Bank of America is opening an Upper Queen Anne location

BOA 1501 QA AveFor the past month, we’ve had readers and business owners alike tip us that they heard rumors about the prime street-level corner spot at 1501 Queen Anne Ave N. They all said the same thing: it’s going to be a Bank of America.

Located directly across the street from Chase Bank, on the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and W Galer St, the storefront used to house a salon/spa. Per the City of Seattle permit records, the use has been changed to “commercial” for a “Bank of America Express Store” – a type of Bank of America launched in 2013, described as follows:

“Express banking centers offer a more flexible schedule than a full-service branch, while integrating more benefits of technology with onsite associates who can assist customers with their financial needs. Customers can use new, advanced technology to perform the most common transactions. Associates are also available to answer customers’ questions, open new accounts and guide them on convenient self-service banking options including Online Banking and Mobile Banking.”

The new Bank of America location will have plenty of company/competition, as it will join Chase, Wells Fargo, Umpqua, Homestreet, Union, Umpqua, and Key, all with locations on a less than half-a-mile stretch on Queen Anne Ave N.

Uptown Planning Open House is Thursday at McCaw Hall

Uptown FrameworkThis Thursday, October 8th, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is hosting an open house and scoping meeting for the Uptown Urban Center. The meeting will run from 5:30pm to 8pm at McCaw Hall (Allen Foundation for the Arts Room)

Planning for the Uptown Urban Design Framework has been underway with community stakeholders, DPD, and the Seattle Center. The Framework provides a vision for the development of Uptown, and includes the following issues:

  • Establishing Uptown as an Arts and Culture District
  • Increasing housing diversity (housing type and affordability)
  • Development of a multi-modal transportation system that includes high capacity transit, bike, and pedestrian facilities
  • Addressing a complex parking situation
  • Zoning for open spaces, affordable housing, and cultural spaces
  • Advocating for a school and community center

The meeting also signals the kickoff of two actions in the Urban Design Framework:

1) DPD environmental impact statement to evaluate building height increases

2) Seattle Center and Uptown Strategic Parking study

If you’re interested in any of the above issues or the two actions being kicked off on Thursday, attend the meeting at McCaw Hall. All interested residents and business owners are welcome to attend.

7-story residential building to replace Mariner Apartments

203 W RepublicanA Design Review Early Guidance proposal was just posted today for 203 W Republican St, the current site of the Mariner Apartments. The proposal calls for another multistory building in Uptown/Lower Queen Anne, this one coming in at 7 stories.

The proposed building will house 90 residential units and 4 live/work units on the ground floor. Underground garage parking will accommodate 50 vehicles. The existing brick building, Mariner Apartments, will be demolished (photo below from Google maps):

Mariner Apartments

A public meeting is scheduled for  Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 8pm at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W, Room #1). The public is welcome to comment on site planning and design issues at this meeting, but the design proposal is “not yet available” on the DPD site.

Aurora closure this weekend between Battery St Tunnel and Valley St, plus Aurora Bridge lane closures

Heads up for weekend travel plans – Aurora/SR99 will be closed between Valley St and the Battery St tunnel. Here are the details from WSDOT – expect extra traffic on Queen Anne due to detours:

Aurora closure August 2015Starting Friday night, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close SR 99/Aurora Avenue North between the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street. This closure will give contractor crews the space they need to shift traffic onto roughly 750 feet of new roadway in time for Monday morning’s commute.

The new roadway is actually a bridge. Once the traffic shift is complete, Atkinson Construction crews will work underneath the bridge to complete construction on the northbound ramps and roadways that will connect to the SR 99 tunnel.

Drivers should plan and prepare for additional congestion on nearby streets during this time by using WSDOT’s travel tools or SDOT’s traveler’s information web page.

Closure details:

  • Both directions of SR 99 between the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street will close from Friday night, Aug. 21, to Monday morning, Aug. 24.
    • Southbound lanes close at 10 p.m.
    • Northbound lanes close two hours after the Mariners game, to help fans get home from the game.
  • All lanes reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, in time for the morning commute

Additional work on the Aurora Bridge:

  • On Saturday, Aug. 22, WSDOT bridge crews will close up to two right lanes of northbound SR 99 across the Aurora Bridge for maintenance work from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
  • On Sunday, Aug. 23, WSDOT Bridge crews will close two southbound lanes of the Aurora Bridge from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. to continue maintenance work on the other side of the bridge.

Changes to Harrison Street at SR 99 starting Aug. 24

  • Drivers will no longer be able to enter northbound SR 99 via westbound Harrison Street after SR 99 reopens Monday, Aug. 24. This closure is for additional construction in the area. Access to northbound SR 99 from Thomas and John streets will remain open.
  • Northbound drivers on SR 99 will be able to exit at Harrison Street as they do today.

Here’s a video from WSDOT that shows the plans and what to expect in the future:

SDOT to pave 6th Ave W this weekend

SDOT will be paving a short stretch of 6th Ave W, from W McGraw to W Crockett St, this weekend. Here are the details from SDOT:
6th Ave W Paving

Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will pave Sixth Avenue West on Queen Anne Hill, from West McGraw Street to West Crockett Street this weekend, if weather permits. The street will be closed to through traffic except for King County Metro buses which will be allowed to drive through the work zone. On-street parking will be restricted in the area. The crews plan to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Police Officers will be present to help keep traffic moving.

SDOT paving portion of Galer St this weekend

Starting tomorrow, SDOT will be re-paving a portion of W Galer St, and westbound traffic will be detoured:
Galer Paving

SDOT crews will grind and pave W Galer Street from Queen Anne Ave N to 2nd Ave W this weekend, Aug.1 – 2. The crews plan to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Galer will remain open to eastbound traffic, but drivers traveling westbound will follow detour signs leading them north on Queen Anne Avenue and onto West McGraw Street to continue westward. Sidewalks will remain open. Police officers will be on-site to assist pedestrians cross the street and to help keep traffic moving.

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