CHS has reviewed the draft design proposals for the Capitol Hill mixed-use developments planned for 11th Ave where Hugo House now stands and at 14th and Madison, the former home of the now-demolished Piecora’s Pizza.
Both buildings are planned to stand six stories and will be home to more than 200 new apartment units. One is “L-shaped” the other looks like a “U.” They’ll also both feature a boatload of parking with 240 underground parking spots planned between the two projects.
The developments will be tied at the hip for the public design review process as both — Hugo here and Piecora’s here — take their first bows in front of the East Design Review Board the night of Wednesday, June 24th.
Hugo House — draft design proposal (PDF)
Meriwether Partners, the developers behind the planned project to transform the corner where Hugo House now stands, are working with architects Weinstein A+U to create a building that will soon rise above Cal Anderson Park and provide a new home for the literary non-profit — and more than a 100 renters:
Design Review Early Design Guidance application to allow a six-story strucutre (sic) containing 90 residential units and 12,300 sq.ft. of commercial space located at ground level. Parking for 100 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structures to be removed.
The developers are planning the project as “market-rate” housing.
CHS wrote about the planned “mixed-use” future of Hugo House late last year as the literary nonprofit announced it would be part of the redevelopment project. The property is currently owned by a corporation that includes Hugo House co-founder Linda Breneman, according to King County Records.
In 2013, the 1903-built structure was denied City of Seattle landmark protections.
The new Hugo House facility will be “approximately 10,000 square feet” and will share the ground floor with a 1,500 square-foot “commercial space” being planned for a cafe at the corner of 11th and E Olive. Hugo House’s future incarnation will also be accessed from 11th Ave, the plan notes.
In case you had any hopes that the old Hugo House might be part of the project, be warned. “The proposed project will demolish all the existing structures and paved surfaces located on the project site,” the draft proposal clearly notes. “The proposed building footprint would occupy nearly the entirety of the site.”
The preferred layout for the project is described as a “L-shaped building” with “a south-facing courtyard located at the interior of the block.” But to make that massing work, the developers will need to convince the design board that the building’s two floors of underground parking should be accessed from 11th Ave, a designated pedestrian street.
Piecora’s — draft design proposal (PDF)
While they’re planning for an “L” on 11th Ave, the architects working on the plans for mega-developers Equity Residential are aiming for a project that looks like an upside down “U” at the sloping corner of 14th and Madison.
Designed by Ankrom Moisan, the draft design proposal for the former site of Piecora’s is being planned to climb six stories above E Madison:
Design Review Early Design Guidance application for a 6-story structure containing 140 units. Parking for 140 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structure to be removed.
The goal, the developers write, is to “create a dense, vibrant place to live in Capitol Hill.” They also hope to “mitigate the auto-oriented nature of Madison Street through development of the street edge.”
CHS reported in April 2014 on the plans from Equity Residential for its $10.3 million acquisition of the Piecora’s property. “We buy and build,” a spokesperson for Equity told us. “We’re all over the Seattle market. It’s such a terrific long-term market for renters, were looking to expand our footprint there.”
As it rises to six stories, the mixed-use building is planned to include an internal courtyard and “private Mews” for residents as well as about 4,000 square-feet of retail space on the ground floor below the 140 or so apartment units above. “To allow for the strongest, most viable retail, we propose a highly transparent commercial street front along 14th and Madison,” the developers write.
Neither the Piecora’s development plan nor the Hugo House proposal directly address the high level of parking stalls planned for the projects, but the next wave of big projects already under construction started the trend. One example: The massive apartment and retail project under construction at Melrose and Pine will have parking for 180 vehicles below its 200+ apartment units.
UPDATE 8:51 AM: Speaking of parking, the “land use application” process has begun for the planned 16-story, Whole Foods mixed-use project planned for Broadway and Madison. Comments pertaining to the project’s impact on the surrounding area can be submitted through June 21st.
UPDATE 6/20/2015: Thanks to Daniel Goddard of Weinstein A+U for letting us know the final design packet for the Hugo House development has posted. We’ll have more about the updated proposal prior to the review but here’s the document if you’d like to get an early start.