Old 7-11 site to become 4-story building with 66 efficiency units

A little over a year ago, the 7-11 at the corner of Valley St and 5th Ave N closed. At the time, another convenience store owner was looking into buying the site, but those plans didn’t pan out. In the meantime, the site has become an eyesore, with windows boarded over, acting as graffiti magnet. Now, Instead, a 4-story residential building is planned for the site.

While an original application was submitted in April, a new one was posted today for the development at 800 5th Ave N. The documentation references the proposed rezone that could allow for taller buildings in the area, but at this point, the proposal is still for a 4-story building with 66 efficiency units for floors 2 through 4, 4 live-work units, and 1,800 square feet of commercial space on the first floor.

Per the latest project proposal, no vehicle parking will be provided. Per the initial designs the efficiency units are small, about 10-12′ wide and 23′ deep, with a few units having a bit more square footage:

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At this point, there are no public meetings scheduled to review the project. However, if you have comments, you can submit them online at this link.

City seeking input on Uptown rezoning options with public meeting on August 4th

The City of Seattle is seeking input from residents on three potential rezone options for Uptown, ranging from doing nothing to allowing mid-rise (5-7 story) buildings to allowing buildings up to 16 stories in some parts of Uptown. As we’ve reported in the past, the Uptown Urban Design Framework (UDF) is the central document that guides the future of Uptown. It includes input from neighbors and community organizations like the Uptown Alliance.

Now, the city has published a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that evaluates a range of building heights, developed in collaboration with the community. It’s a hefty document, weighing in at 458 pages in its pdf format.

The EIS states upfront that the priorities for Uptown are as follows:

• Affordable housing

• A multimodal transportation system

•Community amenities (community center, new schools, open space)

• An arts and culture hub

• A strong retail core

• A welcoming urban gateway to Seattle Center

The Uptown UDF recommendations include developing rezone legislation, which could change building heights and development standards. The EIS outlines three alternatives which have been identified for study:

1) “No Action” which maintains current zoning and building heights for the dozens of parcels in the neighborhood that are expected to be redeveloped, but does not include new neighborhood-specific design and development standards to guide that growth.

2) “Mid-rise” with 5-7 story buildings that would include mandatory housing affordability requirements, along with new Uptown design standards.

3) “High-rise” featuring taller, thinner, more widely spaced 16-story buildings in areas of the Uptown Urban Center, also including mandatory contributions to housing affordability and the neighborhood design standards.

The map below shows the rezone area. Where there are 3 numbers separated by dashes, the first is the “no action” option, the middle is the “mid-rise” option, the last is the “high-rise” option:

Uptown EIS Rezone

If you want a say in the future of Uptown and potential rezoning that could either maintain the status quo or grow upward, now’s your time to get feedback to the city. Part of the City’s decision will be based on community comments and input on the three options.

The Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) and Seattle Center are hosting an open house and public hearing on August 4th at the Seattle Center Armory Lofts 3 & 4, from 5pm to 8pm. At this meeting, the public will have an opportunity to learn more about the alternatives, ask questions, and provide public comment.

In addition to the three options above, the following will also be on the August 4th agenda: the upcoming Seattle Center and Uptown Strategic Parking Study, the emerging Uptown Arts & Cultural District, citywide housing affordability policies, and proposed transit improvements.

Written public comment can be submitted until September 1 by writing to jim.holmes@seattle.gov.

The City expects to complete the final EIS of the preferred alternative in November. Per the City: “Additional public comments will be gathered at that time before any proposed zoning changes are sent to the Seattle City Council.”

Early Design Guidance meeting for 8-story W Roy St building slated for August 3rd

An Early Design Guidance meeting has been scheduled for the planned 8-story development at the corner of W Roy St and Queen Anne Ave N. The building height is part of the anticipated rezone of Uptown, which raises height limits from 40′ to 85′ in this section of Lower Queen Anne/Uptown.

The proposed 8-story building will house 101 apartments and 8 live-work units. Residential units will be above 15,700 square feet of commercial/office/retail space. Underground parking for 129 vehicles will be provided. Below are early models of the preferred design from Johnson Architecture & Planning, the same firm that remodeled Queen Anne High School.

14 W Roy

The public is welcome to attend the Early Design Guidance (EDG) meeting. Written comments regarding site planning and design issues will be accepted through August 3, 2016.

Meeting Details:

Day/Time: Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Location:  Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W, Room #1

Comments and requests should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or via snail mail to:

City of Seattle
Seattle DCI – PRC
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

New 7-story residential building planned for 320 Queen Anne Ave N

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 11.48.14 AMA 7-story building is planned to take the place of the A&A Printing at 320 Queen Anne Ave N. The current two-story print shop will be replaced by a residential building designed by NK Architects.

No preliminary plans or design drawings are available at this time. The 7-story building will house 66 residential units and two live-work units. It will also provide surface parking for four vehicles (no underground parking provided).

NK Architects has been the firm behind several of the newer Uptown/Lower Queen Anne developments including four residential multi-family buildings – Aperture on Fifth, H20 Apartments, Stream Uptown, View 222, and Fourth and Roy, It is also designed Galer 8 on Upper Queen Anne.

An Early Design Guidance meeting for this proposed project is set for Wednesday, June 29th at 8pm at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W, Room 1). This meeting is open to the public.

Community meeting on new addition to Queen Anne Elementary this Monday

QAE frontQueen Anne Elementary is a recipient of funding from the Seattle Public Schools Excellence IV (BEX) Capital Levy. Seattle voters approved the levy in 2013, and now the community can learn more about how the funds will benefit Queen Anne Elementary.

The building originally opened in 1905 (and still has the original John Hay name on it) and was recently modernized for reopening as Queen Anne Elementary in 2011. As with many elementary schools in the area, Queen Anne Elementary is suffering from overcrowding. The $16.4 million in funding allows it to grow via an addition with 8 new classrooms (200 seats) and a new gymnasium.

The latest scope documents show that the scope of work will include, but is not limited to, the aforementioned classrooms and gym as well as, technology infrastructure, redevelopment of the site (bus, parking and drop off), covered walkways, an outdoor covered area, street frontage improvements, and the demolition of existing portable units.

Design work for the new addition and gym began in February of this year. Seattle Public Schools expects the construction to start in June 2018, with a planned 2019 opening.

If you would like to learn more, ask questions, or provide input on the project, attend a community meeting at the school (411 Boston St) this Monday, June 6th, from 6:30pm to 8pm. At the meeting, you can learn more about the project scope, schedule, and design.


Learn more about the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) and its impact on Queen Anne on Monday


Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 3.26.12 PMIf you have questions or comments about the City of Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), mark this Monday on your calendar. The Queen Anne Community Council is hosting a Land Use Review Committee meeting on Monday, May 16th at 7pm, with the sole focus on HALA.

The meeting is open to the public, gathering city hall planners, SDOT, residents and community leaders from Queen Anne, Fremont, Wallingford, Ballard, and Magnolia. The meeting will be hosted at the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W.

The Queen Anne Community Council’s statement on HALA is as follows:

HALA is being promoted by city leaders as a lovely way to open the door to affordable housing in single-family neighborhoods.  But really, it’s a tool to cater to developers’ interests to over develop and choke our quality of life.  Taller height buildings with no parking are a problem already.  Zero-lot line backyard micro houses and over-the-garage apartments are more likely to become Air B&B rentals than low income mother-in-law units.  We need to stop this foolishness now and speak loudly that HALA guidelines to change the planning code in Seattle is not welcome.”

If you have concerns or questions about HALA and how it may or may not impact you and the neighborhood, plan on attending Monday’s meeting.

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