We don’t know what the new proposal for the four-story East John Court project at 1113 E John looks like — a SNAFU has the latest design packet delayed from posting to the Department of Planning and Development web site until Wednesday afternoon.
But we do know what the East Design Review Board will be looking for when it takes its third look at the planned project featuring 47 “small & efficient residential units” in a building slated to replace the old 1903-built houses that have served as Seattle Hill House bed and breakfast.
Its notes from the January 2014 recommendation session on the project are clear:
- The Board reiterated that the presented design didn’t demonstrate how it related to the existing architectural character and siting pattern of the neighboring historical and modern structures.
- The Board was very confused about the distribution of exterior materials and colors. The Board stated that the color palette and materials should be simplified.
- At the Recommendation meeting, the Board voiced strong support for the graphic geometric pattern artwork applied to the front exterior stairwell in the context of a simplistic subdued design
We said the issues were clear. We didn’t say it was going to be easy. That’s not a trivial amount of issues for Soleil Development and architectural firm Caron to work out. Wednesday night, we’ll learn more about how they plan to do it.