As the neighborhood’s businesses came to City Hall Tuesday morning to call for help, it was clear that concerns in the Central District go far beyond worries about 23rd Ave construction. And the inflow of change isn’t coming with Vulcan’s arrival at 23rd and Jackson or the coming sale of Midtown Center. Change has arrived. After starting construction in May of 2014, six-story apartment development The Central is now open for new tenants on the southwest corner of 23rd and Union:
- Studio 1 Bath $1,450 – $1,475 457 Sq Ft – 580 Sq Ft
- 1 Bed 1 Bath $1,600 – $1,700 612 Sq Ft – 792 Sq Ft
Wednesday night, its northwest 23rd/Union counterpart — envisioned to be even larger and taller — will take what should be its final step in the design review process.
2220 E Union will replace the intersection’s gas station, community garden area, and former boxing gym with a a six-story, “market-rate apartment building” planned to stand 65-feet tall and fill up 185,280 square feet including underground parking. The planned project will contain 144 residential apartment units, resident lobby and amenity spaces, an outdoor, landscaped courtyard and roof terrace, on-site building management and leasing offices, street level commercial space, and two below-grade parking levels with 50 nonresidential spaces and 98 residential spaces.
To achieve that height, developers Lake Union Partners are seeking to rezone the land:
A legislative rezoning that includes the project site is currently being considered based on the recommendation of the 23rd Avenue Action Plan Urban Design Framework (23rd Avenue UDF). Due to the indeterminate timeline of the legislative process, the proposed project is seeking a Contract Rezone that is consistent with the recommendation of the 23rd Avenue UDF.
The parcels are currently zoned for a 40-foot height limit.
Designed by Weinstein A+U, the 2220 E Union project will “create a transition in zoning heights that is appropriate to the particular characteristics of this rezone site and its neighbors to the north,” the review packet for the recommendation stage of the design process reads.
The renderings also appear designed to stoke hopes for a grocery store in the project, a rumor CHS has been tipped about by eager neighbors more times than we can keep track. The only market the design documents mention, however, are the planned “market-rate” rents.
The project has been watched carefully by the The Central Area Land Use Review Committee including this September 2015 session on the development. It went through its first review last March, after which the board expressed “concern that the proposed structure overpowered its site.” But, like the CHS-tipping neighbors, the reviewers were also stoked about that grocery store. “The Board expressed enthusiasm for the market concept and how it might enliven both the street and the interior parking space,” the review notes read.
UPDATE 2/18/16 10:00 AM: No details on the discussion but we’re told the board approved the recommendation on 2220 E Union.
Details on the Central District review meeting and a second project on First Hill going through the DRB gauntlet are below:
2220 E. Union Street
Council Land Use Action to rezone a 29,044 sq. ft. portion of land, NC2P-40’ to NC2P-65’ (24,449 sq. ft.) and NC2-40’ to NC2-65′ (4,595 sq. ft.). Project includes construction of a six story, 144 unit apartment building with 11,641 sq. ft. of ground floor retail. Parking for 109 vehicles will be located at, and below grade. Review includes demolition of existing structures. / View Design Proposal (26 MB)
February 17, 2016 8:00pm, Seattle University, 825 10th Ave, Casey Building- Casey Commons 500E
515 Minor Ave
Design review early design guidance application proposing a 133,000 sq. ft. six story Medical Office Building with 5 stories of below grade parking for 250 vehicles and 10 above grade parking spaces ./ View Design Proposal (11 MB)
February 17, 2016 6:30pm, Seattle University, 825 10th Ave, Casey Building- Casey Commons 500E