The multimillion dollar driver behind the exit of longtime auto garage Car Tender from Capitol Hill will kick into gear this week as the development set to replace it brings its new, larger vision to the city’s design review process.
The seven-story development set for review Thursday is set for 1710 12th Ave E, on property formerly home to the Car Tender auto repair shop, Bergman’s Lock and Key and the former home of the Scratch Deli. The auto shop which became a center of private security activity during the Capitol Hill occupied protest, is relocating to Shoreline. The project set to replace it had started the design review process in November 2019, well before any of this summer’s events.
In its place, Hill residents will get a few hundred new neighbors. In plans from the Runberg Architecture Group, developer Mack Real Estate Group proposes a 170,000 square foot building with 145 apartments, including a mix of studio, and 1- and 2-bedroom units. It would include a total of 3,500 square feet of commercial use broken up into three spaces, one at the corner of 12th and Olive, and the other two along 12th. There will also be 90 parking stalls. Amenities include a fitness center, co-working space, and a rooftop deck.
1710 12th Ave — Design Review Early Design Guidance for a 7-story 145-unit apartment building with retail. Parking for 90 vehicles proposed. Existing buildings to be demolished.
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November 12, 2020 5:00 PM
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Joseph Hurley — Visit seattle.gov for information on providing feedback for design review virtual meetings
Some semi-public amenities outside are planned to include a bike rack, some benches and landscaping along both streets. The commercial space in the corner will also have an outside seating area along Olive, with an eye toward it being a restaurant or café. Vehicle access will be via the alley which connects to Olive.
The base of the building would be black or dark gray brick, extending up about three floors. Above that would be a “gasket” – sort of a large belt around the building – which the developer proposes to make from cement fiber which will look like wood. Some upper floors would be corrugated metal in two tones of grey, done in an interlocking fashion in order to break up the mass of the top of the building. The balance of the upper floors would be a lighter colored, smooth cement fiber.
In early design guidance, the project had been criticized for its size and design not being reflective of its neighbors. The project may have some similarities to the 12th Ave. Arts building to the south, but that building is anomalous in the area, according to early guidance.
The developer noted that height limits in the area have been increased, presumably so they could be used. They also made some adjustments to the look of the building in an effort to better tie it to the existing area.
520 E Thomas
Thursday’s agenda also includes an upcoming project slated for the corner of East Thomas Street and Belmont Avenue East, formally 301 Belmont Ave. E. This property, being developed by Belmont, LLC, would also be a 7-story building (with no half floors), according to plans dated July 2020. The lot is currently occupied by a four-unit apartment building.
The new building would include 34 residential units, a mixture of efficiency and one-bedrooms, a rooftop deck and no parking spaces. Initial plans calling for three parking spaces have been scrapped – the proposal now calls for no on-site parking. No commercial space would be included.
520 E Thomas St — Land Use application to allow a 7-story, 34-unit apartment building. Parking for 3 vehicles proposed. Existing building to be demolished.
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November 12, 2020 7:00 pm
Sean Conrad — Visit seattle.gov for information on providing feedback for design review virtual meetings
The building would have brick on the ground level with wood veneer in the entryway. The upper floors will be clad in a mixture of ceramic and cement fiber. This building would have a staggered checkerboard pattern of panels and windows going up the sides.
A specimen tree on the property, a horse chestnut with a nearly three-foot diameter, would be preserved. Otherwise, the plans call for new planting strips, with new trees, along the sidewalks.
This project also made some minor changes based on early design guidance, such as changes to make the entrance more inviting, and adjustment to where the new building’s residents will place their trash.
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