Earlier this year, we reported that Mac’s Upholstery (5011 15th Ave NW) will be replaced by an apartment building. We now have a better idea of what that apartment building, called Ponte, will look like.
Designed by Hybrid Architecture, the five-story, 134-unit building will be two interlocking L-shaped buildings with a courtyard, with 33 small efficiency dwelling units and 101 congregate units. There will 101 bike parking stalls, but no vehicle parking — the site is within the Ballard Urban Center, where parking is not required for apartment buildings. The L-shaped buildings will be designed to capture rainwater, channeling rain into “centralized bioretention planters that will slow the speed of the runoff into the city’s sewer system”.
According to the design plans, each apartment will have a bed, table and chair, wall closet, refrigerator, microwave and private bathroom, with shared kitchens, laundry, and lounges. For a 175 square-foot unit, rent would be $875 per month. They foresee an average resident being mid-30s, with an income around $30,000.
The Mac’s Upholstery site sold in 2017 for $2.2 million to a group led by Calhoun Property Management. Mac’s Upholstery, which has been operating in Ballard for 49 years, will stay put until their lease ends in 2021. Then, the store will move a few blocks away to 46th St., right next door to Mac’s Canvas Shop, the company’s marine operation.
There will be a public design review meeting about the project on Monday, Oct. 22 at 8pm at the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.
Renderings courtesy Hybrid Architecture