What the Capitol Hill Station development will probably* look like

The design process to create 400 affordable and market-rate apartment units and 59,000 square feet of commercial and community space around Capitol Hill Station will move back into motion next week. Here is what the Capitol Hill Station “transit oriented development” is planned to look like.

Architects for developers Gerding Edlen and Capitol Hill Housing have submitted the second — and final — round of design proposals for the project planned to create four new seven-story buildings on Broadway and 10th Ave just north of Cal Anderson Park. The full proposal is available here (PDF).

Design Review: Capitol Hill Station

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Green Shores for Homes Training Program

Wednesday-Thursday, May 31-June 1, 8:30am-4pm

This two-day workshop provides participants with in-depth knowledge about how the Green Shores credit and rating systems can be used to improve the quality of shoreline management projects. Green Shores for Homes is a voluntary program similar to green building rating programs such as Built Green and LEED with a focus on waterfront properties. A residential project receives points for design features.

The content is of interest to professionals (biologists, engineers, planners, landscape architects) and contractors, local and regional government staff, and others seeking to implement the Green Shores program for a shoreline improvement, new design or development, or other related shoreline projects.

The first day of the workshop begins with a review of shoreline ecosystems including threats and issues, management and restoration strategies, and regulatory structures in place. The Green Shores program, including benefits to stakeholders, steps for implementation, and credit systems, are also covered. The second day of the workshop focuses on application of the Green Shores credit and ratings systems through a series of desktop and field exercises. The workshop concludes with a guided group discussion around how to implement key concepts and put new learning into practice.

Mixed-use PCC development faces third round of review, Madison Valley residents still not satisfied

Will these proposed townhouse-style units be enough for Dewey Pl E?

Will these proposed townhouse-style units be enough for Dewey Pl E?

Developers behind the proposed E Madison PCC mixed-use development will return Wednesday night for a rare third round of early design review. Their new plan shaves off a few apartment units and 11% of the project’s parking to make room for a new row of townhouses on the development’s backside in a bid to satisfy nearby residents concerned the building won’t mesh with the single-family style homes destined to sit across from the four-story development’s backside.

It won’t be enough. Here is a copy of one of dozens of letters sent to the review board by residents:screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-6-22-36-am

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Reminder: First Capitol Hill Station development design review — UPDATE: Approved for next round

UPDATE 12/14/2016 9:27 PM: We’ll have more on the ins and outs but the project gained easy approval of the design board Wednesday night — though there is work to be done on the design by the time the recommendation phase is entered in summer 2017. The board asked for a better solution for a large residential lobby currently planned in Site C and also suggested that incorporating the planned daycare in C along Broadway needed to be reconsidered. The board will also look for a better concept for landscaping and trees in the expansive plaza as well as smart treatments for possible blank spaces created by Sound Transit requirements that force separation between the mixed-use building and structures housing the two station entrances. The board also expressed its expectation for a creative solution for the station’s large vent which will eventually be surrounded by the development at the center of the central open plaza. One public speaker suggested that the plaza could be home to plaques or murals expressing the history of the neighborhood or honoring a figure like Cal Anderson. The vent house could eventually be home to such a display. Public comment was generally supportive of the ambitious development concept. Many online comments were received including several which asked the board to do more to ensure a Market Hall small retailer concept is designed into the development. The board included the concept in is requests for the applicant to address in the upcoming “recommendation” round.

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-6-13-49-pmAfter 10 years of community process, there may not be much left to talk about Wednesday night as the four seven-story buildings destined to rise around Capitol Hill Station undergo the development’s first round of design review.

But not everything is a done deal with master developer Gerding Edlen, Hewitt Architects, 12th Ave-headquartered Schemata Workshop, and landscape designers Berger Partnership. Public comment will be part of the proceedings Wednesday night — your email comment to the city’s planner garry.papers@seattle.gov might even make it under the wire. UPDATE: Make sure to include project numbers and addresses (found here) with your comments.

Design review: 118 Broadway E — Capitol Hill Station development

To be effective, your comments should focus on the aspects the city’s design review process is there to shape:

  • The overall appearance of the building
  • How the proposed building relates to adjacent sites and the overall street frontage
  • How the proposed building relates to unusual aspects of the site, like views or slopes
  • Pedestrian and vehicular access to the site
  • Quality of materials, open space, and landscaping

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Designed on the Hill | Chophouse Row

Designed on the Hill is a new series reflecting on good design, as observed by Greg Janky and Treasure Hinds of Anvil Studios, a product design firm based on Capitol Hill.

Chophouse Row is a great example of inspired architecture designed on the Hill.

The mixed-use office and retail space is an oasis tucked away in the midst of urban commotion. Its modern aesthetic fits naturally on 11th Ave between Pike and Union, yet manages to stands out amongst an eclectic collection of old Seattle brick and new Seattle lofts. Continue reading

What the Liberty Bank Building will look like

Black ownership, Black identity, Black residents — there is a lot hinging on the design plans for the six-story, mixed use Liberty Bank Building. The project, part of a wave of new development around 23rd and Union, takes what could be its final step in the design review process this week.

Last week, community members heard about the proposed design and progress on the project to fill the lot that used to be home to the Liberty Bank, the West Coast’s first black-owned bank.

Nonprofit developer Capitol Hill Housing is hoping the community support that has helped shaped the project thus far will be on display at Wednesday night’s design review session.

“We would be very grateful for that because your voice matters,” CHH’s Walter Zisette told community members last week before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Design review: 2320 E Union St

The building is designed to have 115 studio, one-bedroom and two bedroom apartments and four commercial spaces. Apartments will be available at 30 to 60% of the area median income, ranging in price from $434 to $1,154. Continue reading

Design board looks at First Hill Apartments, Central District Community House project

The First Hill Apartments project set to rise above Union

The First Hill Apartments project set to rise above Union

The East Design Review Board Wednesday night will take up one project set to create new First Hill neighbors for the city’s first pavement park. Meanwhile, an important social services organization is set to begin the design process to create an important new facility in the Central District — and with it, 52 affordable places to live for its clients.

First Hill Apartments — 1320 University
It’s hard to believe the project name First Hill Apartments wasn’t already snatched up. But there you go. Once this University St, just off Broadway development is complete, the name will be off the board.

The planned seven-story, 36-unit building with around 5,000 square feet of commercial space is envisioned as having a “transparent and porous” street-level retail component that features “an integrated design between the building, sidewalk, and park, blurring the public and private areas,” following the design board’s guidance in the sessions first go round in March. Continue reading

Design review: What Vulcan’s first Broadway project will look like, plus small efficiency dwelling units on 10th Ave E

Vulcan's Block 3 plan for Broadway at Yesler might finally justify the First Hill Streetcar

Vulcan’s Block 3 plan for Broadway at Yesler might finally justify the First Hill Streetcar

While Wednesday night’s review sessions will include one half of real estate giant Vulcan’s development plans for both sides of Broadway at Yesler and a review of a Central District project the review board was worried about being shoehorned into a residential area, the bigger design review decisions of the week won’t happen at a public meeting. More on Vulcan’s 120 Broadway development and a rowhouse project from Isola Homes at 18th and Spruce, below. But first, let’s stop by the squabble on 10th Ave E just past the curve from Broadway where neighbors aren’t happy about a planned five-story, “small efficiency dwelling unit” apartment building being lined up to rise above the lot currently home to a 1930s-built single family house.

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Though it will create a five-story building with 18 small units and one regular old “apartment”-style unit, the McKee 10th microhousing development being planned for 714 10th Ave E isn’t large enough to trigger a full design review. Instead, its “streamlined” review process wraps Friday without the full package of 90-minute meetings and a lineup of public comment by neighbors objecting to the bulk and scale of the project. But you can still have your say — here are some of the comments from letters sent to the city about the project: Continue reading

New Pike/Pine design and furniture showroom finds Plantation name worked in LA, won’t work in Seattle

Looking out from the showroom that will not be Plantation Design (Image: CHS)

Looking out from the showroom that will not be Plantation Design (Image: CHS)

Times change. If Plantation Design was born in any other era than the late 1990s, it might be known as Midcentury Modern Design or Flat Pack Scandinavian Design. But the new furniture and design boutique that just opened in Capitol Hill’s Pike Motorworks development was born when Southern Californians were into the plantation look of botanical motifs, woven surfaces, and shutters, apparently.

“We’re a small business and we’re back where we have roots,” Katie Largent tells CHS.

She also says the work has begun on a branding change. Plantation Design worked for around 17 years in Los Angeles and another showroom in San Francisco. But in Seattle and with the current awareness around the Black Lives Matter movement, the name has brought online criticism and a change of heart. Continue reading

Details key for apartment project set to replace 15th Ave E parking lot

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Developers are ready to trade a 15th Ave E parking lot for a new 36-unit apartment building. Now, they hope to convince the review board they have the finishing touches necessary to do the job.

The Wren building will take its second and likely final pass in front of the East Design Review Board Wednesday night after getting kicked back in the process in July for a design proposal that lacked in the “materials and detailing” department on its 15th Ave E-facing façade. “The Board struggled with how the design relates to adjacent buildings and creates its own sense of place and identity,” the report (PDF) on the July session reads.

Wednesday night, developer Isola Homes and the architects from Caron Architecture will come to the table with a plan for cedar siding and aluminum that they hope convinces the board the four-story, 36-unit project with a planned 1,400 feet of commercial space is ready to move forward. Continue reading