Capitol Hill’s “most debated” new development can move forward to construction.
Wednesday night, facing a wave of support from pro-housing advocates and residents providing public comment, and despite concerns from representatives for neighborhood groups, the East Design Review Board gave its support to the plan for a new eight-story, 130+ unit mixed-use apartment building with an 83-car underground parking lot set to rise on the properties now home to a former auto garage and set of small businesses on 12th Ave at E Olive St.
CHS reported here on the Mack Real Estate development and its long path through the design review process.
In reaching its decision Wednesday, the board considered an unusually robust burst of public comments, including several speakers voicing support for more housing in the city and asking that debate over architectural concerns like the appearance of building gaskets not stand in the way of the new project.
Welcome to REVENGE OF THE CONCERN TROLLS! Will the 12th & Olive project survive Design Review? Or will it be nitpicked to death? Find out tonight, RIGHT HERE, 7-9p.
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The Pike Pine Urban Neighborhood Council, meanwhile, was joined by others continuing to voice concerns about the project’s relationship to the immediately surrounding neighborhoods with 12th Ave’s denser, taller environment neighboring smaller apartment buildings and houses along the slope up to 13th and 14th Ave.
Wednesday’s decision ends a more than two year design process for development on the block and opens the way for final permitting and the start of construction.
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