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Broadway Whole Foods and apartment development begins design review this week

(Image: Tiscareno Associates)

(Image: Tiscareno Associates)

We showed you what the Broadway Whole Foods building will look like the minute we got our hands on the plans back in February. This week brings the first public test of the design proposal to create a 16-story, 288-unit, mixed-use development with parking for around 350 cars at the corner of Madison and Broadway where Capitol Hill and First Hill with its high-er-rise zoning meet.

The early design guidance for the Columbia Pacific Advisors development designed by Tiscareno Associates is Wednesday night:

1001 Broadway/Design Proposal (84 MB)
Review Meeting: March 4, 6:30 pm
Seattle University
1016 E. Marion St
PIGT Room #304
Review Phase: EDG–Early Design Guidance
Project Number: 3019050 permit status | notice
Planner: Lindsay King

The project will include a two-level 40,000 square-foot street-level “urban grocery” from the Texas-based chain of markets “specializing” in organic food. The project is targeted for a late 2017 to early 2018 opening and will replace the 1928-built, three-story masonry medical building currently at the site.

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Whole Foods has 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.

We’ve embedded the full design proposal, below.

Dr Proposal 3019050 Agenda Id 5275

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10 thoughts on “Broadway Whole Foods and apartment development begins design review this week

  1. Is any consideration ever given to the effect of development like this on the traffic flow in the neighborhood? It’s already highly congested there much of the day. I think it makes sense to allow such large scale construction only if the developer underwrites offsetting improvements to the roadway infrastructure in the area.

    • How about restricted turns, non-validated parking or anything else that makes it as hard and painful as possible to drive to this Whole Foods while making the pedestrian entry as pleasant as possible? If WF is so green and progressive, they should give a discount to those who don’t drive to the market.

      Also adding a closer streetcar stop for this market.

      • Poncho, you expect people who live in semi-distant neighborhoods like the CD, Judkins Park, and Madrona to walk to the new Whole Foods but you want a new streetcar stop that is closer to the store for the residents of Capitol Hill? I think you and other Capitol Hill residents can do what you want those of us in neighborhoods with no amenities to do, get off the street car and walk. If that is not to your liking, make the highly inconvenient transfer to a metro bus that can get you to the door of the Whole Foods.

  2. Hugely increasing density in a high-demand area, providing a healthy grocery store, renovating a pretty-much dead block… what’s not to like here? Welcome, WFM!

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