What does a building boom look like? CHS counts
23 25 26 apartment buildings currently under construction around Capitol Hill, on First Hill and at 23rd and Union. The new buildings will include somewhere around 2,500 new apartment units. They average six stories and 97 units. We count another 24 21 planned projects accounting for another possible 2,200 apartment units. And we’re pretty sure we’ve missed a few. UPDATE: Thanks to reader comments, we’ve added a handful of apartment projects to the list. And, it’s not pretty, but we’ve broken out non-apartment projects with a new “Townhome/Micro” layer. Yes, mixing apples and oranges with “Status” but will do for now. Note that this isn’t a complete roster of townhomes and microhousing development planned or in progress but does include major developments that were included in the design process and projects we were able to verify are planned as congregate residences.
That’s a lot of new neighbors.
CHS has made various attempts at tallying the epic scale of construction underway around the Hill in recent years. In spring of 2011, for example, we counted eight projects. How quaint! In fall of 2012, we tallied somewhere over 30 projects — planned and in motion. In 2013, it was all we could to to cover the new developments as they came.
Below, for 2014, you will find a map of area developments currently in construction and in planning — plus a few that were recently completed. We should probably add a few more of the opened buildings to the list. We should also add the microhousing projects we tallied here last year. You’ll hopefully see a few updates soon. You’ll also hopefully see our additions and corrections thanks to you. Please let us know what and where we’ve missed or any updates to listed statuses that are needed. Maybe if we get really ambitious, we can mark all of the unsafe areas around the construction zones for pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicle traffic.
The dots are color-coded by status — yellow are under construction, blue are planned and green are complete. You can click on the dots to learn more about the projects.
The map as a whole shows the pace of activity and the breadth stretching outside Capitol Hill’s commercial cores that has helped inspire slow growth groups to push back and ask City Hall to roll back neighborhood zoning and lower allowable building heights. But even as Seattle is faced with this swell of development peaking in places like Capitol Hill, the pace may not be enough to make the city affordable without new initiatives from our elected leaders. CHS wrote about the effort to form a new plan for creating affordable housing in Seattle here.
In the meantime, as the buildings on this map move from “Construction” to “Complete,” the needle on the affordability dial doesn’t seem to be budging.
Have items for us to add or update on the map? Let us know in comments.