Final designs unveiled for four-story Stencil at 24/Union, six-story Decibel at 11/Alder

You can someday walk across the street to Uncle Ike's from the planned Stencil building (Images: Johnston Architects)

You can someday walk across the street to Uncle Ike’s from the planned Stencil building (Images: Johnston Architects)

Two development projects in neighborhoods on the edges of Capitol Hill undergoing significant change will take what could be their final steps in the Seattle design review process Wednesday night.

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Look, a violin shop :)

2407 E Union
The second of two projects near 23rd and Union from developer Lake Union Partners had a pretty smooth go of its first East Design Board review earlier this year.

The four-story Stencil project is being planned as a 39-unit apartment building with 3,000 square feet of retail and two live/work units at ground level. The building will contain parking for 21 vehicles. In April, the board seemed amenable to the project’s few zoning departure requests and public comment was mostly about details like bulk, privacy and landscaping.

The building is being designed by Johnston Architects.

The Fatima Cafe structure is slated to be demolished to make way for the building.

Review Meeting: October 8, 6:30 pm
Seattle University
824 12th Ave
Admissions & Alumni Building
Review Phase: Recommendation past reviews
Project Number: 3017002 permit status | notice
Planner: Carly Guillory

2407 E Union will join a six-story development currently under construction on the southwest corner of 23rd and Union in a duo of Lake Union Partners properties set to radically transform housing in the area.

It is part of a wave of development in motion along a few blocks of E Union. Across the street, Capitol Hill Housing is planning an affordable apartment project on the former bank property. Down the hill at MLK and Union, The Madrona Company is developing a four-story project. Meanwhile, the landowner of the MidTown Center property has hopes of upzoning the parcel and developing the block.

Lake Union Partners, by the way, also developed the bustling 19th and Mercer building and frequently works with folks like Linda Derschang to create an interesting retail mix in their projects.

301 12th Ave
Part of a trio of Spectrum Development Solutions projects around 12th Ave and the Seattle Housing Authority-powered redevelopment of Yesler Terrace, 301 12th Ave’s Decibel building is also queued up for what could be its final review before construction can begin on its parcels near 12th and Alder.

The folks at Spectrum passed along this updated rendering of their project -- and let us know the board has approved the project. "As discussed, we were successful in receiving Design Review Board approval last night in our first meeting with the DRB following Early Design Guidance. We are looking forward to breaking ground in March 2015 and completing the project in April 2016."

The folks at Spectrum passed along this updated rendering of their project — and let us know the board has approved the project. “As discussed, we were successful in receiving Design Review Board approval last night in our first meeting with the DRB following Early Design Guidance. We are looking forward to breaking ground in March 2015 and completing the project in April 2016.”

(Images: Mithun)

(Images: Mithun)

Decibel is planned as a six-story, 75-unit apartment building with 2,700 square-feet of retail and 20 parking spaces. It will join its Spectrum brethren in creating a portfolio for the developer that it says it can manage in unison to both create affordable apartments with “smaller floor plans” and achieve a healthy return on investment:

The city’s MFTE bonus program provides a property tax break to developers for 12 years if they set aside at least 20% of their units for affordable housing. Across the three planned Spectrum buildings, the developer will make 85% of its units — including all 120 inside the under-construction Anthem at 103 12th Ave — available to tenants who make less than the area median income of $61,800 for one person. An Anthem tenant would pay $868 a month for a one-bedroom apartment. Spectrum will also, of course, enjoy a healthy tax break.

  • Anthem – 103 12th Ave – 120 units (120 affordable)/ 48 parking stalls/ 4,000 sf. commercial — under construction

  • Decibel – 301 12th Ave – 75 units (15 affordable)/ 20 parking stalls/ 3,000 sf. commercial — design review

  • Reverb – 1023 E Alder Street  –84 units (17 affordable)/ 40 parking stalls / no commercial — permitting

The projects are designed by Mithun.

Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 2.35.47 PMHere is how Spectrum describes the Decibel design:

Decibel is the more lively and bustling of the trio of development projects as it is located on 12th Avenue. The property will contain 75 units with a mix of studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units with 20 garage parking spaces and 3,000 SF of commercial space on the ground floor. Bike storage is given a prominent and visible location on Alder Avenue to show our support and promotion of alternative transportation.

Public comment at the Decibel project’s first “early design guidance” review in April was mostly positive and supportive of the project that will eventually neighbor the King County Juvenile Detention facility.

Review Meeting: October 8, 8:00 pm
Seattle University
824 12th Ave
Admissions & Alumni Building
Review Phase: Recommendation past reviews
Project Number: 3016903 permit status | notice
Planner: Lindsay King
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8 thoughts on “Final designs unveiled for four-story Stencil at 24/Union, six-story Decibel at 11/Alder

    • I heard it was a dedication to Jimmy Hendrix who supposedly lived in the Yesler Terrace area. Spectrum Development Solutions is building 3 buildings in the area:
      Decibel, Anthem on 12th and Reverb.

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    • I think it’s supposed to relate to stencil art or graffiti art maybe? The design review booklet online at the City shows stencil art images on the side of the building.

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