A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


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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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss housing affordability, developments, parking, and Aurora’s planned low-barrier homeless encampment

March 6th, 2017 by Doree

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

On the agenda, discussions on:

  • Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda’s (HALA) Mandatory Housing Affordability and its effect on the Greenwood/Phinney Ridge Urban Village for height and density upzones.
  • The soon-to-open low-barrier Aurora Licton Springs Homeless Encampment at 8620 Nesbit Ave. N.
  • How to make Seattle an “age friendly” city
  • Neighborhood parking issues

The council also will discuss several housing developments, including: 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. (“Phinney Flats”), which is planned to have 57 units with no parking; and 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. (“Shared Roof”), which is slated to have 33 units with 28 parking spots, and which has asked for a rezone to allow for increased height.

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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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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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