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All That Dance building to be demolished, replaced by 224-unit apartment building

February 23rd, 2017 by Doree

The building housing All That Dance, at 320 N. 85th St. in Greenwood, will be demolished and replaced by a 237,000 square foot, 224-unit apartment building, with 175 parking stalls.

According to Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, the project would require a rezone for additional height. The project will undergo full design review with early design guidance meetings open to the public.

The developer is Shea Properties out of California.

We’ve got a message in to All That Dance about their future plans and will update this post when we know more.

Thanks to Rebecca for the tip!

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Seattle Parks unveils final design for new park by Greenwood Library

February 3rd, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation has unveiled its final design for the new park coming to the block directly north of the Greenwood Library.

After several community meetings and input through online surveys, the final design provides natural play spaces for children (including a nature trail), picnic seating, digging area, reading nook, dog “stations” and an elevated crosswalk to connect it to the Greenwood Library.

Total cost for development of the site, which takes the entire east side of the block of Greenwood Avenue North between North 81st and 82nd streets, is $1,073,285. But it will be done in two phases. The Parks Department originally acquired the south parcel (where a small strip mall contained several businesses), then later acquired the north parcel (where Bleacher’s Pub was). Parks currently has enough money to develop the south parcel (estimated construction costs of $573,285) but not the north parcel (estimated construction costs of $500,00). The north parcel will have primarily lawn for the time being, until more funding is acquired.

Seattle Department of Transportation will provide $65,906 for the raised crosswalk across North 81st Street to connect it to the library. The raised crosswalk is essentially a large speed bump.

All buildings on the site will be demolished between March and May this year. Construction will take place from January through May 2018.

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Design Review recommendation meeting for 9701 Aurora Ave. N. postponed from Feb. 6 to March

February 2nd, 2017 by Doree

The Design Review Board Recommendation meeting for the self-storage facility proposed for 9701 Aurora Ave. N. that was originally scheduled for Feb. 6, has been postponed. Seattle Land Use Planner Carly Guillory says the project’s architect requested the postponement. The meeting has been tentatively rescheduled for March 20.

The planned project will be a six-story, 220,000 square foot self-storage facility with an office and a caretaker’s unit, plus parking for 15 vehicles. The current building will be demolished.

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Reminder: Meeting tonight on details of Greenwood Library’s upcoming renovation closure

January 30th, 2017 by Doree

A reminder that tonight (Monday), Seattle Public Library is holding an open house from 5-6 p.m. to explain more about Greenwood Library’s upcoming renovation closure, which begins on Feb. 13. City Librarian Marcellus Turner and other library staff members will be on hand.

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will close temporarily for about two months for renovation. The 15,000 square foot library, which was completely rebuilt in 2005, has seen heavy use and needs new carpet and remodeling that will improve public spaces and increase access to technology.

The book drop also will close during renovations. As always, patrons can return library materials to any Seattle Public Library branch. When placing a hold on items, patrons can choose another library location for pickup. If patrons don’t select an alternate branch by Feb. 3, the library will automatically redirect holds to the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., for patrons whose zip codes are 98177, 98133 and 98125; and to the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW for all other patrons.

The Green Lake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., is normally closed on Fridays but will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 24 to accommodate Greenwood Library patrons. Some regular Greenwood Library programs will be provided at alternate locations. Check the Library’s calendar of events for a complete schedule.

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Appeals deadline for design review and environmental decisions on Phinney Flats project extended to Feb. 6

January 23rd, 2017 by Doree

The Department of Construction and Inspections has published a re-notice of its decision to conditionally grant approval of the proposed development at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., and extended the appeals deadline to Feb. 6 (the deadline was originally scheduled for today).

Phinney Flats is proposed to be a four-story building with 55 apartment units, two live-work units, and 2,900 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, with no parking. The building where The Goat on Greenwood is currently and Ed’s Kort Haus was until it closed Jan. 15, will be demolished.

DCI has granted design review and an environmental determination of non-significance, but with conditions placed on both. You can read the full decision here.

Appeals of these conditionally approved decisions can be made to the Hearing Examiner by Feb. 6 (reference project #3020114).

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Design Review Recommendation Meeting for 9701 Aurora Ave. N. self-storage facility is Feb. 6

January 19th, 2017 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board is holding a design review recommendation meeting for the self-storage facility proposed for 9701 Aurora Ave. N. (where Gold’s Gym is currently) at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The proposal is for a six-story, 220,000 square foot self-storage facility with an office and a caretaker’s unit, plus parking for 15 vehicles. The current building will be demolished.

Two design review meetings were held in 2015 and 2016, and environmental review has taken place. Written comments on site planning and design issues will be accepted through the date of the recommendation meeting, as well as at the meeting itself. Comments can be emailed to PRC@seattle.gov; reference project # 3020310.

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Comment on any environmental concerns for 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. project by Jan. 25

January 13th, 2017 by Doree

The developers of the “Shared Roof” project coming to 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. have asked the city to rezone the land from Neighborhood Commercial 2-40 to Neighborhood Commercial 2-65, and now it’s neighbors’ time to comment on any environmental concerns about that rezone request.

The rezone would increase heights from 40 feet up to 65 feet. The developers are planning a five-story building with 33 apartment units, ground level retail and below-grade parking for 28 vehicles.

Comments on any environmental impacts of the rezone will be accepted through Jan. 25. (The comment period has been extended twice; the first extension came after the Phinney Ridge Community Council asked for an additional 14 days beyond the original Jan. 8 comment date. The latest Department of Construction and Inspections notice has added an additional three days.)

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Ed’s Kort Haus closing Sunday after 36 years as redevelopment nears

January 11th, 2017 by Doree

Ed’s Kort Haus at 6732 Greenwood Ave. N. will close after this Sunday as the developer who owns the property gets ready to demolish the building and replace it with an apartment building.

Ed Warrington has been in business for 36 years. He tells me the developer was “kicking out” his bar, and that he has until the end of the month to clear out of the space.

The neighboring The Goat on Greenwood (which replaced the Stumbling Goat restaurant, but with the same owner, several months ago) told me they “have at least 8 months before anything changes.”

Developer Kelten Johnson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. When the proposed development was first announced in July 2015, Johnson told me that both Ed’s Kort Haus and Stumbling Goat would be offered space in the new building.

The new development, with an address of 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., is proposed to be a four-story building with 55 apartment units, two live-work units, and retail space on the ground floor, with no parking.

The Department of Construction & Inspections has conditionally granted design review and granted a determination of non-significance (with conditions) on environmental impact.

The environmental conditions relate to hours of noisy construction activities and developing a plan to reduce noise impacts. The design review conditions include finalizing exterior lighting, a landscape irrigation plan, arranging solid waste removal services inside the building and not in the public right-of-way, and professional artwork at the building’s residential entry.

Appeals of these conditionally approved decisions can be made to the Hearing Examiner by Jan. 23 (reference project #3020114). You can read the full decision here.

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Reminder: First Early Design Guidance meeting for explosion site development is tonight

January 9th, 2017 by Doree

The first Early Design Guidance meeting for the residential/retail development that will replace the March 9 natural gas explosion site is set for 6:30 p.m. tonight (Monday), at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

Slattery Properties, which owns the entire west side of the block from North 84 to 85th streets (including the recently opened FlintCreek Cattle Co. building), has proposed a six-story building with 70 residential units on five floors, 7,560 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, and parking for 70 vehicles in two levels below grade. The building where G&O Family Cyclery was will be demolished, as will the building formerly housing Insurrection Apparel and Boots, Better Hearing and Kouzina. In two of the three options proposed, including the preferred option, the FlintCreek building at the corner of Greenwood Avenue and 85th Street restaurant will remain and would have a “green” roof.

You can see the design proposal here. The developers’ preferred option has four retail spaces of 1,950, 1,465, 1,350 and 1,895 square feet and all facing Greenwood Avenue; and the residential lobby entrance on North 84th Street.

That block is zoned NC2P – 65 (Neighborhood Commercial 2 Pedestrian), with a height limit of 65 feet.

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