Design Review scheduled for new 6-story Uptown mixed-use building
Another mixed-use building is proposed for Lower Queen Anne/Uptown, this time across from Key Arena at 315 1st Ave N. The proposed building will be six stories tall and have 212 residential units along with just over 12,000 square feet of retail space. As with other recent developments, it’ll have underground parking – although it’ll have more ample parking with spots for 238 vehicles.
Runberg Architecture Group is listed as the applicant for the project; the firm also designed the Expo Apartments at 100 Republican St. At this point in the process, the firm has provided early design drawings that indicate the mass of the building, not the final design details:
The Design Review Board Recommendation meeting is slated for 6:30pm on Wednesday, February 27th at the Queen Anne Community Center (room #1). At this meeting, the applicant will present information about the proposed design and how it responds to Design Guideline priorities. Public comments are welcome, but they must be limited to design considerations. If an environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts (e.g. traffic, parking, noise, etc.) may be sent to DPD following notice of that review.
And, in related news, construction on the 5-story apartment complex designed by Studio Meng Strazza at 3rd Ave W & Republican will begin next month. As reported in December, this project will house 71 apartments, 5 live/work units, and 82 underground parking stalls.
Three New Lower Queen Anne/Uptown Developments Receive Final Design Decisions
New developments will be popping up around Lower Queen Anne/Uptown, as several proposed mixed-use (residential and retail) buildings have received final decisions from the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). Barring any appeals received in the next few weeks, these developments will move ahead.
First up, a development at 306 Queen Anne Ave. We reported on its second design review back in September. Now, the planned development has received a final decision from DPD – the existing brick house will be demolished and Caron Architecture will transform the 7,200 square foot lot into a mixed-use development. The first floor will house three live-work units (1,334 sq. ft.) at street level, and the second through fourth sixth floors will have studio and one-bedroom units for a total of 50 residential units. It’ll also include parking for 11 vehicles within the structure (yes, this is about 1/5 of the total living units). Originally, the building was slated to be 6 stories, so the final decision puts it at 4 stories. [Note: DPD revised the decision on Dec 13, 306 Queen Anne Ave will now be 6 stories.]
Construction can begin once design conditions detailed in the DPD document are met – these include updating the plan with detailed drawings of the residential entry and darker exterior colors.
Next up is another project by Caron Architecture at 521 2nd Ave W – a 33-unit building with 30 apartments and 3 live/work units. The building will take up a 7,200 square foot lot next to the KFC/Taco Bell combo. The ground floor will feature a residential lobby, 3 loft units, and 3 commercial live/work units. Floors two through four will each house studios, one bedroom and two bedroom apartment units, totaling 9 units per floor. Parking is not required for this site, but the plans include six parking stalls in the back of the building, accessed via the alley.
The design team must make a few key changes per the DPD filing before construction can begin, including consolidate three bathrooms in the commercial zone, providing transparency at a screen wall for light and views, and outdoor seating at the entry of the building.
The third approved design is a 5-story mixed-use development at 3rd Ave W & Republican, this time constructed by Studio Meng Strazza, the same developer as the 4-story mixed-use building being built across from the Uptown Safeway. The 21,600 square foot location will house a new apartment complex with 71 apartments, 5 live/work units, and 82 underground parking stalls. According to the firm, the building will also include a garden courtyard off 3rd Ave W for patio living space and a rooftop terrace.
Again, construction can begin once design conditions detailed in the DPD document are met – including adding easily removable walls in the live/work units, aesthetic detailing to the concrete base, and pedestrian lighting.
A key issue that many will note about these new developments is the ratio of parking to the number of residential units included in the designs. Uptown is considered an “urban center area” and the City Council passed Council Bill 117430 Ordinance Number 123939, which means that minimum parking requirements are reduced by 50% for buildings in an urban center; the underlying thought is that people living in urban centers are more likely to use public transit instead of cars.
For reference of where these new buildings will be popping up, see the map below for the locations of these 3 new developments plus the previously reported 509 1st Ave W building:
Another mixed-use building planned for QA
Another mixed-use residential/retail building is in the planning stages for Lower Queen Anne, at 101 John Street. The proposed six-story development would include 25 residential unites and ground level retail/commercial space.
The development is adjacent to the Fiona Apartments, located on the same site. The site, at the corner of John Street and 1st Ave N, is currently the home of Rice ‘n Spice Thai and another building, both of which would be torn down to make way for the project.
The Department of Planning and Development has scheduled an early design guidance meeting on the plan for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W, Room 3). From DPD:
The applicants have applied for Design Review related to development of this site. At the early design guidance meeting, the applicants will present information about the site and vicinity. The public may offer comments regarding the design and siting of a development on the subject site; and the Design Review Board members will also offer comments and identify those Citywide Design Guidelines of highest priority in developing the site.
For more information regarding this project application and the design review process, contact land use planner Lisa Rutzick at (206) 386-9049.