The next development project to squeeze itself into the neighborhood will fill a jigsaw-shaped set of parking lots in the middle of a block between 10th and 11th Ave behind the E Pike buildings home to Quinn’s, Caffe Vita and the Winston Apartments. The first public review of the project’s proposed design is Wednesday night.In a project developed by Texas-based Mill Creek Residential on land sold by Capitol Hill real estate and development company Hunters Capital, the planned building will rise six stories and make space for up to 149 residential units. The Studio Meng Strazzara-designed project is planned to include more than 11,000 square feet of retail spread across its 10th and 11th Ave-facing ground floor spaces. Underground parking for around 130 cars is planned.
“The owner’s aim is to create a market rate rental community that appeals to a wide range of Capitol Hill neighborhood dwellers,” the design packet for this week’s Early Design Guidance session reads.
The development will be designed in context with the distinguished character of the surrounding neighborhood in architectural elements, building scale, and massing. We are committed to using quality, long-lasting materials, and an aesthetic design that appeals to and blends with the neighborhood.
Mill Creek’s developments in the Seattle area are relatively limited but it has plans for more. In 2013, it added the 18-story Skye highrise apartment building to its holdings and projects in 20 states:
The acquisition is part of Mill Creek’s ‘buy where we build’ strategy: acquire a high-quality community with redevelopment potential in an irreplaceable downtown Seattle location. We are well-positioned to build a meaningful presence in the greater Seattle metropolitan area in the coming years through acquisition and development. Other West Coast markets of interest include Seattle, Portland, the Bay Area, and Southern California.
Last week, Mill Creek representatives discussed their proposed project with the Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council.
The developer comes to the project after Capitol Hill developer Hunters Capital worked out a deal to sell the property last summer for $5.3 million to local real estate investor Sidney Andrews. The project was first on the board for a design review last fall but the people behind it including Hunters opted to hold off and “explore the market,” CHS was told. Apparently, the deal with Mill Creek Residential is the result of that search.
Wednesday night, the East Design Review Board will weigh the project’s proposed massing and hear from the architects on the project’s “preferred” design option for a building that extends through the middle of the block. A second option included in the proposal packet is for a project that would include two separate buildings. No departures from zoning rules in the neighborhood are being requested.
|Review Meeting:||January 29, 6:30 pm|
|824 12th Ave|
|Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room|
|Review Phase:||EDG–Early Design Guidance|
|Project Number:||3015966 permit status | notice|
Once approved, the project will join a neighborhood bursting at the seams with projects in planning, beginning construction and opening for new tenants. It also joins the wave as a residentially-focused building while the latest Pike/Pine projects have shifted to focus on adding daytime office resources to the neighborhood. Office space or not, it’s busy. Across the street on 11th Ave, local developer Liz Dunn has broken ground on her mews and office project. On the south end of Mill Creek’s block, a massive 250-unit development is just getting started with its construction and preservation work — including dismantling one of its historical “character” buildings that will eventually be rebuilt brick by brick. To the west at 10th and Union, this mixed-use apartment building is nearly complete. To the north a few blocks, the Sunset Electric development and preservation project is in the final stretch of construction. To the southeast at the site of the old Undre Arms Apartments near E Madison, yet another building is close to completion. Elsewhere in Pike/Pine, four more projects are beginning to dig in. And while the old warehouse on Seneca isn’t slated to be apartments, it is being redeveloped to house a new bar and restaurant complex.
Not everything on the block is changing — yet. The new Mill Creek project will neighbor the old Winston Apartments and funky tenants like the Wildrose and the Hot House sauna. In 2012, that building’s new buyers said they planned to keep the Winston mostly as she is with no plans for development despite spending $4.3 million to acquire the 1905-era building.