Entries Tagged as 'Planning & Construction'
November 18th, 2013 by Laura
The Queen Anne Community Council’s Land Use and Planning Committee (LURC) meets tonight at 7pm. Tonight’s meeting has one agenda item, proposed new lighting to Seattle Pacific University’s Wallace Field.
The meeting will be held at Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St. Details on the SPU lighting are as follows:
Seattle Pacific University
Site Address: 3414 3rd Ave W
Land Use Application to install six 60 ft. tall light poles at Seattle Pacific University’s athletic field (Wallace Field). Pedestrian lighting included on 3 poles located at the north end of the field. Review includes request for minor amendment to Major Institution Master Plan.
Permit No. 3015956
Tags: LURC, QACC
November 3rd, 2013 by Laura
Uptown is changing as new developments start to go up and the Uptown Urban Center becomes a reality. A year-long planning effort is kicking off this Thursday, November 8th, with an Uptown Community Open House at the Seattle Center Pavillion (305 Thomas St).
Input received from residents, business owners, and community organizations will help design the Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Uptown Urban Center. Thursday’s open house is being hosted by the Department of Planning and Development and the Uptown Alliance, and they need your input, as well as your help in spreading the word about the meeting.
The Open House runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, and it’s open to anyone with an interest in the future of Uptown. What issues are at hand? Success for local businesses, affordable housing for renters, cyclist and pedestrian safety, transit options, the arts, potential school and library locations, and everything else that makes up a walkable, vibrant, liveable neighborhood.
Here are some key questions that’ll be on the agenda:
- What do you love about Uptown? What do you wish was different?
- How do you use the public spaces in Uptown?
- What would make you use them more?
- What role does Seattle Center play in your Uptown experience? What uses and/or services are needed in the neighborhood? What questions are we missing?
You can check out the City’s Uptown plan online and the Uptown Alliance’s Facebook page to check out the key issues and background on the Urban Center plans.
Think about what you’d like to see in a future Uptown Urban Center, and bring those ideas to Thursday’s meeting.
Tags: public meeting, Uptown, Uptown Alliance, Urban Center
October 28th, 2013 by Laura
In the ongoing planning for the CVS retail pharmacy that’ll replace Kidd Valley and adjoining businesses at the corner of Mercer and Queen Anne Ave N, it’s now time for another early design review. The meeting is open to the public, and will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday, November 13 at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W).
Proposed CVS as of July 2013
Updated design to be presented at Nov 13
Early Design Review
The current, updated proposal is for a 2-story, 16,000 square foot building with underground parking for 33 cars. At this meeting, the applicants will present information about the site and vicinity as well as early design concepts that will update the image to the right.
Per the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the public may submit comments on the development design (e.g. site planning, design issues) through November 13, 2013. You can submit comments via email or send them to:
City of Seattle – DPD – PRC
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019
This meeting and the associated comments will be limited to design considerations. Comments related to environmental impacts (e.g traffic, parking, noise, etc.) would fall to an environmental review. (note: none scheduled yet).
Tags: CVS, Kidd Valley, proposed projects
September 11th, 2013 by Laura
Two of the most popular (contentious) posts from the past month covered proposed developments on Queen Anne – a proposed CVS pharmacy and a proposed Toll Brothers townhouse development at the Seattle Children’s Home site.
If you’re interested, passionate, or just curious about these key developments that will certainly make a mark on our neighborhood, be sure to attend Monday’s Queen Anne Community Council committee meeting.
The QACC’s Land Use Review and Planning Committee (LURC) has two presentations on the agenda – and note that representatives from the developers will be on hand to pitch these. The meeting will be at the Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St, at 7pm on Monday, September 16th.
The presenters have 20 minutes to present their project, then the LURC committee will comment and ask questions. Following the LURC discussion, the floor will be open for public comments and questions.
Here’s the agenda and relevant materials:
7pm-8pm: Velmeir Company, CVS Developer
CVS “Preferred” design
Velmeir will present their proposal for the construction of a 16,000 square foot, one-story CVS pharmacy in Uptown at corner of Mercer St and Queen Anne Ave N. They presented their preliminary design to the Design Review Board during an EDG (Early Design Guidance) conference several months ago. Per the QACC: “Velmeir and their architects have advanced the design and now LURC will review the project.”
You can review the Design Proposal and Design Review meeting notes online.
8-9pm: The Toll Brothers, 66 townhomes on the Seattle Children’s Home property
Proposed Toll Brothers plan
The Toll Brothers developer has purchased the 2.25 acre property that has been the home for over 100 years to Seattle Children’s Home. Toll Brothers has preliminary plans to demolish the existing buildings and replace them with 66 townhouses, including interior driveways. LURC held an introductory meeting with Toll Brothers about 3 months ago. In the meantime they have advanced their design to a point where LURC will review the project.
You can review the Property Report and Preliminary Assessment Report from DPD Meeting online.
Whether you’re concerned or curious, the presentations and opportunity for public comment is not to be missed!
Tags: community meeting, CVS, development, Toll Brothers
September 7th, 2013 by Laura
We’ve had several readers ask about the block that houses the Streamline Tavern at 117 W Mercer St. There have been rumors swirling around that the block has been sold, so we’ve done some digging, and here’s what we’ve found.
The block of buildings that contains the Streamline, Michael Reed Black Antiques, and the Spic and Span laundry is indeed for sale via Windermere Commercial Real Estate. Listed as 127 W Mercer St, the property is being sold in combination with the adjoining parcel that houses Radio Shack (115 W Mercer St).
Preliminary drawing from Windermere listing
According to King County records, the current owner of both properties is ABO Investments, with an original purchase date of March 2001 – the two parcels are listed at $2.75M. Windermere’s listing includes an architectural picture “from a zoning analysis prepared by an architect for this site” that is likely very preliminary and for sale purposes (but that does not discount development possibilities).
Both listings are still “active” as of a search today – but there must be some interest for the rumors to be circulating.
Tags: business, commercial real estate, real estate
August 24th, 2013 by Laura
Proposed Toll Brothers development
click to enlarge
The 2.5 acre Seattle Children’s Home at McGraw and 9th Ave W (901 W McGraw St) has been sold to Toll Brothers, a developer who plans to cut down old trees, demo the existing six buildings, and build 66 townhomes on the site.
Future Queen Anne, a group of local residents, has come together to speak out against this type of development, and advocate for smarter growth on Queen Anne. They’ve started a petition and have sent a letter to the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the City of Seattle, and the City Council.
Earlier tonight, KING5 profiled the group’s efforts around the proposed townhome development. The KING5 team contacted Toll Brothers, but did not receive a response. You can view the segment by clicking on the picture below:
If you’re interested in smart development on Queen Anne, there are several things you can do. You can join Future Queen Anne via their Facebook page or via email, sign the petition for the smart development of the Seattle Children’s Home site, and connect with your neighbors and let them know about the proposed development and the Future Queen Anne petition.
The more signatures the group gathers, the closer they are to ensuring smart growth on Queen Anne.
Tags: development, Future Queen Anne, Seattle Children's Home
July 16th, 2013 by Laura
Remember the post about the proposed CVS pharmacy that will take over the Kidd Valley lot on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown? The corner lot at Queen Anne Ave N and Mercer that houses Kidd Valley, Payday Loans, and the Spectator is the potential site of a one-story CVS pharmacy, but nothing has been finally approved. And, that’s where the Design Review process comes into play.
Proposed CVS Pharmacy
Courtesy of Norr Architects
Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17th, there will be a Design Review Board meeting with the CVS plan on the agenda. These meetings include the opportunity for the public to comment on the proposal.
If you’d like to voice your opinion, feedback, or concerns about this potential development, here’s your chance. The meeting starts at 6:30pm at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W), room 1.
To learn more about the proposed project and prep for the meeting, take a look at the Early Design Guidance document from Norr Architects – the Uptown Alliance has uploaded it to this Dropbox site (thanks, Uptown Alliance!) so you can access it directly.
Tags: CVS, design review, Kidd Valley
July 8th, 2013 by Laura
You may recall our post on the proposed development that’ll turn the existing Uptown Kidd Valley property into a CVS pharmacy – in addition to voicing your opinion at the early design review on July 17th (Queen Anne Community Center, room #1, 6:30pm), you can also attend this week’s Uptown Alliance meeting to discuss how this proposed development does or doesn’t fit into our community.
Key on the agenda is a community discussion on the proposed development at 531 Queen Anne Ave N. The Uptown Alliance will facilitate a discussion on the development, the long-range vision for the Uptown community, and the position of the organization prior to the July 17th meeting. [editor's note: updated to reflect that the DPD representative will not be discussing the CVS - it will be a community discussion]
The agenda also includes guest speaker David Goldberg, a Senior Planner with the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and reports from the Uptown Triangle Planning Committee and the Urban Design Framework Committee, as well as a brainstorming session on items of concern.
The Uptown Alliance meets this Thursday at 7pm in the community room at Expo Apartments (100 Republican St). All are welcome to attend and join in on the discussion.
Tags: community meeting, Uptown Alliance
July 2nd, 2013 by Laura
Last Thursday, Sound Transit and the City of Seattle hosted an open house to see the latest options for possible future rail transit service between Ballard and downtown Seattle. Over 160 people attended to learn how input from the March public meeting was incorporated into the study and review options for Sound Transit light rail to Ballard.
There were 8 options presented, and a 9th has been added – and this addition is key, as option 9 is one of 3 plans that will serve Uptown and Queen Anne too, not just Ballard. And, it’s not included in the voting questionnaire – so you have to write it in the comments.
You can view all of the proposed plans online, and then vote here. And, here’s your brief “Voter’s Guide” to the options that best serve our neighborhood, with input from the Uptown Alliance:
Option 2: Interbay/West Ship Canal Tunnel (via Interbay, not Queen Anne)
Option 5: Queen Anne Tunnel – serves Uptown and Upper Queen Anne directly
Option 9: Write-In Plan – if you want this option, include it in your voting comments
Funding for the final option won’t happen until 2016, but these things take time and Sound Transit needs to limit the options to 4 at this point. [note: funding is also not guaranteed - a light rail line would be part of a new ballot measure] Now is the time for the public to have a voice. While the plan is ultimately about connecting Ballard to downtown, a stop along the way for Queen Anne and Uptown would serve more Seattleites.
So, vote by Friday July 5th – take a few minutes today or tomorrow before you head out for a long weekend, vote, and pass along the info to your neighbors!
Tags: light rail, traffic, transit
June 24th, 2013 by Laura
Every week the Land Use bulletin from the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) comes out and I scan it for any developments of note on Queen Anne – but somehow, this one didn’t come through in our updates. Luckily, one of our readers clued us in to the future of the lot that now houses Kidd Valley (thanks, Greg!).
Queen Anne Kidd Valley,
photo courtesy of Kidd Valley
According to a filing with DPD, a representative from the Velmier Companies applied for the project review at 531 Queen Anne Ave N (where Kidd Valley is located). The application is for a one-story, 16,000 foot retail pharmacy with 33 underground parking spaces. No official word, but the Velmier Companies web site lists CVS as a client.
An early design review is set for July 17th at the Queen Anne Community Center, room #1, 6:30pm. No word on what will happen to Kidd Valley (relocation or otherwise).
Tags: Kidd Valley, new business, pharmacy
May 16th, 2013 by Laura
Courtesy of Strata Architects
The City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has conditionally approved a new apartment building project at 717 3rd Ave N.
Llewellyn Place will be a 3-story building with 20 residential units, an outdoor courtyard, a rooftop deck including space for gardening, and an underground parking garage with parking for 11 vehicles.
Strata Architects is helming the project, which will include the demolition of the existing structure at the location. The 7,680 square foot lot is situated between a 4-story apartment building to the north and a 5-story mixed-use building to the south.
The project must address the usual conditions around excavation, disposal of hazardous materials, construction parking, street and sidewalk closures, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Groundbreaking on the new project is expected this year.
Tags: apartments, Lower Queen Anne, new construction, Uptown
May 15th, 2013 by Laura
As part of the West Phase of the Mercer Corridor Project, a large portion of Aurora/99 and part of Mercer Street will be closed starting 11pm Friday, May 17 through 5am Monday, May 20. Then, beginning Monday, travel along and around Mercer will change. Expect “significant delays” for the weekend,and “major” Mercer and Aurora/99 impacts beyond the weekend.
The run-down on the closure and the aftermath are as follows from SDOT:
- Aurora/99 will be fully closed between Valley St and the southern end of the Battery St Tunnel
- Traffic traveling through Seattle via SR 99 will be directed to I-5 north of Seattle at 85th Street or south of Seattle at E Marginal Way
- Mercer Street will be fully closed to traffic between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N
- Traffic heading east towards I-5 will be detoured to Denny Way at 5th Ave N and will reconnect to Mercer Street at Dexter Avenue N to continue east
- Sidewalks will be closed on both sides of SR 99 between Thomas and Valley Streets and on the south side of Mercer between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N
Beginning Monday, May 20:
- Lane restrictions on Mercer will remain in place between 4th Ave N and 9th Ave N an alternate route for travelers heading to I-5
- Broad Street re-opens to eastbound traffic as an alternate route to I5
- Signal modifications at the intersections of 5th Ave N and Harrison St and Harrison St and Broad St will allow southbound 5th Ave N traffic to connect to eastbound Broad Street
- Due to the re-opening of Broad Street to two-way traffic, left turns from eastbound and westbound Mercer onto 9th Ave N will be restricted to facilitate traffic flow on Mercer. Travelers heading north towards Westlake and Fremont should use Dexter Avenue N to reach their destinations.
Mercer West: 5th Ave W to Dexter Ave N - Access to Northbound 99 During Construction
Mercer West: 5th Ave W to Dexter Ave N - Access to I5 During Construction
Additional traffic revisions will include:
- Mercer will be reduced to two eastbound lanes between 4th Ave N and 9th Ave N
- Local access will be maintained at Taylor Avenue N
- The sidewalk on the north side of Mercer will be closed between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N. The sidewalk on the south side of Mercer Street will remain open
- Aurora/99 traffic will be shifted to the west side of the roadway between Valley and Harrison streets; two lanes of SR 99 in each direction will remain open
- Northbound 99 off-ramp to Mercer will be permanently closed. A new signalized intersection at Republican Street and Dexter Avenue N will be available for northbound SR 99 traffic to reach South Lake Union
Tags: Mercer Street, Mercer West Project, road closures