Teatro ZinZanni will close after Sunday’s last show

Teatro ZinZanni has been racing against a ticking clock since the sale and future development of its current home plans became public knowledge. The site at 222 Mercer St will soon be demolished to make room for two separate buildings on the site: one 8 story building and one 16 story building.

Since it found out that its days on Mercer were numbered, Teatro ZinZanni has been looking for a new home, to no avail – it investigated “several hundred sites” in Seattle and the extended metro area, and found 12 suitable sites. However, the sites turned out to be out of reach for Teatro ZinZanni.

According to Teatro ZinZanni, the developer purchasing the site, Washington Holdings, offered Seattle Opera $8 million to extend its closing. The offer was declined and now tomorrow’s sold-out March 5th performances will be its last… for now:

“We’re continuing our rigorous pursuit of new space in Seattle. For our staff. For the city. For you.”

7-story residential building to replace Mariner Apartments

A Design Review Early Guidance proposal was just posted today for 203 W Republican St, the current site of the Mariner Apartments. The proposal calls for another multistory building in Uptown/Lower Queen Anne, this one coming in at 7 stories.

The proposed building will house 90 residential units and 4 live/work units on the ground floor. Underground garage parking will accommodate 50 vehicles. The existing brick building, Mariner Apartments, will be demolished (photo below from Google maps):

A public meeting is scheduled for  Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 8pm at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W, Room #1). The public is welcome to comment on site planning and design issues at this meeting, but the design proposal is “not yet available” on the DPD site.

Six-story mixed use building with 5 parking spaces planned for Uptown

219 1st Ave N mapThe Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has approved a 6-story mixed-use building to replace two one-story apartment buildings at 219 1st Ave N. A few minor design changes (e.g. change the exterior from corrugated to solid surface), and this project will move ahead.

The new building will house 45 residential units above street-level commercial space. Since the site is located in the Uptown Urban Center, parking requirements do not equal the number of units – there will be parking for 5 (five) vehicles.

219 1st Ave N siteSince posts about new developments often spur questions on the lack of parking, here’s the rundown for the “why only 5 parking spaces?” The developer submitted a traffic study and parking utilization report that “indicates that a peak parking demand of 22 parking stalls is expected. The onsite parking supply is 5 vehicles, thus the spill-over demand to on street parking is 15 vehicles.”

DPD reviewed the traffic report and concluded that there are no significant adverse impacts with the parking plan.

The existing apartment buildings will be demolished. Note, this 6-story building joins 3 other planned multi-story developments we covered in June.

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

In 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 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 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 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.

Next Early Design Review for Seattle Children’s Home development set for March 19th

The proposed CamWest development for the Seattle Children’s Home site is up for another Early Design Review next Wednesday, March 19th. The developer has provided several new site plans, as well as proposed building designs, in advance of the meeting.

CamWest’s preferred option for the site at 901 W McGraw is “Option 6” and it includes the following:
Children's Option 6

– Total of 61 units; 122 parking spaces

– Nearly all exceptional trees remain

– Existing cottage structure remains

– Building masses along 9th Ave W broken into 4 clusters

– Central park/greenspace preserves large trees and creates a pedestrian node

– New curb cut location on W McGraw St

– Large greenspaces along 9th Ave W

There are three proposed building designs for the new townhomes – two traditional, one urban:


To provide feedback, attend the Early Design Guidance meeting on March 19 at the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W, Room #1. The meeting begins at 6:30pm and you can find materials related to the meeting online.

Design Review scheduled for new 6-story Uptown mixed-use building

315 1st Ave N Proposed Development
Courtesy: Runberg Architecture Group

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.

3rd & Republican
Courtesy: Studio Meng Strazza

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.

House Across From Uptown Safeway Torn Down to Make Way for New 4-Story Residential Building

House before today

Today an old house at 509 1st Ave W, just across from the Uptown Safeway, was torn down and a reader caught the action on video and asked us what’s next for the lot. According to the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the house will be replaced by a four-story building that’ll have 40 residential units, 3 live/work commercial spaces, and underground parking for 20 cars.

The original house was built in 1906 and sat on a 7,200 square foot lot. It was sold last November for $1.2 million.

Planned development

The construction of the new mixed-use building is expected to last approximately 16 months.

Construction workers will park on-street until the completion of the parking garage, so expect parking and pedestrian impacts for at least the next year.