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

 

Congregate residence proposed in north Greenwood – 36 rooms to replace single-family home

August 18th, 2014 by Doree

The micro-housing trend continues with yet another development proposed for 714 N. 95th St. The three-story “congregate residence” will replace a single-family home with four residences of nine rooms each, for a total of 36 rooms. In keeping with current Department of Planning and Development rules, no parking will be provided.

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Micro-housing includes up to eight sleeping rooms with private bathrooms, with a shared kitchen or common area. Rent is typically cheaper than a studio or one-bedroom apartment, and they are located in urban village or urban center neighborhoods. Congregate residences are similar but have nine or more sleeping rooms similar to dormitories and some types of senior housing.

The city is currently reviewing rules for micro-housing, due to neighborhood backlash, especially due to the lack of parking required. A “stakeholder working group” was convened after a May 19 city council meeting on proposed changes to the development rules. That group – made up of residents, and developers – has been working through the summer and is scheduled to make recommendations to the city council in September.

DPD is accepting comments only on the environmental determination of the 714 N. 95th St project through Aug. 27. The comment period may be extended to Sept. 10 by written request.

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DPD approves design of multi-use development at 101 NW 85th St

August 13th, 2014 by Doree

The Department of Planning and Development has conditionally approved the design of the proposed five-story mixed-use building for the long vacant lot at 101 NW 85th St., across the street from the Greenwood Fred Meyer. The current empty commercial building and two adjacent houses will be demolished to make way for the new building with 105 residential units, approximately 8,900 square feet of retail space and parking for 86 vehicles.

You can read the full DPD decision here.

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Design Review meeting on proposed mixed-use development at 1st and 85th is March 10

February 20th, 2014 by Doree

The Design Review Board recommendation meeting for the proposed development at 101 NW 85th St. is set for Monday, March 10, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ball Room. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

The developers have proposed a five-story mixed use structure, with 105 apartments, and about 9,100 square feet of retail use at grade level. Parking for 85 vehicles will be located at and below grade.

This is the second meeting in the design review process. The first meeting was last June.

You can comment on design considerations through March 10 by emailing the Department of Land Use and Development, or snail mail at City of Seattle – DPD – PRC, 700 5th Ave., Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019. (If an environmental review is later required, then DPD will take comments related to environmental impacts such as traffic, parking and noise.)

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Design guidance meeting tonight for planned development at 68th & Greenwood

December 16th, 2013 by Doree

Tonight is the first Design Review Early Design Guidance meeting for the proposed development at North 68th Street and Greenwood Avenue North. The meeting is at 8 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Multi-Purpose Room. Design Guidance meetings are open to the public.

The developers are proposing a four-story building with 46 residential units, 3,500 square feet of retail space at ground level and 1,500 square feet below grade. Parking for 15 vehicles will be located below grade.

The lot housed a service station years ago. Those structures were removed a few months ago. This is what the lot looked like before it became a temporary Christmas tree lot.

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Permits filed for 4-story, mixed-use building at 68th and Greenwood

October 8th, 2013 by Doree

The owners of the old service station property at the northeast corner of 68th and Greenwood Avenue have applied for permits to demolish the old building and construct a four-story mixed-use building with approximately 39 residential units, 5,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, and parking.

Here’s what the site looked like in April when soil samples were being taken.

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Contaminated soil at the site will be cleaned up before construction.

Thanks to Karl and Andy for the tips, and Robert for the photo!

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Early Design Guidance Meeting for planned developed at NW 85th St & 1st Ave NW

June 6th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development is holding an Early Design Guidance Meeting for a planned development at 101 NW 85th St. The property on the southwest corner of 1st Avenue NW and NW 85th Street currently houses an empty building and a large parking lot, plus an adjacent empty lot, and another lot with a home, which will be demolished.

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This is what the lot looked like a few months ago when Seattle Department of Transportation was using it to store equipment while working on paving projects.

The developers have proposed a five-story building with 104 residential units, and ground-level retail. Parking will be provided at and below grade.

The design meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 24, at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th St., in the library. Written comments will be accepted through June 24 by email to PRC@seattle.gov, or by mailing to: City of Seattle – DPD – PRC, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019.

DPD information on the process:

An application for Design Review related to future development of this site has been submitted to the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). The first phase of Design Review includes the Early Design Guidance (EDG) meeting. At the Early Design Guidance meeting, the following occurs:

  1. The applicants will present information about the site and vicinity as well as early massing design concepts.
  2. The public may offer comments regarding the design of a development on the subject site.*
  3. The Design Review Board will provide guidance and identify those Design Guidelines of highest priority for the design as it moves forward towards Master Use Permit (MUP) application.
  4. Following the meeting, DPD will issue a written Early Design Guidance report summarizing the meeting. This report will be sent to those who signed in at the meeting or otherwise requested a copy.

*Please note that public comment at the EDG meeting is limited to design considerations. If environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts (such as traffic, parking, noise, etc.) may be sent to DPD following notice of that review.

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Public hearing on rezoning part of Greenwood to encourage affordable housing

February 11th, 2013 by Doree

Greenwood residents are invited to a March 14 public hearing on rezoning part of downtown Greenwood, which is part of the Greenwood/Phinney Ridge Residential Urban Village. The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) proposes amending the Official Land Use Map to rezone land and apply incentive provisions to encourage affordable housing.

Last summer, the City Council had proposed a more extensive rezone of the land around Fred Meyer, called Greenwood Town Center, but has changed the proposal based on testimony from a July public hearing and more analysis by DPD staff.

The new proposal will NOT apply a pedestrian zone designation to the block facing the south side of NW 85th Street, between 1st and 3rd Avenues NW, which is zoned Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 40-foot height limit (NC2 40).

But it does increase the maximum floor area ratio (FAR) permitted in mixed-use structures of both residential and non-residential uses on those lots from 3.25 to 4.0, without changing the existing 40-foot height limit. That is designed to encourage affordable housing on those lots.

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You can find background on the rezone area on DPD’s website, complete with maps of each proposed rezone area.

The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee will hold a public hearing on proposed rezones on Thursday, March 14, in City Council Chambers, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2, starting at 9:30 a.m. If you want to testify, a sign-up sheet will be available outside Council Chambers at 9 a.m.

Questions about the public hearing can be directed to Sara Nelson in Councilmember Conlin’s office at 206-684-8805, or sara.nelson@seattle.gov. Written comments can be sent to: Councilmember Richard Conlin, Legislative Department, 600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2, PO Box 34025, Seattle, WA 98124-4025, or by email to richard.conlin@seattle.gov. Written comments should be received by 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 14.

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5-story building planned for empty dump lot on 85th and 3rd

November 8th, 2012 by Doree

A five-story building is planned for a currently empty lot that has turned into a dumping ground at 143 NW 85th St.

The lot is between a small office building on the right and a home on the left.

The Land Use Application calls for four residential units and one live/work unit on the lot, which includes a steep slope and will require 11,034 cubic yards of grading.

The project requires a SEPA Environmental Determination. The public may comment on the project through Nov. 21.

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Taproot Theatre expansion plans get conditional DPD approval

August 16th, 2012 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s expansion plans took another step forward today as the Seattle Department of Planning and Development issued its Determination of Non-Significance with regards to environmental impacts.

The theatre is expanding into the space formerly occupied by four restaurants that burned in the Oct. 23, 2009, arson. The new building will include a second theater, dressing rooms, offices, scene workshop and a café and wine bar at 208 N. 85th Street.

DPD also conditionally approved Taproot’s design plans, and its plan to install a wine bar in its new café.

Appeals of any of DPD’s decisions must be received by the hearing examiner no later than Aug. 30.

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City affirms original environmental decision on Greenwood Fred Meyer site

May 10th, 2012 by Doree

This afternoon, the city’s Department of Planning and Development affirmed its original Determination of Non-Significance of environmental concerns at the Greenwood Fred Meyer site. Fred Meyer is now free to begin work on its major renovation of the site, which includes a down-to-the-studs remodel of the existing store, the demolition of the former Greenwood Market building, and a large addition.

Fred Meyer closed the Greenwood store on Feb. 25, before the deadline for appealing the city’s original decision. Neighborhood activist Kate Martin then appealed, and a hearing was held on April 25. Hearing examiner Sue Tanner issued her decision this afternoon.

The city added one condition: Fred Meyer will have to add some kind of landscaping or pedestrian buffer around NW 85th Street and 3rd Avenue NW.

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City’s environmental decision on expanded Fred Meyer is appealed

March 19th, 2012 by Doree

The city’s decision that the expanded Fred Meyer will not cause significant environmental impacts has been appealed. An appeal hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25.

Fred Meyer closed its Greenwood store on Feb. 25 for a major renovation, which will add 55,305 square feet, demolish the former Greenwood Market building, relocate the Pacific Locksmith kiosk, and reconfigure parking for 444 vehicles.

You can read the city’s February decision on environmental impacts here.

We have a message in to the Department of Planning and Development for more information on the specifics of the appeal. We will update this post when we know more.

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107th & Greenwood development gets green light from city

December 8th, 2011 by Doree

The city’s Department of Planning & Development has given preliminary approval to a proposed development on the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 107th Street, where an abandoned car wash now sits.

The proposed four-story building will have three live-work units on the ground floor and 54 apartments above, and 40 parking spaces.

DPD determined that there were no significant environmental impacts from the proposed development. DPD placed some conditions on the project, including increasing the landscaping. You can see the full decision here.

Appeals on the project must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than Dec. 22.

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