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Plans for (another) Broadway development mixing hotel rooms and microhousing

(Image: Anew Apartments)

Another plan for a project combining a hotel and microhousing is being lined up for Broadway. This one — eventually — will mean the end of a popular little restaurant just south of E Cherry but, likely, a good deal for the restaurant’s ownership.

Developer Brad Padden of Anew Apartments is beginning the public process for the planned two-story hotel below five stories of Small Efficiency Dwelling Units and congregate housing set to replace the building home to the Cedars restaurant location in the 500 block of Broadway.

A public meeting part of the city’s new “Early Outreach for Design Review” process is slated for November 10th to discuss the project:

Early Outreach for Design Review: 500 Broadway

“Join the project team and their architects to discuss the vision and approach for this new residential project in the neighborhood,” the developers write. There will be cookies and coffee to encourage your Saturday morning participation.

In all, the new project will create around 90 units of new housing in addition to the planned hotel. The development will not include parking for motor vehicles.

The Broadway project, first reported on this summer by the Daily Journal of Commerce, is part of twin developments in the area for Padden. The other project at 510 Broadway already underway is more typical of Padden and Anew with a 1908 unreinforced masonry building used for decades as a SRO “single room occupancy” style hotel being overhauled and converted into microhousing.

CHS reported on a similar project from Padden after his purchase of the Summit Inn that updated the property and converted the apartment building into microhousing. The Summit Inn is now operated as a Common property under the New York-based development and management company that focuses on “private rooms within beautiful shared suites.”

Padden found less luck with his bid to execute a similar conversion of the Roy Vue apartment building. After considerable backlash, Anew dropped its plans for the building that is now making its way through the city’s landmarks process.

For Cedars fans, you don’t need to worry. Yet. The long design review, environmental review, and permitting process means demolition won’t arrive until 2019 or beyond. Malik S. Khan opened the Seattle University location of his popular U- District restaurant in 2012 after buying the building for $1,445,000. We don’t yet know what the sale price will be for the Anew developers but it’s likely to provide the restaurateur with a healthy return on investment.

As for the recipe mixing hotels and microhousing, there’s a similar development underway on Harvard Ave just off Broadway and a short walk from the Capitol Hill Station entrance. That project has completed design review and is working through final permits before the start of construction. The Harvard developers say their hotel plans don’t call for something grand and regal. They’re planning smaller rooms with fewer amenities and a correspondingly lower price point. They also were talking about operating the boutique hotel themselves.

What’s the plan for the Anew hotel and housing development? You can ask in November.

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6 thoughts on “Plans for (another) Broadway development mixing hotel rooms and microhousing

  1. Why the heck is this development being allowed with NO PARKING? And, no, I’m not complaining about the residential portion. I’m wondering about the hotel portion… They don’t expect a single guest to have a car? And, more importantly, they’re planning to have all of their hotel workers arrive by transit? Even the low income employees who are going to have an awfully hard time living close by? Especially the ones working shifts outside normal business/commute hours? I mean, come on… Seems to me like you might want to require like a dozen spaces or something, don’t you think?

    • Don’t you think that if parking is critical for the hotel’s guests and employees, they will find a hotel or place of employment that offers it? Why force parking on a place because you think a few may need it.

    • It seems to me that it’s a very poor decision on the part of the hotel’s owner not to have some parking for the guests. They will lose business over this.

      • Guess if that turns out to be true, they will learn the hard way. Maybe it’ll make for good room rates for people flying into town and visiting friends who might have cars so the won’t need to; or people sticking to downtown or CH for their entertainment.

  2. Anyone know what happened to the hotel/apodment development planned for Harvard Ave. south of Denny? It went through a year-plus-long Seattle Process, got all the necessary permits and permissions lined up, and then … nothing. (Not that I’m complaining — I just find it kind of weird.)