The Frye Art Museum is expanding, but not in the way you might think. The First Hill museum announced plans to develop a parking lot it owns at Terry and Cherry into a 450 unit, mixed-use project. The project faces its first design review Wednesday night.
Promises to create a “canvas” within the “emerging culture of First Hill” remain to be seen, but plans for a new two-tower development would certainly standout amid the neighborhood’s rising skyline. The designs from Seattle architecture firm Perkins+Will calls for two towers that lean away from each other as they rise 33 stories high and connect at the top by a thin walkway.
Plans for the Westbank Frye Highrise include 5,500 square feet of commercial space and underground parking for 250 vehicles. The unique design also has a less aesthetic rationale: complying with zoning requirements for space between towers above a certain height. Developer Westbank takes its first turn before the East Design Review Board Wednesday night.
707 Terry Ave
Design Review Early Design Guidance to allow 450 residential units above 5,500 sq. ft. of commercial space. Parking will be provided for 250 vehicles below grade. / View Design Proposal (PDF)
Review Meeting: January 27, 2016 6:30pm, Seattle University, 1000 E. James Way, STCN- Student Center 210 Multipurpose Room
Review Phase: EDG–Early Design Guidance
Project Number: 3021510 View Permit Status | View Land Use Notice
Planner: Holly Godard
As part of the agreement with Westbank, Frye will reportedly own some of the apartments in the building to support the museum. The parking garage will include spaces for museum goers, though it may not remain free. David Buck, president of the Frye board, said the museum will benefit in other ways as well. Continue reading