Queen Bee to serve fresh crumpets and more on Queen Anne

Queen Bee signCrumpet café Queen Bee is planning to open its second location next month, bringing fresh crumpets and crumpwiches (signature sandwiches on crumpets) to Queen Anne. The crumpet and coffee shop is planning a mid-September opening in the Aegis Living building at 223 W Galer St.

Owned and operated by Aegis CEO Dwayne Clark, Queen Bee has an interesting backstory and operating model. While most retirement communities have retail located on-site, Queen Bee is designed to be a spot for all neighborhood residents – and it gives back to the community too.

Queen Bee bldgQueen Bee is named after Dwayne’s English mother, a line cook who was “the Queen Bee of the family”. With meager means, she fed her family with potatoes she got from work – and she paid back the potatoes with interest, instilling a sense of giving back in her family.

Helpline logoAs a nod to Dwayne’s mother, traditional English crumpets make up the menu and giving back is at the core of Queen Bee’s business model – Queen Bee gives 100% of its profits to local charities. The charity changes quarterly, and first up for the Queen Anne location will be the Queen Anne Helpline.

Queen Bee’s menu is online, and you can also read about the original location on Yelp – it’s a popular spot over on E Madison. The Queen Anne café is designed to be a meeting place, dining spot, and take-out shop for crumpets and crumpwiches to go.

Queen Bee is “excited to be part of the Queen Anne neighborhood” and start giving back to the community. They’re planning a late September opening, so stay tuned for an official opening date and get ready to help the Helpline in Queen Bee’s first 3 months on Queen Anne!

Reminder: Public hearing for Aegis on Galer is Tuesday

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.

Aegis on Galer Public Hearing Moved to February 19

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.

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

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:

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

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.

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

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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