Apartments slated for Crown Hill Hardware site and two other lots

Since Crown Hill Hardware announced it was closing back in November — one of the longest-running businesses in North Seattle — we’ve been waiting to see what’s planned for the property.

Today plans were filed with the city to build apartments at both the Crown Hill Hardware site and the adjacent parking lot — and on two other lots on the same block, as well.

That’s a total of four lots and four different 4-story, 21-unit apartment buildings. The Crown Hill Hardware site will have two side-by-side, and 7709 and 7711 15th Ave. NW will be the home of the other two (currently occupied by two houses.)

Of the 21 units for each building, 18 of them are small efficiency dwelling units. Since these are high-density developments along a major transportation corridor, each building is planning to offer parking for 4 vehicles.

The architect on the project is Lemon Architecture.

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Odin the hairless Viking
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Odin the hairless Viking

There goes the neighborhood! Will they have parking? Probably not.

I’m glad to be out of Ballard and Seattle.

Joann
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Joann

No parking. Check out the website for Lemon. One hipster in charge and two assistant hipsters. Nice portfolio of boxes with stairs thus accomplishing the dual objective of insanely ugly pod buildings that are difficult for people with disabilities. (Or impossible; hard to see from the pictures.) 21 pods per building w/four parking spaces per BUILDING. Cool. Rule hipsters, rule.

Benjamin Hall
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Benjamin Hall

I like it! Supply and demand baby! We need a lot more of this if we want to keep rents more affordable. And it sure beats the idea of rent control. Now if we could get the cost of permitting down that would help too. With 4 parking spaces for 21 units this won’t work for everyone but with Uber and on a major bus line this will work for many many people. And that’s what Seattle needs more of, alternatives.

Trump Deported my Chihuahua
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Trump Deported my Chihuahua

The GENIUS City Council wants to force Uber to double their rates.
There’s your “free market” :/

Paul
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Paul

So-called “efficiency units” are tiny in area but the highest cost per square foot of just about any apartments.

Ann S.
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Ann S.

Agreed. Micro-units are far too expensive for what they offer, and 15th Ave already has a similar buildings slated for 65th and just north of 83rd. The neighborhood BADLY needs modest 2 bedroom apartments (with elevator access) that can be shared by families, roommates or seniors. Unfortunately, that is not a business model that developers seem to want to provide.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Won’t ever happen. There is no money is affordable housing and Seattle was built on greed and has not changed since the founding.

Helga Svenson
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Helga Svenson

So what makes you think folks with cars will bed riding the bus? And if they do, where is their car(s). On the damned street, of course. So less parking for all.

Truth
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Truth

So only buildings with onsite parking should be allowed to park on the street?

Kip
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Kip
Helga Svenson
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Helga Svenson

Can’t cool fast enough.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

When one makes $15 per hour an apartment/closet renting for $1900 instead of $2000 is still unfavorable.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

LOLOLOL ‘Cooling’ is a joke.

ballardite
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ballardite

Lets push them to add more parking than that. The Seattle Time analysis recently showed that more cars were moving to Seattle than people and those cars need parking. The City refuses to charge for any other infrastructure (like water and sewer pipes) that are needed for these developments so property owners should demand that the developers at least have to provide off street parking.

Beck
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Beck

Why do you care if other people don’t want parking? If you own a car you’ll rent somewhere else, let people have options if they don’t own a car. This apartment will be on the D line and a short walk from the soon-to-be Rapid Ride 40, so it’s really the perfect place to attract transit riders.

Helga Svenson
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Helga Svenson

NOooo. If you own a car or not you will opt for the digs most close to your pocketbook. If there is inside parking GREAT. If not we’ll rent anyway and put the car on the street.

Helga Svenson
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Helga Svenson

And just who and how do we push? The damned council doesn’t care about the citizens. All they want is more and more money to waste on bums and druggies.

Trump Deported my Chihuahua
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Trump Deported my Chihuahua

“Lemon Architecture”

You can’t make this sh*t up.

CaptainHook
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CaptainHook

I really hope they put a GOOD coffee shop (dog friendly would be so helpful) in the retail space! I think the design looks awesome.

Trump Deported my Chihuahua
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Trump Deported my Chihuahua

Keep your dog away from food establishments, thanks. It’s unsanitary. Pathetic that not only do we have Mumbai-level poverty and street filth, but now you guys bring your dog everywhere. Metro is like a 3rd world bus on busy days. Woof

CaptainHook
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CaptainHook

Totally, I love Mumbai too. Fingers crossed!!

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Ballard now smells like dog shit.

Ann S.
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Ann S.

The Dane is across the street. A hardware store, donut shop, sushi, Mexican or pancake restaurant in the retail space would be nice (all businesses the neighborhood has recently lost.)

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Keep your dog out of places where I eat.

Ikki
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Ikki

I hope all of these are not built at the same time. Traffic still needs to flow on 15th.

I think it is sad that only 4 parking spots are provided. People still own cars and use them to get escape especially on weekends, ocean, mountains, beach, shopping, it’s a pain having to lug all your stuff around.

How much are they going for?

CaptainHook
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CaptainHook

There are no details on that yet but the Townhomes on the next block are listed at $959k – they look pretty nice and great value!

Lampchop
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Lampchop

A tacky townhouse for nearly a million is only a good choice for an idiot. You must be a realtor.

Cas
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Cas

They can just park in your driveway apron. It seems to be the thing homeowners do-why not rent your apron and make some money?

Lampchop
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Lampchop

So live somewhere else.

BAM
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BAM

Should be a pretty addition to the neighborhood.

Tonka Construction
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Tonka Construction

If you read Seattle Times there’s currently a glut of apartments so adding more will just add more to the glut!

The article also said that some of these apartments are adding incentives for people to rent from them because they aren’t filling up enough

Greed?

Lampchop
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Lampchop

lol@ glut. Vacancy is up to 4% from 3.3% and 90% 9of the empty places are downtown and cost upward of $5000 grand a month.

Cas
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Cas

Love to see 15th with more apartments for young people. In 10-20 more years these apts will be older (so more affordable ) and hopefully this increased density allows us to expand ST up Holman to Northgate.

We do not want parking. Parking creates sprawl and traffic and idling, without density (density is measured by people living in a square mile not cars) you can’t get Real walk-friendly neighborhoods.

I hope we get a crosswalk light at 77th now.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Oh poor child. They will NEVER decrease in price. They will however decrease in value.

Michael Shaffer
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Michael Shaffer

84 units and a whopping 16 off street parking spots. Please leave a can opener for me when you park 1 inch from both ends of my vehicle so I can attempt to drive off. Bye bye Ballard, you have flown.

doogie
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doogie

I liked the big red pipe wrench painted on the north side of the building. Drove by Friday and noticed it’s been painted over.
It was the best public art in Ballard!

Josh
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Josh

Lose another great local business and replace it with Apodments that have no parking. Same old story.

Cas
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Cas

Great local business??? Maybe 30 years ago. I have been here since 1997 and that hardware store was hardly open so I would go to Stone Way in Wallingford or True Value on Greenwood. Crown Hill was my closest store but it was hardly open and I would have to go to another hardware store to get what I needed.