12th and John is destined to be the next place Capitol Hill grows big and small. Wednesday night, the plan for a four-story, 50-unit microhousing-style apartment building will take its first turn in front of the East Design Review Board. Meanwhile, legislation intended to better shape its brethren developments is expect to move forward after months of negotiating and argument as the City Council prepares to pass new rules to legislate aPodment-style construction.
Here is how hyperactive Capitol Hill, Central District, and Eastlake developer and architect Bradley Kouri firm b9 describes its planned 121 12th Ave E project:
The proposed development will extend the desirable aspects of Capitol Hill while introducing housing density to one of Seattle’s most characteristic neighborhoods. The structure will provide approximately 50 units. The structure will be built to the maximum height allowed (44 ft.) with a partially below-grade story…
We noted some of the early, negative community feedback on the super-dense project late last month as another microhousing project took its turn in design review.
The 12th and John project will replace three “single family” structures at the corner and add to a wave of development transforming both 12th Ave and E John as the nearby Capitol Hill Station’s start of operations in 2016 approaches.
John is already home to dormitory-type aPodment-style development while 12th is also getting an injection of congregate-style apartment buildings. While many of the existing microhousing projects were not large enough to trigger design review, what many hope will be better triggers and other changes to how Seattle microhousing is regulated are finally close to being finalized after more than a year of debate. Wednesday morning, the City Council’s Planning Land Use, and Sustainability Committee will take up a set of proposed amendments to city code to finally define and regulate microhousing. Here are the latest updates to the proposals (PDF).
Wednesday night, no legislation will be able to help opponents to small apartment development. After Wednesday night, the new rules will probably be no help either. With the so far unabated demand for places to live in Central Seattle, developers continue on the quest to “introduce housing density” to more and more of the city’s blocks. The city needs alternatives and the developers and tenants seem to be collaborating in the enthusiasm for squeezing in as much as possible.
|Review Meeting:||August 13, 6:30 pm|
|824 12th Ave|
|Admissions & Alumni Community Building|
|Review Phase:||EDG–Early Design Guidance|
|Project Number:||3017532 permit status | notice|