A small explosion of new row houses and townhome developments is in the works around Capitol Hill, and two familiar names are involved in quite a few of them. Capitol Hill architect Bradley Khouri and developer Graham Black are pairing up on at least two projects of the type on Capitol Hill, and individually involved in at least five total.
“We have seen an increase in the number of lowrise development resulting from latent demand and an improving economy in Seattle,” Khouri said in an email to CHS. “Capitol Hill is one of the more desirable locations for obvious reasons.”
Update (5:20 PM): The East District Council has added a discussion of townhome regulations to the agenda for their next meeting, which is Monday at 6 PM in the Cal Anderson Shelter House. Representatives from the Department of Planning and Development will be available to answer questions.
There are at least nine row house or townhouse projects currently planned for development in and around Capitol Hill. One of the largest will be at 16th and Harrison, slated to replace one of the most amazing (and dilapidated) houses in the neighborhood. Graham’s development company gProperties purchased the existing house for $1.3 million. King County has no record of when the house was built.
The new development, dubbed Project 339, is a three-story, eight unit row house complex that features a community courtyard surrounded on three sides by the development. The half-block wide project, designed by architecture firm workshop ad, will include covered parking in the rear of the building and private roof decks. The project will go in just across the alley from the back of the Bagel Deli on 15th.
Graham is teaming up with Khouri on what seems to be the duo’s specialty — shifting a house to make room for another building on the same property. Their latest project at 607 Malden Ave is a similar effort. According to the design review process for the project, the duo plan to move the existing house and build a two-unit townhouse with a basement garage.
Just around the corner on the same block Khouri and Graham are pairing up on another 6-unit row house. 1412 E Mercer will be a 6-unit row house with attached garages. Khouri and another developer have plans to demolish another house at 304 16th Ave E to make way for two, three story town houses.
Most if not all of these projects will not be required to go through a public design review process, and therefore could come as a surprise to neighbors in single-family house dominated blocks though the backlash, if any, will likely not reach the level seen with recent microhousing projects.
Two projects in the Central District, each one block off Yesler Way, are also in the works: A seven-unit town home at 17th and a new single family house + two-unit town house at 20th.
The slate of new townhouse projects comes at a time when single family homes are mostly out of reach to the average Capitol Hill resident and the condo market around Capitol Hill is in desperate need of some new blood, according to local real estate experts. Meanwhile, growth proponents hope for the Hill to build its way out of soaring rents.