Though its first round in the Seattle design review process isn’t slated until March, city planners are getting their first looks at the plans for the new Whole Foods grocery store and 16-story apartment tower planned for the intersection of First Hill and Capitol Hill at Broadway and Madison.
Developer Columbia Pacific Advisors and the architects of Tiscareno Associates are preparing plans for a 160-foot-tall, 288-unit apartment building featuring a two-level 40,000 square-foot street-level “urban grocery,” and five stories of underground parking for 374 motor vehicles and 98 bikes.
“The four sides of the project site face different neighborhoods. The design responds to these different areas with one unified concept. forms and materials wrap the corners to create continuity,” a draft of the “early design guidance” document for the project reads.
In November, CHS broke the news that the national grocery chain was coming to the area with a targeted late 2017 to early 2018 opening planned as part of a massive new development replacing the 1928-built, three-story masonry medical building currently at the site. In its announcement, the company cited the coming First Hill Streetcar line and proximity to First Hill’s hospitals and nearby Seattle University as important factors in choosing the Broadway and Madison location. The developers acquired the property in 2008 for $21 million, according to King County Records.
The proposed plans for the development describe a “modern”-style building. “The existing neighborhood has diverse building types and architectural styles with no well-defined character,” the design review draft reads. “The proposed design is for a modern mixed-use building that respects the context while exploring new forms and materials.”
The architects also say the project is designed to take advantage of the corner location and the changing elevation of the site.
“The existing site is located at the hub of several neighborhoods, and the intersection of two street grids results in a very visible site,” they write in the draft plan. “The design puts the main retail entry at the most visible corner, establishing an attractive pedestrian draw at the sidewalk.”
Tiscareno plans “a high-profile design with significant presence and individual identity” for the corner that “holds the street edge, with lots of transparency at the ground floor and the opportunity to create a vibrant streetscape.”
The residential entrance is planned for Spring St “where it is quieter and more private,” the architects note. Apartment unit size is planned to average just under 900 square feet. The project is also planning to coordinate with green space improvements planned for Spring by the city, according to the document.
Parking garage access is planned for the Harvard side of the development. The design will also “break up the facade” along Harvard “to avoid a monolithic structure.”
Meanwhile, “with the dedicated bike lane on Broadway close at hand, bicyclists will have a direct connection to the project site,” the developers promise.
The first public review of the project is slated for March.
|Review Meeting:||March 4, 6:30 pm|
|1016 E. Marion St|
|PIGT Room #304|
|Review Phase:||EDG–Early Design Guidance|
|Project Number:||3019050 permit status|