With so many new buildings being constructed in both our neighborhood and the city as a whole, the City of Seattle’s Design Review program is exploring ways to make it easier for the public to learn more about projects planned for their neighborhood, and to make it easier to provide input on the design of […]
The Design Review Board will meet with designers tonight for the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) project slated for 2014 NW 57th Street. The vacant lot at 2014 NW 57th St from 2010. LIHI is proposing a 51-unit low-income senior housing complex with parking for four vehicles and LIHI’s second Urban Rest Stop on the […]
The Design Review Board will be convene on Monday to discuss two separate proposed developments on NW 56th Street. An apartment building and office building slated for 2034 NW 56th St. The first meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. to discuss a project at 2034 NW 56th St that will replace the paid parking lot next […]
Tonight is the Early Design Guidance meeting for a plot of empty land at 8022 15th Ave NW. Developers plan to build a four-story building with 48 residential units, three live-work units and 39 parking spots. At the meeting, the design team will present information about the area and the property. Above is a look […]
Next Monday, the Design Review Board will hear more about the proposed six-story apartment building called “Ballard West” that may replace the old library at 5711 24TH Ave NW. According to the design proposal (.pdf) the apartment building will have 107 total residential units on six floors as well as nearly 11,000 square feet of […]
The Northwest Design Review Board, the group responsible for approving future developments, has two volunteer positions available starting next spring. Mayor Mike McGinn is looking for a design professional representative to replace Bill Singer and a local business representative to replace Mark Brands. Each representative serves a two-year term and can expect to work 12-14 […]
It was standing room only in the Ballard High School Library on Monday evening for back-to-back meetings about the Nyer Urness House. Because of the public interest in the 80-unit low-income housing project for homeless men and women slated for 1753 NW 56th St, the Department of Planning and Development decided to hold an environmental […]
The Department of Planning and Development has scheduled two meetings next month to discuss design and environmental aspects of Urness House, the proposed 80-unit mixed-use building for chronically homeless men and women at 1753 NW 56th St. The first meeting is regarding the environmental review process of the project, the second is a presentation to […]
Housing the homeless is a good idea, right? But what happens when the housing is next door to you?
On Monday night at Ballard High School, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development convened a design review board that consisted of architects from the Weinstein AIU architectural firm. The purpose of the public meeting was to discuss design options (.pdf) for newly approved low-income housing in downtown Ballard.
The housing is being developed by the Compass Center, a longtime fixture in downtown Seattle. It will be 57,000 square feet, seven stories high and house 80 residents. The building site is on Northwest 56th Street between 17th and 20th Avenues Northwest.
The Compass Center Ballard will be a new housing facility that will provide housing for homeless and low-income men and women who have issues that range from mental health to drug and alcohol dependency, according to its website.
Rumi Takahashi, the project’s lead architect, said although the project is in its early design stages, it will move forward and the Compass Center has already purchased the land. “They have now recently secured funding for the project, so financially we’re a go,” Takahashi said. She added that the money comes from a combination of public sources: the state, the county and the city.
Although the meeting was supposed to be about design options, local residents seemed more concerned with how the residents of the Compass Center were going to interact with the community.
The city is looking to appoint twelve new volunteers to the Design Review Board, one of several citizen-led groups the Mayor and City Council have put in place to review major neighborhood development projects. The committee as a whole is divided into several districts and each board is composed of five members who represent: design […]