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 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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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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70th & Greenwood housing project developers ask city to rezone parcel from 40 feet to 65 feet high

December 31st, 2016 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. The height increase up to 65 feet will allow a five-story building with 33 apartment units, ground level retail and below-grade parking for 28 vehicles.

The original proposal was for a six-story building, but the developer scaled that back to five stories after the first Early Design Guidance meeting in August.

Comments on the rezone and any environmental impacts will be accepted through Jan. 22 (the comment period was just extended after the Phinney Ridge Community Council asked for an additional 14 days beyond the original Jan. 8 comment date).

The Phinney Ridge Community Council will discuss the potential height rezone at its meting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

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Be ready for traffic and transit delays tonight because of Seahawks game at CenturyLink

December 15th, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that tonight (Thursday) the Seahawks play the Los Angeles Rams at 5:25 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.

Traffic is expected to be a mess, whether you’re trying to commute home or get into the city for the game. Metro Transit is expecting service delays mostly in SODO, Stadium, Pioneer Square, downtown Seattle and adjacent areas, however, nearby areas could see service delays as well.

So pack your patience and leave extra time to get where you’re going.

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Sounders FC parade downtown Tuesday, be prepared for significant traffic delays

December 12th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Sounders FC will have its victory parade and rally on Tuesday after winning the Major League Soccer Cup in Toronto on Saturday.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at 4th Avenue and Pine Street near Westlake Center, heads north on 4th Avenue, right on Cedar Street, then onto 5th Avenue and into the Seattle Center grounds, where a rally will be held on the lawn in front of Fisher Pavilion.

Seattle Department of Transportation is warning drivers and transit riders of significant delays, as between 3,000 and 10,000 people are expected to attend the parade, and up to 20,000 people are expected to attend the rally at Seattle Center.

Metro is planning to reroute 15 routes, including routes 5 and 28 from Greenwood through Phinney Ridge.

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