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Design board looks at Central District projects including ‘a missing tooth’ development

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 9.41.27 PMThe plan for a long-empty triangle the developer calls a “missing tooth” between Capitol Hill, the Central District and Madison Valley will take its first pass in front of the East Design Review Board Wednesday night. It joins an affordable housing project that will replace a lot most recently used as a Jackson St. Nickelsville camp in an all-Central District edition of design reviews this week.

Madison Apartments
The empty wedge at 23rd and Madison will someday be home to a four-story, 53-unit apartment building above 1,700 square-feet of commercial space and parking for 11 vehicles. But for now there are only weeds and a chain-link fence alongside four-star neighbor, Crush.

Bought by Charles Waterman of Hamilton Urban Partners for nearly $2 million in 2007 from those savvy real estate investors at the City of Seattle, the land is planned to be home to the new Neiman Taber-designed apartment building. The developer calls the land “Capitol Hill” —

This area of Capitol Hill slopes down towards the east, providing views of the Cascade Mountains. The neighboring developments in this area include a mix of multi-family and single-family residences, some retail and mixed use buildings along E. Madison Street, and a few institutional uses, including churches and schools. There exist 2-3 story single family homes and apartments along the E. Denny Way. Higher rise developments occur along E. Madison Street.

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 9.39.30 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-24 at 9.40.38 PMHamilton Urban Partners also touts three “goals” for the project:

  1. Successfully develop a challenging site that is a missing tooth in the urban fabric.
  2. Provide housing and commercial opportunities that are scaled to the local housing needs and businesses.
  3. Develop a high quality building that is authentic to its time and is responsive to its context.

Beats a bunch of weeds. We say, “Ship it!”

Review Meeting: June 25, 6:30 pm
Seattle University
901 12th Ave
Admissions & Alumni Building
Review Phase: EDG–Early Design Guidance
Project Number: 3015490 permit status | notice
Planner: Holly Godard

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The tooth

The tooth

The Low Income Housing Institute, a developer that owns and operates affordable housing for the benefit of low-income people in Washington state will use a $5.5 million grant from the Seattle Office of Housing to create this 66-unit apartment building on Jackson. The award will enable LIHI to build 66 affordable units and four live-work units for families and individuals on the current location of a Nickelsville homeless encampment. The project will take its first pass in front of the review board Wednesday.

“The project’s goals center around providing affordable workforce housing in an easily accessible location to work,” the proposal packet from Runberg Architecture Group reads.

LIHI also plans to house its offices on the first floor of the building. Above that, the building is planned to include a mix of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom affordable apartments — eligible to households earning 60% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI).

Review Meeting: June 25, 8:00 pm
Seattle University
901 12th Ave
Admissions & Alumni Building
Review Phase: EDG–Early Design Guidance
Project Number: 3017251 permit status | notice
Planner: Carly Guillory


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7 thoughts on “Design board looks at Central District projects including ‘a missing tooth’ development

  1. Speaking of missing teeth, does anyone know what is happening with the former Deano’s and Twilight Exit sites on Madison? They, compared to the 23rd and Madison, seem more commercially viable yet they languish.

    • Yes – please provide any updates on those two sites! Does Jim Mueller still own both of them or has he sold them like he did with the now-under construction site at 23rd and Union? I’ve been thinking that now that all of the retail spaces in the Safeway are filled, and the Aegis Living development is complete and open, that those two sites should be pretty tempting to potential developers. Plus I believe the Mithun design for the one where Deano’s was received some sort of architecture award.

  2. Nearly $2,000,000 for a little over 10,000 sq feet is nearly $200 a foot. I think the seller was pretty savvy indeed! But come on that’s the CD not Capitol Hill. Let’s keep it real!

  3. Parts of 98112 are CD as well. I live just off Madison and it’s 98112. Denny which intersects with Madison near 23rd is the demarcation of zip codes 98112-98122.
    The more gentrification occurs, the more parts of the CD are called Capitol HiIl.
    I’ve lived in the CD since 1981 (cheap,near lots of buses, walkable, near schools-great for a single parent).
    When I moved to my current place 20+ years ago many people thought I was crazy. “Aren’t you scared to live down there.” My answer-“No.”
    Now, good thing I own my place or I couldn’t afford to live here.