As much as the opposition to more microhousing on Capitol Hill comes down to the specifics of reviews and loopholes, it seems shortsighted not to acknowledge the amount of concern there is over the ongoing densification in areas of the neighborhood that connect to the increasingly built-up core. We heard from one neighborhood near 16th and Galer where the concern is about a possible “tall skinny” development in the area. Neighbors along the peculiar little stretch of a street that is Malden Ave E don’t have to worry about the aPodments some of them feared — but there is still concern over the plans to add a seven-unit, three-story townhouse to the street. @gratwa writes to CHS:
Quite simply, there are some houses on Malden between Roy and Mercer who are on the way to becoming more “urban density” housing.
I am tired of watching my childhood go up into 7 unit, 3 story townhouses and would love a call to action from my neighbors.
I grew up here (amazingly, not one of the Catholic families with 12+ kids but they were/are on our block!). I love the diversity that multi use, multi-family housing brings to our hood. I hate the PODS. But this isn’t one of those. It is a simple south of Roy we can take our single family house and try to make some bank by capitalizing on the variances that exist and make it multi-family.
The former owner, Mr. Mathers was a sweet man (I am guessing it is his sons who have sold out but do not know for certain). As child he seemed as old as Methuselah so when he died in the not so recent past, my level of admiration swelled for his aging prowess. For as long as I ever knew, we called his home the “CourtHouse”. Not because he was judicial and handed down verdicts, rather he was a really great neighbor who didn’t mind that an entire family of 10 would head into his backyard at any moment, including Thanksgiving Day, to play basketball on his half court.
This is not an appeal for public use of his court. Rather, this is an appeal to temper the development of super dense, small housing. Knowing the properties in question – go look at them! Skinny, useless townhouses are planned. We’re better than Ballard, people. Tearing down homes of old Norwegians is the providence of Ballard. We’re smarter than a short sited condo boom.
Anyone else going to have pause about yet another senseless destruction of single family units on Capitol Hill? I’m emailing [email protected] about permit #3014327 and that I believe it should remain single family housing.
CHS wrote about the plans for the 607 Malden Ave E project here in February as the project began the design review process:
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
According to the land use permit that some neighbors are rallying support to push back against, the preferred option preserving the old 1906 house but demolishing two other single family homes is the plan.
Neighbors say the extended deadline for feedback is Wednesday, May 8th. You can let the City know what you think at the address provided by gratwa above.