Key Arena redevelopment: take the Uptown Alliance survey and attend a public meeting

If you have questions, concerns, opinions (or all three) on the redevelopment and/or possible replacement of Key Arena, the Seattle Uptown Alliance has two options for you.

First, take the Uptown Alliance’s survey on Key Arena plans. It’s a short 10 question survey with two key rating/ranking questions:

Potential community benefits: what you believe is most important, whether it’s community, transportation, or clean-up impacts.

Preferences for Key Arena: what you prefer for the future of Key Arena, from keeping the original structure as-is to completely demolishing it, and whether you want NBA/NHL teams playing at the Key.

The survey takes less than 3 minutes to complete, so take it today! Then, mark your calendars for a special community meeting to discuss the redevelopment of Key Arena and its surroundings. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 13th, at 7pm. The agenda is TBD, if you want updates on the meeting, RSVP here.

Land with Teatro ZinZanni sold to developer with plans for 16-story building

The land that runs along 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy Streets has been sold to a developer that plans to build two separate buildings on the site: one 8 story building and one 16 story building per the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections.

The two buildings will 350 residential units and 9,744 sq. ft. of retail space. Below grade parking for 270 vehicles is currently included in the early design phase.

How 16 stories? This project is impacted by the Uptown Rezone, and the notice notes “project relies on contract rezone” in reference to the building height.

The first public meeting for this project is the Design Review Early Design Guidance Review meeting on April 5th:

Review Meeting
April 5, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Queen Anne Community Center
1901 1st Ave W, Room 1

In the meantime, Teatro ZinZanni is looking for a new home, which isn’t a small feat. You can read more about the impact on this local icon in this KOMO story. And, you can learn more about the history of the “K Block” from the Queen Anne Historical Society.

City opens up RFP for Key Arena renovation

As we reported back in July, the City of Seattle is seeking options for a renovation of Key Arena. At the time, the City stated it would open up a Request for Proposals (RFP) process in January. Fast forward to today, and RFPs are now being accepted.

Per the City:

“The City of Seattle is seeking proposals from parties interested in redeveloping and operating KeyArena at Seattle Center as a world-class civic arena presenting music, entertainment, and sports events, including the potential for NBA and NHL events. Responses are due to the Office of Economic Development by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017.”

A full FAQ on the process is available online. It covers the whys, the hows, the expected impacts, and timeframe. It also answers questions about potential NHL and NBA teams and the proposed SODO arena.

As for funding, the RFP ask proposers be responsible for 100% of the funding to complete the redevelopment, construction, and operation of Key Arena.

Two story addition to existing Queen Anne Ave building brings it to four stories

The mixed use building at 617 Queen Anne Ave N near the intersection of Roy St and Queen Anne Ave N is going to grow upwards with a two-story addition to the existing two-story building. Per the Land Use Application, the existing building will remain, minus two units.

The addition will add 30 units and bring it up to a four-story mixed use building with retail on the first floor and 52 apartments above. It’s still very early in the process, so no drawings are available and no public meetings are scheduled at this time.

 

Wag N’ Wash opens on Queen Anne this Spring

wag-n-wash-storefrontWhen I noticed the vacant spot in The Towne no longer sported a “For Lease” sign, I did some digging and found some answers. The large space at 1932 Queen Anne Ave N will soon be home to the first Wag N’ Wash in the state.

How did Wag N’ Wash makes its way up to Queen Anne? Queen Anne is home to many dogs, but old homes and apartments are often not kind to those of us who take on the challenge of bathing dogs at home. Enter Wag N’ Wash, which will have self-serve bathing stations in addition to all-natural pet treats.

wag-n-wash-logoLocal residents Bill and Andrew wanted to open a business in our community where they could serve both residents and their four-legged friends. They noted of the lack of a spot to take pups for self-serve or full-service professional groomer baths, and the shop allows them to work close to home.

Wag N’Wash will open in the Spring, with construction beginning next month. The owners are also leasing the adjacent space, so Wag N’ Wash will be even roomier. If all goes as planned with permits, expect the new shop to open in late March/early April.

wag-n-wash-bath-vThe shop will have 6 self-washing stations and 6 drying stations, serving up to 12 dogs at a time. The self-wash stations will be first-come, first-serve, and there will also be professional full service groomers available for reserved appointments.

The shop will also have an in-house bakery for roughly 20 varieties of fresh home made dog treats, in addition to all natural dog and cat food, accessories (e.g. leashes, collars, toys). And, because Wag N’ Wash will have its own bakery, that means they can also make doggie cakes for birthdays or holidays.

According to Bill, “We fell in love with our neighborhood and can often be seen walking our dogs along the streets chatting with neighbors and friends. We are looking forward to giving back to our community and will be partnering with local shelters and rescue groups for regular adoption events to be held at the store.”

Stay tuned for more information on a Grand Opening this Spring!

Alert: 3rd Ave W closed between W Dravus & W Florentia this weekend

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-5-19-07-pmThis weekend, SDOT will be excavating and paving on 3rd Ave W between W Dravus St and W Florentia St. The joint SDOT & SPU work will take place between 7am and 7pm on Saturday, December 3rd, and Sunday, December 4th.

King County Metro Route 13 will not service 3rd Ave W this weekend, instead it will be rerouted to Queen Anne Ave N between W McGraw and W Nickerson St. Details on stops and the reroute are here.

 

Here’s what else to expect with this work:

  • 3rd Ave W closed to traffic in both directions between W Dravus St and W Florentia St
  • There will be no parking in the work zone
  • Detours will be in place
  • Flaggers and uniformed police officers will assist with traffic control
  • Travelers may enter and exit driveways on 3rd Ave W but may have to wait for equipment to clear.

Plan ahead for alternate routes to get up and down the north side of the hill this weekend.