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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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Design Review Recommendation meeting for 10540 Greenwood Ave. N. apartments is May 15

April 27th, 2017 by Doree

The Design Review Board Recommendation meeting for the housing project coming to 10540 Greenwood Ave. N. is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

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.

You can still comment on site planning and design issues through May 15 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov; be sure and reference project #3022986.

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Early Design Guidance meeting Monday for proposed 52-unit apartment building at corner of 87th and Palatine

April 26th, 2017 by Doree

Last month we told you about a 145-unit apartment building proposed for the currently empty lot on Palatine Avenue, south of North 87th Street.

Now, the house on the corner of Palatine and 87th will be demolished to make way for an adjacent six-story, 52-unit apartment building with ground floor commercial.

The project at 209 N. 87th St. will have its first Early Design Guidance meeting at 8 p.m. Monday, May 1, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room. (This will be just after the Design Review Recommendation meeting for the Shared Roof project at 70th and Greenwood, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.)

The proposal 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 Recommendation meeting for Shared Roof project at 70th & Greenwood is Monday

April 26th, 2017 by Doree

The Design Review Recommendation meeting for the Shared Roof development at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. N.W., in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The project, on the former site of the Oroweat Bakery, has been scaled back a bit since its initial proposal last year. The proposal now is for 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.

If you can’t make the meeting, you can email comments about the design to PRC@seattle.gov by May 1.

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Greenwood Apartments at 9039 Greenwood Ave. N. granted conditional approval for design and environmental reviews

April 26th, 2017 by Doree

The Department of Construction and Inspections has granted Design Review and Environmental Review with conditions for the project proposed for 9039 Greenwood Ave. N., where the Greenwood Food Bank used to be.

You can read DCI’s full decision and explanation of conditions here.

The project will be a six-story building with 78 apartments, six live-work units, and parking for 44 vehicles. The existing building will be demolished. The new building will be called Greenwood Apartments. You can see the design proposal here.

Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner by May 8.

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Reminder: Neighborhood open house on proposed zoning changes for housing is Thursday

April 24th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting a community open house to explain proposed zoning changes to create more affordable housing from 6-8 pm. Thursday, at Hale’s Ales Brewery, 4301 Leary Way NW, in The Palladium (enter from the back side closest to Fred Meyer).

City of Seattle staff will have maps and more information regarding proposed zoning changes for Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Bitter Lake, Aurora/Licton Springs, Ballard, Crown Hill, and NE 130th.

Representatives will be on hand from the following city departments and projects: Age Friendly Seattle (Human Services Department); Design Review (Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections); Ship Canal Water Quality (Seattle Public Utilities); Open Space Plan (Office of Planning & Community Development); Democracy Vouchers (Ethics & Elections Commission); Neighborhoods Streets and Greenways Projects (Seattle Department of Transportation); and Mandatory Housing Affordability (Office of Planning & Community Development/Office of Housing).

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Latest development in Greenwood Town Center area will bring 7-story building with 145 apartments, retail, and parking for 100 vehicles

March 16th, 2017 by Doree

The empty grass lot on Palatine Avenue North just south of North 87th Street will be turned into a seven-story building with 145 apartments, retail at ground level, and parking for 100 vehicles. It’s the latest parcel owned by Greenwood Shopping Center to be developed in the Greenwood Town Center area, which includes Fred Meyer, the Sedges apartments (directly across the street from this parcel) and other surrounding lots.

An Early Design Guidance meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

You also can email written comments on site planning and design issues through April 3 to PRC@seattle.gov. Reference project# 3026306. (If environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts — such as traffic, parking, noise, etc. – can be submitted to Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections at that time.)

A design proposal is not yet online.

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Development at 73rd near Aurora will have 32 studio apartments, 8 parking spaces

March 16th, 2017 by Doree

Two small houses at 918 and 922 N. 73rd St. will be demolished and replaced by a three-story building with 32 small efficiency dwelling units (studio apartments) and a rooftop deck, plus surface parking for eight vehicles.

You can comment now through March 29 on site planning and design issues as the Department of Construction and Inspections prepares for an Administrative Design Review for the project (meaning there will be no public meeting). You can email comments to PRC@seattle.gov. Be sure to reference project #3025643.

You can see a PDF of the design proposal here.

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Appeals hearing May 1 for Phinney Flats development at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N.

March 6th, 2017 by Doree

An appeal has been filed challenging the conditionally granted design review and the determination of non-significance with conditions for environmental impacts for the proposed Phinney Flats development at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N.

An appeal hearing will be at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 1, at the Office of Hearing Examiner, 700 5th Ave, Seattle Municipal Tower Room 4000.

Since the project was first announced in July 2015, many neighbors have attended design review meetings and written letters to the city expressing their displeasure with the building that will bring 57 housing units plus ground-floor retail with no parking.

Update March 8: We received the following press release from Livable Phinney, the nonprofit organization that filed the appeal:

Livable Phinney, a Washington nonprofit corporation, appealed the City of Seattle’s decision to approve the controversial “Phinney Flats “project at 6726 Greenwood, formerly the home of Stumbling Goat Restaurant and Ed’s Kort Haus. The project, which has generated widespread opposition, would include 55 micro-units plus two tiny “live-work” units on the ground floor. No onsite parking would be provided.

Throughout the lengthy design review process for this project, hundreds of letters in opposition were submitted, but virtually no substantive changes were made. As a result, Livable Phinney decided to appeal the decision. The Appeal challenges the City’s determination to allow the project to proceed without any onsite parking, and also challenges the height, bulk and scale of the building, the setbacks from the adjacent single-family zone, and the failure to properly investigate the site for contamination from former occupants that included a dry-cleaner.

“We understand that the Phinney-Greenwood corridor is likely to be re-developed with multi-family buildings, but the outsize impact of this development is unreasonable and should not have been approved in its current form,” explained Irene Wall, a board member of Livable Phinney.

Livable Phinney obtained accomplished land use attorney Jeff Eustis for this appeal. A hearing before the Seattle Hearing Examiner will take place on May1-3, 2017.

The website for Livable Phinney, livablephinney.org, includes more information about the appeal and how to donate to the legal fund. Livable Phinney is also accepting contributions directly at HomeStreet Bank at Greenwood and 73rd St.

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