Next Wednesday, May 20th, there will be a Design Review meeting for 401 E Pike St. The developers have proposed a 6-story, 54 unit residential building with 5,500 sqft of retail and 31 parking stalls within the structure.
This is one of the projects I mentioned a while back when I wrote about development after the downturn. My main concern was the redesign of parking above ground because it looks terrible and can ruin a streetscape. Luckily, due to the slope, most of the parking will actually be below the retail level, and only a small portion of parking will be visible on the second floor. But because of this odd set-up, the building will have big garage doors on both of its sides.
The building was designed by Hewitt Architects who have a pretty impressive resume. Perhaps their best known work is the Harbor Steps, one of the most creative projects in downtown Seattle in the past couple decades. They also worked on the Seattle Civic Center master plan and a number of light rail stations, including the Capitol Hill station. Unfortunately I have to say that this project doesn’t seem to be one of their boldest. In fact, there is absolutely nothing that stands out about this design and the parking situation makes it look very 1995. You can download the full proposal here [14.2mb]. Design Review details below.
Date: Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
Location: Seattle Central Community College, Rm 3211