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2nd community meeting on proposed ‘Shared Roof’ development at 70th & Greenwood is Oct. 7

September 19th, 2016 by Doree

The developers behind the proposed “Shared Roof” project at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. are hosting a second community meeting to get input outside of the city’s formal Design Review program. Their first informal community meeting was July 29 and the first Early Design Guidance meeting was Aug. 15.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, directly across the street on 70th. Evolution Projects will present updated project plans and allow time for questions and comments from neighbors.

Initial plans for the mixed use development, which they’re calling “Shared Roof,” called for a six-story apartment building with 43 units above ground-floor retail. Apartments would range from one- to four-bedrooms, with square footage ranging from 623 to 2,079. Parking would be provided for 30 vehicles below grade. A public park on the west side would be 4,700 square feet, with another 3,000 square feet of public open space between ground-floor retail.

Evolution Projects is asking for 12,185 square feet to be rezoned from Neighborhood Commercial 40’ to NC265. In exchange, they would include affordable housing units.

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You can see the design proposal they presented to the city last month here.

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Second Design Review recommendation meeting for Phinney Flats project at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. is Sept. 26

September 8th, 2016 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will hold its second Recommendation Meeting for the Phinney Flats project at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

A previous recommendation meeting was held on Aug. 1. According to the Design Review Board’s report from that meeting, Board members decided there were too many unresolved issues to discuss, so they added this second recommendation meeting.

Phinney Flats would demolish the building currently housing Stumbling Goat Bistro (which recently closed) and Ed’s Kort Haus, and replace it with a four-story building containing 55 small efficiency dwelling units above two live/work units and 2,900 square feet of commercial space. No parking will be provided, but the project will have 23 bicycle spaces.

You can email comments on site planning and design issues through Sept. 26 to PRC@seattle.gov.

Click here then type in 6726 Greenwood in the address search box or 3020114 in the project number box for a list of all public documents relating to this project, including reports from past Design Review meetings, the report from a public meeting held on July 25, written comments from neighbors, and the updated design proposal.

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Comment on any environmental concerns for 12002 Greenwood Ave. N. project

September 6th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections is asking for public comment on a proposed seven-unit development at 12002 Greenwood Ave. N. The Land Use Application is for a three-story, seven-unit rowhouse structure. Parking will be provided for seven vehicles.

A multifamily home on the site will be demolished. According to Redfin, the property sold in July for $1, 165,000.

DCI will accept comments on environmental concerns through Sept. 19.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss development projects, parking strategies, city development policies

September 2nd, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The bulk of the meeting will be devoted to discussing neighborhood development projects, including Phinney Flats, at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., which will have 55 small studio apartments, two live/work units, ground-floor retail, and no parking; and a six-story apartment building at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N., which is asking for a rezone to significantly raise height limits from 40 feet to 65 feet.

PRCC also will discuss the city’s proposed Backyard Cottage legislation and Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, and talk about a draft survey of neighborhood parking strategies.

PRCC President Alice Poggi attached this note to the meeting’s agenda:

Dear Neighbors,

At our Tuesday meeting will have updates on the proposed projects along The Ridge and the policies being proposed by the City that will change the “sense of place” in neighborhoods throughout the City.

Many of you attended recent public meetings on two major projects in our neighborhood. Phinney Flats is proposed at 68th and Greenwood with 57  small, studio apartments and no parking. The other is nearby at 70th and Greenwood. The developers have asked for permission to build 65 feet high in a zone that currently allows 40 feet. The status of both of these projects will be explained as well as next steps.

In addition, the City is proposing several new policies that would change how new developments interface with single family homes. It is important that we all are informed so that we can effectively influence the changes. The Mandatory Housing and Affordability (MHA) policy of “The Grand Bargain” which is prominent in the news, would allow an increase in height of new developments. On Phinney Ridge that would mean increasing allowable heights from 40 feet with a 4-foot bonus, to 55 feet with the same bonus. Another piece of legislation is about Backyard Cottages which are currently allowed and regulated. The new proposal melts away the regulations that keep them at “cottage” size and it could allow increased height, no parking, and structures in other places on a lot besides the backyard. This essentially dissolves the concept of single family lots.

These projects and policies are controversial and I believe it is important that we as residents understand the implications and participate in the feedback to the City Council as they review these options.

For more info, visit phinneyridgecc.org

Sincerely,

Alice Poggi, PRCC President

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Reminder: Public meeting for Phinney Flats project is Monday at PNA

July 23rd, 2016 by Doree

Here’s a reminder that Seattle’s Department of Construction & Inspections is hosting a public meeting about the proposed Phinney Flats project at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 7 of the Blue Building.

Phinney Flats would demolish the building currently housing Stumbling Goat Bistro and Ed’s Kort Haus, and replace it with a four-story building containing 55 small efficiency dwelling units above two live/work units and 3,900 square feet of commercial space, and no parking.

Click here to see public comments submitted for the project and permit status, then click on “Documents” for a PDF of the latest design proposal.

The public meeting is because DCI wants to “discuss policy and Code background and to gather comments on the project.” Developer Kelten Johnson told me he plans to be there to answer community members’ questions and correct what he says are factual errors by critics.

That public meeting will be followed a week later by a Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

You can comment on site planning and design issues through Aug. 1 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Mention Project #3020114. A separate environmental review will be triggered.

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Public meeting for Phinney Flats on July 25, then Design Review Recommendation Meeting on Aug. 1

July 15th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle’s Department of Construction & Inspections is hosting a public meeting about the proposed Phinney Flats project at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, July 25, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 7 of the Blue Building.

That public meeting will be followed a week later by a Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The July 25 public meeting is because DCI wants to “discuss policy and Code background and to gather comments on the project.”

Phinney Flats would demolish the building currently housing Stumbling Goat Bistro and Ed’s Kort Haus, and replace it with a four-story building containing 55 small efficiency dwelling units above two live/work units and 3,900 square feet of commercial space, and no parking.

You can see the January design proposal here. An updated proposal is not yet on DCI’s website.

You can comment on site planning and design issues through Aug. 1 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Mention Project #3020114. A separate environmental review will be triggered.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets tonight to discuss development in the neighborhood and citywide

July 5th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., to discuss development and Seattle’s Housing Livability and Affordability Agenda (HALA).

PRCC is hosting Mary Holscher, a member of Seattle’s Housing Livability and Affordability Agenda (HALA) Focus Group. She will help us understand how the Mayor’s proposal will affect the city―specifically Phinney Ridge―and pass on input received to the focus group. Our speaker is a follow-up from our annual May meeting & election when we heard various perspectives on aspects of HALA.

The council also will receive development and permit updates on projects at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. and 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., backyard cottage legislation, Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan 2035, and neighborhood parking strategies.

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Second Early Design Guidance meeting for 10540 Greenwood Ave. N. project is July 18

June 30th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections is holding the second Early Design Guidance meeting for the proposed project at 10540 Greenwood Ave. N., which will bring a a four-story building with 54 residential units above 1,500 square feet of commercial space, with parking for 36 vehicles. The buildings currently on the site will be demolished.

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The meeting is at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 18, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room. The first design guidance meeting was on April 18.

If you can’t make the meeting, written comments on site planning and design issues can be emailed through July 18 18 to PRC@seattle.gov.

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Design Review Board second recommendation meeting for self-storage facility at 9309 Aurora Ave. N. is May 16

April 28th, 2016 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will hold its second Early Design Guidance recommendation meeting for the self-storage facility proposed for 9309 Aurora Ave. N. at 8 p.m. May 16 at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The project will replace the Klose-In Motel with a four-story self-storage facility called Green Lake Self Storage. The site will have parking for 16 vehicles.

Click here for a PDF of the design proposal.

You can comment on site planning and design aspects of the proposal through May 16 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Reference project number 3019569.

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