On the edge where Capitol Hill transitions from its more dense, multi-story apartment core to the practically suburban leafy Hill streets around Volunteer Park, the four-story apartment building destined for 15th Ave E and E Mercer comes back before the design board Wednesday night, its developers hoping to show a new plan with friendlier connections to the building’s surroundings. Also on the docket is a Capitol Hill firm’s design for a 12-unit, energy efficient Eastlake apartment building. Details, below.
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We still think they should call it the Chutney’s building. Currently deployed as an art installation until the existing former restaurant building is demolished, 605 15th Ave E is destined to be home to a four-story, mixed-use apartment building with 33 units, 3,400 square feet of retail or restaurant space and 24 below-ground parking spaces.
The project, developed by Steam Real Estate, also behind this Stream Belmont project, passed through the first stage of design review in April — but not without direction from the East Design Review Board to respond to community feedback and do a better job integrating the four-story building with nearby single-family homes.
Design Proposal (8 MB)
“At The Early Design Guidance Meeting the Board strongly noted that the project design and massing should be respectful of the neighboring structures,” the city’s report on the April meeting reports. “Specifically the Board would like to see the project massing transition to the residential zones to the north and west.”
The board also asked architect Nicholson Kovalchick to do a better job designing the building as “a gateway and terminus to the neighborhood commercial uses to the south and residential to the north.” The board was also troubled by a blank northern wall and asked for a better concept to be presented.
The updated product will be on display Wednesday night. You can let Stream know if they succeeded against those challenging directions for its $1.4 million real estate investment in the neighborhood.
Capitol Hill’s Schemata Workshop is the architecture firm behind a new Eastlake project to create a 12-unit, “energy efficient” apartment building at 2351 Franklin Ave E. The development is planned to replace a two-story, 1913-built house just south of Rogers Playground in a stretch of housing popular with young renters and students. Notably, the project is planned to incorporate “on-site solar energy production.”
Design Proposal (6.8 MB)
Review Meeting: September 18, 8:00 PM Seattle University 901 12th Ave Admissions & Alumni Community Room Review Phase: EDG–Early Design Guidance Project Number: 3015644 permit status | notice Planner: Shelley Bolser