Wednesday night could bring the final design step in the process for a Capitol Hill circa late 2018 trade of necessity — a 1929-built, two-story masonry apartment building with eight units making way for a planned 2019 or so-built, four-story apartment building with 25 “small efficiency dwelling units” and 13 standard apartments.
The development from Hybrid Architecture and the family trust that owns the property is slated to come before the East Design Review Board Wednesday night:
Parking for 17 vehicles is proposed. And, of course, the existing structure is slated to be demolished.
During the development’s first session of review in April, neighbors complained that the bulk and scale of the project was out of scale for the neighborhood but the proposal for a brick facade was a good call to help the project better blend in to the surrounding Harvard-Belmont Historic District.
The review board moved the project forward to the next phase in the process following the spring session but asked the developers to focus on the “open court” design and encouraged the architects to consider “the concept of a broad stair and simple ramp function to relate easily to the street.” And, hey, the design board also liked the bricks.
While the Capitol Hill part of Wednesday’s itinerary will busy itself over the 38-unit project, the First Hill portion of the meeting will accomplish a little more. The planned Olympic Tower will rise above 8th Ave with plans for 71 units of senior housing:
The 21-story project isn’t the only senior housing tower project underway on First Hill. Another at Terry and James will rise 24 stories next to the Frye Art Museum.
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