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

 

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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UPDATE: MEETING CANCELED — Design Review Recommendation meeting for 10540 Greenwood Ave. N. apartments is May 15

April 27th, 2017 by Doree

Update: The meeting has been canceled. We’ll let you know when it’s been rescheduled.

Earlier: 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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