Caroline W. Apartments move forward in design process

Screen shot 2013-04-29 at 6.01.07 PM[mappress mapid=”56″]The Caroline W. Apartments, a project to provide 44 low income apartment units for tentants recovering from homelessness and mental illness, will take the final step in the Seattle design review process Wednesday night.

The Bolyston Ave E project designed by Capitol Hill’s Environmental Works passed through early design guidance in January. Funded by Community House Mental Health Agency and Common Ground, the development is planned to replace the agency’s existing structure.Screen shot 2013-04-29 at 6.02.24 PM

The review board emerged from the January session supportive of the design proposal that best incorporated a 42-inch wide Horse Chestnut tree on the property. “By maintaining the exceptional tree at the rear of the lot and limiting overall building height, providing a better scale and proportion to the surrounding neighborhood structures,” the report on the session notes.

Project: 431 Boylston Ave E  map
Review Meeting: May 1, 6:30 pm
Seattle University
901 12th Ave  map
Admissions & Alumni Community Room
Review Phase: Recommendation past reviews
Project Number: 3013899 permit status | notice
Planner: Lindsay King

Summer will see Capitol Hill Salvation Army overhaul on Pike

Surprise -- not a seven-story apartment building (Image: CHS)

Surprise — not a seven-story apartment building (Image: CHS)

Salvation Army Social Services tells CHS it is expanding its facility on 1101 Pike.

“We’re working through the plans to add an additional 14 beds so we can help more people off the street,” said Capt. Dana Libby, the director of the Capitol Hill branch. “The idea is let’s get more people in here, and let’s get them a better environment and better access.”

Capt. Libby and food bank coordinator Rebecca Phillips

Capt. Libby and food bank coordinator Rebecca Phillips

The Salvation Army, with its military-like structure and official status as a religious organization has taken increasing heat over tolerance issues and criticism from some corners on the Salvation Army’s stance on gay rights. Libby says at the Capitol Hill Salvation Army, the goal is to give everybody a place to gather. “The goal is for it to become a town square kind of space,” he said. Continue reading