The final proposed design for the massive eight-story, 200+ unit mixed-use development set to incorporate two old auto-row era buildings and tower over a block of E Pine at Melrose has been unveiled a little more than one year after CHS first reported on the neighborhood-changing project.
The Melrose and Pine development goes in front of the East Design Board Wednesday night for what will likely be its final step before demolition, preservation and construction work begins following summer. It will utilize incentives as part of the Pike/Pine Conservation Overlay District that provide developers with the right to build an extra floor of apartments in exchange for preservation of the facades and basic dimensions of “character” structures.
CHS reported recently on work underway to create a similar incentive district based on cultural and arts space.
The planned structures will include 205 units of housing, 16,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space and underground parking for 180 vehicles — the better to drive and park with for a visit to Melrose Market across the street.
The Melrose and Pine review comes as any of the Madison Development Group’s concerns were dismissed in April about possible landmark protections for the Pinevue Apartments building and the Melrose Building where Bauhaus is located. A handful of apartment residents as well as businesses including Le Frock, Edie’s, Scout Apparel, Vutique, Wall of Sound and Spine & Crown Books currently call the Pinevue home. We reported on the plans for Edie’s to make a two-block move soon, here. Bauhaus has opened in Ballard and plans to return to the corner when the construction is completed in the next two years. You might recall that B&O Espresso made similar plans but decided it will not return to Capitol Hill.
Property records indicate that a partnership involving the longtime owners in the Lucurell family continue to hold the millions in dollars in land where the project will be built. Two existing apartment buildings will be demolished.
The Hewitt-designed project made its pass through the first phase of design review last summer without issue. This week, it will need sign-off from the board regarding elements like the materials chosen for the project and landscaping as well as final blessings on requested departures from the zoning in the neighborhood. The most significant discussion appears likely to come down to a requested departure related to how far the new construction will need to be setback from the facades of the character structures below. The developers want less — the code calls for more.
Beyond that, for all of the concerns about the amount of change the project is bringing and will bring to the area, nobody was able to conjure an argument from the design guidelines as they currently stand to slow down the change at Melrose and Pine.
Project: 301 E Pine St map
515 Harvard Ave E
Another Hewitt-designed project is also on the slate for the design review board Wednesday night. You might recall our recent post about the rumblings of things to come in the former “wildflower” lot behind the Joule building. Those things will include “a 7-story structure containing 75 residential units” and “parking for 24 vehicles to be provided below grade.”
Project: 515 Harvard Ave E map
Review Meeting: May 15, 6:30 PM Seattle University 901 12th Ave map Admissions & Alumni Community Room Review Phase: EDG–Early Design Guidance Project Number: 3013291 permit status | notice Planner: Garry Papers