About 75 people attended the Early Design Review meeting last month for the proposed residential/retail project on the corner of North 68th Street and Greenwood Avenue North, which is currently an empty lot.
Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development has released a 10-page report from that meeting, which includes comments ranging from reducing the overall size and bulk of the building, to increasing the setbacks from neighboring residences, using exterior materials that more closely reflect Greenwood/Phinney Ridge Urban Village Design Guidelines, and modifying the building so it doesn’t create a blind corner for traffic turning on to Greenwood from 68th.
The developer’s preliminary designs show three potential options of mostly studios and one-bedroom units, with a handful of two-bedroom units. The proposal is for 39-46 residential units, plus two retail spaces on the ground floor. Two of the options provide up to 15 spaces for parking; one option provides no parking.
Some neighbors who are concerned about impacts from this project and other development sites in the neighborhood have formed a Google Group so residents living near the proposed project (as well as the former site of Francine Seders Gallery a block south and the former Oroweat Bakery site a block north) can subscribe to it and keep abreast of developments. You need a Google account to join the PhinneyFolks group.