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City to consider draft legislation on ‘flexible-use parking’ regulations

September 14th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections is proposing the city adopt new “flexible-use parking” regulations, which would allow buildings with parking facilities to provide excess capacity for public use.

As recommended by the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), this legislation also clarifies existing regulations that provide flexibility for residential projects to tailor their supply of off-street parking in accordance with demand in Urban Villages, Urban Centers and other areas served by frequent transit. By reducing the provision of excess parking, this policy decreases construction costs and encourages more housing in communities best served by transit, lowering the cost of building housing overall.

In Urban Centers and Urban Villages with frequent transit service, we’ve found that 87% of housing units are in developments where parking is provided. However, a recent King County study that surveyed hundreds of residential buildings countywide (including 95 in Seattle) found that 35% of residential parking garage spaces were not in use. This proposal aims to remove code barriers to allow more daily and overnight use of these unused off-street parking spaces, creating more parking opportunities for residents, visitors, and shoppers to store their vehicles off-street and walk, bike, or ride transit to get around town.

You can see the draft documents here, along with environmental determinations, transit maps and other supporting materials.

And you can comment on the draft legislation’s environmental aspects until Oct. 5 by emailing comments to gordon.clowers@seattle.gov.

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Second Design Review Board Recommendation meeting for self-storage facility at 9701 Aurora Ave. N. is Oct. 2

September 14th, 2017 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will have a second design review recommendation meeting for the proposed project at 9701 Aurora Ave. N. at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room. (A previous recommendation meeting was on June 5.)

The project will be a six-story, 220,000 square foot self-storage facility with an office, caretaker’s unit, and parking for 15 vehicles. The existing building (Gold’s Gym) will be demolished.

You can still comment on site planning and design considerations until the Oct. 2 meeting by emailing PRC@seattle.gov; mention project #3020310.

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Design Review Board Recommendation meeting for self-storage facility at 9701 Aurora Ave. N. is June 5

May 22nd, 2017 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will give its recommendation for the proposed project at 9701 Aurora Ave. N. at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 5, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The project will be a six-story, 220,000 square foot self-storage facility with an office, caretaker’s unit, and parking for 15 vehicles. The existing building (Gold’s Gym) will be demolished.

You can still comment on site planning and design considerations until the June 5 meeting by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Be sure and mention it’s for project #3020310.

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Reminder: Design Review Recommendation meeting for DESC project at 937 N. 96th St. is tonight

May 22nd, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Northwest Design Review Board meets tonight (Monday) to present its recommendation for the Downtown Emergency Services Center housing project coming to 937 N. 96th St. That development will be a six-story building with 100 apartments, support services for homeless men and women with disabilities, and parking for three staff vehicles.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

You can email comments on design issues until meeting time to PRC@seattle.gov.

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Public meeting on proposed Handy Andy truck site at 92nd and Aurora is May 24

May 11th, 2017 by Doree

The city will hold a public meeting about the proposed new location for Handy Andy Rent-A-Tool Inc. on Aurora Avenue North after community concerns about the site location, traffic and safety.

Handy Andy has proposed moving from 10711 Aurora Ave. N. to 9225 Aurora Ave. N. As many as 500 truck trips per day are expected at the new site, which is just a block from the new Seattle Public Schools campus for three schools opening in the fall at North 90th Street, one block east of Aurora. Neighbors and activists are worried about students’ safety as they walk or bike to school. That block is part of the North Seattle Greenway, as well as a designed Safe Route to School.

The project would take up the entire west side of Aurora Avenue between North 92nd and 93rd streets. Three buildings and a portion of a fourth on the site of an existing wrecking yard would be demolished. The site would be used to display rental equipment, conduct vehicle repair and manufacture concrete. The project must go through SEPA environmental review.

The public meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room. Written and oral comments are welcome at the meeting.

You can find all documents and plans related to the site here; type in project number 3026342.

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May 15 Design Review Recommendation meeting for 10540 Greenwood Ave. N. development has been canceled

May 9th, 2017 by Doree

The May 15 Design Review Recommendation meeting for the development planned for 10540 Greenwood Ave. N. has been canceled.

We’ve got a message in to the Department of Construction and Inspections’ planner in charge of the project to find out why, and when the meeting might be rescheduled.

The proposed project would demolish the existing structures and construct a four-story building with 32 small efficiency dwelling units (studios) and 22 apartments, plus 1,906 square feet of retail at ground level. Parking will be provided for 29 vehicles.

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City appeal hearing on Phinney Flats project is tomorrow

May 1st, 2017 by Doree

A neighborhood group called Livable Phinney has appealed the city’s approval for the Phinney Flats development at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. (where The Goat on Greenwood – formerly Stumbling Goat – is now and Ed’s Kort Haus used to be). The hearing starts at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Office of the Hearing Examiner, Room 400, 40th Floor of the Seattle Municipal Building, 700 Fifth Ave., Seattle. The hearing is open to the public.

Phinney Flats will have 55 Small Efficiency Dwelling Units (tiny studios), two live-work units, retail on the ground floor, and no parking. It has generated quite a bit of opposition from neighbors worried about parking and traffic, as well those who say it’s too dense and too close to neighboring homes.

You can see full details on the hearing here as well as links to all documents filed in the appeal.

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Reminder: Tonight’s NW Design Review Board will give its final design recommendations for 70th & Greenwood project, and have its first early Design Guidance Review meeting for 87th & Phinney development

May 1st, 2017 by Doree

The NW Design Review Board meets tonight at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. N.W., in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room, to discuss two Phinney-Greenwood projects.

First, at 6:30 p.m., board members will give their final design recommendations for the “Shared Roof” housing development planned for 7009 Greenwood Ave. N.: A five-story building with 35 residential units (including units with 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms), 5,583 square feet of ground floor retail, roof deck, and 26 below-grade parking spaces. The project includes a contract rezone from NC2-40 to NC2-65. You can see an updated design proposal here.

Then, at 8 p.m., they’ll have the first Early Design Guidance meeting for a housing project proposed for the corner of Palatine Avenue and NW 87th Street: A six-story, 52-unit apartment building with ground floor commercial. That project calls for studios, Small Efficiency Dwelling Units (smaller studios), 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units. You can see the design proposal here.

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Design Review Board Recommendation meeting for 147 N. 132nd St. apartments is May 15

April 27th, 2017 by Doree

The Design Review Board Recommendation meeting for the apartment building proposed for 147 N. 132nd St., near the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 132nd Street, is at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The project would demolish the west wing of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church and replace it with a three-story, 63,000 square foot apartment building with 59 units and below grade parking for 23 vehicles.

You can still comment on design issues until May 15 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov; reference project #3024798.

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