Land Use Application for block that houses The Viking

Developers have submitted a Land Use Application to turn the east block of 24th Ave NW and NW 65th St. into a residential structure with ground-level retail. The block houses the beloved Viking Tavern, which land owner Bill Parks has said he will consider maintaining with the new development.

The notice of the Land Use Application was published this morning by the Department of Planning and Development. The plan calls for a, “six-story addition to a structure,” containing, “54 residential units above 3,625 sq. ft. of ground level retail.” The project plans include parking for 17 vehicles in a below grade garage. The existing structures would be demolished.

Parks purchased the building in May. In July, he said he met with the owners of The Viking several times and that he is open to the idea of the pub remaining on the property after the development is complete, but wants the building to improve the appearance of the area.

“We want the building to be inviting to families; our real focus is creating a nice community,” Parks said at a public meeting this summer. “People have emotional investments in these businesses, and I can appreciate that, but that doesn’t help us to develop a building.” To read more about the meeting in July, click here.

According to the Land Use Information Bulletin, approvals still needed include Design Review, SEPA Environmental Determination, a Building Permit and Demolition Permit. Comments on this project will be accepted until Nov. 14. To comment, click here.

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