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Public hearing on Uptown mixed use project

December 31st, 2009 by Thea

The director of the Department of Planning and Development has recommended the city hold a public hearing on a proposed mixed use apartment and retail building in Uptown that would require the rezoning of three pieces or property at 100 Republican St. between 1st Ave N and Warren Ave N. The  six-story building would have 17,725 sq. ft. of ground-level retail space facing 1st Ave N and Republican, 265-275 apartments above and at ground level on Warren Ave, and 291-vehicle parking.

Currently this area is zoned NC3-40 (Neighborhood Commercial 3 with a 40-foot base height limit) and NC3P-40 (Pedestrian designated zone), but the building would require rezoning and raising the height limitations to to NC3-65 (Neighborhood Commercial 3 with a 65-foot base height limit) and NC3P-65. The proposal also includes plans to vacate approximately 3,840 sq. ft. of the platted alley, amounting to about half of the alley length, and rededicate 2,880 sq. ft. in another location.

Back in March ten members of the public attended the Early Design Guidance meeting, and had many concerns including noise, access to commercial parking around Seattle Center and Uptown’s business district, safety of the remaining alleyway, as well as congestion and maneuverability of large trucks and fire engines in the alleyway. In a Design Review Recommendation meeting held in July, concerns of the shadowing effect on buildings to the north was brought up. A full project analysis and recommendation by the Director of the Department of Planning and Development was put together. You can download and review that here.

A hearing to take public comment from the community on the Director’s recommendation will be held on Tuesday, January 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Office of the Hearing Examiner, located at 700 5th Avenue, Suite 4000. Written comments will also be accepted until the close of the hearing. Information on how to make a written comment here.

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