Perhaps the fourth time will be the charm.
After an unsuccessful third visit of 2012 in front of the East Design Review Board last summer, the developers behind the most complicated preservation and development project in Pike/Pine went back to the drawing board — and reached out to neighborhood development advocates the Pike Pine Urban Neighborhood Council — for a new plan.
Early this fall, CHS reported on the compromise reached to keep the 1915-built Davis Hoffman building from being torn down. But, until now, we haven’t been able to show you what the planned preservation to be integrated into the project — now dubbed Broadstone Capitol Hill – will look like. With the project’s fourth — and what the developers from Alliance Realty Partners hope is the last — pass through design review slated for later this month, CHS has been provided with details and images of the new vision for the city block of planned redevelopment that will be part of a total overhaul of the backside of Pike/Pine.
Still slated for a whopping 250 residential units and more than 12,000 square feet of commercial space, the Ankrom Moisan designed project will soar seven stories in the two main portions of the new buildings. Here is a view from across the street on E Union — we’ve also included a picture from present day.
The retention and incorporation of the Davis Hoffman has lead to other components now added to the plan including this “plaza” planned for 10th Ave in front of what the developers hope will be the leasing office for the new project:
Here’s an overview of the interplay between retained structures and the new buildings’ residential and retail components at street level:
And here’s what it will look like from the outside — here, you can see the incorporated Madison Greetings building looking downright restaurant-y:
The look of things from 11th Ave reveals some of the solutions planned to make the northern walls not quite so foreboding and also give you a sense of just how massive the new portions of the project are in relation to what is being preserved.
Like other land deals reported by CHS to start 2013, the story behind the redevelopment at 10th and E Union has sturdy neighborhood roots. Judi Jacobsen started the Madison Park Greetings company in 1977 and she and late husband Conrad acquired the various parcels on their half-block over the years including the purchase of the 1406 10th Ave E building in 1997 for $850,000, according to King County Records. According to those same records, the family continues to own the properties with a combined “appraised land value” of just under $6 million.
The path to creating this project, however, hasn’t been quite so sturdy. CHS reported here on the project’s first appearance in front of the design board as it presented a plan to take advantage of the Pike/Pine preservation incentives by retaining portions of the Madison Greetings building but demolishing the rest of the block. What followed was another attempt at pushing the project through without retaining the Davis Hoffman building. That didn’t work either.
The new plan will come before the board on January 23rd. Davis Hoffman tenants Capitol Hill Housing, meanwhile, have already moved off the Hill until office space is completed along with the nonprofit developer’s 12th Ave Arts project. Event space Pravda is also in need of a new home with the coming construction.
E Union’s backside to Pike/Pine, meanwhile, is busy with change. Without the overhead of sorting out the neighborhood’s preservation incentives, the project on the other side of 10th and Union – pictured to the right — is moving into its final construction stages. And to the southeast, the corner where Union meets 12th meets Madison is now minus an Undre Arms and ready to host this mixed-use building.