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Early Design Guidance Meeting for planned developed at NW 85th St & 1st Ave NW

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development is holding an Early Design Guidance Meeting for a planned development at 101 NW 85th St. The property on the southwest corner of 1st Avenue NW and NW 85th Street currently houses an empty building and a large parking lot, plus an adjacent empty lot, and another lot with a home, which will be demolished.

85th & 1st-development-resized

This is what the lot looked like a few months ago when Seattle Department of Transportation was using it to store equipment while working on paving projects.

The developers have proposed a five-story building with 104 residential units, and ground-level retail. Parking will be provided at and below grade.

The design meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 24, at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th St., in the library. Written comments will be accepted through June 24 by email to PRC@seattle.gov, or by mailing to: City of Seattle – DPD – PRC, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019.

DPD information on the process:

An application for Design Review related to future development of this site has been submitted to the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). The first phase of Design Review includes the Early Design Guidance (EDG) meeting. At the Early Design Guidance meeting, the following occurs:

  1. The applicants will present information about the site and vicinity as well as early massing design concepts.
  2. The public may offer comments regarding the design of a development on the subject site.*
  3. The Design Review Board will provide guidance and identify those Design Guidelines of highest priority for the design as it moves forward towards Master Use Permit (MUP) application.
  4. Following the meeting, DPD will issue a written Early Design Guidance report summarizing the meeting. This report will be sent to those who signed in at the meeting or otherwise requested a copy.

*Please note that public comment at the EDG meeting is limited to design considerations. If environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts (such as traffic, parking, noise, etc.) may be sent to DPD following notice of that review.