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Reminder: Public hearing for Aegis on Galer is Tuesday

February 18th, 2013 by Laura

Proposed Aegis on Galer
Courtesy of VIA Architecture

As reported in January, the proposed Aegis on Galer project was conditionally approved by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and a new public hearing date for appeals was scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, February 19th.

According to the DPD, both the Declaration of Non-Significance and Design Review have been appealed. The public hearing will be at the Office of the Hearing Examiner. If necessary, additional time has been reserved on February 22, 2013 for a continuance.

You can access copies of the Report and Recommendation, the rezone application, and all other documents related to this project online – enter “3012582” in the project number field.

Key Details

  • What: Public Hearing on Rezone Application for 223 W. Galer Street
  • When: Tuesday, February 19, 9am
  • Where: Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Room 4009

If you have additional questions, contact Colin R. Vasquez, Senior Land Use Planner at 206.684.5639.

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Aegis on Galer Public Hearing Moved to February 19

January 24th, 2013 by Laura

Proposed Aegis on Galer
Courtesy of VIA Architecture

As reported earlier this month, the proposed Aegis on Galer project was conditionally approved by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) – however, appeals were being accepted through yesterday, January 23.

Today, the DPD announced a new public hearing date for appeals received for the project. According to the DPD, both the Declaration of Non-Significance and Design Review have been appealed. The original public hearing was slated for January 30th, but it has been rescheduled to February 19th at the Office of the Hearing Examiner. If necessary, additional time has been reserved on February 22, 2013 for a continuance.

Written comments will be accepted until the close of the hearing scheduled for February 19, 2013. Comments should be sent to:

City of Seattle Hearing Examiner
700 5th Avenue, Suite 4000
P.O. Box 94729
Seattle, WA 98124-4729

You can access copies of the Report and Recommendation, the rezone application, and all other documents related to this project online – enter “3012582” in the project number field.

Key Details

  • What: Public Hearing on Rezone Application for 223 W. Galer Street
  • When: Tuesday, February 19, 9am
  • Where: Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Room 4009

If you have additional questions, contact Colin R. Vasquez, Senior Land Use Planner at 206.684.5639.

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New Drawings of Aegis on Galer – No Longer a White Box

January 8th, 2013 by Laura

Most of the comments on yesterday’s Aegis on Galer article were around the design review drawings – they are not, ahem, attractive. But, as pointed out in the post, they are preliminary and don’t reflect the materials or final design.

Well, now we have brand-new images from VIA Architecture of the planned development at 223 Galer St – see the two views below and let us know what you think:

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DPD Conditionally Approves Aegis on Galer; Public Hearing Set for January 30

January 7th, 2013 by Laura

VIA Architecture: Planned Design Option
note: does not show final materials

The City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) released a conditional approval of the planned Aegis development at 223 W Galer Street (corner of Galer and 3rd W). You may recall that the last Design Review was held in October.

The Director’s Report is available online, and is quite exhaustive. Here are the key points if you don’t feel up to reading 39 pages:

Proposal: Council Land Use Action to Contract Rezone 12,800 sq. ft. of land from NC2-30′ to NC2-40′ [this means increasing the height from 30’ to 40’ – or four stories]. Project includes a 4-story structure containing 60 assisted living units above 509 sq. ft. of street level retail. Parking for 21 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structure to be demolished.

Conditional Approval: The Director recommends that the proposed contract rezone to NC2-40’ (increasing the structure to four stories) be “conditionally approved” and has accepted the findings of the final Design Review recommendation meeting. Conditional approval requires that the design meet the following conditions:

Rezone: Approval of this contract rezone is conditioned subject to a Property Use and Development Agreement (PUDA) that limits the structure to be built to the design approved by the Design Review

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA): For the duration of the removal of the existing building, excavation of materials, and delivery of construction materials; the owner(s) and/or responsible party(ies) shall cause truck trips to and from the project site to cease during the hours between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays.

Design Review: Any proposed changes to the exterior of the building or the site must be submitted to DPD for review and approval by the Land Use Planner assigned to the project.

Prior to Issuance of a Permanent Certificate of Occupancy: The applicant shall arrange for an inspection with the Land Use Planner to verify that the construction of the buildings with, sitting, materials, and architectural details is substantially the same as those documented in the approved/issued plans. A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, January 30 at 9am at the Office of Hearing Examiner (address below).

Written comments will be accepted until the close of the hearing scheduled for January 30, 2013 – send comments to:

City of Seattle
Hearing Examiner
700 5th Avenue, Suite 4000
P.O. Box 94729
Seattle, WA 98124-4729

If you want to appeal the environmental determination or design review, appeals must be received by the Hearing Examiner at the address shown above no later than 5pm on January 22, 2013. Appeals must be accompanied by $50.00 filing fee in a check payable to the City of Seattle. Appeals of the decision will be heard at the public hearing on January 30, 2013 at 9am.

Edited to add some content about the final look and feel of the building. At this point, VIA Architecture only has the above drawings available. However, in the Conditional Approval document, the firm provided the following statement on the “character” of the building:

“The design intent is to express a timeless character and quality that is referential to neighborhood precedents such as the Victorian Townhouses on Lee Street and other  dignified mixed-use and apartment buildings in the district. At the same time the detailing will be crisp and appropriately proportioned but not overly decorative.”

They also provided the following information on the materials for the building:

  • A significant amount of reddish/brown brick is used to accentuate and feature the primary corner of the building. This also includes a rustication recess effect at the ground level, a second lighter brick color at the base of the columns, header courses and masonry sills at windows openings.
  • Bay windows, storefront columns and the commercial “frieze” will be painted wood trim with board and batten style multi-level paneling.
  • Windows will be pre-finished storefront aluminum at the ground floor and white or beige vinyl windows on the residential floors.
  • Windows will be surrounded with painted trim wood or cementitious trim.
  • Lap siding is painted cementitious siding with a 6” exposure.
  • Painted concrete block at the east property line.
  • Cast in place concrete plinths along W Galer St.
  • Painted steel trellis, steel and glass canopies and steel brick channel headers.

We still don’t know what the final building will look like, but at least it won’t be a solid concrete building. Check out what VIA Architecture designed for Aegis Madison for an example of what comes after the design proposals.

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Seattle City Council Parks and Neighborhoods Committee Meets on Thursday, December 6th – Aegis at Queen Anne Bowl on the Agenda

December 3rd, 2012 by Laura

The City Council’s Parks and Neighborhoods Committee is meeting this week for a regular meeting of the Full Council, but if you’re interested in the impact of the planned Aegis development on Queen Anne Bowl parking, then mark your calendar. The meeting is at 9:30am on Thursday, December 6.

Here’s what on the agenda – 15 minutes for a briefing, discussion and possible vote on the exchange of property for parking for the Queen Anne Bowl Playfield. A vote “for” would authorize a property exchange at 3rd W and Fulton for Queen Anne Bowl Playfield parking.

Click the map below for a larger image & for more info:

From the agenda description:

“Relating to Queen Anne Bowl Playfield; authorizing a property exchange by conveyance of a strip of the Queen Anne Bowl Playfield property and acceptance of a deed for a portion of a parking lot to preserve parking for users of the Queen Anne Bowl Playfield; and superseding Ordinance 118477, which adopted Initiative 42, for purposes of this ordinance.”

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Interested in the SLU Rezone or Aegis’s Latest Plans? Attend Monday’s QACC LURC Meeting

October 14th, 2012 by Laura

If you’re interested in what’s happening with developments on Queen Anne, then the Queen Anne Community Council (QACC) Land Use Review Committee (LURC) is your go-to QACC meeting. The LURC meets tomorrow, Monday, October 15 to review two key agenda items, the South Lake Union Rezone and Aegis’ plans for 3rd W and Florentia St.

The descriptions of each agenda item are below, followed by meeting details. As always, these meetings are open to the public, and I encourage you to attend if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

South Lake Union Rezone: The QACC must forward their opinion on this legislation “very soon” – net: the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has been working with the SLU Community to develop proposals for allowable heights and development density. The proposed South Lake Union rezoning allows for 12,000 new housing units and 22,000 jobs. More details and relevant materials are posted online.

Aegis at 2900 3rd Ave West: A review of the most recent Aegis plans at 3rd W & Florentia St; Aegis has been reviewing a potential trade of their current parking lot on the west side of 3rd W for an unused portion of Parks land between the field and the Aegis site. An update on progress will be provided at this week’s meeting.

Key Details:
- What: QACC Land Use Committee meeting
- When: Monday, October 15, 7pm
- Where: Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St

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Public Design Review for Aegis Galer Street Project Set for October 24

October 9th, 2012 by Laura

The proposed 4-story Aegis assisted living building at 223 W Galer St is up for public design review on Wednesday, October 24th. If you’re concerned about the height of this building or any other impacts related to the design, mark your calendars. Only a few neighbors attended the first design review, so this is your chance to make your voice heard!

Courtesy Via Architecture Early Design Review: click for larger image

This particular Aegis property will include 60 assisted living units above street-level retail, with parking for 21 vehicles below grade. The existing one-story structure will be demolished, and the project is still pending City Council approval of the rezone required for the four-story structure.

Courtesy Via Architecture: proposed Aegis building

Where are we in the process? This will be the second stage of Design Review, the Recommendation phase. The meeting agenda is as follows:

- The applicant presents information about the proposed design and how it responds to the Design Guideline priorities

- The public may comment on the proposed design

- The Design Review Board will offer their recommendations to the Director of the Department of Planning and Development (DPD)

Public comments are welcome at the Recommendation meeting – but note that comments are limited to design considerations only. According to the DPD, “if environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts (such as traffic, parking, noise, etc) may be sent to DPD following notice of that review.”

To prep for this meeting, you can read relevant documents, such as the Design Review document fro June, and public comments on this development at http://web1.seattle.gov/dpd/edms/ – enter “3012582” as the project number. The Early Design Guidance document (with drawings and photos) is also available online.

Key Details:
What: Design Review & Public Comments for Aegis Project at 223 W Galer
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 6:30pm
Where: Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W, Room 1

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QACC Land Use Meeting postponed

September 16th, 2012 by Elyssa

QACC LURC has postponed their September 17th meeting, per Marty Kaplan:

I attended the QACC Parks Committee meeting last night and heard a presentation from Aegis and Seattle Parks regarding a potential land swap to keep the existing Aegis owned parking lot for public use.  Currently, Parks and Aegis are negotiating and waiting on individual private appraisals.  The Aegis property on the west side of 3rd W includes several residences and approximately 30 parking spaces which have been used by the public under prior permission from SPU, not binding upon Aegis.  Aegis and Parks have agreed that maintaining the public access to parking is very important to the neighborhood, especially considering the popularity of the field across the street (Queen Anne Bowl), and the related impacts of on-street parking which already filters throughout the neighborhood even considering the use of the 30 spaces.

Because of this potential transaction, no advanced designwork has been brought forward from Aegis and therefore our scheduled 17 September 2012 meeting of LURC will be postponed at least until our scheduled October 15th 2012 meeting.  We may have a few additional projects to review in October as well.

More info can also be found here

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Open house for 2900 W. Florentia Street development

May 1st, 2012 by SA

Áegis Living, a senior residence provider, is holding an Open House to discuss the proposed development of a new senior living community.  The public is invited to attend and learn more.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Refreshments Served

2900 W. Florentia Street
Tennis Courts on the corner of 3rd Avenue W. & W. Florentia (next to Queen Anne Bowl at 3rd & Florentia)

Contact:         Michael Derr
425-861-9993

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