QACC hosting meeting on Safeway redevelopment this Monday

Tomorrow, Monday, September 18th, the Queen Anne Community Council (QACC) is holding its LURC (Land Use Review Committee) meeting. Nearly the entire meeting will be devoted to the planned redevelopment of the Upper Queen Anne Safeway. The Safeway development project team will be on hand at the meeting. See the preliminary plan below.

The meeting is open to the public. If you have questions or concerns about this project, attend tomorrow’s meeting at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W) at 7pm,

Here’s the agenda from the QACC:

7:00PM – 7:15PM
Update current legislation and amendments concerning the Uptown Rezone.

Update the current proposals to revise the Design Review program.

Update the permitting process and upcoming public hearing concerning the Garfield Exchange Building.

7:15PM – 9:00PM
The Safeway block is undergoing a complete redevelopment and the project team will come to LURC to present their very preliminary plans to us Monday night. Their goal is to double the store size and improve the physical store and shopping experience to a much higher level. Their development plans include the entire block except for the collection of small buildings at the corner which they do not own. They do own the parking lot on the northeast corner.

In addition to the new Safeway, they have proposed several floors of housing above and ample parking below grade to service the store and apartment residents alike. As is often the case, we have invited the development team to come before LURC and our community to learn more about our issues and opportunities for them to consider.

Comments for 27-unit apartment building across from Queen Anne Library accepted until September 20

In July, the developers for the old Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Garfield Exchange Building hosted a public meeting to inform neighbors of the plans to turn the historic building into 27 apartments. The plan includes a 4th story addition to the building at 1529 4th Ave W, along with limited underground parking (14 spots).

Neighbors who attended the meeting expressed concerns with congestion and parking around the Queen Anne branch of the Seattle Public Library. Many have submitted comments already, and now the comment period for the project has been extended to September 2oth.

If you have questions or concerns about this project, you can submit them via email to PRC@Seattle.gov – put “Project #3027522” in the subject line.

Details on the project, as well as public comments submitted to date, are available online – you can find information by going here and entering either the project number (3027522) or the address (1529 4th Ave W). [Note: the project # is not currently working, so try the address if that’s the case for you.]

City Council Special Meeting: Uptown Rezone & Design Review at SIFF on Monday

The Seattle City Council is hosting a special public meeting tomorrow, Monday, September 11th at SIFF Uptown. The meeting will cover two major topics: the Uptown Rezone and changes to the Design Review process. The meeting is open to all, it begins at 5:30pm at SIFF (511 Queen Anne Ave N).

The Uptown Rezone seeks to increase building heights in Uptown/Lower Queen Anne. Per the agenda, the meeting will includes 90 minutes for a presentation and discussion of the Uptown Rezone.

The second part of the meeting includes 120 minutes for a briefing and public hearing on proposed changes to the Design Review Process.

The latest maps for the Uptown Rezone are below. You can also read the latest on the plan here, and bring your questions and concerns to tomorrow’s public meeting at SIFF:

Early look at McGraw Square at Queen Anne development

The construction at W McGraw St between 9th Ave W and 10th Ave W now has a name – McGraw Square at Queen Anne – and drawings of what neighbors can expect. We’ve covered the project in the past, including background on the project for a special Queen Anne Community Council meeting, the fight against the development by Future Queen Anne, and a meeting with the developer. It’s since broken ground and construction is well underway.

McGraw Square will have 15 three-story buildings housing 57 townhomes. Each townhome will have 3 bedrooms and a 2-car garage, some will also have rooftop decks.

Here’s the early view of the exterior:

Here’s the site plan:

Pricing starts in the $900,000s and pre-sales will begin this fall. Information is available here.

Nickerson Paving Project kicks off today, Monday, July 24th

Seattle DOT is planning to start is Nickerson Paving Project today, Monday, July 24th. Construction crews will repave Nickerson St and W Nickerson St, with construction beginning in Zone B (see map), between 3rd Ave W and 14th Ave W.

The week of July 24, you can expect:

  • Crews to set up traffic control starting at 3rd Ave W and make their way west
  • Traffic lanes to be shifted north to allow room for crews to repair and repave the south side of the street
  • On-street parking restrictions on Nickerson St/W Nickerson St between 3rd Ave W and 14th Ave W
  • Saw cutting as crews prepare to repair sections of pavement
  • Nickerson St/W Nickerson St to remain open throughout construction
  • Typical work hours will be from 7am to 5pmMonday through Friday

New plans for 225 Roy St include public plaza, affordable housing, and artist in residence

A new Land Use application for 225 Roy St hit this week and we also have updates directly from the developer. The former site of Teatro Zinzanni will become home to two new apartment buildings housing 269 units and retail space on the street-level. One building will be 7 stories tall, the other 8 stories tall, and there will be 185 parking spots on site. What’s new in the current design is a public plaza at the corner of Mercer St and 3rd Ave N, plus 20% of the apartments will be affordable housing with rents running $1100 to $1800 per unit.

The new complex will also have a through block connection from Roy to Mercer with a landscaped courtyard and on-site water feature that doubles as an on-site bio retention for rainwater runoff. Cladding materials will be a mix of brick, metal, and cementitious panels. Plus, the developer has been working with COCA (Center for Contemporary Art), Shunpike, and the Uptown Arts + Culture Committee for public art in the space. Fence murals will be installed soon and an installation of “artist in residence” containers on the site will provide space for artists to work and show their art.

The developer, barrientos RYAN, will present the updated design to the Uptown Land Use Review committee in early September, with a Design Review Board Meeting following 20-30 days later. Construction is expected to start next summer. In the meantime, in addition to the design in this post provided by barrientos RYAN, you can check out their other multi-family work here.

Public Meeting Saturday on renovation of Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Garfield Exchange Building

The brick building across the street from the Queen Anne Library that most recently served as a storage facility for Seattle Public Library will soon become home to 27-28 apartments. Originally the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Garfield Exchange Building, the building is a Seattle Landmark. You can read more about its history here.

The developer heading up the project, Faul, is hosting a public meeting on Saturday to discuss the planned renovation and alteration of the building at 1529 4th Ave W. The project includes façade restoration, a new top floor penthouse addition, the construction of 27 or 28 residential apartments, 14 parking spaces in the lower level, a seismic retrofit, accessibility and energy code upgrades, and site improvements.

The meeting is open to the public. It will be held at the Queen Anne Library from 11:30am to 12:30pm tomorrow, Saturday, July 22nd. All are welcome to join to hear about the project and ask questions.

Uptown Rezone recommendation announced by Mayor

This week, Mayor Ed Murray announced the Uptown Rezone recommendation. The plan allows building heights to increase across Uptown, with some buildings allowed to go up to 160 feet.

The plan also calls for 600 new affordable housing units near Seattle Center as part of the Mandatory Housing Affordability program –  it requires developers to include rent-restricted units or pay a fee to construct affordable housing somewhere else in the Seattle city limits.

Here’s the plan map – old heights are listed first, new heights are second:

The plan also includes development recommendations as follows:

– The ground level of buildings in pedestrian areas have restaurants, retail, theaters and other uses that drive pedestrian activity.

– Storefronts must be transparent at the street level. Windows and openings add visual interest to the pedestrian environment.

– Parking at the street level must be separated from the right of way with buildings and uses that hide the parking. At least half of all new parking must be underground.

– 15% of the lot area for large projects be usable open space.

– New development must include upper level setbacks to maintain pedestrian scale and provide light at the street level.

You can read the full plan here.

Early view of Safeway expansion shows parking below the new 50,000 sq ft store

Following up on our post on the planned Upper Queen Anne Safeway redevelopment, we have a view of the current site plan from the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections. As previously reported, the plan has the current store footprint doubling from 25,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet. It also includes 4 stories of residential space above the storefront on the first floor.

Per the initial site plans, the new Safeway would extend to the sidewalks on both Crockett and Queen Anne Ave N, with underground parking replacing the current above-ground parking. The entrance would be across from the Trader Joe’s garage parking entrance on Crockett. Pedestrian entrances would be located on Queen Anne Ave N and at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N & Crockett St.

Please note, this site plan could change, but this is what has been publicly filed to date:

The current plan is to break ground in 2018. As more information becomes available, we’ll post it.

Proposed 6-story building coming to corner of Roy St & Queen Anne Ave N

It sure seemed inevitable. A new development is planned at the location of the one-story building and parking lot at the corner of Roy St and Queen Anne Ave N. The site at 631 Queen Anne Ave N currently houses Manhattan Express Deli:

The proposed development will be a 6-story mixed-use building with 64 residential units and 5,000 square feet of commercial space. It also includes 46 underground parking stalls.

The architect firm for the new building is Jackson Main Architecture. You can see examples of their work here – much of their work appears to be in Redmond and other Eastside locales. There’s one project on Aurora that has yet to break ground. No date or plans available for the Queen Anne site yet.