Plans for a sixth development project within a two and a half-block stretch of 11th Ave will move forward Wednesday night as the Modera building takes what will likely be its final bow in front of the East Design Review Board.
The project being developed by Mill Creek Residential and designed by Studio Meng Strazzara will create 135 units in a six-story building destined to replace the parking lot behind the Caffe Vita row of businesses and the old Winston apartment building home to Wildrose and Hothouse sauna. Don’t worry about the loss of one of the last of Pike/Pine’s parking lots. The building will have a massive underground parking facility with room for 124 cars and 40 bikes. And, yes, there will be 6,000+ square feet of commercial space ready to accommodate yet another addition to the Pike/Pine entertainment district.
The goal of it all, the developers say, is to create “a market-rate rental community” appealing “to a wide range of Capitol Hill neighborhood dwellers” —
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.
The planned Modera project joins an impressive variety of Capitol Hill development types planned for the area. At 11th and Pine, the Pine Legacy project is being geared up to replace Value Village and the building currently home to The Stranger with 50,000 square feet of office space. It will join the Sunset Electric building — the first development completed under the Pike/Pine Conservation Overlay District incentives — on the eastern side of 11th at Pine. Across the street from the future home of Modera, Liz Dunn’s Chophouse Row food and drink marketplace plus office project is slated for a fall 2014 opening. Meanwhile, construction of a seven-story giant preservation-boosted apartment building is underway at 11th and Union while across the intersection the Viva apartment building has solved its color problems and is welcoming new tenants.
Wednesday’s “recommendation” review will focus on finalizing buy-off on the project’s plans for finishing materials and the one departure from zoning rules being requested related to the project’s planned 10th Ave parking garage exit. You can also expect a fair amount of discussion about how the building relates to existing nearby businesses — the first review session back in January drew a handful of public comments about how the lower-level entrance to longtime sauna and spa business Hothouse would relate to the Modera project’s northern flank. The juxtaposition should make for another one of many interesting neighbor relations in the future Pike/Pine.