The life of a member of the East Design Review Board is never boring. Wednesday night, two of the more unusual projects the board will consider — one, a single family home + rowhouses + townhouses project, the other part of a much heralded redevelopment of Seattle’s Yesler Terrace — take their first turns in Seattle’s public design process.
Malden Ave might not be the kind of place a developer wants to wander around without the protection of some very good architectural renderings these days. This is Reasonable Density Seattle territory — home of community members making a stand to preserve a smaller, more residential Capitol Hill. “ATTENTION DEVELOPERS…”
It appears that architect Brad Khouri and development partner Graham Black are brave men. Wednesday night, they’ll bring their plans for a new project slated to replace two old homes in the neighborhood with rowhouses in front of the East Design Board.
Khouri and Black come to the table with three options — two of which involve demolishing all three old homes on the parcels they purchased for just over a million last year. The third, preferred alternative would retain and overhaul the 1906-built home facing Malden and scooch in a set of three-story townhouse and rowhouses along the rest of the lot:
Design Review Early Design Guidance to provide 10 to 12 residential units in townhouses and an existing single family residence (607) Malden Ave. E.). Parking for 0-11 vehicles to be provided below grade. Two single family residences (603 Malden Ave E & 1412 E Mercer St) to be demolished.
Given the neighborhood’s proclivities, we’re assuming the design board will be eager to hand over the required departures to make the preservation occur.
Project: 607 Malden Ave E map
Review Meeting: February 13, 6:30 PM Seattle University 902 12th Ave map #210 Student Center Review Phase: EDG–Early Design Guidance Project Number: 3014327 permit status | notice Planner: Beth Hartwick
Khouri and Graham’s work can be found across the Hill. Here’s an example of a project coming to 19th Ave. Meanwhile, we featured this 18th Ave E project that moved a 1903-built house and made space for three townhouses on the site.
The Gracorp-developed project is planned as a six-story apartment building with 118 units and 4,000 square feet of retail at street level. The Mithun-designed project will have room for 48 parking stalls “located within the structure.”
Gracorp purchased the property from the Seattle Housing Authority for $2.88 million. “All of the apartments are intended to be workforce housing, with 25% of the units committed for twenty years to households earning 80% or less of area median income (AMI),” a statement on the sale from SHA reads.
Project: 103 12th Ave map
Review Meeting: February 13, 8:00 PM Seattle University 902 12th Ave map #210 Student Center Review Phase: EDG–Early Design Guidance Project Number: 3014366 permit status | notice Planner: Michael Dorcy