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Early Design Guidance meeting set for another proposed micro-housing development

December 17th, 2014 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will hold an Early Design Guidance meeting for a proposed micro-housing development at 9002 Greenwood Ave. N. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW.

The developer is proposing a four-story building with 48 efficiency dwelling units. No parking is planned. The existing building, which used to house an alterations business, will be demolished.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting Tuesday features talk with micro-housing developer

December 15th, 2014 by Doree

A developer who is building a 36-unit micro-housing project at 714 N. 95th St. Greenwood will speak at Tuesday’s Greenwood Community Council meeting. The meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. The public is invited.

From the Greenwood Community Council’s meeting notice:

There’s been a big to-do about micro-housing (aka apodments*) in neighborhoods all over Seattle. Micro-housing is a relatively new idea in Seattle, allowing people who don’t need a full apartment to rent a bedroom only with access to a common kitchen. Many do not provide parking because many micro-housing residents don’t own one. The micro-housing boom has caught neighborhoods by surprise, with buildings appearing all over town. These projects have been largely exempt from regulation or public review, but the City Council is reconsidering whether to change that.

Three micro-housing developments are under construction now in Greenwood – comprising most of the development that will open here in the next year. (One is on Phinney Ave. above the Safeway parking lot, and two are on NW 85th St.) There are clearly potential benefits, but also unknown impacts that raise concerns for some neighbors.

Daniel Stoner is a developer who has built micro-housing projects previously, and he’s asked for the opportunity to discuss plans for a new micro-housing project on 95th St. with Greenwood neighbors – the topic of our December meeting. KCTS recently did a story on micro-housing and Daniel was interviewed — you can see the interview by clicking here.

*Apodments is a trademark of a specific micro-housing development company, so the term micro-housing is used here.

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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 Board recommendation meeting for 6800 Greenwood

June 9th, 2014 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will view updated design information and give its recommendation on the proposed development at 6800 Greenwood Ave. N. at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 23, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave NW.

Developers have applied to build a four-story building with 32 residential units, 4,000 square feet of commercial space and underground parking for 28 vehicles. The site is currently an empty lot.

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Written comments about the design of the project will be accepted through June 23. You can email them to PRC@seattle.gov or write to: City of Seattle – DPD – PRC, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019.

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Meet Seattle City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Mike O’Brien at the PNA on Saturday

May 5th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Mike O’Brien will be at the Phinney Neighborhood Center from 9-10 a.m. Saturday for a moderated Q&A. The event is organized by a new neighborhood development group called Phinney Friends, and will be moderated by to make sure everyone gets a chance to ask questions.

Coffee and pastries will be provided. The event is in Room 3 of the Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

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The (temporary) view from Phinney Ridge

April 28th, 2014 by Dale

The demolition of the former Woodland Park Community of Christ Church at 5555 Phinney Ave. N has opened up a panoramic – albeit, passing – view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

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The pit west of Woodland Park Zoo at the northwest corner of Phinney Avenue North and North Argyle Place will soon be filled in with eight townhomes. See additional details and drawings 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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DPD report from Early Design Guidance meeting for 6800 Greenwood development

January 9th, 2014 by Doree

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.

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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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Design Review meeting for development at 68th & Greenwood set for Dec. 16

November 21st, 2013 by Doree

The proposed development at North 68th Street and Greenwood Avenue North will have its first Design Review Early Design Guidance meeting at 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16 at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Multi-Purpose Room.

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 recently removed. This is what the lot looks like now.

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Design Guidance meetings are open to the public.

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Homestreet Bank moving into former Greenwood Mandarin building

November 4th, 2013 by Doree

Permits filed with Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development indicate that Homestreet Bank will install a branch where Greenwood Mandarin used to be, at 7307 Greenwood Ave. N., next to Ken’s Market’s parking lot.

According to the permits, the facade of the building will be improved and will include an ATM.

Thanks to Eric for the tip!

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss bicycle master plan, Rapid Ride, development

November 1st, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 6 of the Blue Building.

On this month’s agenda:

  • 7:30-8:15 p.m. – Bicycle Master Plan Discussion – Kevin O’Neil, Planning and Urban Design Manager, SDOT
  • 8:15-8:20 p.m. – Rapid Ride Stop at 50th & Aurora, partner with Woodland Park Zoo
  • 8:20-8:30 p.m. – Building updates:
  1. 5555 Phinney Townhomes/Single Family Homes project
  2. Old Orowheat Property @ 70th and Greenwood
  3. 68th & Greenwood – 4-story mixed-use development
  4. 63rd & Linden – Building demo and tree removal
  • 8:30-8:35 p.m. – Streets Committee
  • 8:35-8:40 p.m. – Disaster Preparedness HUB

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