The candidates to develop some of Capitol Hill’s most prominent and prized projects have added their names to the list and they include a mix of neighborhood, local, and national developers. Fourteen companies and nonprofits officially responded to Sound Transit’s February request for qualifications to develop 100,000 square feet of “transit oriented development” that will surround the future Capitol Hill light rail station. The project will include housing, retail, and community space on five sites stretching along Broadway from John to Denny.
A couple of familiar Capitol Hill names have thrown their names into the hat, including Capitol Hill Housing and a partnership that includes local developer Maria Barrientos. Sound Transit spokesperson Bruce Gray said the agency recieved more responses than it expected.
“It’s obviously a hugly desireable site,” Gray said. “It’s a fantstic opportunity for great development, and people want to be in the middle of Capitol Hill.”
Sound Transit is currently evaluating the qualifications of each bidder and will have a short list by the end of May, Gray said. Criteria include financial capabilities and firm experience. Once the shortlist is finalized, which could still include all 14 firms, those firms will be asked to submit actual proposals for the site.
The firms are also scheduled to meet with the community with the Capitol Hill Champion group on June 2nd. Over several years, the group helped create the community-forged development agreement which sets mandates for affordable housing, a community cultural center, and space for the Broadway Farmers Market at the TOD site.
More about the community framework for the development of the sites can be found at capitolhillchampion.org.
Six of the developers are applying to be named a “master developer” for the project, although all six have indicated they are not interested in developing B North — the 100% affordable housing parcel. Those not applying to be a master developer could develop just the affordable housing parcel or just one of the other parcels.
- Bellwether Housing
- Capitol Hill Housing
- Capitol Hill Housing & Jonathan Rose Co.*
- CenterCal Properties
- Emerald Bay Equity
- Gerding Edlen*
- Lake Union Partners
- Lennar Multifamily Communities*
- Lowe Enterprises*
- MacFarlane Partners*
- Security Properties
- The Wolff Company
- TOD Housing LLC
- Westbank Projects Corp*
(* applying to be a master developer)
Capitol Hill Housing applied to be both a single parcel developer of the affordable housing site and a master developer through a partnership with New York-based firm Jonathan Rose Co. The entities were named as the final two entities in the Yessler Terrace redevelopment project, which CHH won with another partner.
“We feel that more affordable apartments are desperately needed on Capitol Hill, and that we’re uniquely qualified to be the affordable housing developer,” said CHH spokesperson Michael Seiwerath.
Sound Transit will release a request for proposals for each site in June. Developers will then have until September to submit their plans. Sound Transit hopes to have developers selected by this fall.
Capitol Hill Station is slated to open for service on a new line of the Sound Transit light rail connecting downtown to UW via Broadway in early 2016.
The Capitol Hill Champion will host an open meeting with shortlisted developers June 2nd at 5:30 PM in Broadway Performance Hall at 1625 Broadway.
Capitol Hill Station TOD — Request for Qualifications (Sound Transit) (RFQ criteria starts on p. 12)