1634 11th Ave
Design Review Early Design Guidance application to allow a six-story structure containing 90 residential units and 12,300 sq.ft. of commercial space located at ground level. Parking for 100 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structures to be removed. View Design Proposal
June 24, 2015 8:00 pm
Admissions & Alumni Community Building
On summer days a few years from now, we’re betting this project’s western-facing apartments rising above Cal Anderson with inset decks will be some of the most desirable on Capitol Hill. And, once we have this whole affordability problem taken care of, maybe a writer or two will be able to afford “market rate housing” to live there. But first the 1634 11th Ave project from developer Meriwether Partners and designed by Weinstein A+U will need to get through design review.
They have ambitions:
Our ambition with the preferred design proposal is to create a calm, timeless addition to the Pike/ Pine neighborhood that draws inspiration from its neighbors within the Pike/Pine Conservation district while being comfortably of its own time.
The preferred layout for the project is described as a “L-shaped building” with “a south-facing courtyard located at the interior of the block.” At the ground level, the new Hugo House facility will be “approximately 10,000 square feet” and will share the ground floor with a 1,500 square-foot “commercial space” being planned for a cafe at the corner of 11th and E Olive. Hugo House’s future incarnation will also be accessed 11th Ave, the plan notes, as will the underground parking lot being planned for 100 stalls, if the board signs off on the plan despite 11th’s designation as a pedestrian street.
“The building’s L-shaped organization provides an efficient residential floor plate organization that maximizes access to daylight and views while maintaining separation from its neighbors to the east,” the developers write in the presentation packet for Wednesday’s meeting. “The south-oriented interior courtyard maintains solar access at the interior of the block for all buildings bordering it while providing an opportunity for private open space. The building fronts both 11th Avenue and East Olive Street, creating a continuous, highly transparent street wall in the fashion of Pike/Pine’s character structures.”
CHS wrote about the planned “mixed-use” future of Hugo House late last year as the literary nonprofit announced it would be part of the redevelopment project. The property is currently owned by a corporation that includes Hugo House co-founder Linda Breneman, according to King County Records. In 2013, the 1903-built structure was denied City of Seattle landmark protections.
Wednesday’s meeting will represent the first opportunity for public comment on the project’s mass and how it fits into the surrounding neighborhood. We got one preview of what to expect in this CHS Community post from the owner of a condo in the adjacent Onyx building. We got another in this rebuttal from Capitol Hill anti-NIMBY essayist and sex columnist Dan Savage. Who will win? Likely those lucky residents of 11th Ave circa 2020 enjoying a summer day on their inset decks above Cal Anderson Park.
1401 E. Madison St
Design Review Early Design Guidance application for a 6-story structure containing 140 units. Parking for 140 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structure to be removed. View Design Proposal
June 24, 2015 6:30 pm
Admissions & Alumni Community Building
To honor the old Capitol Hill favorite Piecora’s and the nearby Bullitt Center, developers Equity Residential and the architects at Ankrom Moisan have designed the 1401 E Madison project to evoke three empty pizza boxes tilted on their sides and carefully stacked to form an upside down “U.” Kind of.
Weighing in with 140 units and parking for 140 cars, the six-story, mixed-use, market-rate project from Equity is set to continue E Madison’s climb to the 65-foot sky.
Project goals include the lofty notion to “CREATE A DENSE, VIBRANT PLACE TO LIVE IN CAPITOL HILL” (there you go, dense *and* vibrant — Bing-o!) by “[improving] the pedestrian experience along 14TH Avenue through the use of landscaping and building overhangs and/or canopies” and “mitigating the auto-oriented nature of Madison Street through development of the street edge, while maintaining residential privacy.”
Equity’s goals also include “CONTRIBUTE TO THE CHARACTER OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD” and “ADDRESS THE SITE CONTEXT,” naturally.
Equity Residential (EQR) shares fell 1.58% to 71.81 in Tuesday trading on fears about rising interest rates, not its goals for its first ground-up Capitol Hill project.