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Early reminder: New Pike/Pine project design meeting this week

There’s a big news event in between then and now that might make you forget about it — but here’s an early reminder about Wednesday night’s meeting of the Capitol Hill Design Board to review the latest plans for the 1530 11th Ave project. We’ve covered the redevelopment planning process of the old brick building that was once a factory and part of Capitol Hill’s early auto industry. Wednesday’s meeting is a chance for the design board to weigh in on the plans for the development and for the community to have a say in the process.

Here are some thoughts and questions from the CHS comments about the project:

joshmahar: I think the additional parking in lieu of arts and culture space would be a travesty and must be stopped.

kstinebeck: agree that the double height commercial space should be in 11th. In reality, because of the grade up to 12th, there is no reason this feature should be wasted on Pine. I personally don’t mind metal siding as long as the bottom of the building speaks to the top.

mmariano: The new design proposal is (currently) very unfortunate. Look a block away to a good addition to a historic building – the old Packard building is respectfully restored and the addition is true to the year it was built. Replicating the historic parapet of Sunset Electric and other faux historic details do not make a good building in its entirety. Hopefully the Design Review Board meeting will be well attended by the community.

Finish Tag: Very frustrating to see a complete lack of options on this project. Basically the Applicant is saying (to the Board and to the neighbors), “Thanks, but we don’t need your input.” The Design Review Board still expects to weigh in on options for SOME aspect of the building at a second EDG, if not the massing. This packet looks like a Recommendation meeting packet, just without the colors. They were asked to come back for a second GUIDANCE meeting for a reason.

CapHillMax: So while we are talking about preservation, does anyone not see the folly of plopping a residential building right on a street that is full of bars, late-night restaurants and clubs?

Dennis Saxman: This would only be considered preservation in George Orwell’s 1984

Project: 1530 11th Ave map
Design Proposal available (3.65 MB)
Review Meeting: November 4, 6:30 pm
  S U Alumni Relations & Admissions Buildings
  824 12th Ave map
  Meeting Room
Review Phase: EDG–Early Design Guidance past reviews
Project Number: 3010451 permit status | notice
Planner: Lisa Rutzick
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