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Next Early Design Review for Seattle Children’s Home development set for March 19th

March 13th, 2014 by Laura

The proposed CamWest development for the Seattle Children’s Home site is up for another Early Design Review next Wednesday, March 19th. The developer has provided several new site plans, as well as proposed building designs, in advance of the meeting.

CamWest’s preferred option for the site at 901 W McGraw is “Option 6” and it includes the following:
Children's Option 6

- Total of 61 units; 122 parking spaces

- Nearly all exceptional trees remain

- Existing cottage structure remains

- Building masses along 9th Ave W broken into 4 clusters

- Central park/greenspace preserves large trees and creates a pedestrian node

- New curb cut location on W McGraw St

- Large greenspaces along 9th Ave W

There are three proposed building designs for the new townhomes – two traditional, one urban:

Traditional 1 Traditional 2 Urban 

To provide feedback, attend the Early Design Guidance meeting on March 19 at the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W, Room #1. The meeting begins at 6:30pm and you can find materials related to the meeting online.

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Traffic signals and roadwork for Nickerson and Dravus Streets

March 3rd, 2014 by Laura

If you circle the north side of Queen Anne along Nickerson St near the Ballard Bridge, you may have noticed the roadwork underway the past couple of weeks. We just got an update from SDOT this week on the work, and there are two local projects in total – one on Queen Anne at Nickerson, and one just over 15th Ave W on Dravus St in Interbay – that will include the addition of new traffic signals.

Here are the details from SDOT, along with maps:

W Nickerson & 13th Ave W:

Nickerson Signal

  • Construction underway
  • New traffic signals
  • Federally mandated Americans with Disabilities (ADA) curb ramps on each corner
  • Metro bus stop on the SW corner will be relocated to the SE corner
  • Construction is expected to be complete and signals activated by May 2014

Dravus St & 17th Ave W:

17th W Updated

  • Construction slated to begin mid-March; to be completed in phases
  • New traffic signals
  • Federally mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb ramps on the NW and SW corners of the intersection.
  • Curb bulb and a bike rack will be installed on the SW corner
  • Four parking spots will be lost due to improvements
  • Construction is expected to be complete and signals activated by June 2014

And, as part of the Dravus work, 17th Ave W to the north of Dravus to Bertona St will also undergo key changes related to parking and repaving:

  • New pavement striping and markings
  • Conversion of head-in parking to parallel parking
  • Street repaving
  • The “roadway channelization” will result in the loss of approximately 8 parking spots

17th Ave W parking

Per SDOT, these projects are funded by a partnership of private development mitigation and the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.

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Viaduct closed this weekend for semi-annual inspection – and it’s sinking

February 25th, 2014 by Laura

Viaduct per WSDOTThis weekend brings a new traffic impact for your awareness and planning. It’s time for the semi-annual Alaksan Way Viaduct inspection, which will close 99 and the Viaduct between Valley St and South Spokane St.

The details are below, the net recommendation is to avoid travel requiring Aurora/99/Viaduct routes.

Per WSDOT:

Friday, Feb. 28 – Sunday, March 2

  • Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Valley Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Valley Street and South Spokane Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
  • Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Valley Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.
  • Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between North 48th Street and South Spokane Street from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.
  • Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Denny Way and South Spokane Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

On a separate, but notable point, Monday’s Seattle City Council meeting included a briefing from WSDOT on the settling of the Viaduct due to work on the replacement tunnel. To date, the Viaduct has settled up to 4/10 of an inch as a result of the construction work.

Per Q13, “Council members say if the viaduct continues to settle it may need to be shut down, and it’s time to start thinking about a contingency plan.” The article also quotes Councilmember Mike O’Brien:

“We’re clearly in a phase where this is unanticipated what is going on, and I think the fear is that everyone knows exactly what we’ve agreed to is safe. And we’re very clear if something happens, there’s going to be a lot of contractor activities happening in that area coming up, and if all we have is 6/10 of an inch on to move with on the viaduct before it gets tagged and it gets shut down we need to start planning on that.”

Stay tuned – there’s just a little over half an inch of wiggle room to keep the Viaduct open during construction (and Bertha is stalled).

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South Korean government buys block of Mercer for new Consulate

February 12th, 2014 by Laura

115 and 127 W Mercer

Proposed development from Windermere sale listing

You may recall that back in September there were rumors swirling about the sale of the block of Mercer Street that is home to the Streamline Tavern, Radio Shack, Michael Reed Black Antiques, and Spic and Span cleaners. Recently, the property was off-market, and it turns out that it has indeed been sold.

Per KIRO, the property that sits between 1st Ave W and 2nd Ave W was sold to the South Korean government in December for $2.4 million. It will become home to a new Consulate office, and current tenants will have to vacate the existing buildings before demolition, with construction planned for mid-2015. (KIRO quotes businesses as saying they must leave by December)

The block were for sale via Windermere Commercial Real Estate, with the addresses as 127 W Mercer St and 115 W Mercer St, and listed at $2.75 million.

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Reminder: Seattle Children’s Home development meeting is tonight

December 19th, 2013 by Laura

The Early Design Guidance meeting for the proposed Toll Brothers development at the former Seattle Children’s Home site is tonight. There will be 20 minutes on the agenda for feedback from attendees – the meeting is open to all, so if you have concerns, feedback, or opinions on the proposed 61+ townhome development at W McGraw and 9th Ave W, plan on attending tonight’s meeting:

Meeting Details:

  • Camwest Proposed Development – Early Design Guidance Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 18th @ 8:00pm
  • Queen Anne Community Center
  • 1901 1st Ave W, Room 1

Option 3

Option 3: Developer’s Preffered Option

 
The developer will present the design plans, followed by questions from the West Design Review Board. Public comment will close out the meeting. More information, including all relevant documents, are available on the Seattle Department of Planning and Development site – project # 3015522.

You can also catch up on the latest from our last post on the plans.

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PSE work on Highland Drive restricts daytime parking near Kerry Park

December 13th, 2013 by Laura

Have you noticed the no parking signs near Kerry Park? We had a reader ask about the no parking signs on W Highland Dr in front of and around Kerry Park, so we contacted SDOT to get the scoop.

Highland PSE workThe signs post “no parking” during daytime hours through December 31st. It’s a long stretch of parking restrictions, and it turns out it’s for a Puget Sound Energy gas project on W Highland Ave from 2nd Ave W to 4th Ave W.

The project manager for the work attempted to distribute flyers informing residents about the “urgent” project, but was unable to reach everyone in the area. The parking signs should have the info on them, but I think we’ve all given up on trying to decipher the well-worn signs that get posted during construction and other no-parking situations.

Heads up if you have out-of-town guests who want to go to Kerry Park during the day – you’ll need to walk a little further and parking may be challenging.

Thanks to our SDOT contact for the info!

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Seattle Children’s Home development plans revealed; public design review meeting Dec 18

December 10th, 2013 by Laura

The developer of the planned townhome development at the Seattle Children’s Home site has released three options for the site in advance of next Wednesday’s Design Review meeting. The meeting is open to the public, so if you want to voice your opinion on the development, mark your calendar.

Seattle Childrens cottageIf you have concerns over the proposed development, you can also attend the Future Queen Anne community group meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, December 11th. The group will be preparing for the Design Review meeting; you can join them at 7pm at Queen Anne Lutheran Church, 2400 8th Ave W.

The development site at 901 W McGraw St is bordered by W McGraw St, 9th Ave W, and 10th Ave W, with alley access to the site via Crockett St. These streets are key to understanding the 3 plan options, as the entrance for 60+ townhomes moves around in each plan. The plan includes on-site parking for approximately 122 vehicles and all options save the on-site cottage, converting it to a duplex.

Click the images below for larger images, and check out the full 27 page document from Camwest online.

Option 1Option 1:
- Vehicle Access: All vehicle access is from the alley off W Crockett St
- Trees: 1 of 22 “exceptional” trees is removed
- Building mass: Longer row of townhomes on 9th Ave W (2 buildings)
- Building size: Width of interior buildings limited to 60 feet

Option 2Option 2:
- Vehicle access: alley off W Crockett St + 24 foot wide entrance on 9th Ave W
- Trees: 6 of 22 “exceptional” trees are removed
- Building mass: Shorter rows of townhomes on 9th Ave W (3 buildings)
- Building size: Width of interior buildings increased from 60 to 140 feet

Option 3Option 3 – Developer’s Preferred Option:
- Vehicle access: alley off W Crockett St + 20 foot wide entrance on W McGraw
- Trees: 1 of 22 “exceptional” trees is removed
- Building mass: Shorter rows of townhomes on 9th Ave W (4 buildings)
- Building size: Width increased from 60 feet to 200 feet

Meeting Details:

  • Camwest Proposed Development – Early Design Guidance Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 18th @ 8:00pm
  • Queen Anne Community Center
  • 1901 1st Ave W, Room 1

The developer will present the design plans, followed by questions from the West Design Review Board. Public comment will close out the meeting. More information, including all relevant documents, are available on the Seattle Department of Planning and Development site – project # 3015522.

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Queen Anne Community Council committee meeting tonight – SPU lights on the agenda

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:

SPU Wallace FieldSeattle 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

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Share your input on Uptown at Thursday’s community open house

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).

Uptown FrameworkInput 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.

 

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Early design review for proposed CVS set for November 13

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).

CVS Preferred Design

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).

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Attend Monday meeting to hear directly from – and speak to – the CVS and Toll Brothers developers

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

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

Toll Brothers Proposed Plan

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!

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Block of W Mercer with Streamline Tavern and Radio Shack for sale

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).

115 and 127 W Mercer

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.

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