Development meeting rescheduled for Wednesday

The second of two design meetings to help shape the new Sunset Hill Green Market building is on for Wednesday night. The meeting was postponed after last week’s snow storm.

At the first meeting many nearby residents gathered to hear plans by developers for the old building. Johnston Architects showed three designs that residents commented on. The final design that comes from these meetings will be presented to the Design Review Board at a yet-to-be-determined meeting.

Wednesday’s meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sunset Hill Community Association (3003 NW 66th Street.)

Here are the three schemes that were presented:


Scheme A

  • Overview – 3-story massing – replaces existing building – garage entry off 32nd – up to 16 residential units – up to 5000 sf retail commercial – up to 16 parking spaces
  • Opportunities – most flexible/efficient design – re-use of existing curbcut along 32nd – most space available for on-site parking
  • Challenges – requires demolition of existing building

  • Scheme B

  • Overview – 3-story massing – preserves existing building – garage entry off 64th – up to 14 residential units – up to 5000 sf retail commercial – up to 12 parking spaces provided
  • Opportunities – maintains existing commercial building @ corner – continuous retail commercial presence along 32nd
  • Challenges – requires development departures, new curb cut on 64th (alley access preferred by zoning), setback relief on west – re-use of the existing building is financially and structurally challenging – space available for parking is limited – difficult to match existing floor-to-floor heights with site slope.

  • Scheme C

  • Overview – 4-story massing – preserves existing building – garage entry off 64th – up to 16 residential units. Possible integration of small office space – up to 5000 sf retail commercial – up to 12 parking spaces provided
  • Opportunities – maintains existing commercial building @ corner – example of viable sustainable design in Seattle – continuous retail commercial presence along 32nd
  • Challenges – requires development departures. New curb cut on 64th (alley access preferred by zoning) > additional 1 story height > additional 15% FAR > setback relief on west – re-use of the existing building is financially and structurally challenging – space available for parking is limited – green strategies significantly increase up-front development costs – difficult to match existing floor-to-floor heights with site slope
  • You can see a larger version of these designs here (.pdf.)

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