A heavy slate of area development project continues Wednesday night as the East Design Review Board provides feedback and guidance — and, in one case, perhaps, a final blessing — on two Capitol Hill apartment projects.
That blessing, if it comes, will be well earned. We showed you earlier this month what the development that will ‘save’ 10th/Union’s Davis Hoffman building will look like. Wednesday night, the board will sit through its fourth and, perhaps, final session for the massive apartment project on the backside of Pike/Pine that is planned to incorporate elements of a handful of character structures currently standing on the site.
Project: 1414 10th Ave map
Review Meeting: January 23, 8:00 PM Seattle University 901 12th Ave map Student Center Room # 210 Review Phase: Recommendation past reviews Project Number: 3013040 permit status | notice Planner: Lisa Rutzick
Following a year of community push-back on the project, the new plan to be discussed Wednesday has broader neighborhood support. Here’s the letter John Feit and the Pike Pine Urban Neighborhood Council has drafted expressing optimism if not enthusiasm for where the project has shaken out after the group worked to push the developer to preserve the site’s Davis Hoffman building. “The outcome of this rather protracted process is evidence that the design review process can lead to a substantially better project, and we thank the applicant for their new and responsive design, and the Design Review Board for bolstering the community’s concerns,” the letter concludes.
The early tilt in Wednesday night’s design review double header will be filled by a project planned for E John near 12th Ave dubbed East John Court. Oddly, the development just up the Hill on E John Ct is called John Court. Go figure.
The East John Court project is planned to stand where two single family-style homes once stood. Acquired by investor Paul Larkin for a combined total around $1.5 million, the parcels are being sized up for a four-story apartment building with 47 “small & efficient residential units” and no parking.
Project: 1113 E John St map
Review Meeting: January 23, 6:30 pm Seattle University 901 12th Ave map Student Center Room # 210 Review Phase: EDG–Early Design Guidance Project Number: 3014162 permit status | notice Planner: Tami Garrett
The Caron-designed project makes its first appearance in front of the review board this week. With nary a departure requested for the preferred design, here’s to expecting a quick and easy DRB session as Capitol Hill’s multifamily zones slowly — OK, not so slowly — reach for the sky.
URM Workshop Reminder
Wednesday night also will bring a workshop to discuss the city’s coming-soon policy on unreinforced masonry buildings. We wrote about the coming changes and the shuttering of one local business in a building in need of a retrofit here — Callahan’s Auto shutters as Seattle earthquake readiness mandates loom for Capitol Hill buildings
Wednesday’s workshop starts at 6 PM at Melrose Studios, 1532 Minor Ave.