Design reviews include First Hill Trinity Parish condo tower, microhousing project set to replace Central District’s Chateau apartments

The future of The Chateau in the Central District

Design reviews this week for new multifamily housing development on First Hill and in the Central District will feature projects that have also raised issues around displacement in Seattle.

Thursday night, the Central Area Design Review Board will take up its first look at the four-story, 70 or so-unit apartment building planned to replace The Chateau apartments on 19th Ave.

Design review: 119 19th Ave

City Council member Kshama Sawant said residents of the former Section 8 subsidized apartments won an “unheard of concession” thanks to advocacy work this spring after the building was purchased by developer Cadence Real Estate.

Thursday night, the wheels of change for the property will begin rolling faster with a review set to begin the process to create the market rate, small efficiency dwelling unit development from Cadence and the architects at GGLO Design. Their preferred design would create “three unique building segments that maximize density within each segment, while minimizing overall height relative to adjacent grades,” the developers write.

Meanwhile, it appears the project is being built to pre-Mandatory Housing Affordability program standards and zoning changes.

First Hill condo tower
The project to create a soaring 27-story, 226-unit mixed-use condo building on land surrounding First Hill’s Trinity Parish at 8th and Cherry also has a displacement story. The Cherry Street Food Bank moved out and has a new home and a new name — the SODO Community Market.

Wednesday night, the Trinity Tower could complete its pass through the design review process.

Design review: 615 8th Ave

This will be the project’s second round of review at the “recommendation” level after a rough go in its first pass. “Partly due to the complexity and richness of the project’s components and existing conditions the design team was unable to adequately describe the benefits of the design at the initial Design Review Meeting in November, 2018,” the design packet reads. “Technical difficulties during the meeting compounded this difficulty by limiting the time the team had to present to the Board.”

The development from Australia-based Caydon, Chicago designers Solomon Cordwell Buenz, and the Seattle architects at Compton Design Office has moved forward with a design based on a “Quattuor” massing concept “that requires several departures to provide optimal separation between the tower and landmark historic church building.”

The project will include 226 residential condominium units as well as around 30,000 square feet of space that will be owned by the parish “to support its community outreach mission.” 132 of the dwelling units are being planned as two and three-bedroom units that can support families, the developers say. The parish areas, meanwhile, will include a new multi-function performance and banquet Hall, coffee shop, community art gallery, meeting and classrooms, commercial tenancies, and administration offices. It ill have 178 parking spaces underground.


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