th Ave map Student Center Room 210 Review Phase: Recommendation past reviews Project Number: 3011010 permit status | notice Planner: Lisa Rutzick
At previous design review meetings, the Board expressed understandable consternation with the vertical array and its impacts on the public realm. The project team clearly stated throughout the design review process that as technology evolves, the photo voltaic (PV) arrays could get smaller, more effective and less visually intrusive, which is exactly what has occurred since the permit was approved. The meeting Wednesday night is a courtesy update to the Board and public, as the functional design element of most concern has been removed.
CHS wrote about the process to approve the building’s giant solar arrays earlier this year. Apparently those arrays will be less giant.
The DPD rep also said the session is an expected component of the city’s Living Building pilot incentive program that the Bullitt project is test driving:
This project was part of a pilot program and challenges heard by other developers experienced in or interested in developing deep green buildings is that the very high standards of building deep green means that the design and development are constantly evolving. There is a need to continue to work with the design and technical team throughout the construction process; this doesn’t match up with design review process cleanly. DPD is continuing to dialogue about lessons lear
ned from this pilot program as we move forward.
That test drive, however, might be the first and last of its kind as Seattle looks at the possibility of loosening up its green building incentive program.
- : There won’t be any meeting for it but the streamlined review for a townhouse project on 10th Ave E will also have the board’s attention this week. The design packet for the project is below. The project is to code, isn’t requesting any departures to zoning laws… and bugs neighbor Misha who sent us this about the change coming to her end of 10th Ave E:
the big old house at 1144 10th Ave East at the north end of broadway will be replaced with these 8 to a regular city lot cheaply built & identically ugly but waaaay over-priced townhomes there are few houses left on 10th & its sad to see it go
The developer on the project is Steil & Steil — also behind the Malden 8 project, apparently — and the architect is Caron Architecture.
Across the street, construction on this three-story apartment building replacing a church parking lot is reportedly underway.
- the land use application if you’re into that kind of thing. We’ve posted the design packet here. As is the case on 10th Ave E, an old single family home will need to be demolished to make way for the new project. : Another townhouse project recently has been going through the streamlined review process but this one had enough special departure requests that it had to be kicked up to the “administrative review” level of things. Brad Khouri’s project to build four townhouses and a single-family residence on a pipsqueak of a lot above the Miller Community Center looks like a pretty interesting infill development. Wednesday, by the way, is the final day for public comment on