A trio of single-family style homes that have somehow survived in the heart of Capitol Hill at the corner of Harvard and Denny for some 116 years will make way for a planned seven-story building with 80 or so new apartment units. But first the 102 Harvard project must pass through design review. The process begins Wednesday night.
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The project from developer Kamiak and frequent collaborator architecture firm Workshop AD joins a relatively lonely field of Capitol Hill development moving through early stages during the intertidal period before implementation of new Mandatory Housing Affordability upzoning that will include transitioning Broadway from around Cal Anderson Park all the way north to Roy to 75-foot height limits and “neighborhood commercial” zoning that would allow seven-story buildings with commercial use throughout.
The developers say the goal of the 102 Harvard microhousing project is to “create a civic connection to the activity of E Denny Way with a broad entry porch that directly engages the pedestrian realm” while enhancing “the domestic character of Harvard Avenue East through landscape, scale, and use.”
The proposal calls for a mix of 83 units including 65 “small efficiency dwelling units,” 1-bedroom, and 4-bedroom units. The project includes plans for a small 550-square-foot street level commercial space — and, sorry car lovers, “1 loading space and no parking stalls are proposed on site,” the architect notes.
The project is also planned to include five affordable units allowing the project to take advantage of existing development incentives and build to seven stories.
Kamiak, a development firm from Scott Lien purchased the three 1902-constructed homes on Harvard that will be demolished to make way for the project in three separate transactions on the same date in September 2018 for a combined $4 million and change.
No formal public comment had been recorded for the project as of the new year, the city says. The developer reports neighbors attending a summer information session on the project expressed concerns about engaging the surrounding street, trees, and parking.
Meanwhile, the development will add another microhousing/SEDU project to the pipeline for Harvard Ave even as the city has snuffed out the building type in other parts of the city. Another SEDU development at 225 Harvard Ave E is being designed as “upscale” microhousing.
102 Harvard is being planned for a 2021 opening, the developer says.
CORRECTION: CHS mistakenly identified developer Scott Lien as the creator of the GrandPad tablet computer. Credit for the technology goes to another Scott Lien. We have updated the post.