Design Review meeting for Compass Center

Monday night is the Early Design Review (EDR) meeting for the Compass Center building for 1753 NW 56th St. According to the meeting notice, “The proposal is for a seven story, 57,000 sq. ft. building containing 80 low income housing units, offices and meeting spaces (Compass Center). Parking for 14 vehicles will be within the structure.”

The EDR is the first opportunity for designers to offer their ideas for the site and vicinity to the Design Review Board. The photo above is one rendering from tonight’s presentation (.pdf) that Weinstein A|U will give to the board. The Board will offer their opinions and there will be opportunity for public comment. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard High School library.

This is the same lot where this eyesore was torn down last year. Compass Center hopes to break ground on this new project later this year.


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great idea
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great idea

Is that a little strip of planted roof I see? very cool!

Name
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Name

Miniature golf course.

SPG
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SPG

80 units, office, and 14 parking spots? I'd like to encourage more use of transit and bikes, but let's be realistic.

onederfullone
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onederfullone

wrong side of building, so, no, it's moss…

onederfullone
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onederfullone

You beat me to it. Regardless of the major push to relinquish us from cars, this will end up screwing up all of the local streets for parking. Typical. They did the same thing when they rezoned Capitol Hill. It's a major mistake.

Ballardista
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Ballardista

Banks won't finance projects (or are overtly hesitant/difficult towards) without parking. Their fear, is that if they have to take the property back the property will be functionally deficient to get full market value.

great idea
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great idea

I see nothing wrong with discouraging building users from bringing cars.

We want this building to be around for awile don't we?

You guys want to design this building for 1950. Think outside the box a little.

kim
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kim

7 stories, 57,000 sq feet of space & 80 housing units with 14 spots for parking…..zoning is messed up!

BH
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BH

I like the solid orange color scheme. Like a giant pumpkin building!! Will be great in Oct.

Boardbrown
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Boardbrown

With Weinstein AU at the helm, it'll be a great building.

Barney Stinson
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Barney Stinson

It is low income housing. If the occupants have enough money for a car, they have to much money to qualify for low income housing.

onederfullone
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onederfullone

Let's tell all the neighbors to 'think outside the box a little'. sheeesh.
Even the Jetson's needed parking crabby.
So these electric cars of the future, gonna fold up into matchbox cars?
More stupid social engineering, great. I'll be at this meeting.
I absolutely welcome the added low income housing, we need more of it.
But this is rediculous, stunning really.

onederfullone
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onederfullone

I'm glad somebody eventually decided to set the bar for low income at a vehicle, what an ass. Do food stamp recipients all walk? Nope. Do welfare recipients all walk? Nope. Is having a vehicle a right? Nope, but it should still be allowed, even for the poor. (gasp)

EnduroDriver
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EnduroDriver

I’m trying to figure out why a building having an adequate number of parking spaces would somehow shorten it’s useful lifespan.

Designing a building for 1950 doesn’t make any sense, but designing it for 2010 does and like it or not we drive cars.

ballardog
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ballardog

If they provided parking and the tenants owned a car they would have more prospects for decent employment and a better chance to escape the system.

onederfullone
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onederfullone

pssst, we don't want them to escape the system….
…that's just not part of the plan.

PecularNeighborMegan
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PecularNeighborMegan

Awesome, I can't wait b/c hopefully all the people camping out in the abandoned house down the street just 2 lots E will be able to move to the compass center. There are at least 4 people living there now.

PecularNeighborMegan
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PecularNeighborMegan

you're right! and the city keeps threatening to change parking on the street to be pay parking. Sounds like a mess.

SPG
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SPG

Don't be ridiculous, there are cars out there for a couple hundred bucks and cars are often given away. For a lot of jobs, especially low end jobs, they won't hire you without a car. A lot of poor people have cars. Not very nice cars, but they have cars and will have to park them somewhere.

SPG
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SPG

If you really want to “think outside the box” about parking and vehicle usage, you'd also realize that when people have a place to park their car it is often an encouragement NOT to drive it. If you must move your car or get a ticket, very often the person will drive to work so they don't have to worry about the ticket. I've seen it firsthand when I lived on Capitol Hill. I'd walk or take the bus since my car was in the garage while my roommate would drive because the sign out front said his car had to move by 9am.
I'm all for more use of mass transit, but making driving and parking suck is the wrong way to achieve it.

squeakywheel
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squeakywheel

Pay or not there is less and less parking in downtown Ballard. Yeah, 14 parking spaces for 80 unit seems light and will make a bad situation worse. Not everyone is going to take the bus even if a lot do. Not to mention they still are having a really hard time selling the condos they already built. I wonder what parking will be like after those finally sell and fill up?

wrierbrose
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wrierbrose

I looked at the drawings and wonder: Where are the shopping carts?

With 80 residences and only 14 parking spots (designated for staff) I expect people will walk to and from the store. There should be a handful of Safeway and QFC carts in front, and maybe a Bartell's cart or two as well.

great idea
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great idea

SPG–
I normally agree with you, but that's some bizarro logic, man!

Sugarplum
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Sugarplum

I THINK SPG was saying that his roomie would get a ticket if he left his car on the street at home, and took the bus instead. So driving to work would avoid that particular ticket.

But I could be wrong. Taking cold medicine todya.

atworkcat
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atworkcat

I can't make it to this meeting tonight, but I'd love to know the take-aways. I agree about the parking situation. Living on this block, parking is already at a premium, we don't need more cars on the street, let alone the eyesore these cars would be. Will someone be posting an update here?