An appeal has been filed challenging the city’s recent decision to approve a six-story mixed-use project at 1650 E Olive Way, the current home of B&O Espresso. Though the design is unpopular and will block views, the Department of Planning and Development ruled the project could go forward after years of review and plan revision.
The appeal hearing will be November 2.
In regards to the blocked views, DPD determined that though the blocked views were significant, the same views could be blocked by other projects in the area without environmental review and, therefore, it would be unreasonable to reduce the project in protection of those views:
As part of the consideration, it is understood that future development west of the project site could potentially be permitted without SEPA review (e.g. adding new mechanical equipment and screening on the roof of the brick apartment building to the west) and could cause similar view blockage. It would be unreasonable to reduce this proposal to the extent necessary to maintain fully all of the existing view only to have the view blocked later by projects not subject to view mitigation.
While the impact of the revised proposal is adverse, it is not expected to be significant. No further mitigation based on SEPA public view protection policy is warranted.
The planned project is a 78-unit building with 3,600 square feet of retail and two live-work units at ground floor and underground parking for 52 vehicles. The property developer is John Stoner and the building is designed by Nicholson Kovalchick.
B&O Espresso’s plans are still unknown, but there is likely some time before they have to get out of their current location at E Olive Way and Belmont. No demolition permits have been filed yet.