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Design board looks at Belmont microhousing development as Capitol Hill reviews slow to trickle

Long gone are the days when CHS was covering two Capitol Hill design reviews per week. Wednesday night, the East Design Review Board will take up its first Capitol Hill project in over two months — and only one of two on the schedule for the rest of the year.

The honor Wednesday night goes to a project lined up for the 400 block of Belmont Ave E where developers Kamiak Real Estate and the architects from Hybrid are planning an eight-story microhousing project.

The 94-unit apartment building will add dozens more Small Efficiency Dwelling Units to the densely packed area below Broadway. And, in true efficiency style, no parking will be part of the project.

To make way for the project, the developers are planning to raze the 1910-built house and its eight units of living spaces after their 2018 acquisition of the land valued at around $2.5 million.

The development objectives, they write, are to “design affordable, buildable, livable dwelling units and community spaces with ample amenity opportunities” while developing “a diverse mix of unit types” and activating “the street along Belmont Ave E” with “new multi-family and commercial business spaces.”

There is “potential for up to 1,000 SF of retail space,” developers say.

Design Review: 421 Belmont Ave E
Design Review Early Design Guidance for an 8-story, 94-unit apartment building with Small Efficiency Dwelling Units. Existing building to be demolished. No parking proposed.
View Design Proposal  (57 MB)

Review Meeting: October 30, 2019 8:00 pm
Seattle University
824 12th Ave
Admissions & Alumni Comm Bldg- Stuart T Rolfe Room

Review Phase: EDG–Early Design Guidance
Project Number: 3034490  View Permit Status  |  View Land Use Notice
Planner:  Wayne Farrens — Email comments to

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3 thoughts on “Design board looks at Belmont microhousing development as Capitol Hill reviews slow to trickle” -- All CHS Comments are held for moderation before publishing

  1. I for one am glad to hear that “re-development” (aka demolishing well-maintained older buildings/single family homes and building ugly boxes) is finally slowing down. It’s about time the “feeding frenzy” on the part of rapacious developers is waning.

    I am not against development, but alot of it is just plain crap, and it’s negatively impacting the quality of our neighborhood.

  2. Microhousing is nothing but greed overpopulating an area. It destroys neighborhoods. No adult should have to live in nothing more than a dorm room. There are bigger prison cells. And it’s not like these “apodments” are cheap. Please! No more of this Seattle!