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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, March 14 – April 6, 2017

APRIL 7, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Seattle OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices in the land three weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

 

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510 19th Ave E - Design Review Board Meeting
Design Review Board second recommendation meeting on proposal for a 4-story building containing 8,500 sq. ft. of medical services uses on floors 1 and 2, and 8 apartment units on floors 3 and 4. Existing 2-story building to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 1-40′, Arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay

February 22, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Seattle University
824 12th Ave
Stuart T Rolfe Room
Campus Map
Notice of Design Review

 

2320 E Union St - Public Hearing

Land Use Application to allow a six-story structure with a total of 115 apartment units above 3,264 sq. ft. of commercial space. Parking for 18 vehicles will be located within the structure. This project requires a contract rezone from Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 40′ height limit and pedestrian overlay (NC2P-40) and a Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 40′ height limit — no pedestrian overlay (NC2-40) to a Neighborhood Commercial 2 with 65′ height limit and pedestrian overlay (NC2P-65). Existing structure to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′ Pedestrian, Arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village Overlay

The Director has determined that the proposed project is not likely to result in significant, adverse environmental impacts and has issued a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) and recommends that the Seattle City Council approve the rezone. The project has conditional approval of Design Review 

A public hearing to take public comment on the Director’s recommendations and to establish the record for this application will be held at:

May 8, 2017 9:00 a.m.
Office of the Hearing Examiner City of Seattle
700 5th Avenue, Suite 4000
P.O. Box 94729
Seattle, WA 98124-4729

Notice of Decisions and Recommendation

 

111 26th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow one, 3-story, 4-unit rowhouse structure in an environmentally critical area. Parking for 14 vehicles to be provided, 7 for adjacent site at 115 26th Ave E. Existing structure to be demolished. To be considered with project #3026358 for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%), Lowrise-2

Notice of Revised Application

 

115 26th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow two three-story, two-unit townhouse buildings (four units) in an environmentally critical area. Covenant parking for seven vehicles will be provided on adjacent site at 111 26th Ave E. To be considered with project #3026334 for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%), Lowrise-2

Notice of Revised Application

 

1121 34th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three parcels of land. Project also includes unit lot subdivision of Parcel C into three unit lots. The construction of live-work units and residential dwelling units have been approved under project numbers 6530489 & 6564978. This subdivision is for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the individual live-work and residential dwelling units. Development standards will be applied to the development site as a whole and not to each of the new lots and unit lots. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 1-30′, Arterial within 100 ft, Lowrise-2

Notice of Application

 

123 26th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a three-story, 4-unit rowhouse building in an environmentally critical area. Parking for four vehicles will be located within the structure. To be considered with project #3025258 for shared access. Existing single family residence to be demolished. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%), Lowrise-2

Notice of Application

 

119 26th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a three-story, 4-unit townhouse building in an environmentally critical area. Parking for four vehicles will be located within the structure. To be considered with project #3027432 for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%), Lowrise-2

Notice of Application

 

134 26th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into six unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6498841. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-2

Notice of Decision

 

3607 E Madison St

Land Use Application to allow a single-family residence with an attached garage. Granted variance to allow portion of principal structure to extend into required front yard. Zone: Arterial within 100 ft, Single Family 7200

Notice of Decision

 

2212 E Miller St

Land Use Application to allow a covered porch addition to a single-family dwelling unit. Granted variance to allow principal structure to extend into required front yard. Zone: Single Family 5000

Notice of Decision

 

Resources
Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, February 21 – March 13, 2017

MARCH 15, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Seattle OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices in the land three weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

 

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2301 E Denny Way
Administrative Design Review Early Design Guidance Application proposing 46 small efficiency dwelling units. Existing structures to be demolished. Zone: Lowrise-3, Arterial within 100 ft., Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay
Notice of Administrative Design Review

111 26th Ave E
Land Use Application to allow one, 3-story, 4-unit row house structure in an environmentally critical area. Parking for 14 vehicles proposed within the structure. Existing structure to be demolished. To be considered with project at 115 26th Ave E for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Lowrise-2, Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%)
Notice of Revised Application

115 26th Ave E
Land Use Application to allow two, three-story, two-unit townhouse buildings (four units) in an environmentally critical area. Covenant parking for seven vehicles will be provided on adjacent site at 111 26th Ave E. To be considered with project 111 26th Ave E for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Lowrise-2, Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%)
Notice of Revised Application

212 25th Ave E
Land Use Application to allow two 3-story, two unit townhouse structures in an environmentally critical area. Parking for 4 vehicles provided on site. Existing structure to be demolished. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Lowrise-3, Potential slide area, Arterial within 100 ft., Scenic view within 500 ft.

Notice of Decision
139 27th Ave E
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The plan is that the 1900 house remains with a duplex built behind it. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential Slide Area
Notice of Decision

Resources
Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Jan 20 - Feb 20, 2017

FEBRUARY 21, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Council, OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices in the past month for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

 

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510 19th Ave E - Design Review Meeting
Design Review Board recommendation meeting on proposal for a 4-story building containing 8,500 sq. ft. of medical services uses on floors 1 and 2, and 8 apartment units on floors 3 and 4. Existing 2-story building to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 1-40′, Arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay

February 22, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Seattle University
825 10th Ave
Casey Commons #500E
Campus Map
Notice of Design Review

 

1638 20th Ave - Design Review Meeting
Design Review Board recommendation meeting on 1638, 1640 and 1644 20th Ave. Proposal is for 1) a 3-story rowhouse containing 5 units. Surface parking for 5 vehicles to be provided. 2) a 3-story townhouse containing 5 units. Surface parking for 5 vehicles to be provided. 3) a 4-story structure containing 5 townhouse units & 2 live-work units. Parking for 5 vehicles to be located within the structure & one surface parking space. All considered for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Existing structures to be demolished. Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′

March 8, 2017 8:00 p.m.
Seattle University
824 12th Ave
Admissions & Alumni Comm Bldg - Stuart T Rolfe Room
Campus Map
Notices of Design Review 1638 20th Ave | 1640 20th Ave | 1644 20th Ave

 

Central Area Design Guidelines
Central Area Design Guidelines Coalition (CA DGC), is a collaboration of 23rd Ave Action Community Team (23rd Ave ACT); African American Veterans Group of Washington; Central Area Collaborative; Central Area Land Use Review Committee (CA LURC); Historical Central Area Arts and Cultural District (HCAACD). They are working with the Congress for New Urbanism, Schemata Workshop and Mimar to engage the community in a process to develop design guidelines for the historic Central Area, which includes the Madrona and Madison Valley neighborhoods. CA DGC are hosting the following upcoming events:

Central Area Design Guidelines Workshop
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Walking Tours at 9am and 1pm (3 hours long)
Concluding Meeting at 4pm
Space is limited to first 50 registrants: http://bit.ly/2miLTFx

Central Area Design Guidelines Open House
Monday, February 27, 2017 5:00 p.m.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave S

 

119 18th Ave E
Notice of streamlined design review for a 3-story, four-unit townhouse. Garage to be demolished. Existing structure to remain. Zone: Lowrise-3, Urban Village overlay
Notice of Streamlined Design Review

 

130 21st Ave E
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay
Notice of Decision

 

139 27th Ave E
Land Use Application to allow a two-unit townhouse in an environmentally critical area. Parking for two vehicles to be provided. Existing single family residence to remain. Environmental Review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential slide area
Notice of Decision

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map

 

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HALA: Updates and Upcoming Event on February 28

FEBRUARY 16, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

Seattle Mayor and Council are moving forward with legislation that would add a projected 6,000 units of affordable housing to Seattle over the next 10 years through implementing a Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program. This kind of inclusionary zoning has been something many housing and neighborhood planning activists have long argued for. While not a silver bullet solution to housing affordability, it is a way to make up for displacement created by redevelopment. Inclusionary zoning has been successfully implemented in other jurisdictions nationally and within in our state.

Basically, the proposal is that new development on multifamily and neighborhood commercial properties will be allowed to be built larger and higher and, whether they build higher or not, will have to contribute affordable units or fees in lieu of development of affordable housing. The properties included will have an (M) suffix on the zoning, and some will be further up zoned. This zoning change will be applied throughout the city, including all existing multifamily and commercial properties, as well as existing and proposed expanded Urban Villages.

Here is our area, captured from the HALA citywide map, where everything in color will be up zoned in order to establish the requirement that new development in those areas contribute to affordable housing. If you live in or near any of those areas, and have not been following the HALA MHA proposal, this is your heads up.

 

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Since the changes are citywide, and have costs to the developers associated with them, it’s expected that the rate of change will be progressive as opposed to abrupt. However, when and if areas do transition, part of that new development will include affordable housing. Today we see new development — especially in “hot” areas — without this important equitable housing component of community development.

Your participation is requested

The details are still being worked out in a public discussion that has been going on for over a year. A citywide focus group of people from all the Urban Villages meeting at city hall just wrapped up their work, and a number of HALA Open House events were held throughout the city. The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which addresses environmental, infrastructural, and socio-economic impacts, is due to be released in May. Councilmember Herbold, in particular, has been active in introducing amendments to preserve legacy small businesses and to more specifically assess displacement risk versus return of affordable housing added.

Right now, we are in a phase where council budgeted for and is hosting design workshops where the basic plan is presented and then people split up into tables and walk through the mapping and proposals together to share their thoughts about community assets, the zoning in specific areas, what impacts are they concerned about in their neighborhood, and providing the on-the-ground realities that help shape the details of the plan. The sessions are Urban Village focused. The evening of February 28 at Miller Community Center will be the nearest council hosted session for us who are in the northernmost part of the Central Area and northeast part of the East District Council and District 3 to participate in this kind of face-to-face discussion.

Madison-Miller Urban Village
Community Design Workshop
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 6 – 9 pm
Miller Community Center
330 19th Ave. E.

RSVP is strongly encouraged. Due to the meeting format, space in facilitated work groups is limited. The format of the workshops is an opening overview presentation about HALA, Urban Villages, and the Mandatory Housing Affordability program followed by small group conversations. Childcare, snacks, and drinks will be provided at event. To RSVP or ask questions about the event, please contact Spencer Williams at Spencer.Williams@seattle.gov or by phone at (206) 384-2709.

I attended the session for the 23rd Ave Union-Jackson Urban Village. People were pretty prepared, and that community had just happened to have spent the last three years already doing planning work, even though attendance did not reflect that fact. Each table came up with a list of (amazingly consistent between all the tables) location-specific nuances and proposed adjustments. We had a very good facilitator who knew the neighborhood and drew people out. A scribe writes down the points made, so clear statements and questions are best. It’s important to note that these sessions are council sponsored, so the notes are consolidated and provided to City Council.

Whether you can attend the session or not, your feedback is still needed by June 30

The draft Environmental Impact Statement will be released in mid-May, which is another important point for feedback because it is supposed to identify the expected impacts to our neighborhoods. Public input to both the draft EIS and the zoning proposal is to be wrapped up by the end of June. Then, the final EIS and the final mapping proposal are expected to be released by the end of summer, and transmitted to city council for action. That is where the process, heavily invested in by both the mayor and council, wraps up. Obviously, there are opportunities for council to amend, and that can happen if council members support well-thought-out counter proposals or feel that persistent issues are not resolved in the legislation as submitted, but the city’s hope is that the package reflects what the residents expect.

All of the background materials are here, with a calendar of events and sign-up to receive the updates by email. The HALA Consider It site is still taking comments and that is a great way to be involved. Consider It also has detailed maps of each Urban Village and a video with instructions on how to read the proposed changes on the maps. There are survey questions about the proposal and folks are encouraged to comment.

The HALA team told me many times that they welcome any input people have and have responded to any emails that I send to them. Comments and questions can be emailed to HALAinfo@seattle.gov. If people want to call and ask questions, the city is staffing a HALA hotline at 206.743.6612. Please keep checking the HALA Calendar, as meetings and outreach events are still being added. 

 

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City People’s Update: 3rd Time’s the Charm for PCC Project

JANUARY 27, 2017 | LINDY WISHARD

The 3rd Early Design Guidance meeting for the new PCC project was held on Wednesday. The review board passed the project, and now it moves on to the next step in the process. For a detailed summary of the meeting see this on the Capital Hill Blog: http://bit.ly/2kDKc8L

 

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For a summary of the changes made between the second and the third design review meeting see: http://bit.ly/2k60Yci

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Jan 1 - Jan 20, 2016

JANUARY 24, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Council, OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices in the past three weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

 

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2925 E Madison St - Design Review
Design Review Early Design Guidance proposing a 4-story mixed-use building consisting of 26,600 sq. ft. of retail space and 75 residential units. Parking to be provided for 156 vehicles below grade. Existing structures is to be demolished. Zone: Single Family 5000, Arterial within 500 ft., Steep slope  (>= 40%), Liquefaction prone soils, Neighborhood Commercial 2-30′ Pedestrian, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′ Pedestrian

January 25, 2017 8:00 p.m.
Seattle University
901 12th Ave
Pigott Auditorium — Note new location

Campus Map
Notice of Design Review

 

1833 25th Ave
Streamlined Design Review proposal for two, three-story buildings containing two residential units each (for a total of four units). Surface parking for four vehicles to be provided. Existing single family residence to be demolished. Zone: Lowrise-2, Steep slope, Potential slide area
Notice of Streamlined Design Review 

 

1630 43rd Ave E
Shoreline Substantial Development Application to enclose existing covered driveway and install a new boat lift. Project includes a new in ground covered pool, landscaping, and interior and exterior alterations to existing multi-family building. Parking areas to be reconfigured to add additional barrier free spaces and one additional parking space for a total of 80 spaces. Zone: Urban residential, Zoning special st. within 100 ft., Archaeological buffer area, Lowrise-3, Wetland, Conservancy recreation, Arterial within 100 ft., Special grading requirement
Notice of Application

 

1512 19th Ave
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-1, Arterial within 100 ft.
Notice of Application

 

152 20th Ave E
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, Urban Village overlay
Notice of Decision

 

139 22nd Ave E
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay
Notice of Decision

 

154 20th Ave E
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, Urban Village overlay
Notice of Decision

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map
 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

 

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City People’s Update Jan 2017

JANUARY 19, 2017 | EDITOR

This coming Wednesday January 25, Velmeir Companies will return to the Design Review Board for the third time with their proposal for the City People’s site. Overall, the new designs have retained the most positive elements of the project while addressing several key ongoing concerns about the pedestrian realm, light and access, with one significant update: the addition of housing along Dewey Place.

 

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New Townhomes

The project’s complete overhaul of designs on Dewey is the most striking change in the packet. Whereas the previous iteration had extra-deep setbacks and greenery, the current proposal includes a row of five two-story townhomes. This updated design appears to address the Design Review Board’s previous concerns about dark, inactive spaces and would create a lively residential use, matching that of existing single-family homes across the street. This move also effectively closes off the garage to Dewey, eliminating neighbors’ noise concerns.

 

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Spaces for People

The project’s updated designs not only retained but enlarged the pedestrian and sidewalk spaces along Madison, providing a minimum of eight feet and up to 10 feet of sidewalk. This move reflects community input and the Design Review Board’s comments that the project will act as a neighborhood gathering space. Further, the garage access point on Madison now includes decorative screening, vastly improving the appearance of the entryway. On Dewey, along with the new 11-foot setback of the garage to accommodate townhomes, the retaining wall was lowered so as to create people-scale views back and forth between the homes and passers-by.

 

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Access

At the Madison Valley Community Council’s big community meeting in May 2016 and at the previous design review meetings, concerns were raised about the most appropriate access options: should vehicles enter from Dewey, from Madison, or Velmeir’s preferred configuration — use split access? In the months since the last Design Review Board meeting, a traffic study was performed to help answer this question. The study demonstrated that split access minimizes the traffic impacts to both streets, and this is shown in the proposal.

 

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Lighting

Neighbors expressed concerns about 24-hour a day garage lighting; the current design addresses this concern entirely. The addition of five townhomes abutting the back side of the parking garage along Dewey not only eliminates the possibility of car noise and fumes, but light as well.

The design packet shows that Velmeir has tackled four key issue areas head-on in their new proposal: treatment of Dewey Place, spaces for people, access, and lighting. If you’d like to view the packet, it can be found here.

The new owners at City People’s will re-open very soon, and will operate for the remainder of the year while the redevelopment seeks approvals. This is wonderful news for the community and for City People’s business. However, if you agree that the Velmeir project has made significant strides to address concerns and mitigate any issues, consider voicing your support in moving this project forward and staying on schedule. To do so, you can:

Send a note to PRC@Seattle.gov referencing the project address (2925 E Madison)

Attend next Wednesday’s meeting at 8:00pm at:

Seattle University
901 12th Ave
Pigott Auditorium — Note new location
Campus Map

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, December 9 - December 31, 2016

JANUARY 3, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Council, OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices in the past three weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

 

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Winter Open House
Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, Office of Planning and Community Development, Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, and Seattle Department of Transportation are hosting an open house where folks can check out draft neighborhood affordable housing maps and talk about HALA (Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda), Parks (Parks 2017 Development Plan), transportation, sustainability, and more.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 6 – 8pm
Optimism Brewing
909 E Union St.
Event Details

 

2301 E Union St -Design Review Meeting
Early Design Guidance on proposal to allow a 7-story apartment building with 440 units above ground floor retail. Parking for 482 vehicles will be provided below grade.  All existing structures (4) to be demolished. The design proposal can be found here. The initial proposal was presented at a community meeting, reported on here. This proposal requires a rezone from Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 40′ height limit (NC2-40′) and Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a Pedestrian Overlay and 40′ height limit (NC2P-40) to Neighborhood Commercial 2 Pedestrian with an 85′ height limit (NC2P-85).

Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Seattle University
1000 E James Way, STCN Student Center 210 (campus map)
Notice of Design Review

 

3607 E Madison St
Land Use Application to allow a single-family residence with an attached garage. Zone: Arterial within 100 ft., Single Family 7200
Notice of Application

 

134 26th Ave E
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into six unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-2
Notice of Application

 

1823 20th Ave
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′
Notice of Decision

 

224 27th Ave E
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise 1, Potential slide area
Notice of Decision

 

2814 E Union St
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise 1, Arterial within 100 ft.
Notice of Decision

 

1917 E Denny Way
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6457058. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40’
Notice of Decision

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map
Seattle In Progress

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, November 22 - December 8, 2016

DECEMBER 9, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Council, OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices in the past three weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

 

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119 26th Ave E - Streamlined Design Review
Streamlined Design Review to allow a 3-story, four-unit townhouse structure with attached garages. Zone: LowRise-2, Steep slope, Potential slide area
Notice of Streamlined Design Review

115 26th Ave E
Land Use Application to allow two, three story, 2-unit townhouse buildings (four units) in an environmentally critical area. Covenant parking for seven vehicles will be provided on adjacent site at 111 26th Ave E. Streamlined Design Review is completed for both properties. Zone: Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%), LowRise-2
Notice of Application

107 27th Ave E
Determination of Non-Significance (no environmental impact statement required) on Land Use Application to allow three, 3-story single family residences in an environmentally critical area. Parking for three vehicles to be provided. Environmental Review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential Slide Area
Notice of Decision

141 22nd Ave E
Decision to grant Unit Lot Subdivision to create four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: LowRise-3, Urban Village overlay.
Notice of Decision

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map
Seattle In Progress

 

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Reminder: SR 520 closed this weekend.

DECEMBER 8, 2016 | LINDY WISHARD

All SR 520 lanes and ramps between Montlake Boulevard and 92nd Avenue NE are scheduled to close from 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, to 5 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12. The SR 520 trail on the floating bridge will also be closed.

 

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During the closure, crews plan to:

Begin removing the portion of the old westbound SR 520 off-ramp that extends over SR 520.
Re-stripe lanes as needed.
Pour concrete for the WABN structure's roadway deck.
Adjust corridor lighting, signing and tolling equipment.

What to expect around the work site:

Nighttime construction lights.
Truck deliveries.
Noise from construction activities as crews remove the old off-ramp. Crews may use impact equipment to remove the old off-ramp but will end all impact activities by 10 p.m. each day.

A temporary noise variance will be in place to complete this work. WSDOT inspectors will be onsite to verify that construction activities comply with our contract and the conditions of the city of Seattle noise variance.

 

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December 7th 520 Bridge Update

DECEMBER 3, 2016 | WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

This is a friendly reminder to join us at this month’s West Approach Bridge North (WABN) monthly public meeting on December 7 in Seattle. At this meeting, we will provide a presentation and opportunity to learn more about current WABN construction activities, as well as the next phase of SR 520 construction, known as the Montlake Phase. The Montlake Phase, which is scheduled to begin in 2018, includes the West Approach Bridge South (WABS) and Montlake lid and land bridge.

The project team plans to provide a PowerPoint presentation with key project updates. Meeting attendees will also be able to ask questions regarding this next phase of SR 520 construction in Seattle.

West Approach Bridge North (WABN) topics we plan to cover include:

1. Upcoming weekend closure of SR 520 from 11 p.m. Dec. 9, to 5 a.m. Dec. 12

2. Overview of 2016 WABN construction progress

3. Look ahead to upcoming 2017 WABN milestones, including the opening of the WABN structure to traffic, scheduled for summer 2017

Key Montlake Phase topics we plan to cover include:

1. SR 520 Program and Rest of the West project overview

2. Timeline and next steps for the Montlake Phase of construction

3. Montlake Market property status update

4. An update and look ahead for the Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan that is being developed to address neighborhood traffic concerns and improve safety and mobility during and after construction

5. Recent and upcoming public involvement opportunities including an update on next steps for our recent frontline neighbor outreach

Meeting details:

Date: Wednesday, December 7
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (presentation begins at 5:35 p.m.)
Location: Graham Visitors Center
Address: 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98112

We hope you can join us for this meeting! We look forward to continuing to share information with you as we move forward with building a new, safer and more reliable SR 520 corridor in Seattle.

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, October 25 - November 21

NOVEMBER 23, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Council, OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices in the past month for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

 

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2320 E Union St - Design Review
Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting for proposed six story structure with a total of 115 apartment units above 3,264 sq. ft. of commercial space. Parking for 18 vehicles will be located within the structure. This project requires a contract rezone from Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 40′ height limit and pedestrian overlay and a Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 40′ height limit — no pedestrian overlay to a Neighborhood Commercial 2 with 65′ height limit and pedestrian overlay. Comments and request to be made a party of record may be submitted through November 30 to PRC@seattle.gov

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Seattle University
824 12th Ave
Admissions & Alumni Community Building - Stuart T Rolfe Room
Campus Map
Notice of Design Review Meeting

1106 34th Ave
Council Land Use Action to rezone a 10,917 sq. ft. portion of land from LR2 (Multi-Family) to NC1-30 (Neighborhood Commercial). The property is bounded on the South by East Spring Street, to the West by 34th Avenue, to the North by a commercial building at 1112 34th Ave and to the East by an unimproved alley adjacent to 1101 35th Avenue. Comments regarding environmental impacts may be submitted through November 30 to PRC@seattle.gov
Notice of Revised Application

111 26th Ave E
Application to allow one, 3-story, four-unit rowhouse structure in an environmentally critical area. Parking for 14 vehicles proposed within the structure. Existing structure to be demolished. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Potential slide area, steep slope (>=40%), Lowrise 2
Notice of Application

2212 E Miller St
Application to allow a covered porch addition to a single-family dwelling unit with a variance to allow principal structure to extend into required front yard. Zone: Single Family 5000
Notice of Application

457 39th Ave E
Decision on application to allow a new three-story, single-family dwelling unit in an environmentally critical area. Parking for one vehicle to be located within the structure. Existing single family dwelling to be demolished. Zone: Urban residential, potential slide area, steep slope (>=40%), scenic view within 500 ft., Single Family 7200
Notice of Decision

2814 E Union St
Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise 1, arterial within 100 ft.
Notice of Application

154 20th Ave E
Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, Urban Village overlay
Notice of Application

131 22nd Ave E
Decision on application to subdivide one development site into seven unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, scenic view within 500ft., Urban Village overlay
Notice of Decision

132 21st Ave E
Decision on application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay
Notice of Decision

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map
Seattle In Progress

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, October 4 - October 24

OCTOBER 25, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Council, OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices within the last three weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

 

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2925 E Madison St - Design Review

Design Review Early Design Guidance proposing a 4-story mixed use building consisting of 26,600 sq. ft. of retail space and 75 residential units. Parking to be provided for 156 vehicles below grade. Existing structures is to be demolished. Zone: Single Family 5000, Arterial within 500 ft., Steep slope (>= 40%), Liquefaction prone soils, Neighborhood Commercial 2-30′ Pedestrian, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′ Pedestrian

October 26, 2016 6:30 p.m.
Seattle University
1000 E James Way
Student Center 160
Fr. LeRoux Conference Center
Campus Map
Notice of Design Review

 

1830 E Mercer St

Appeal of conditional approvals for 5-story structure containing 32 apartment units and 2,035 sq. ft. of retail at street level. Parking for 10 vehicles to be provided below grade and surface parking for 2 at the alley. The existing structure on site is to remain. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 1-40′, Arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay

Appeal Hearing Notice

 

139 27th Ave E

Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6540226. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Environmental review conducted under #3024943. Zone: LowRise-1, Potential slide area

Notice of Application

 

1814 E John St

Application to allow a 4-story apartment building with 27 small efficiency dwelling units. No parking is proposed. Existing structures to be demolished. Zone: LowRise-3, Urban Village overlay

Notice of Decision

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map
Seattle In Progress

 

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Second Round of Public Comments on PCC Bldg

OCTOBER 24, 2016 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Wednesday night is the second opportunity to comment on the proposed building replacing City People’s. The architect and developer have modified the design in response to community input and will be presenting their new version to the public.

 

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The modified plans can be seen here: http://bit.ly/2epcLmE (big PDF, could take a minute or two).

For those wishing to submit comments by email:

Deadline for Letters: Tomorrow Noon
Email To: PRC@Seattle.gov
In the subject line reference the project number: 3020338, 2925 E Madison St.

The public meeting will be:

October 26, 2016 6:30 PM
Seattle University
1000 E. James Way
Fr. LeRoux Conference Center - Student Center 160

 

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Weather permitting, E John St intersection work starts this weekend

OCTOBER 21, 2016 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Following last weekend’s weather delay, crews plan to begin work at the 23rd Ave E and E John St intersection this Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23. Crews will close the intersection to through traffic from 7 AM to 7 PM each day of the weekend; the intersection will be reopened to regular travel overnight on Saturday. This schedule remains weather dependent and subject to change.

The contractor will provide local access to businesses, community destinations, and residences near the intersection, but through traffic will be detoured via E Aloha St, 19th Ave E, and E Madison St (see map below). 

 

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If you live on or are headed to 23rd Ave E between E Aloha and E Madison streets or E John/E Thomas St between 19th Ave E and 24th Ave E (shown in yellow on the map), you can drive past the detour signs into the local access areas to reach your destination. Drivers passing through the area, however, should continue to follow the signed detours and avoid cutting through residential streets. See the flyer for more details.

Transit reminders:

  • Metro route 8 and its bus stops will be detoured around the intersection during the work; look for posted Rider Alerts, call Metro at 206-553-3000, or visit metro.kingcounty.gov/signup/ for more information
  • Metro routes 43 and 48 will not be detoured, but will travel on their current routes through the intersection; riders may experience delays due to construction

Crews also plan to work at this intersection October 29 and 30, so stay tuned for updates next week. These weekend closures are necessary to give crews a safe space to work while they install the foundations for new trolley poles at the intersection.

 Other reminders

  • Crews plan to pave at the 23rd Ave and E Union St intersection November 4 – 6; please stay tuned for more details.
  • Crews continue roadway demolition and paving at 23rd Ave and E Madison St while maintaining eastbound, westbound, and southbound travel at the intersection (reminder: northbound 23rd Ave remains closed at E Madison St). Neighbors can expect temporary changes to the traffic configuration on E Madison St over the next several weeks as crews complete one area of work and move to the next. Through traffic will be maintained.
  • Temporary driveway and sidewalk closures are ongoing as crews continue work in Zone C, from E Union St to E John St. Please use caution and pay attention to sidewalk closures and pedestrian detours. If you have any questions about the work in your area, please call 206-727-8857.
  • Be sure to visit out the new public artwork by artist Martha Jackson Jarvis at the southeast corner of 23rd Ave and E Union St. The piece was commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation funds from the City’s 1% for Arts program and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture.
  • The Office of Economic Development is continuing to work with businesses to address their needs. If you have questions, please email or call Michael Wells at michael.wells@seattle.gov or 206-684-8612.

For more information

Visit: www.seattle.gov/transportation/23rd_Ave.htm

Email: 23rdAveCorridor@seattle.gov

Call the 24-hour project hotline: 206-727-8857

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Sep 2 - Oct 3

OCTOBER 5, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Council, OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices within the last month for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

 

Updated Environmentally Critical Areas Map

Steep slope maps have been updated using a combination of LIDAR technology and topographic contours using aerial photos. Because of time constraints, the center third of the City is based only on the 2001 LIDAR information.

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The changed maps are implemented as a Director’s Rule and are used as advisory by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections for initial information and screening. Whether or not a site is eventually treated as an environmentally critical area is based on the actual topography of the ground surface.

The methology used and map details are linked here:

Notice of Proposed Adoption of Director’s Rule

 

Seattle 2035 – FINAL Opportunity to Comment

On October 17, 2016, the Seattle City Council may take action on Council Bill 118683, as amended. Council Bill (CB) 118683 consists of amendments to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan and the City’s Land Use Code to implement the Mayor’s Recommended Comprehensive Plan, known as Seattle 2035. Information regarding the scope of changes under consideration is available on the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee website.

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The full council meeting will be on October 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., City Council Chambers, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue.

Written comments may be submitted at any time until the final Council vote on the legislation. However, the Council prefers to receive written comments by 12:00 p.m. on October 17, 2016 to allow for review by the Council during its consideration of the proposal. Please send comments to Councilmember Rob Johnson via e-mail at: rob.johnson@seattle.gov

Notice of Opportunity to Comment

 

Design Reviews and Land Use Applications

 

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2925 E Madison St – Design Review

Design Review Early Design Guidance proposing a 4-story mixed use building consisting of 26,600 sq. ft. of retail space and 75 residential units. Parking to be provided for 156 vehicles below grade. Existing structures is to be demolished. Zone: Single Family 5000, Arterial within 500ft., Steep slope  (>= 40%), Liquefaction prone soils, Neighborhood Commercial 2-30′ Pedestrian, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′ Pedestrian

October 26, 2016 6:30 p.m.

Seattle University
1000 E James Way
Student Center 160
Fr. LeRoux Conference Center

Campus Map
Notice of Design Review

 

212 25th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow two 3-story, two-unit townhouse structures in an environmentally critical area. Parking for 4 vehicles provided on site. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Potential Slide Area, Lowrise-3, Arterial within 100 ft., Scenic view within 500 ft.

Notice of Application

 

152 20th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, Urban Village overlay.

Notice of Application

 

140 Lake Washington Blvd E

Land Use Application to allow a single-family dwelling unit with attached 3-car garage in an environmentally critical area. Project includes 18,975 sq. ft. of landscaping. Zone: Scenic view within 100 ft., Urban residential, Single Family 9600, Potential slide area, Archaeological buffer area, Steep slope (>=40%) Conservancy recreation, Arterial within 100 ft., Special grading requirement.

Notice of Decision

 

224 23rd Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story structure containing 6 small efficiency dwelling units and 4 apartment units. Existing duplex structure to remain (12 total units). No parking proposed. Determination of Non-Significance (no environmental impact statement required). Environmental review completed and no conditions imposed. Zone: Lowrise-3, Arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay

Notice of Decision

 

1711 25th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-1, Steep slope (>=40%)

Notice of Decision

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map
Seattle In Progress

 

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Citizen Effort to Steer City Peoples Development

OCTOBER 5, 2016 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

On Saturday, October 1, about 60 concerned citizens of Madison Valley braved the first chill of autumn to listen to architect Peter Steinbrueck outline a strategy for his participation in the design review of the City Peoples Garden store site. The information and fund-raising event was sponsored by the group Save Madison Valley (SMV) and generously hosted by the Wyman sisters in Virginia’s horse corral.

 

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Peter is the perfect consultant. He is an extremely friendly fellow who grew up in the neighborhood and has a clear-eyed, practical approach to the design review process. His tenure as a City Councilmember has given him an insider’s understanding of Seattle’s government. He has been hired as a paid consultant to the SMV group for about 6 months.

Peter reviewed the current status of the proposed project and outlined concerns of the community. These concerns have remained unchanged since the announcement of the project this past spring.

Peter emphasized that any effort to stop a building project altogether is a fruitless pursuit. Even if this company would pull out, another will develop the highly desirable property. His point was that it is in the best interest of the community to work together with the developer and come to a mutually acceptable design.

 

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Some concerns with the current design are as follows:

SMV believes the overall scale of the building is out of sync with the surrounding architecture and adjacent single-family neighborhood. The proposed building will take up the entire footprint of the property although its overall bulk is 80% of what is allowable by the current zoning.

The parking garage’s south-facing outside wall is felt to be an affront to the neighbors on Dewey Place. This is a concern for the people who live behind the building. The architect has stepped back the setback in the new proposal, wrapped the cement in softer materials and will provide extensive landscaping. However, the wall would still seem imposing. The problem lies in the fact that the cement structure is the foundation for the building and will provide parking for customers of the grocery store and the apartment residents. But parking is essential. Without it, residents would obtain RPZ passes and park along the neighborhood streets further congesting the area. The reality is that people have cars.

The current proposed entrance to the resident parking area is on Dewey Place. The adjacent neighbors are opposed to this plan as an unfair traffic burden.

SMV members especially lament the potential loss of existing tree canopy and greenery on the hillside. Before this building proposal, the Dewey Place hillside was completely ignored by the community—it is a tangle of undesirable weedy plants and trees. Its predominately deciduous plants make it particularly unsightly in winter. The sidewalk is completely overgrown, muddy and impassable, yet this situation is reversible. With effort, the hillside could be cleared of the undesirables and replanted, but maintenance would be essential.

 

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Additionally, the SMV group would like to see a mix of affordable apartments offered, some effort at “green building,” i.e. LEED architecture, and a nice streetscape on the north side.

Peter pointed out, as before, that this building proposal is in compliance with the current zoning for E Madison. It will probably be approved at some point.

An issue of perhaps greater consequence is the new HALA upzoning effort by the current city administration. Madison Valley—and all neighborhoods in Seattle—are at risk of even bigger and taller structures as our congested city searches for more housing and business viability.

The efforts of the SMV group to to encourage participation in the design review process are to be commended. Citizen participation in the neighborhood enables us to direct the life of our community. Hopefully, the momentum initiated by the City Peoples’ site will carry forward and residents will continue to participate in community and city planning.

 

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The next design review for the proposal is:

October 26, 6:30 PM at Seattle University
Seattle University
824 12th Ave
Admissions & Alumni Comm Bldg- Student Center 160

Read more information on the design review process for this site.

To comment on this project, please send your comments on proposed land use actions in writing to the Public Resource Center either by email to prc@seattle.gov (preferred method), by fax to (206) 233-7901, or by mail to:

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
ATTN: Public Resource Center or Assigned Planner
700 Fifth Ave, Ste 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

Please include the project, project address, and your mailing address with your comment. We will post all comments, in their entirety, in our electronic library.

Planner: Magda Hogness
Project Number: 3020338

For more information regarding Save Madison Valley visit savemadisonvalley.org for details and suggestions for your input in this process. 

 

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Temporary lane restrictions begin next week at the 23rd Ave and E Madison St intersection

SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

The 23rd Ave Corridor Improvements Project has sent out this notice:

Starting as soon as Thursday, September 29, crews plan to begin temporary lane restrictions at 23rd Ave and E Madison St in order to start paving the intersection. While some travel lanes on E Madison St will be closed during this work, crews will keep two-way eastbound and westbound traffic on E Madison St open. As a reminder, access from E Madison St to northbound 23rd Ave is now closed to traffic. The full northbound closure with detour to Martin Luther King Jr Way from E Union St to E John St will remain in place until the completion of construction in early 2017. Southbound 23rd Ave remains open.

The purpose of the E Madison St lane restrictions is to maintain access to businesses and residences and reduce how many full intersection closures at 23rd Ave and E Madison St intersection will be required. Crews will complete this work during regular business hours, but the lane restrictions will stay in place over the weekend to keep drivers from entering the unfinished work zone. This work is expected to last for multiple weeks. See the flyer for more information, and please stay tuned for schedule updates.
Bus stops for King County Metro routes that travel east and west through the intersection on E Madison St, including routes 11 and 84, may be temporarily shifted around the work zone during this work. Please look for posted alerts at your bus stop, sign up for Transit Alerts, or call Metro at 206-553-3000 for more information.

Crews anticipate upcoming intersection work at 23rd Ave and E John St

Sometime over the next couple of weeks, crews will install pole foundations at the 23rd Ave and E John St intersection. Due to the location of energized trolley wires over the intersection, this work may require temporary lane shifts or intersection closures. We will share more information once the work and schedule details are confirmed.

Other reminders

  • Artist Martha Jackson Jarvis is in Seattle this week to prepare the new public artwork that will be installed at the southeast corner of 23rd Ave and E Union St.
  • Neighbors can expect intermittent closures of E Olive St (on the east side of 23rd Ave) and E Pine St (on the west side of 23rd Ave) over the next few weeks as roadway demolition, paving, and sidewalk work continues.
  • Temporary driveway and sidewalk closures are ongoing as crews continue work in Zone C, from E Union St to E John St. Please use caution and pay attention to sidewalk closures and pedestrian detours.
  • The Office of Economic Development is continuing to work with businesses to address their needs. If you have questions, please email or call Michael Wells at michael.wells@seattle.gov or 206-684-8612.

For more information

Visit: www.seattle.gov/transportation/23rd_Ave.htm
Email: 23rdAveCorridor@seattle.gov
Call the 24-hour project hotline: 206-727-8857

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Aug 19 – Sep 1

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Council, OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices within the last two weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

 

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1638 20th Ave

Land Use Application to allow a 3-story rowhouse structure containing five units. Surface parking for 5 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. To be considered with 3020898 and 3023474 (1644 20th Ave and 1640 20th Ave) for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.  Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′

Notice of Application

 

1644 20th Ave

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story structure containing five townhouse units and 2 live-work units. Parking for five vehicles to be located within the structure and one surface parking space. Existing structures to be demolished. To be considered with 3020898 and 3022596 (1638 20th Ave and 1640 20th Ave) for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′

Notice of Application

 

1640 20th Ave

Land Use Application to allow a 3-story townhouse structure containing five units. Surface parking for 5 vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished. To be considered with 3022596 and 3023474 (1638 20th Ave and 1644 20th Ave) for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′

Notice of Application

 

2320 E Union St

Land Use Application to allow a six story structure with a total of 115 apartment units above 3,264 sq. ft. of commercial space. Parking for 18 vehicles will be located within the structure. This project requires a contract rezone from Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 40′ height limit and pedestrian overlay (NC2P-40) and a Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 40′ height limit — no pedestrian overlay (NC2-40) to a Neighborhood Commercial 2 with 65′ height limit and pedestrian overlay (NC2P-65). Existing structure to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′ Pedestrian, arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay.

Notice of Application

 

139 27TH AVE E

Land Use Application to allow a two unit townhouse in an environmentally critical area. Parking for two vehicles to be provided. Existing single family residence to remain. Environmental Review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Lowrise-1, potential slide area.

Notice of Application

 

1715 20th Ave

CANCELLATION of September 7 Early Design Guidance Design meeting on a proposal to allow a five-story structure containing 156 residential units, 4 live-work units, and parking for 117 vehicles. The proposal also contemplates a contract rezone from NC2-40 to NC3-65. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′, Urban Villages Overlay, Scenic View within 500 ft., arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Cancellation

 

1830 E Mercer St

Land Use Application to allow a 5-story structure containing 32 apartment units and 2,035 sq. ft. of retail at street level. Parking for 10 vehicles to be provided below grade and surface parking for 2 at the alley. The existing structure on site is to remain. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 1-40′, arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay Notice of Decision

 

1816 M L King Jr Way

Land Use Application to subdivide one parcel of land into two parcels of land in an environmentally critical area. Proposed sizes are: Y) 4,020 sq. ft. and Z) 4,020 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished. Zone: Single Family 5000, potential slide area, liquefaction prone soils, arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Decision

 

And, upcoming deadlines for your comments.....

 

Scoping Comments - HALA MHA-R Environmental Impact Statement

The HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requires that all new multifamily and commercial developments either build affordable housing units on-site or make an in-lieu payment, based on up zoning.  It has been determined this proposal is likely to have a significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is required.

The EIS will consider potential impacts associated with land use, housing and socioeconomics, aesthetics and height/bulk/scale, historic resources, open space and recreation, transportation, public services, and utilities.

Agencies, affected tribes, and the public are invited to comment on the scope of the EIS impacts that are included for consideration. You may comment on alternatives, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts, and licenses or other approvals that may be required.

Email comments to Geoffrey.Wentlandt@seattle.gov by 5:00 pm on September 9, 2016 for the comments to be considered. 

Request for Comments

 

Public Hearing — Seattle 2035

On September 15, 2016, the Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee will hear public comments regarding potential Council Amendments to Council Bill 118683 which would adopt the Mayor’s Recommended Comprehensive Plan, known as Seattle 2035, and amend the City’s Land Use Code to implement the plan. The public hearing will be on September 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue

The Mayor’s Recommended Plan, Office of Planning and Community Development Director’s Report, and Final Environmental Impact Statement and other key documents are available at Seattle 2035. A list of all potential Seattle City Council Amendments to Seattle 2035 is available on the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee website which also has links to video of presentations and public comment on sections of the proposed plan, and council discussion of amendments. Written comments on the proposal will be accepted through 2:00 p.m. on September 15. Email comments may be sent to Councilmember rob.johnson@seattle.gov by 2:00 pm on September 15.

Notice of Public Hearing

 

Public Hearing — Living Building Pilot Program

The City Council is considering amendments to make changes to the Living Building Pilot Program and will hold a public hearing at the Council Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee to take comments on the proposal on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, starting at 9:30 a.m. City Council Chambers, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue

The proposed changes are available online on the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee website. Additional information about the Living Building Pilot Program is available on SDCI’s webpage.

Notice of Public Hearing

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map
Seattle In Progress

 

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520 and Local Street Closures

AUGUST 24, 2016 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

UPDATE: The closure of 520 has been cancelled.

Plan ahead for a full weekend closure of SR 520 and local street closures from Aug. 26 to 29. Here is the closure map.

SR 520 is scheduled to close from I-5 to 92nd Avenue Northeast between 11 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 and 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29. This closure differs slightly from other SR 520 closures as eastbound SR 520 is scheduled to close between I-5 and Montlake Boulevard. Below are the key details about the planned closure.

Eastbound SR 520

* All eastbound SR 520 lanes and ramps from I-5 to 92nd Avenue Northeast, including the Portage Bay Bridge, are scheduled to close.

* Please note that vehicles will not have access to Montlake from I-5 via eastbound SR 520.

* The bicycle and pedestrian path on the new floating bridge is scheduled to close.

Westbound SR 520

* All westbound SR 520 lanes and ramps between 92nd Avenue Northeast and Montlake Boulevard East are scheduled to close.

During the weekend, I-90 and express lanes will be open for alternative routes. Travelers are encouraged to use transit and carpools.

Local Street Closures

Single-lane closures are also scheduled to take place on Montlake Boulevard East between East Roanoke Street and Shelby Street as WABN crews complete grinding and paving work. Crews plan to close single lanes of Montlake Boulevard from:

Friday, Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. to Saturday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. to Sunday, Aug. 28 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. to Monday, Aug. 29 at 6 a.m.

What to expect during the weekend closure:

Removal of a portion of the decommissioned westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Lake Washington Boulevard over SR 520.

Paving and striping on the eastbound SR 520 on- and off-ramps to and from Montlake Boulevard.

Re-striping of the westbound SR 520 lanes on the new floating bridge.

Maintenance of the temporary tolling system.

Lid maintenance at Evergreen Point, 84th Avenue Northeast and 92nd Avenue Northeast.

What to expect Monday morning:

Crews will convert the existing westbound carpool lane to a general-purpose lane farther east on the floating bridge. Doing this allows for a smoother merge farther west where the three westbound lanes on the new floating bridge transition to two lanes on the old west approach bridge.

How to reach us and stay informed during WABN construction:

Call the 24-hour construction hotline (206-708-4657) with pressing questions or concerns.

Email WABN staff with your questions about the project or construction activities.

Join us for our monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Graham Visitors Center.

Visit the SR 520 Orange Page for the most up-to-date information on closures and construction impacts.

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Jul 25 - Aug 18

AUGUST 21, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Council, OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices within the last three weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

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Scoping Comments — HALA MHA-R Environmental Impact Statement

The HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requires that all new multifamily and commercial developments either build affordable housing units on-site or make an in-lieu payment, based on up zoning. It has been determined this proposal is likely to have a significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is required.

The EIS will consider potential impacts associated with land use, housing and socioeconomics, aesthetics and height/bulk/scale, historic resources, open space and recreation, transportation, public services, and utilities.

Agencies, affected tribes, and the public are invited to comment on the scope of the EIS impacts that are included for consideration. You may comment on alternatives, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts, and licenses or other approvals that may be required.

Email comments to Geoffrey.Wentlandt@seattle.gov by 5:00 pm on September 9, 2016 for the comments to be considered. 

Request for Comments

seattle-2035

Public Hearing - Seattle 2035

On September 15, 2016, the Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee will hear public comments regarding potential Council Amendments to Council Bill 118683 which would adopt the Mayor’s Recommended Comprehensive Plan, known as Seattle 2035, and amend the City’s Land Use Code to implement the plan. The public hearing will be on September 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue

The Mayor’s Recommended Plan, Office of Planning and Community Development Director’s Report, and Final Environmental Impact Statement and other key documents are available at Seattle 2035. A list of all potential Seattle City Council Amendments to Seattle 2035 is available on the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee website which also has links to video of presentations and public comment on sections of the proposed plan, and council discussion of amendments. Written comments on the proposal will be accepted through 2:00 p.m. on September 15. Email comments may be sent to Councilmember rob.johnson@seattle.gov by 2:00 pm on September 15.

Notice of Public Hearing

 

Public Hearing - Living Building Pilot Program

The City Council is considering amendments to make changes to the Living Building Pilot Program and will hold a public hearing at the Council Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee to take comments on the proposal on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, starting at 9:30 a.m. City Council Chambers, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue

The proposed changes are available online on the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee website. Additional information about the Living Building Pilot Program is available on SDCI’s webpage.

Notice of Public Hearing

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1715 20th Ave

The second Early Design Guidance Meeting will be held on a proposal to allow a five-story structure containing 156 residential units, 4 live-work units, and parking for 117 vehicles. The proposal also contemplates a contract rezone from NC2-40 to NC3-65. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′, Urban Villages Overlay, Scenic View within 500 ft., arterial within 100 ft.

The review will be Wednesday, Sept. 7, 8:00 p.m., Seattle University, 1000 E James Way, STCN 210 - Multipurpose Room #210

Notice of Design Review Meeting

 

2100 E Madison St

Land Use Application to allow a 6-story structure containing 50 apartment units and 3,800 sq. ft. of commercial at street level. Parking for 20 vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 3-65′ Pedestrian, arterial within 100ft., Urban Village Overlay

Notice of Decision

 

510 19th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story building containing 8,500 sq. ft. of medical services on floors 1 and 2. Project also includes 8 apartment units located on floors 3 and 4. Existing 2-story building to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 1-40′, arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village Overlay.

Notice of Application

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, June 24 thru July 25

JULY 26, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Dept. of Construction & Inspections Land Use notices within the last month for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

 

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140 Lake Washington Blvd E

Land Use Application to allow a single family dwelling unit with attached 3-car garage in an environmentally critical area. Project includes 18,975 sq. ft. of landscaping.  Zoning: Scenic view within 100 ft., Urban residential, Single Family 9600, Potential slide area, Archeological buffer area, Steep slope (>=40%), Conservancy recreation, Arterial within 100 ft., Special grading requirement

Notice of Application

 

1821 29th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. Existing structure to remain. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.  Zone: Single Family 5000, Liquefaction prone soils

Notice of Decision

 

2322 E Denny Way

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of a residential unit is under Project #6505296. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay, Lowrise-2, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40'

Notice of Decision

 

1816 M L King Jr Way

Land Use Application to subdivide one parcel of land into two parcels of land in an environmentally critical area. Proposed sizes are: Y) 4,020 sq. ft. and Z) 4,020 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished. Zone: Single Family 5000, Potential slide area, Liquefaction prone soils, Arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Application

 

107 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow three, 3-story single-family residences in an environmentally critical area. Parking for three vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished. Environmental Review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential slide area

Notice of Application

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map
Seattle In Progress

 

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Early Design Guidance Meeting for PCC Site

JULY 7, 2016 | JEREMY BRAUN

The Design Review Board of the City of Seattle is holding an Early Design Guidance meeting to review the design of the building proposed to replace the City People’s structure at 2925 E Madison St.

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Seattle University, 1000 E James Way, STCN Student Center, #210

 

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This is the design review for the project. It is meant to address how the project relates to and implements the Seattle Design Guidelines, and only includes site planning and design issues. You can learn more about the city’s Design Review process on their website here. In particular the city stresses in the notice about the meeting:

“...public comment at the [Early Design Guidance] meeting is limited to design considerations. If environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts (such as traffic, parking, noise, etc.) may be sent to Seattle DCI following notice of that review.”

If you can’t make the meeting, or would like to comment on the project in writing, the city will accept written comments until July 13th (the meeting date). Instructions can be found here.  When you comment, the city asks that you include:

• The project number: 3020338
• The project address: 2925 E Madison St
• Your mailing address

You can direct your comments to the Public Resource Center via:

• Email (preferred): prc@seattle.gov

• Postal mail:

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
ATTN: Public Resource Center or Assigned Planner
700 Fifth Ave, Ste 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

• Fax: (206) 233-7901

 

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Revised Designs for PCC

JULY 6, 2016 | LINDY WISHARD

The revised Early Design Guidance (EDG) packet is available for review. To download the packet to your computer, click here (it's an 85MB file, and may take a minute or two). Here are the renderings of the architect’s preferred design option:

 

Madison Street Looking Southeast
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Madison Street Level Looking North Northeast
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Madison Street Looking Northeast
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Dewey Pl. E. Looking Southwest
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Dewey Pl. E. Looking Northwest
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Dewey Pl. E. Looking Northwest
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As is customary, the packet includes three concept options for the design review board to consider. Detailed information about each design, including pros and cons are in the EDG packet. To see all the photos and read the details, you can download the packet to your computer: click here (it's an 85MB file, and may take a minute or two). 

 

BUILDING MASS AND VEHICLE ENTRANCE: THREE OPTIONS

 

Option 3 — This is the architect’s preferred option. SUMMARY: Terraced in the back with courtyard. See rendering below. Mass of building pushed toward Madison Street. Vehicular entrance to the commercial parking garage and loading dock is located on E. Madison St. Vehicular entrance to the residential parking garage is located on Dewey Pl. E.
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Option 2 — SUMMARY: Courtyard on Madison Street. Mass of building pushed toward Dewey Pl. E. Vehicular entrance to the parking structure garage and loading dock is located on E. Madison St.
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Option 1 — SUMMARY: Courtyard in the middle. Mass of building pushed toward both Madison Street and Dewey Pl. E. Vehicular entrance to the parking structure garage and loading dock is located off Dewey Pl. E.
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Email your public comments to the Design Review Board: prc@seattle.gov. Reference project number 3020338. For more details regarding the design review process and various ways to comment visit: http://madisonvalley.org/news/early-design-guidance-meeting-for-pcc-site.html. Deadline for comments is July 13th.

 

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Big crowd, great questions at SR 520 Rest of West open house.

JUNE 30, 2016 | WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

We want to thank the approximately 300 people who attended our open house Tuesday in Montlake to learn about WSDOT’s construction plans for the next phase of improvements within the SR 520 corridor from I-5 to Lake Washington – the segment we call “the Rest of the West.” We’ve posted the meeting’s informational display boards online for those who couldn’t attend and want to know more about the highway work that’s ahead.

In addition, there’s still time to attend our virtual, online open house. Here you’ll not only find lots of information and conceptual design renderings about the Rest of the West, but you also can send us feedback on our plans. This online “meeting” will be open through July 8.

Information on WSDOT website

We received a lot of good questions and comments at last night’s open house at Saint Demetrios Hall. It’s clear that people want to know how their neighborhoods will be affected during all the upcoming construction, and what the end result will be when the work is done. A lot of information can be found in the SR 520: I-5 to Lake Washington section of our website, including on the project design page and in the published 2014-2015 West Side Design Refinements report

The Montlake Market

One frequently raised topic at the open house was the status of the Montlake Boulevard Market. We’re preparing a Q&A on this and other topics discussed during the open house. We’ll post the Q&A and send you a link in an upcoming email update, but meantime, here’s a brief bit of background on the market and SR 520 construction.

The market and adjacent 76 gas station lie directly along the south edge of the SR 520/Montlake Boulevard interchange. Following the Legislature’s 2015 approval of funding for the Rest of the West improvements, WSDOT furthered the project design and preconstruction planning. Through this effort, we determined that we’d need to acquire the property where the market and gas station are located. In early 2018, we’ll begin constructing an improved interchange and landscaped highway lid from Montlake Boulevard to 24th Avenue Northeast.

Why do we need to acquire the property?

  • WSDOT needs the property to build some of the project’s planned improvements, such as retaining walls and fill, sidewalks, connections to shared-use trails, and utility relocations and modifications.  We also will use the property for construction staging and traffic shifts.
  • We determined in the 2011 environmental impact statement that we’d have to close three of the four driveway accesses into the gas station. The gas station and market are business tenants on the property. The change in driveway access will affect the operations of both tenants.
  • We are in discussions with the property owner regarding WSDOT's purchase of the site and the operations of the businesses.

We know these businesses are important to many people in the Montlake area. We’ll keep the community updated as this process unfolds.

Construction project time line

A number of individuals at the open house wanted to know when we will start constructing our west side improvements, and when we will complete the work. The schedule for big construction projects can shift for a variety of reasons, but here is our current time line for the Rest of the West:

Phase 1

  • Montlake lid, West Approach Bridge South, land bridge over SR 520
  • Construction to begin by 2018
  • Estimated duration: 4-5 years

Phase 2

  • New Portage Bay Bridge with regional bike-pedestrian path, Roanoke lid, improved I-5 interchange, bike-pedestrian I-5 crossing 
  • Estimated to begin as early as: 2020
  • Estimated duration: 6 years

Phase 3

  • Second bascule (drawbridge) over Montlake Cut
  • Estimated to begin as early as: 2024
  • Estimated duration: 3 years

Thanks again for joining us at the open house.

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, June 14 - June 23, 2016

JUNE 24, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are city planning items of interest and the Dept. of Construction & Inspections Land Use notices within the last few weeks for communities from 18th Ave. (note expanded area) to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

 

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2925 E Madison St

Design Review Early Design Guidance meeting for proposed 4-story mixed use building consisting of 26,600 sq. ft. of retail space and 75 residential units. Parking to be provided for 158 vehicles below grade. Existing structures is to be demolished.  Zoning: Single Family 5000, Arterial within 500ft., Steep slope  (>= 40%), Liquefaction prone soils, Neighborhood Commercial 2-30’ Pedestrian, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40’ Pedestrian

July 13, 2016 6:30pm  New Date!
Seattle University
1000 E James Way  New Location!
STCN Student Center #210

The Director will also accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through July 13, 2016 to PRC@seattle.gov

Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting

 

212 25th Ave E

The proposal is for two, three-story two unit townhouse structures (total of 4 units). Surface parking for four vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished.  Zone: Lowrise-3, Potential slide area, Scenic view within 500 ft., Arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Streamlined Design Review

 

131 22nd Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into seven unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.  Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500ft., Urban Village overlay

Notice of Application

 

1415 19th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.  Zone: Lowrise-1, Steep slope (>=40%), Arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Decision

 

Seattle 2035

The Seattle City Council is considering amendments to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan and the City’s Land Use Code to implement the Mayor’s Recommended Comprehensive Plan, known as Seattle 2035. The proposed amendments are available at 2035.seattle.gov. Comments may be submitted to council@seattle.gov

The Mayor’s Recommended Plan proposes to significantly rewrite the Seattle Comprehensive Plan. The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the Mayor’s Recommended Plan.

Public Hearing
June 27, 2016  6:00 p.m.
Seattle City Council Chambers
City Hall: 600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor. 

Written comments on the proposal can be made through 5:00 p.m. on June 27 to Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office via e-mail to amy.gore@seattle.gov

Notice of Public Hearing

 

Short Term Rentals (AirBnb, VRBO)

The City of Seattle is proposing to amend the Land Use Code in order to define and add standards for short-term rental uses and modify the definition and standards for bed and breakfast uses.

 

The legislation would establish a new definition for “short-term rental” as a type of lodging use and establish standards for short-term rentals, including an annual limit of 90 nights for housing units that are not the primary residence of the short-term rental operator. The legislation includes requirements that all short-term rentals provided at the primary residence of the operator that rent more than 90 nights in a year have a short-term rental license from the City. The legislation would also modify the definition of “bed and breakfast” as a type of lodging use and modify the standards for bed and breakfasts as an accessory use in residential zones.

 

Public Hearing
July 20, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
Seattle City Council Chambers
City Hall: 600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor. 

Written comment can be made to Tim.Burgess@seattle.gov and should be received by July 19, 2016, at 5 p.m.

Notice of Public Hearing

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress

 

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WSDOT Open House on the Planned Improvements to 520

JUNE 22, 2016 | WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

With the new State Route 520 floating bridge now open to traffic and a new West Approach Bridge North slated to open next summer, we’re gearing up for a 2018 start of construction on the next phase of SR 520 improvements in Seattle. Interested to know what is involved?

 

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A rendering, looking east, of a new landscaped lid crossing over SR 520 at the Montlake Boulevard interchange in Seattle.

 

Please attend one of our open houses to find out what’s ahead for SR 520 construction between I-5 and Lake Washington – the highway segment we call “the Rest of the West.”  Our first open house is online, now through July 8, at sr520.participate.online. Just log in for overviews and design renderings of the next phase of corridor improvements in Seattle’s Montlake area.  This online “meeting” also allows you to provide feedback to WSDOT on the corridor plans.

Next week is the in-person open house

On Tuesday, June 28, we’re holding our in-person open house on the planned improvements to SR 520’s west side corridor in Seattle. Both the online and in-person open houses are focusing primarily on the first of three phases of west side construction. This next phase includes construction of:

  • A landscaped lid and multimodal transit hub over SR 520 in Montlake
  • A separate “land bridge” across SR 520 for bicyclists and pedestrians
  • The West Approach Bridge South, which will carry eastbound Seattle traffic across Union Bay to the new floating bridge

Join us in person!

  • When: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28
  • Where: St. Demetrios Hall – 2100 Boyer Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98112

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, May 20 - June 13, 2016

JUNE 14, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are city planning items of interest and the Dept. of Construction & Inspections Land Use notices within the last three weeks for communities from 21st Ave east to Lake Washington and E Union St north to SR-520.

 

2925 E Madison St

Design Review Early Design Guidance meeting for proposed 4-story mixed use building consisting of 26,600 sq. ft. of retail space and 75 residential units. Parking to be provided for 158 vehicles below grade. Existing structures is to be demolished.

July 13, 2016 6:30pm
Seattle University
1000 E James Way
Student Center 210- Multi-Purpose Room

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Seattle 2035

The Seattle City Council is considering amendments to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan and the City’s Land Use Code to implement the Mayor’s Recommended Comprehensive Plan, known as Seattle 2035. The proposed amendments are available at 2035.seattle.gov.

The Mayor’s Recommended Plan proposes to significantly rewrite the Seattle Comprehensive Plan. The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the Mayor’s Recommended Plan.

June 27, 2016  6:00 p.m.
Seattle City Council Chambers
City Hall: 600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor. 

Notice of Public Hearing

Seattle2035

 

Short Term (Vacation) Rentals

The City of Seattle is proposing to amend the Land Use Code in order to define and add standards for short-term rental uses and modify the definition and standards for bed and breakfast uses.

The legislation would establish a new definition for “short-term rental” as a type of lodging use and establish standards for short-term rentals, including an annual rental limit of 90 nights for housing units that are not the primary residence of the owner. The legislation would also modify the definition of “bed and breakfast” as a type of lodging use and modify the standards for bed and breakfasts as an accessory use in residential zones.

The legislation includes requirements that all short-term rentals and bed and breakfasts have a business license from the City, and that short-term rentals and bed and breakfasts that rent more than 90 nights in a year have a short-term rental license from the City.

Notice of Land Use Code Amendments

 

1821 29th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site with an existing structure that will remain, into two unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.  Zone: Single Family 5000, Liquefaction prone soils

Notice of Application

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map
Seattle In Progress

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Apr 28 - May 19, 2016

MAY 22, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are city planning items of interest and the Dept. of Construction & Inspections Land Use notices within the last three weeks for communities from 21st Ave east to Lake Washington and E Union St north to SR-520.

 

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Backyard Cottages and Accessory Dwelling Units
The City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) is proposing to amend the Land Use Code, to modify development standards related to accessory dwelling units (ADU) and detached accessory dwelling units (DADU), also known as backyard cottages.

Notice of Land Use Code Amendments

 

Mandatory Housing Affordability Program

The Seattle City Council is considering a proposed ordinance that would add a new chapter to the Land Use Code and make other amendments.  This would establish a framework for a Mandatory Housing Affordability program for residential development (MHA-R).  Under the MHA-R program new residential development, including development with live-work units and congregate residence sleeping rooms, would be required to provide affordable units (performance) or make an in-lieu payment. The MHA-R program will be implemented as increases in residential development capacity are approved.

Notice of Public Hearing

 

Comprehensive Plan Final EIS

The City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) has issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Comprehensive Plan update. The proposed action is programmatic in nature and involves amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. In particular, the City is considering text and map amendments to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan (see 2035.seattle.gov) that may affect the distribution of 70,000 new housing units and 115,000 new jobs expected in Seattle by the year 2035, and that would influence various City operations. The EIS evaluates five alternatives, the No Action Alternative and four action alternatives with different possible distributions of future residential and employment growth among Urban Centers, Urban Villages and other areas.

Notice of FEIS

 

2220 E Union St

The City of Seattle Hearing Examiner is conducting a public hearing on the recommendation of the Director of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (Seattle DCI) to rezone a property from NC2-40 to NC2-65 and from NC2P- 40 to NC2P-65. Project includes construction of a six story, 144 unit apartment building with 20,207 sq. ft. of ground floor retail space. Parking for 148 vehicles will be provided below grade. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 2-40' Pedestrian, arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40'

Notice of Public Hearing

 

111 26th Ave E

The proposal is to allow two, 2 unit, townhouse and one, 4 unit, townhouse (total 8 units) on a 9,600 sqft. lot. Parking for 8 vehicles to be provided. Zone: Lowrise-2, steep slope (greater than=40%), potential slide area

Notice of Streamlined Design Review

 

224 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one 4,800 sqft. development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.  Zone: Lowrise-1, potential slide area

Notice of Application

 

1617 38th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a one-story 5,103 sq. ft. addition (kitchen, lunchroom, restrooms, storage) to an existing institution (McGilvra Elementary School), remove two portable classrooms and covered play area. Determination of Non Significance prepared by Seattle Public Schools.  Zone: Single Family 5000, landmark

Notice of Application:

 

2609 E Thomas St

Land Use Application to subdivide one 4,798 sqft. development site into five unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.  Zone: Potential Slide Area, Lowrise-2

Notice of Decision

 

2812 E Union St

Land Use application to subdivide one parcel of land into two parcels of land. Proposed sizes are: A) 3,953 sq. ft. and B) 1,843 sq. ft. Zone: Lowrise 1, areterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Decision

 

112 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one 4,780 sqft. development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise 1, potential slide area, liquefaction prone soils

Notice of Decision

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress

 

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Notes and Public Comments from the Architect’s Presentation

MAY 18, 2016 | LINDY WISHARD

Thank you to everyone who attended the architect’s presentation of the new development. Below are written notes taken by Frank Nam, Neighborhood District Coordinator Supervisor at the City of Seattle. 

Photos of the community comments were taken after the roundtable discussion (View Photos). These photos have been shared with the architect, who will be addressing many of these comments during the Seattle Design Review Process. 

If you’d like to learn more about the Design Review process, please visit the City’s website. Your comments on proposed land use actions must be submitted in writing to the Public Resource Center either by email to prc@seattle.gov (preferred method), by fax to (206) 233-7901, or by mail to:

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
ATTN: Public Resource Center or Assigned Planner
700 Fifth Ave, Ste 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

Frank Nam’s Notes

Madison Valley Community Council Meeting that invited the Architect Charles Strazzara to come present to the community.

Roughly 125 people in attendance.

The developer and architect submitted an Early Design Guidance package two months early in order to garner community feedback. This is something they did not have to do and not a requirement of the EDG.

They will submit a final EDG package after receiving feedback in about 1.5 months.

Jeffrey Floor was also in attendance and he is a member of the Land Use Review Committee. He was here to help facilitate the meeting and the Q&A.

The architect Charles Strazzara showed his 3 options. The first two were larger massings that were obtrusive into the Dewey Place frontage which faces single family homes. Those were to code but the architect did not like it as it felt obtrusive to the community.

The third option had a number of cut backs and stepped the building away from Dewey Place. They also provided over a 1:1 resident unit to parking space ratio and a larger than necessary retail parking space ratio. 

They also are allowed to develop all the way to the property line but had setbacks all along the perimeter.

Q&A Main Questions

  • Questions about zoning and not having to go as high as code allows for size/space/etc. 
  • Questions about brick façade – earthquake proof?
  • Drainage questions and not adding any cars at all?
  • Transit Reduction can be up to .5 – they can apply for this in this area. 

Then there was time for people to write down some thoughts about what the project would need to be welcomed in the neighborhood. Some of the most raised topics were:

  • Affordable Housing +3
  • Manage construction to minimize traffic impacts +6
  • Aesthetics - quality of materials and outdoor spaces - enhanced Dewey side buffering +4
  • Noise of large building concerns - refrigeration noise - acoustic studies with greenbelt loss +3

Save Madison Valley Spoke:

  • Community of neighbors committed to the livability, safety, and vibrancy of the Madison Valley neighborhood.
  • Non-Profit Org.
  • 563+ members on Facebook.
  • Launched SaveMadisonValley.org
  • Hired Land-Use attorney.
  • Partnership with Peter Steinbrueck.
  • Direct engagement with Architect & Developer.
  • Built connections with other groups in the city.
  • Concerned with size of the project.
  • SMV will host meeting in mid-June.
  • Organize for Design review meeting on 7/27

Greeenways:

Bob from Seattle Neighborhood Greenways / Madison Park Greenways spoke about a loose coalition for safe walking and biking routes around the McGilvra Elementary School area.

 

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First Views of the City People's Site Development

MAY 12, 2016 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

The City has posted the first public document describing the development slated to replace City People's Garden Store.

Visit the Save Madison Valley website to view the full report. www.savemadisonvalley.org/blog/2016/5/12/first-views-of-the-development

 

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What are those white lines on 28th and 29th Ave East?

MAY 7, 2016 | LINDY WISHARD

Many people are wondering what the white markings on 28th and 29th Ave East are for. SDOT is going to be repairing the street in preparation for resurfacing the streets later this year or next.

white-lines

street-worker

 

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New Buildings on Union and Madison

MAY 7, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

In the last few months I’ve been taking snapshots of a number of the larger projects that have been in progress in our area. Some had just broken ground and others are nearly occupied. I’ve been sharing the (very boring!) Land Use Notifications on this website for a year now, and have attended developers’ presentations to neighbors at meetings hosted by Madison Valley or Madison Miller Community Councils. So I started to be more interested in looking at the projects in “real life,” and grabbing a picture here and there in the course of my traipsing around town. 

Each address is linkable to all of the Design Review meetings that considered the project. Click on the address for each date to see the options presented and the board meeting minutes, recommendations and responses. There are links to the public notices for the project from that page, and, for those who want to dig through the gory details, the project # can also be entered on www.seattle.gov/dpd.

I’ve noticed a few themes. First, the process from getting a project number assigned by the city through the design review and a permit granted is 1–2 years, and it is usually some time before any ground is broken. Second, most of the retail spaces are not yet leased, at least not announced, even with buildings completed or near completion, so we usually have to wait and see who moves in. Third, the “under construction” experience is very different from the final result and the finished occupied building is so much more real than the design review presentations. As the projects become reality, it’s starting to look like upper Madison and Union each have their own distinct design “vibe.”

 

1141 Martin Luther King Jr Way

Four-story building with 41 (efficiency, 1 and 2 BR) apartments over ground floor commercial space, and parking for 27 vehicles. The building has 6,091 sq ft of of a variety of commercial spaces. Cappy’s Gym will be moving into one of them! Some tidbits about the architect, nominated in 2008 by The Stranger as the “coolest developer in Seattle,” can be found in this Central District News article. 

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1141 M L King Jr Way proposal and just after ground breaking in Feb 2016

 

2407 E Union St

Four-story building with 39 apartments above 3,000 sq ft of retail and 2 live/work units. Parking for 21 vehicles provided. More news about this project can be read at the Capitol Hill blog.

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2407 E Union proposal and March 2016

 

2320 E Union St

Capitol Hill Housing plans to build 115 units affordable to individuals and families earning $18,000 to $54,000 a year. CHH also has plans to incorporate local businesses into the project and to honor the site’s historical importance as the home of the region’s first black-owned bank. A community-based advisory board is helping steer the effort. The first Early Design Guidance meeting was May 4, so the proposal is not completed. I did find a history of the project, thanks to the Capitol Hill blog.

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2320 E Union, March 2016

 

2203 E Union St

The long vacant lot, where the historic building was damaged beyond repair by the Nisqaully earthquake, and development postponed due to the 2008 crash, is finally completed and open, and people and businesses are moving in. Spaces are still available to lease.

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2203 E Union, March 2016

 

2305 E Madison St

Four-story building with 50 studio and 1-br apartments above 3,492 sq ft of retail space and parking for 13 vehicles. Twenty percent of the units will be rent-restricted for income qualified tenants at 65% of area median income. Commercial spaces for small neighborhood businesses and space for a new restaurant. The architect is a prolific blogger.

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2305 E Madison proposal and February 2016

 

2051 E Madison St

Six-story, 105-unit apartment building with 5,700 sq ft of retail at ground level and 97 below-ground parking spaces. The building is planned to open in late June or early July. Here is the architect’s website.

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2051 E Madison, March 2016

 

2026 E Madison St

Six-story structure containing 9,576 sq ft of commercial space at ground level and 222 residential units above. Parking to be provided below grade.

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2026 E Madison proposal.

 

2100 E Madison St

Six-story structure containing 50 residential units and 3,800 sq ft of commercial at street level, with parking for 20 vehicles to be provided.

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2100 E Madison proposal and March 2016

 

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PCC: A Presentation from the Architect

MAY 6, 2016 | LINDY WISHARD

Charles Strazzara, lead architect on the building that will replace City People’s, is giving a public presentation. He will show renderings of the preliminary design, and speak about the results of the recently completed geotechnical study. A moderated Q&A session will follow.

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Madison Valley Community Council May Meeting
Tuesday May 17th
7:00 PM
Bush School Community Room
3400 E Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98112

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Apr 5 - Apr 27, 2016

APRIL 28, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are city planning items of interest and the Dept. of Construction & Inspections Land Use notices within the last three weeks for communities from 21st Ave east to Lake Washington and E Union St north to SR-520.

 

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2320 E Union St

Early Design Guidance meeting on Wed. May 4, 6:30 pm, at Seattle University Admissions & Alumni Community Building for a proposal by Capitol Hill Housing to build a 6-story structure containing 116 residential units above 3,300 sq. ft. of ground-level retail space. Parking for 18 vehicles will be located within the structure. This project requires a contract rezone from NC2P-40 and NC2-40 to NC2P-65.

Notice of Design Review

 

1816 M L King Jr Way

Land Use application to subdivide one parcel of land into two parcels of land. Proposed sizes are: Y) 4,020 sq. ft. and Z) 4,020 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished. Zone: Single Family 5000, potential slide area, liquefaction prone soils, arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Application

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress

 

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PCC Opening in Madison Valley

APRIL 19, 2016 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Today Velmeir announced that PCC Natural Markets will be the anchor tenant in the new development where City People’s is currently located. The full press release follows.

Please note a date and time for a community meeting about the new development will be announced later this week.

Please check this site for updates or subscribe to our news feed by clicking the link at the top of this page.

If you’d like to be involved in the neighborhood please consider participating in the Community Council or Merchant’s Association. Meeting dates follow:

Madison Valley Community Council
Tuesday May 17th 7:00-9:00 PM
Tuesday June 14th 7:00-9:00 PM
Bush School Community Room

Madison Valley Merchant’s Association
Wednesday April 20th 8:30-10:00 AM
Wednesday May 18th  8:30-10:00 AM
Cafe Flora

SEATTLE – April 19, 2016 – The Velmeir Companies today announced that PCC Natural Markets (PCC) will anchor a proposed new mixed-use development in Madison Valley. PCC, the country’s largest member-owned natural foods market, will occupy 25,000 square feet in the new building. The project will include 75 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments above the grocer and an underground parking garage. 

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“We are delighted to bring PCC Natural Markets as well as housing options for families of all sizes to Madison Valley,” said Geza de Gall, vice president of real estate and development at The Velmeir Companies. “We heard from many in the community who shared that they would like to have a grocery store in the neighborhood.” Plans for the building include a green roof, rooftop terrace and street side plantings as well as setbacks more generous than required by code. Velmeir is also constructing a mixed-use apartment building in Queen Anne. 

“There is such a passion for food in Madison Valley that can be seen in the restaurants, cafes and bakeries that thrive along Madison Street as well as the continued success of Central Co-op on Capitol Hill,” said Cate Hardy, CEO, PCC Natural Markets. “We are thrilled to join such a strong community alongside Velmeir while also bringing our fresh, organic produce, high quality meats and seafood, and exceptional customer service to shoppers in Madison Park, Madrona, Leschi and the Central District.” 

PCC and Central Co-op have a long-standing relationship dating back to 1978, when the former helped the latter open for business at the top of Capitol Hill. Today, Central Co-op is a community-owned natural foods cooperative and complete grocery store dedicated to sustainable practices and the Washington food economy. 

Dan Arnett, Cooperator in Chief at Central Co-op said, “Part of being a co-op is uniting with other like-minded businesses to remain competitive. PCC shares our values and, together, we can make a positive impact in shaping the food landscape in this neighborhood. We’re happy to welcome PCC to Madison Valley, and excited to form a deeper partnership in the coming months.” 

The project’s location is the current East Madison site of City People’s Garden Store, which recently announced the store’s closure at the end of 2016. “We share Velmeir’s enthusiasm for PCC as the anchor tenant in this project and believe they will be a terrific asset to the neighborhood on many levels,” said Dianne Casper, Co-owner at City People’s. “And we value Velmeir’s track record of working with communities and their history of listening to local needs and concerns and adapting designs in response to feedback. Ultimately we believe this project, which brings a top-notch local retailer in PCC, increases the housing stock, and incorporates thoughtful design, will be a major asset for the Madison Valley community and a positive legacy from us.” 

Velmeir plans to break ground in early 2017 and open the retail space and apartments in 2018. The building is designed by Charles Strazzara, partner at local architecture firm Studio Meng Strazzara. 

ABOUT THE VELMEIR COMPANIES 

The Velmeir Companies is a full-service commercial retail development company that specializes in retail and mixed-use projects. With hundreds of thousands of square feet developed across the country, The Velmeir Companies is very proud of its list of clients, which includes some of the country’s finest retail concepts. Velmeir prides itself on the partnerships it builds with its communities and neighbors, and the quality of services it provides. 

ABOUT PCC NATURAL MARKETS 

Founded in 1953, PCC Natural Markets is a certified organic retail cooperative with annual sales of $250 million and an active membership of more than 56,000 households. PCC is headquartered in Seattle and operates stores in the greater Seattle area, including Fremont, Greenlake Aurora, Greenlake Village, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, Columbia City, View Ridge and West Seattle, and Edmonds. A new store in Bothell, Wash. will open in Summer 2016. For more information visit pccnaturalmarkets.com.

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Mar 22 - Apr 4, 2016

APRIL 4, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are city planning items of interest and the Dept. of Construction & Inspections Land Use notices within the last two weeks for communities from 21st Ave east to Lake Washington and E Union St north to SR-520.

 

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2322 E Denny Way

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay, Lowrise 2, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′

Notice of Application

 

118 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise 1, Potential slide area, liquefaction prone soils

Notice of Decision

 

111 21st Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story structure containing 75 apartment units. Storage for 57 bicycles to be provided within the structure. Existing structures to be demolished. Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay

Notice of Decision

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map
Seattle In Progress

 

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City People’s Update

APRIL 3, 2016 | LINDY WISHARD

On April 1st I met with the new owner/developer and a representative from his public relations firm. Nat Stratton Clarke, president of the Merchants Association, and Kathryn Keller, our land-use guru, were also present for the discussion. I’m pleased to report the meeting went well. It is still early in the project cycle, however, and many details are yet to come. Following are the highlights of our meeting:

Cooperation: Everyone at the table agreed to work together to ensure the success of the project, continued improvement of the neighborhood, and the overall good of the community. 

Retail: A lease has been signed for the retail space on the first floor. The announcement of the tenant is expected later this month. The new owner has confirmed it will not be a drugstore. 

Timeline: It is still too early to establish a definite timeline.

Concerns: Residents and merchants have shared their concerns with me and Nat, and we discussed this list with the team.

1. Geology of the site. The site geo-tech study was complete last week, and the results will be submitted to the Dept. of Planning and Development as part of the permitting process. It is likely that the city will approve development of the site as additional shoring and foundation work will provide the necessary stability for the building and hillside.

2. Construction period. We explained the problems we had with construction worker parking, lane closing, and reduced street parking on Madison St. during the storm water and Madison Lofts projects. Unlike those previous projects, most of the construction staging this time will happen on the site itself, not on the street, and the owner pledged to do his best to keep those problems to a minimum. We agreed to put in place a communication plan to address those issues as the work goes forward.

3. Size of the building. The neighborhood is zoned for a building 40′ tall. Drawings illustrating the mass of the building will be available in the coming months. 

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4. Design of the building. The city requires a review process to ensure that the scale, design, and materials will be in keeping with the land use code and zoning rules. As part of the design review the community can provide feedback to the review board, which is able to veto anything truly objectionable. More information about the design review process can be read on their site.

Nat and I will continue to be in close contact with all parties through this process, and will keep everyone up to date as the project evolves. Please check madisonvalley.org for updates or subscribe to our news articles via email.

 

Lindy Wishard is the president of the Madison Valley Community Council.

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Feb 24 - Mar 21, 2016

MARCH 22, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are city planning items of interest and the Dept. of Construction & Inspections Land Use notices within the last month for communities from 21st Ave east to Lake Washington and E Union St north to SR-520.

 

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2100 E Madison St

Design Review Meeting on Wed. March 23, 8:00 p.m., Seattle University Student Center 210 for land Use Application to allow a 6-story structure containing 50 apartment units and 3,800 sq. ft. of commercial at street level. Parking for 20 vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 3-65′ Pedestrian, Arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village Overlay.

Notice of Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting

 

1115 34th Ave

Streamlined Design Review for proposed two, three-story structures containing two live-work units and four townhouses. Surface parking for four vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished. The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through March 23, 2016. You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in the design for this project. Please note that this is the only opportunity to comment on this proposal. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 1-30′, Lowrise-2, Arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Streamlined Design Review

 

2812 E Union St

Land Use application to subdivide one parcel of land into two parcels of land. Proposed sizes are: A) 3,953 sq. ft. and B) 1,843 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.  Zone: Lowrise-1, Arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Application

 

130 21st Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village Overlay

Notice of Application

 

132 21st Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village Overlay

Notice of Application

 

139 22nd Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village Overlay

Notice of Application

 

141 22nd Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village Overlay

Notice of Application

 

1711 25th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-1, Steep slope (>=40%)

Notice of Application

 

457 39th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a new three story, single family dwelling unit in an environmentally critical area. Parking for one vehicle to be located within the structure. The following approvals are required: Variance to allow development in a steep slope area. Zone: Urban Residential, Potential slide area, Steep Slope (>=40%), Scenic view within 500 ft., Single Family 7200  

Notice of Application

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, Feb 9 - Feb 23, 2016

FEBRUARY 23, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are city planning items of interest and the Dept. of Construction & Inspections Land Use notices within the last two weeks for communities from 21st Ave east to Lake Washington and E Union St north to SR-520.

 

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HALA Community Focus Groups

The Office of Planning & Community Development is recruiting for a large and diverse group of residents to help shape the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda. Community focus groups will have representatives from each Urban Village and will talk through some of these big HALA proposals. This is a year-long commitment and one important way to give input to the City on what you think of these proposals. People who live in multi-family zones or the Urban Villages, renters and owners, are needed to share your views and experiences because this will directly affect you. Applications due Friday, February 26.

Apply Today!

 

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2603 E Thomas St

Appeal to the Hearing Examiner regarding the city’s Determination of Non-Significance (no environmental impact statement required) and no conditions imposed for proposed three-story, five unit row house on a 4,800 sq ft lot in an environmentally critical area. Zone: Potential Slide Area, Lowrise-2

Appeal Hearing Notice

 

2609 E Thomas St

Appeal to the Hearing Examiner regarding the city’s Determination of Non-Significance (no environmental impact statement required) and no conditions imposed for proposed five unit row house structure 4,800 sq ft lot in an environmentally critical area. Zone: Potential Slide Area, Lowrise-2

Appeal Hearing Notice

 

131 22nd Ave E

Streamline Design Review to allow one three-story townhouse structure containing seven residential units. Parking for three vehicles to be provided within the structure and four surface parking spaces. Existing structure to be demolished. Zone: Lowrise-3, Urban Village overlay, scenic view within 500 ft.

Notice of Streamlined Design Review

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, Jan 25 - Feb 8, 2016

FEBRUARY 9, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Dept. of Construction & Inspections Land Use notices within the last two weeks for communities from 21st Ave east to Lake Washington and E Union St north to SR-520.

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2603 E Thomas St

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. This is part of the development of two properties, 2603 and 2609 E Thomas, which had environmental review under other project notices. A number of the neighbors are concerned that 10 row houses are being built on a steeply sloped, potential land slide area. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Potential Slide Area, Lowrise-2

Notice of Decision

 

2220 E Union St

The first design review meeting for the property on the NW corner of 23rd & Union is February 17, 8:00 p.m., at Seattle University (see notice for details). This will be an opportunity to see what ideas Lake Union Partners are proposing for the site of the gas station & mini-mart, Alleycat Acres’ garden and Cappy’s Gym. Project includes construction of a six story, 144 unit apartment building with 11,641 sq. ft. of ground floor retail. Parking for 109 vehicles will be located at, and below grade. Review includes demolition of existing structures. Council Land Use Action to rezone a 29,044 sq. ft. portion of land, NC2P-40’ to NC2P-65’ (24,449 sq. ft.) and NC2-40’ to NC2-65' (4,595 sq. ft.).

Notice of Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting

 

3014 E Denny Way

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. Existing residential units to remain. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lot.

Zone: Single Family 5000, Liquefaction prone soils

Notice of Decision

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, Dec 15 - Jan 25, 2016

JANUARY 25, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices, all within the last two weeks, and announcements of interest for communities from 21st Ave east to Lake Washington and E Union St north to SR-520.

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2603 E Thomas St

Land Use Application to allow a three-story, five unit rowhouse in an environmentally critical area. Three surface parking spaces provided on site. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Potential Slide Area, Lowrise-2

Notice of Decision

 

2609 E Thomas St

Land Use Application to allow a five-unit rowhouse structure in an environmentally critical area. Surface parking for five vehicles to be provided. Existing single family residence to be removed. Environmental Review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Potential Slide Area, Lowrise-2

Notice of Decision

 

1629 42nd Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6442134. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-1, Scenic view within 500 ft.

Notice of Decision

 

1711 25th Ave

Land Use Application to allow four, 3-story single family residences in an environmentally critical area. Parking for four vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished. Environmental Review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Lowrise-1, Steep slope (>=40%)

Notice of Decision

 

Seattle at Work - Housing Affordability

Join Mayor Murray & department directors to discuss how Seattle is at work in your neighborhood & throughout the city. We’ll be continuing the conversation around the Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda, and we’d like your help in creating new programs aimed at increasing housing affordability, reducing housing barriers, & strengthening tenant protections.

Tuesday, January 26, 5 – 7pm
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Ave

 

Backyard Cottages - Second Community Meeting

Expanding the construction of backyard cottages could provide thousands of new housing units throughout Seattle and give homeowners an opportunity to earn stable, extra income and remain in their homes. Join us, along with Councilmember Mike O’Brien, at public meetings to discuss policy options that would encourage production of backyard cottages.

Wednesday, February 3, 6 – 7:30pm
Wallingford Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress

 

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Encouraging Backyard Cottages & Seattle At Work

JANUARY 14, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

With great fanfare and considerable community debate and discussion, the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Advisory Committee delivered a hefty list of recommendations to Mayor Murray last July. Since then, city government is taking the necessary steps to implement the HALA Grand Bargain and Mayor’s action plan with the development of legislation and Council action. Now the real work begins where the residents of Seattle are invited to help shape the changes to our laws that will realize the goals of HALA.

Seattle at Work Community Meeting

The heart of the HALA Grand Bargain is upzoning all multi-family areas, and single family areas within the Urban Villages, in exchange for more affordable housing. As this work proceeds, we have the opportunity to understand what is being proposed and provide feedback regarding the realities of implementation.

Join Mayor Murray and City Staff to continue the conversation around the Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda to discuss creating new programs to increase housing affordability and strengthen tenant protections.

Tuesday, January 26, 5 – 7pm
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Ave

 

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Encouraging Backyard Cottages Community Meetings

Expanding the construction of backyard cottages (aka DADUs – Detached Accessory Dwelling Units) could provide thousands of new housing units throughout Seattle and give homeowners an opportunity to earn stable, extra income, and remain in their homes. Join city staff and Councilmember Mike O’Brien at two public meetings in January 2016 to discuss policy options that would encourage production of backyard cottages.

Tuesday, January 19, 6 – 7:30pm
Filipino Community Center
5740 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

Wednesday, February 3, 6 – 7:30pm
Wallingford Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N

The Office of Planning & Community Development (OPCD) published a background report and analysis that provides a good overview. Here are some aspects of legislation being considered and worth thinking about in terms of, “How can backyard cottages work in my neighborhood or other areas I am familiar with?” and, “How do backyard cottages enhance our neighborhoods?”

What sizes and heights should be allowed for cottages? Does it depend on the specific neighborhood? What portion of a lot should be preserved for green space? How close should cottages be to the property line adjacent to neighbors and how close when by an alley or street?

What should the parking requirements be? Does it make sense for someone with no garage or driveway but a huge backyard to have to put in a driveway and parking spaces to add a cottage? What about areas with no available on-street parking?

Should homeowners be able to create a basement or other section of their house as a rental unit (ADU or Attached Accessory Dwelling Unit) and also build a backyard cottage on their property? Should the owner be required to live on the property or is it acceptable for all of the living units (house, basement apartment and/or backyard cottage) to be rented with no homeowner resident?

Do some ideas of ‘what makes sense’ depend on different kinds of neighborhoods’ housing types? Does the heights of surrounding homes or the standard lot sizes and locations of homes on those lots make a difference in how you think about proposals? Where an area has a ubiquitous architectural style, does that make a difference in what would be desirable?

Are you considering building backyard cottage? What would be helpful to you? What creative ideas have you come up with? Watch this presentation to hear from folks who have done it describe the process, and where they experienced benefits and impediments.

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, Dec 1 - 14, 2015

DECEMBER 15, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices and announcements of interest in the last two weeks for communities from 21st Ave east to Lake Washington and E Union St north to SR-520.

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2609 E Thomas St

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Potential Slide Area, Lowrise-2

Notice of Application

 

118 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential slide area, Liquefaction prone soils

Notice of Application

 

1425 22nd Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide two parcels into three parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 5,080 sq. ft., B) 5,006 sq. ft., and C) 5,158 sq. ft. Existing structures to remain. Zone: Single Family 5000, Urban Village Overlay

Notice of Application

 

2603 E Thomas St

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Potential Slide Area, Lowrise-2

Notice of Application

 

Backyard Cottages Community Meetings

Expanding the construction of backyard cottages could provide thousands of new housing units throughout Seattle and give homeowners an opportunity to earn stable, extra income and remain in their homes. Join us, along with Councilmember Mike O’Brien, at two public meetings to discuss policy options that would encourage production of backyard cottages.

 

Tuesday, January 19   6 – 7:30pm
Filipino Community Center
5740 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

 

Tuesday, January 26   6 – 7:30pm
Loyal Heights Community Center
2101 NW 77th St

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, November 1 - 30, 2015

DECEMBER 1, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices in the last month for communities from 21st Ave East to Lake Washington and E Union St north to SR-520.

 

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1834 38th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a new single family residence with a variance. Parking for two vehicles to be provided. Zone: Single Family 5000

Notice of Decision

 

728 21st Ave E

Land Use Application to allow an 8,932 sq. ft. addition to an existing institution (Holy Names Academy). The project includes removing and replacing an elevated walkway with a 2-story addition for cafeteria expansion, common area, conference room and rooftop deck. Zone: Single Family 5000, Arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Decision

 

112 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.  Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential slide area, Liquefaction prone soils Note: the original lot was divided last year, and the plans call for rowhouses on the street front and townhouses on what is the back half with the address 118 27th E.  

Notice of Application

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map
Seattle In Progress

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, Oct 8 - Oct 29, 2015

OCTOBER 31, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices in the last three weeks for communities from 21st Ave east to Lake Washington and E Union St north to SR-520.

 

1106 34th Ave

Council Land Use Action to rezone a 4,808 sq. ft. portion of land from LR2 to NC1-30 and a 6,109 sq. ft. portion of land from LR2 to LR3. The property is bounded on the South by East Spring Street, to the West by 34th Avenue, to the North by a commercial building at 1112 34th Ave and to the East by an unimproved alley adjacent to 1101 35th Avenue.

Notice of Application

 

1711 25th Ave

Land Use Application to allow four, 3-story single family residences in an environmentally critical area. Parking for four vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished. Environmental Review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Lowrise-1, Steep Slope (>=40%)

Notice of Application

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Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress

 

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Seattle 2035: Help Shape Our Communities for the Next 20 Years!

OCTOBER 8, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

People often ask how is it that a certain kind of building can be built, how are parks and open spaces  planned, or why did that neighborhood get street enhancements? Much of how we see Seattle shape itself since 1994 is due to Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan: Toward a Sustainable Seattle which has guided growth in Seattle with the goal of fostering a healthy and vibrant city. This was followed up by citywide Neighborhood Planning process, which is supposed to guide and set priorities for Department of Neighborhoods grants to focus on creating “complete” neighborhoods as we grow and change. From guiding investment by the city to something as prosaic as comments requested on a project land use application, the plan sets the social and natural environmental components that are prioritized and considered.

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By Washington State law, we must update our plan every 20 years to account for what we have learned and provide the schema for the buildings, processes and priorities to shape growth and investment in the development of Seattle for the next 20 years. Your voice and involvement is critical because this is our plan. It is only through citizen involvement in the planning, and citizen oversight over the next 20 years, that we realize a plan that creates a great city for all of us to live, work, learn and recreate in.

The City of Seattle will hold five community meetings to gather public comments on Seattle 2035, the Draft City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan. The updated Comprehensive Plan will guide city policy and investments for the next 20 years. The meetings will include open house displays and a presentation to provide a broad overview of the Draft Plan, and will highlight major changes.

The first of these open houses is in our neighborhood on: 

Monday, October 19
6 – 8pm
Miller Community Center Multipurpose Room
330 19th Ave E.

The Seattle 2035 process of the last year has included a number of community meetings, public hearings, events, and opportunities for online feedback and has culminated in this draft plan. If you participated in any of those events, or are newly interested, consider attending one of the open houses or joining the  online conversation at Seattle 2035. The comment period ends November 20.

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, Sep 9 - Oct 7, 2015

OCTOBER 8, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices for the last month, along with Seattle citywide planning and land use projects of interest. We have newly expanded coverage including the communities east of 21st to Lake Washington and north of Union to roughly SR-520 and Union Bay.

 

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1629 42nd Ave E
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6442134. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zoning: Lowrise 1, Scenic View
Notice of Application

2100 E Madison St
Land Use Application to allow a 6-story structure containing 50 residential units and 3,800 sq. ft. of commercial at street level. Parking for 20 vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished. Zoning: Neighborhood Commercial 3-65’ Pedestrian, Arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village Overlay
Notice of Application

3014 E Denny Way
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #361784/547561. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lot. Zoning: Single Family 5000, Liquefaction Prone Soils
Notice of Application

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map
 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress 

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, Aug 21 - Sep 8, 2015

SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices pertaining to the Madison Valley community from the last three weeks, along with Seattle citywide actions of interest.

 

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203 24th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a four-story structure containing 38 small efficiency dwelling units. Zone: Lowrise-3, arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay  Comments may be submitted through: 9/16/2015

Notice of Application

 

Select Committee on Housing Affordability

The Select Committee will work with the Mayor and members of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Advisory Committee to increase housing affordability in the City. The Select Committee will be informed by recommendations presented in July 2015 by the HALA Advisory Committee and the Mayor's Roadmap to an Affordable and Livable City.

*Share your feedback and priorities on the HALA recommendations. The HALA Commitee has spoken. Now the Council wants to hear your thoughts on affordable housing.

Public Hearing
Wednesday, September 9, 5:30 p.m.
Council Chambers
600 4th Avenue

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The Seattle City Council is considering a proposed ordinance that would add a new would establish a framework for an Affordable Housing Impact Mitigation Program to partially mitigate the impacts of commercial development on the need for affordable housing. 

Public Hearing - Wednesday, September 30, 5:30 p.m., Council Chambers 600 4th Avenue

 

City Council Public Hearing on Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments for 2015-2016

The City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee will hold a public hearing on proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments for 2015 amendment cycle. The public hearing will be during the PLUS Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at 2:00 in the Seattle City Council Chamber, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue.

Notice of Public Hearing

 

Seattle 2035 Draft Comprehensive Plan

The recent building boom is a reminder that Seattle is an attractive and growing place. Continued growth will present challenges about how the City can ensure that everyone in the city will have a chance to prosper.  This Plan provides long-term guidance that will help the City make decisions about managing growth over the next 20 years and providing services to make the growth for all of the city.  Since the Plan was first adopted in 1994, it has embraced the concept of sustainable growth, meaning that the City would accommodate additional people and businesses, while also aiming to maintain and enhance resources for future generations.  Join the conversation, comment period is extended to November 20.

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, July 30 - August 20, 2015

AUGUST 23, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices pertaining to the Madison Valley community from the last three weeks, along with Seattle citywide actions of interest.

 

City Council Public Hearing on Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments for 2015-2016

The City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee will hold a public hearing on proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments for 2015 amendment cycle. The public hearing will be during the PLUS Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at 2:00 in the Seattle City Council Chamber, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue.

Notice of Public Hearing

 

2609 E Thomas St

Land Use Application to allow a three-story structure containing five residential units in an environmentally critical area. Surface parking for five vehicles to be provided. Existing single family residence to be removed. Zone: Potential Slide Area, Lowrise-2

Notice of Application

 

1733 27th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6428351. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Environmental review conducted under Project #3018450. Zone: Lowrise 1, Potential Slide Area, Steep Slope (>=40%)

Notice of Decision

 

Select Committee on Housing Affordability

The Select Committee will work with the Mayor and members of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Advisory Committee to increase housing affordability in the City. The Select Committee will be informed by recommendations presented in July 2015 by the HALA Advisory Committee and the Mayor's Roadmap to an Affordable and Livable City.

Wednesday, September 9, 5:30 p.m. (Public Hearing), Location to be determined

 

Seattle 2035 Draft Comprehensive Plan

The recent building boom is a reminder that Seattle is an attractive and growing place. Continued growth will present challenges about how the City can ensure that everyone in the city will have a chance to prosper.  This Plan provides long-term guidance that will help the City make decisions about managing growth over the next 20 years and providing services to make the growth for all of the city.  Since the Plan was first adopted in 1994, it has embraced the concept of sustainable growth, meaning that the City would accommodate additional people and businesses, while also aiming to maintain and enhance resources for future generations.  Join the conversation, comments due by the end of September.

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Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, July 7 - July 27, 2015

JULY 31, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices pertaining to the Madison Valley community from the last three weeks. 

 

224 23rd Ave E (revised app)

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story structure containing 6 small efficiency dwelling units and 4 apartments. No purposed (sic) parking. Existing duplex structure to remain (12 total units).

Notice of Application

Project # 3020668

 

1733 27th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Application

Project # 3021255 

 

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307 36th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land in an environmentally critical area. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 5,039 sq. ft. and B) 5,068 sq. ft. Existing structures to remain.

Notice of Decision

Project # 3019041

 

2603 E Thomas St

Land Use Application to allow a three-story, five unit rowhouse in an environmentally critical area. Three surface parking spaces provided on site. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

Notice of Application

Project # 3020412

 

227 23rd Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Decision

Project # 3020249 

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, June 1 - July 6, 2015

JULY 7, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices pertaining to the Madison Valley community from the last month.

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2100 E Madison St 

(a bit outside Madison Valley, but a significant development)

The proposal is to allow a 6-story, 50 unit apartment building with retail located at street level. Parking for 22 vehicles will be located below grade. Existing structure (Firestone Tire Center) to be demolished.

Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting

Project # 3020124

 

224 23rd Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story structure containing 6 small efficiency dwelling units and 4 apartments. No purposed (sic) parking. Existing duplex structure to remain (12 total units).

Notice of Application

Project # 3020668

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map (Click the markers for more info.)
Design Review Board schedules and documents

https://www.seattleinprogress.com/ (New evolving website that has easy links to design proposals)

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, May 4 - May 28, 2015

JUNE 1, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices pertaining to the Madison Valley community from the last month. 

2035 Open House 

Comprehensive Plan Update

The City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development has issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) addressing an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The City is considering text and map amendments to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan that may affect the distribution of 70,000 new housing units and 115,000 new jobs expected in Seattle by the year 2035, and that would influence various City operations.  The EIS evaluates four alternatives including a No Action Alternative and three other alternatives with different possible distributions of future residential and employment growth among Urban Centers, Urban Villages and other areas. 

Comments are due: June 17, 2015
Seattle 2035 Draft EIS Survey
Notice of Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Online Open House
Public Hearing Video

 

Amendments to Lowrise Multi-Family Zoning Regulations

The Seattle City Council is proposing to amend the Land Use Code (Title 23 of the Seattle Municipal Code) to make adjustments and corrections to the regulatory framework for Lowrise zones.

Comments due and public hearing: June 2, 2015
Notice of Public Hearing
Presentation to Council PLUS Committee at 56:44
Materials presented to Council PLUS Committee  3. Summary Matrix (for quick overview)
Backgound and Legislation

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2305 E MADISON ST

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story residential structure containing 50 units above 3,492 sq. ft. of retail space. Surface parking for 13 vehicles to be provided.

Notice of Decision
Project #3015490

 

1710 27TH AVE

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into six unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Application
Project #3020363  

 

1716 27TH AVE

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots.  Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Decision
Project #3019489 

 

1729 25TH AVE

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Decision
Project #3020123 

 

221 24TH AVE E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into six unit lots.  Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Decision
Project #3016954

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map (Click the markers for more info.)
Design Review Board schedules and documents

https://www.seattleinprogress.com/ (New evolving website that has easy links to design proposals)

 

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520 Construction Tours

MAY 18, 2015 | LINDY WISHARD

At the May update meeting of the 520 Bridge construction, WSDOT staff announced that the June, July, and August monthly meetings will include a tour of the bridge construction area. The tours will begin with a brief meeting at the Graham Visitors Center. Afterward staff will lead neighbors out to Foster Island and beyond to view the current construction area. Participants are advised to wear hiking boots or shoes and be prepared for a one-hour walk. Interested neighbors who want to go on the tour need to register in advance. The dates for the tours are:

Wednesday, June 3rd, 5:30 pm

Wednesday, July 1st, 5:30 pm

Wednesday, August 5th, 5:30 pm

Register for the tour on the WSDOT website. Look for the article “Latest WABN Construction Update.”

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, Apr 27 - May 1, 2015

MAY 5, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices pertaining to the Madison Valley community from the last week.  Note that the absence of recent reports is due to no notices pertaining to the Madison Valley community for most of April. 

 

227 23rd Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. The construction of residential units is under project 6405859. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Application

Project #3020249 

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Pedestrian Designation for Neighborhood Commercial Zones (including Madison Valley)

The Seattle City Council is considering Council Bill (CB) 118383, which would amend land use regulations that pertain to Pedestrian (P) designations and neighborhood commercial zoning districts, and would amend the Official Land Use Map to add P designations in 42 neighborhoods.

Notice of Opportunity to Comment

Council Bill Details

 

Amendments to Lowrise Multi-Family Zoning Regulations

The Seattle City Council is proposing to amend the Land Use Code (Title 23 of the Seattle Municipal Code) to make adjustments and corrections to the regulatory framework for Lowrise zones.

Notice of Public Hearing

Backgound and Legislation

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map (Click the markers for more info.)
Design Review Board schedules and documents

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, Mar 16 - 20, 2015

MARCH 23, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices pertaining to the Madison Valley community from the last week.

 

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1733 27th Ave

Land Use Application to allow a 3-unit rowhouse structure in an environmentally critical area. Parking for two vehicles to be provided within two of the residential units, and one surface parking space. Existing single family residence to be demolished under a separate permit. Project also includes 1,500 cu. yds. of grading. Environmental Review includes future unit lot subdivision.

Notice of Decision
Project #3018450

 

1722 27th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6360009. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Decision
Project# 3016318 

 

1726 27th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6338997. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Decision
Project# 3016316

 

502 Lake Washington Blvd E

Land Use Application to allow 2,966 sq. ft. of vegetation removal and revegetation in an environmentally critical area. Project includes upgrade to retaining walls, stairs, and walkways.

Notice of Decision
Project# 3017958

 

1141 M L King Jr Way

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story structure containing 41 apartment units above 6,091 sq. ft. of commercial space. Parking for 27 vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished. 

Notice of Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting
Project# 3015747

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map (Click the markers for more info.)
Design Review Board schedules and documents

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, Mar 5 - 12, 2015

MARCH 15, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

This week we introduce a new series by Kathryn Keller on Madison Valley Land Use Notices.

Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices pertaining to the Madison Valley community from the last week.

 

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203 24th Ave E

The proposal is for a 5-story apartment building with 27 small efficiency dwelling units.

Notice of Administrative Design Review
Parcel Information
Project # 3018090  

 

217 23rd Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Application Granted
Notice of Decision
Project #6404983

 

2305 E Madison St 

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story residential structure containing 50 units above 3,492 sq. ft. of retail space.  Surface parking for 13 vehicles to be provided.

Notice of Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting
Design review materials (from prior early design guidance phase)
​Project # 3015490

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map (Click the markers for more info.)
Design Review Board schedules and documents

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SDOT Bulletin - Sidewalk & Curb Ramp Construction

JANUARY 29, 2015 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Jan 29, 2015 – Gary Merlino Construction, working on behalf of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), has demolished the sidewalk on the south side of E Madison Street from MLK Way east to the crosswalk at 28th Avenue E (in front of Jae’s Asian Bistro & Sushi), along with demolition of the northside landing of the crosswalk (the northeast corner of 28th & Madison).

The crews will bulb out the southside sidewalk an additional 5’, creating a shorter and safer crossing for pedestrians, while also making a wider and more inviting pedestrian-friendly sidewalk. Finally, new ADA-compliant curb ramps will be installed on both the north and south landings of the crosswalk.

SDOT extends its apology for failing to provide adjacent businesses with advance notification of the start of construction. It is our policy to provide businesses with such notice and of expected construction impacts, something we fell short of in this instance.

SDOT’s signal engineers are taking advantage of the sidewalk project to also make some signal upgrades at the intersection. This work should only take several days, with the sidewalk construction crew expected to return next Tuesday or Wednesday (February 27 or 28). At that point, they expect it will take them another five working days to complete the sidewalk restoration.

Questions and/or concerns can be directed to Paul Elliott, SDOT Community Relations, 206/684-5321 or paul.elliott@seattle.gov.

Thank you for your cooperation, patience, and understanding.

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