East Pine, you look so much taller! There have been some important, um, developments for multi-story developments this week on E Pine that will open the door to coming-soon construction on four consecutive blocks of the street at 15th Ave — 13th Ave — and 11th. For one project in the news this week, it took years of process and a City Council re-zone. For another, it took years of process. And $3.7 million.
HAL Real Estate of Seattle has sold the site of its long-delayed Cameo Apartments project on Capitol Hill to Continental Properties of Bellevue for $3.7 million, according to county records.
We reported back in February that the plans for the project had been dusted off and that HAL Real Estate was looking for an investor to buy the property and develop the 6-story, mixed use building. The project passed through the city’s design review process and now Continental Properties will carry it forward with construction planned to start this month at the site currently home to a parking lot on the block of E Pine between 14th and 15th Ave. Continental says the project should be completed by spring 2013. The company is also behind the development of this 3-story apartment building planned for the edge of the Harvard-Belmont area at 1145 10th Ave E.
The Cameo wasn’t the only 6-story project on upper E Pine to make progress this week. After getting permission from the a Seattle City Council-approved re-zone in June 2010, the city’s Hearing Examiner this week upheld the decision and DPD issued the land use permit this week for a 65-foot tall mixed-use building at the northwest corner of 13th and E Pine:
Council Land Use Action to rezone 15,400 sq. ft. of property from NC3P-40′ to NC3P-65′ (Contract Rezone) located between East Pine St. to the south, 13th Ave. to the east, 1210 East Pine St. to the west and 1615 13th Ave. to the north. Project includes a Land Use Application to allow a six-story building containing 6,798 square feet of general retail sales and services (office use) at ground level with 75 residential units above, and below-grade parking for 70 vehicles. Project also includes 7,803 cubic yards of grading and demolition of the existing structures. Council File number 309451. All grading and demolition to be done under separates construction permits, per plans.
Meanwhile, don’t forget about the 6-story project just off Pine on 14th Ave currently going through the design review process. The Bella Vita apartments will incorporate the retail stretch now known as “the Porchlight building.” Design reviews for that project and the 12th Ave Arts development were held Wednesday night. Capitol Hill Housing’s 12th Ave Arts will have to come back for a second session in the early guidance phase — if you stuck around for the late design review board session and know if Bella Vita is also coming back for a second meeting, let us know.
For now, the Roger Newell designed 1222 E Pine project still needs its construction and demolition permits before any work can begin. The site is currently home to a parking lot and a quirky “rug outlet” store. Newell did not respond to our inquiries regarding the plans for the start of construction on the project.
Jeff Reibman, senior associate for architect Weber Thompson, did respond, however. With this activity along E Pine, we were curious to know more about what was happening with another project on the street — this one at the corner of 11th Ave. Reibman says the plan for construction to already be underway on the Sunset Electric mixed-use building may have been scrapped but that the project is still happening. “The project is still active and is in the final phases of the building permit process,” Reibman tells us.
The ambitious project will incorporate a facade of the old Sunset Electric factory where the 11th and Pine poster wall stands today. The Sunset Electric project will include 95 residential units above the restored auto row building with two-floor tall commercial spaces at ground level. The name refers to a manufacturing company that called the 1916 building home for a time. It is also known as the Spray King building and was once home to Winton Motor Co., according to neighborhood activist Dennis Saxman. The project is participating in the city’s Priority Green Pilot Program. We published this series of artist renderings of the project here.