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Hill dev notes: James Court woonerf design, Polyclinic First Hill expansion approved

The CHS editorial calendar (What? you think we just wake up and figure out what to post every day? Never! Totally planned…) has a backlog of development notes from around the Hill. Here’s a quick rundown of some development coming your way.

  • The second design meeting to develop a woonerf on James Court between 12th and 13th Ave near Seattle U is Wednesday night:

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the second design meeting for the development of a park boulevard on James Court on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Seattle University Alumni and Admissions Building. The Seattle University Admissions and Alumni Building is located at 824 12th Ave. Seattle 98122.

This community initiated project received funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund and is being developed adjacent to the recently named Woonerf Park. At this meeting, Parks and design consultant Hewitt, will present schematic plans for the new park boulevard development based on public input gathered from the public meeting held in May 2011.

The proposal envisions the development of a woonerf along James Court spanning the new park to the south and the new Seattle University and Seneca group development to the north that will enhance the Pro Park Levy funded park project. “A woonerf (Dutch plural: woonerven) in the Netherlands and Flanders is a street where pedestrians and cyclists have priority over motorists. The techniques of shared spacestraffic calming, and low speed limits are intended to improve pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile safety.”

For additional information about the project including the presentation from the May meeting please visit or contact Susanne Rockwell, Parks Planner at 684-0902 or

  • The DPD is taking public feedback on a new land use application for a subdivision at 610 Melrose Ave E. Deadline is July 6th. Details here.

     Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6129834. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

  • July 6th is also the deadline for feedback on the land use application for the 6-story assisted living facility planned for 22nd and Madison we reported on most recently here.  Details on submitting feedback are here.

    Land Use Application to allow one, 6-story building containing 103 assisted living units and 1,445 sq. ft. of retail space. Parking for 38 vehicles to be provided below grade. Project includes 10,000 cu. yds. of grading. Existing structure to be demolished.

  • Finally, in the kind of understated mammoth decisions that can only come from a city’s planning department, Seattle’s DPD director has re-examined the Polyclinic’s application for a change of use from office use to medical services for the building it is planning to use for its First Hill expansion and approved the application with conditions. The most significant conditions will require the building to maintain retail space at ground level, prohibit ground-level medical service use for the life of the project and prohibit Polyclinic from occupying the building until an adequate parking facility is completed. Details on these and more are in the DPD’s decision, below.

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