A development set to create market-rate housing and reshape a key block of Central District arts and culture and a project that proves Capitol Hill microhousing is not dead will both take their debut bows in front of the East Design Review Board Wednesday night.
1900 S Jackson
The plan announced in spring to create a full-block expansion of the Pratt Fine Arts Center in conjunction with a six-story, 160-unit mixed-use will move forward Wednesday night as developer Daniels Real Estate brings its proposal up for early design guidance.
CHS reported in April on the Pratt project as the Central District cultural center that serves more than 4,000 art students a year marked its 40th anniversary by announcing the venture with Daniels Real Estate. The art center today has 19,000 square feet of studio space in its two existing buildings, which will remain open during the expansion. The expansion will grow the campus by adding 75% of the block between S Jackson and S Main and 19th and 20th Aves. Underground parking will have space for 100 cars.
The expansion’s street level will include instructional studio space, a new reception area, offices, a community art gallery, and 14,000 square feet for drawing, painting, printmaking, letter pressing, book arts, and youth arts programs, plus the 11,600-square-foot Pratt Yard, “an artfully landscaped outdoor area that connects all elements of the development as well as Pratt’s original buildings and the adjacent city park.”
As of the spring, Pratt had 70% of its funding goal for the project. It planned to use grants and donations to fully fund the project. Part of the project plan includes funding from the developer’s purchase of the land the apartments will be built above.
With a design from SKL Architects — Graham Baba is no longer working on the project — the new Pratt campus and mixed-use project will get its first review Wednesday. The project’s goals include improving arts education in the city and “revitalizing” this area of the Central District:
Pratt’s campus vision will celebrate the history and cultural values of Seattle’s Central Area neighborhood, embracing the adjacent city park and bringing surrounding streets to life. This development strengthens Pratt’s role as a creative anchor and leverages its potential as a powerful economic stimulus for the surrounding neighborhood.
The design board, however, will probably be more interested in how the project’s elements “connect to existing open spaces” and provide a “positive and desirable destination for the community.”
225 Harvard Ave E
Old school microhousing is alive and well on Capitol Hill. While regulations have blocked the developments in other parts of the city, Seattle’s densest neighborhood’s still can play host to “small efficiency dwelling units” — apartments with a minimum room size of 150 square feet and a full kitchen or kitchenette.
Today home to the homeliest 1978-built duplex on Capitol Hill, the Harvard Ave lot just north of E Olive Way is being lined up for a new project to create an eight-story building with 69 small apartments. Just a block or so from Capitol Hill Station and likely desired by tenants looking to save a buck or three, the building is also being planned with no parking.
The developer is listed as Woodinville firm Highpoint Investments though property records show the same landlord has owned the property for decades. Cone Architecture is the architect of record.
“The objective for these apartments is to provide upscale and attainable housing that is centrally located to the amenities of the Capitol Hill Neighborhood and within close proximity to multiple forms of public transportation and downtown Seattle,” the developer writes. Upscale small efficiency dwelling units? Sounds like the project will fit right in.