Seattle Immersive Theatre to close after one year on Queen Anne

Last January, we shared the news that Seattle Immersive Theatre was moving into the old Silver Platters location at the corner of Roy & 5th Ave N. The theatre signed a one-year lease, and as that lease expires, the troupe is moving on. Its three February performances – Storyville Rising, The Few Clothes Cabaret, and Mardi Gras Masquerade – will be the last on Queen Anne.

According to Seattle Immersive Theatre, the landlord of the building at 701 5th Ave N seeks to “more than double” the current lease amount. This particular site has been in the blog before, as it’s slated for demolition to make way for a new development. Design plans were revealed in October for the near-future 5-story building that will house 99 apartments and 3,481 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor:

Seattle Immersive Theatre may be losing their current home, but they plan to soldier on – here’s what they have to say about the future:

“Don’t despair- three years ago Seattle Immersive Theatre started as a nomadic theatre company and we’re embracing the change back to doing site-specific productions. Although we’ll be leaving our Queen Anne location, we certainly aren’t done doing our own brand of theatre magic.

Join us as we bid a bittersweet adieu to the space we’ve called home for the past year. The Masquerade Ball on February 25th will be our last event at this space and we plan to go out with a bang! After a respite from the transition, we’re on to the next adventure.”

You can buy tickets to Seattle Immersive Theatre’s last shows via their website.

Land with Teatro ZinZanni sold to developer with plans for 16-story building

The land that runs along 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy Streets has been sold to a developer that plans to build two separate buildings on the site: one 8 story building and one 16 story building per the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections.

The two buildings will 350 residential units and 9,744 sq. ft. of retail space. Below grade parking for 270 vehicles is currently included in the early design phase.

How 16 stories? This project is impacted by the Uptown Rezone, and the notice notes “project relies on contract rezone” in reference to the building height.

The first public meeting for this project is the Design Review Early Design Guidance Review meeting on April 5th:

Review Meeting
April 5, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Queen Anne Community Center
1901 1st Ave W, Room 1

In the meantime, Teatro ZinZanni is looking for a new home, which isn’t a small feat. You can read more about the impact on this local icon in this KOMO story. And, you can learn more about the history of the “K Block” from the Queen Anne Historical Society.

City opens up RFP for Key Arena renovation

As we reported back in July, the City of Seattle is seeking options for a renovation of Key Arena. At the time, the City stated it would open up a Request for Proposals (RFP) process in January. Fast forward to today, and RFPs are now being accepted.

Per the City:

“The City of Seattle is seeking proposals from parties interested in redeveloping and operating KeyArena at Seattle Center as a world-class civic arena presenting music, entertainment, and sports events, including the potential for NBA and NHL events. Responses are due to the Office of Economic Development by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017.”

A full FAQ on the process is available online. It covers the whys, the hows, the expected impacts, and timeframe. It also answers questions about potential NHL and NBA teams and the proposed SODO arena.

As for funding, the RFP ask proposers be responsible for 100% of the funding to complete the redevelopment, construction, and operation of Key Arena.

Two story addition to existing Queen Anne Ave building brings it to four stories

The mixed use building at 617 Queen Anne Ave N near the intersection of Roy St and Queen Anne Ave N is going to grow upwards with a two-story addition to the existing two-story building. Per the Land Use Application, the existing building will remain, minus two units.

The addition will add 30 units and bring it up to a four-story mixed use building with retail on the first floor and 52 apartments above. It’s still very early in the process, so no drawings are available and no public meetings are scheduled at this time.

 

6 story efficiency apartment building planned for Aurora Ave N

1945-aurora-ave-n-mapAnother efficiency apartment building is on its way – this time a 6-story building at 1945 Aurora Ave N, next to the Aloha Inn. Unlike the multi-story efficiency buildings in Uptown, this one has parking. The difference? Uptown construction is located in the Uptown Urban Center, and per Seattle Municipal Code 23.54.015, parking is not required.

The new 6-story building will house 37 “small efficiency dwelling units” with underground parking for 17 vehicles. Here’s an aerial view with a massing drawing of the proposed building (it’s the drawn building to the right):

 

5 story efficiency apartment building proposed for 215 1st Ave N

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UPDATE: No parking will be provided at the proposed building, due to its location in the Uptown Urban Center, per Seattle Municipal Code 23.54.015.

A tiny little building at 215 1st Ave N will make way for a 5 story apartment building that will house 71 “small efficiency dwelling units” and two live/work units at street level. The parcel includes the adjacent parking lot for a total of 7200 square feet of land.

The existing building will be demolished and one exceptional tree will be removed to make way for the new construction. No updated details on parking, but an earlier permit states 25 parking spaces, 14 of which will be underground.

And Early Design Guidance meeting is scheduled for 8pm Wednesday, November 16th at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W). The meeting is open to the public for comments on site planning and design issues. You can also submit comments via email or snail mail to:

City of Seattle
Seattle DCI – PRC
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

The deadline for all comments related to site planning and design is November 16th.

Seattle Public Utilities will work on 3rd Ave W groundwater issue this Saturday

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 12.14.33 PMWe’ve had several readers write in or tweet to us about the ongoing stream of water along 3rd Ave W near the Queen Anne Bowl. Aegis construction crews identified the water seepage issue as a Seattle Public Utilities problem.

To try and reduce the groundwater that is surfacing along 3rd Ave W, Seattle Public Utilities will be working on the area this Saturday from 7am to 7pm. The work may impact traffic, reducing 3rd Ave W to one lane for the day. A flagger will be on hand to direct traffic and parking will be restricted.

SPU will clean and inspect the groundwater pipes at the location, with the goal of reducing the constant stream of water. Thanks to SPU for responding to the issue, let’s hope the work reduces or, even better, stops the excess water flow.

Community meeting on new addition to Queen Anne Elementary this Monday

QAE frontQueen Anne Elementary is a recipient of funding from the Seattle Public Schools Excellence IV (BEX) Capital Levy. Seattle voters approved the levy in 2013, and now the community can learn more about how the funds will benefit Queen Anne Elementary.

The building originally opened in 1905 (and still has the original John Hay name on it) and was recently modernized for reopening as Queen Anne Elementary in 2011. As with many elementary schools in the area, Queen Anne Elementary is suffering from overcrowding. The $16.4 million in funding allows it to grow via an addition with 8 new classrooms (200 seats) and a new gymnasium.

The latest scope documents show that the scope of work will include, but is not limited to, the aforementioned classrooms and gym as well as, technology infrastructure, redevelopment of the site (bus, parking and drop off), covered walkways, an outdoor covered area, street frontage improvements, and the demolition of existing portable units.

Design work for the new addition and gym began in February of this year. Seattle Public Schools expects the construction to start in June 2018, with a planned 2019 opening.

If you would like to learn more, ask questions, or provide input on the project, attend a community meeting at the school (411 Boston St) this Monday, June 6th, from 6:30pm to 8pm. At the meeting, you can learn more about the project scope, schedule, and design.

 

Reminder: Seattle Children’s Home development meeting is tonight

The Early Design Guidance meeting for the proposed Toll Brothers development at the former Seattle Children’s Home site is tonight. There will be 20 minutes on the agenda for feedback from attendees – the meeting is open to all, so if you have concerns, feedback, or opinions on the proposed 61+ townhome development at W McGraw and 9th Ave W, plan on attending tonight’s meeting:

Meeting Details:

  • Camwest Proposed Development – Early Design Guidance Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 18th @ 8:00pm
  • Queen Anne Community Center
  • 1901 1st Ave W, Room 1

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Option 3: Developer’s Preffered Option

 
The developer will present the design plans, followed by questions from the West Design Review Board. Public comment will close out the meeting. More information, including all relevant documents, are available on the Seattle Department of Planning and Development site – project # 3015522.

You can also catch up on the latest from our last post on the plans.

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.