Uptown Planning Open House is Thursday at McCaw Hall

Uptown FrameworkThis Thursday, October 8th, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is hosting an open house and scoping meeting for the Uptown Urban Center. The meeting will run from 5:30pm to 8pm at McCaw Hall (Allen Foundation for the Arts Room)

Planning for the Uptown Urban Design Framework has been underway with community stakeholders, DPD, and the Seattle Center. The Framework provides a vision for the development of Uptown, and includes the following issues:

  • Establishing Uptown as an Arts and Culture District
  • Increasing housing diversity (housing type and affordability)
  • Development of a multi-modal transportation system that includes high capacity transit, bike, and pedestrian facilities
  • Addressing a complex parking situation
  • Zoning for open spaces, affordable housing, and cultural spaces
  • Advocating for a school and community center

The meeting also signals the kickoff of two actions in the Urban Design Framework:

1) DPD environmental impact statement to evaluate building height increases

2) Seattle Center and Uptown Strategic Parking study

If you’re interested in any of the above issues or the two actions being kicked off on Thursday, attend the meeting at McCaw Hall. All interested residents and business owners are welcome to attend.

Uptown Alliance meets today, Expedia campus and Roy St shelter on the agenda

Uptown Alliance new logoThe Uptown Alliance meets today, Thursday, September 10th at 7pm in the EXPO Apartments Community Room (100 Republican St). After a couple months off for summer, the Uptown Alliance is back and has a full agenda this Thursday, including presentations on the Expedia campus, Uptown Urban Design Framework, and the homeless shelter at 157 Roy St.
Here’s the agenda:
  • 7:00 – 7:10  Welcome and introductions (Rick Hooper)
  • 7:10 – 7:30  Expedia Uptown campus plans (Lynn Claudon, Natalie Quick)
  • 7:30 – 8:15  Uptown Urban Design Framework update (Jim Holmes, Lyle Bicknell, Debi Frausto)
  • 8:15 – 8:25  Counterbalance Park activation update (Matt Adkins)
  • 8:25 – 8:30  Transportation Committee update (Michael Davis, Nick Kullman)
  • 8:30 – 8:40  157 Roy shelter update (Rick Hooper)
  • 8:40 – 9:00  Topics of concern, approve July meeting minutes
The meeting is open to all. If you have comments, feedback, or topics of concern for upcoming meetings, mark your calendar for this Thursday.

Roy Street homeless shelter now official

157 Roy St ViewWe reported on the then-un-announced homeless shelter that’s going to be located at the corner of Roy St and Warren Ave N (157 Roy St) last Thursday. Now, the city has issued an official press release, which is provided below. The Human Services Department and DESC staff are holding a community meeting to discuss the shelter July 28th at 6pm in the Seattle Center Armory Loft Room #2.

If you have questions or comments on the shelter, plan on attending the meeting. If you can’t make the meeting or have immediate questions, you can call the Seattle Human Services Department at 206-386-1001 or contact the Office of the Mayor.


City Announces Overnight Emergency Shelter in Uptown

Seattle, WA – The City of Seattle will convert the City Light owned building located at 157 Roy Street into an emergency shelter to help serve individuals living unsheltered on Seattle streets.  The shelter will open this fall in two phases. The first phase is for 50 beds and the second phase is for an additional 50 beds after substantial alterations required by the building code are complete.

“Emergency shelter opens the door to human services and a safe place to sleep for a person experiencing a crisis of homelessness,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “The Roy Street property is currently vacant at a time when 3,000 people are sleeping on our streets. Working with DESC, we are fulfilling our commitment for additional shelter beds, a central recommendation from my Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness.”

In April 2015, Mayor Murray announced that he planned to partner with the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) to fund operations of a new 100 bed shelter in a City of Seattle-owned property.   At that time a total of $350,000 was identified as the ongoing operating cost to fund the shelter.  Since then, the Human Services Department and Finance and Administrative Services Department identified the Roy Street location as a City-owned property that is appropriate for temporary housing. The City of Seattle will use Human Services Department general funds to cover the cost of operating the shelter in 2015.  This shelter will be managed by the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC).

“The Downtown Emergency Service Center is proud to partner with the City of Seattle to enhance the safety of our most vulnerable residents,” said Daniel Malone, Downtown Emergency Service Center Executive Director.  “I appreciate Mayor Ed Murray’s leadership addressing the region’s homelessness crisis.”

“The Human Services Department is pleased to partner with Downtown Emergency Service Center, an experienced homelessness service provider to operate the overnight shelter for medically fragile seniors at this new shelter,” said Catherine Lester, Seattle Human Services Department Director.  “This partnership with DESC will also facilitate the pilot of a portfolio of services for shelter residents with the goal of getting them on the path to permanent housing within the federal goal of 20 days.”

The shelter is for adult men who are over 60 years of age or are disabled.  The shelter will operate from 10 pm to 6 am.  The men will be screened and referred from the downtown DESC location to prevent queuing lines outside the shelter.

Daytime access to the shelter will be limited to janitorial services and shelter staff.

To ensure the safety of the shelter stayers, three awake and alert shelter staff will be on duty during shelter sleeping hours to keep diligent watch for fires, obstructions to exits, and any other hazards during the time that people are sleeping.  Food preparation at the site will be limited to reheating of food in microwaves. The on-site commercial washer and dryers for shelter linens will be operated by shelter staff only.

This announcement aligns with the Homeless Investment Analysis, which highlighted the need to work with service providers in a new, collaborative manner to ensure Seattle’s unsheltered homeless residents can quickly access shelter, be matched with a housing resource, and receive assistance in finding permanent, affordable housing.  Today’s announcement is also in response to the recommendation by the Mayor’s Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness to consider the use of City-owned facilities and shelters. This task force was created in October 2014 to develop recommendations addressing the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in Seattle.

Human Services Department and DESC staff will hold a community meeting to discuss the shelter on July 28th at 6:00 pm in the Seattle Center Armory Loft Room #2  (305 Harrison Street).  View a campus map.

Three new multi-story developments planned for Uptown/Lower Queen Anne

Silver PlattersIn the latest Land Use Bulletin news, there are three sites slated for demolition for multi-story residential buildings. All three are in the planning stage, so no concept drawings yet. A key landmark of sorts, the Silver Platters building, is on the list. After being vacant for over two years, looks like it’ll become a 5-story residential building.

Here are the details:

701 5th Ave N701 5th Ave N aka Silver Platters building:

  • 5-story structure containing 97 residential units
  • 3,600 square feet of commercial use at ground level
  • Parking for 88 vehicles to be provided below grade
  • Existing structure to be removed (goodbye, Silver Platters murals)

513 1st Ave N513 1st Ave N:

  • 6-story, 92 unit apartment building
  • Parking for 45 vehicles to be provided
  • Existing structure to be demolished
  • Note: this is the old one-story liquor store and Floyd’s Place on 1st Ave N

200 2nd Ave W200 2nd Ave W:

  • 5-story structure containing 75 residential units above four live-work units
  • Parking for 69 vehicles will be located below grade
  • Existing structure to be removed
  • Note: this is the blue wood building across Western from the PI Building

That’s three Land Use notices in 2 weeks, so expect more in the future as the landscape at the bottom of the hill changes and grows upward. And, yes, I’ve used both Uptown and Lower Queen Anne in the title of this post – if I go with one or the other, someone isn’t happy, so make peace with the combo… for now.

Join Mayor Murray for a walking tour of Uptown and the Mercer Street Corridor tomorrow

We just got this notice in from the Mayor’s press office, so a bit late notice, but better late than never.

Murray Uptown WalkAs part of Mayor Murray’s Community Coffee Conversation series, his next stop is Uptown. Tomorrow, Saturday, May 16th, you can join the Mayor in a walking tour of Uptown. Residents and local business leaders are invited to join the walk, as well as a coffee chat that follows at Caffe Zingaro.

The walk starts at 10am on top of the Mercer Street Garage (300 Mercer St) in the P-Patch Community Garden. The Mayor will visit public spaces and businesses along and around the Mercer Street corridor, concluding at Caffe Zingaro (127 Mercer Street) at 11:30am.

Key discussion topics like neighborhood growth, housing affordability, and ways the City can best partner with the Uptown community to make the best use of open spaces are on the agenda – but don’t be shy if you have comments or questions on the Mercer Street Corridor project and traffic patterns.

No RSVP is necessary, just show up and bring your Uptown and Mercer Corridor Project questions and comments along.

Queen Anne Community Council reviews two new multi-story Uptown developments tonight

The Queen Anne Community Council Land Use committee (LURC) meets tonight, March 16th, at 7pm at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). This particular Land Use meeting will focus on two Uptown developments, so if you’re interested in Uptown’s rapid growth, this is the meeting for you.

One project is a 6-story mixed use building at Denny Way and Warren Ave N, the other is a 5-story apartment complex at 19 W Harrison. Representatives will provide presentations and answer questions from the QACC and people in attendance.

Here’s the agenda with brief descriptions of the two new developments:

124 Denny Way7:00pm – 8:00pm: 124 Denny Way  (NW corner of Denny Way and Warren Ave N)
John Teutsch

Land Use Application to allow a 6-story structure containing 75 residential units over 2,550 sq. ft. of commercial and six live/work units. Parking for 50 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. A preliminary design package is available online. 

19 W Harrison8:00pm – 9:00pm 19 West Harrison  (SE corner of 1st Ave W and Harrison)
Maria Barrientos

Land Use Application to allow a 5-story structure with 71 residential units above 685 sq. ft. of retail space. Project also includes 4 live/work units and parking for 45 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structure to be demolished. A preliminary design package is available online.

The QACC meeting is open to all, so if you want to see what’s on tap for Uptown in the near future, or have comments/questions, plan on attending tonight’s meeting.

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