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Let Your Voice Be Heard About Rezoning Uptown at August 4th Public Meeting

Due to widespread construction and growth in the Uptown area of Queen Anne, the City of Seattle is considering rezoning Uptown to allow for higher building heights in some areas. Since the increased height limits may allow new buildings to be as much as 16 stories high, it’s important that Queen Anne residents and community members make their opinions and comments known.

Guided by the Uptown Urban Design Framework (UDF), the city released a draft of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on July 18th, which outlines the priorities of the Uptown area and identifies the three rezone options:

  1. “No Action” – Current zoning and limits on building heights will remain in place for redevelopment projects, but won’t necessarily apply to new developments for neighborhood-specific designs.
  2. “Mid-rise” – Allows for 5-7 story buildings. This plan includes mandatory requirements for housing affordability and the new Uptown design standards.
  3. “High-rise” – Increases the limits on building heights to allow for buildings of up to 16 stories high. These taller buildings would also be thinner and more widely spaced. This plan requires mandatory housing affordability contributions and buildings must meet the design standards of the Uptown area.

There is a Open House and Hearing regarding the EIS on Thursday, August 4th at 5 p.m. in the Seattle Center Armory.

Featured photo source: Seattle.gov, depicts alternative height proposals.

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August 3: Early Design Guidance Meeting for 8-Story Roy Street Building

Planning for an 8-story development at 14 W Roy Street has reached the phase for Early Design Guidance and Review. The meeting to review this particular development has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. at the Queen Anne Community Center.

The development is planned for a lot at the intersection of West Roy Street and Queen Anne Avenue North. The proposal for this 8-story building includes 15,700 square feet of commercial, office and/or retail space on the lower levels, with 101 apartments and 8 live-work units above. Underground, there will be parking for 129 vehicles. View the full proposal here.

This development is planned to exceed the current zoning limits for 40-foot building heights, because it is located in the section of Uptown/Lower Queen Anne included in the anticipated evaluation to increase that limit to 85-feet. This rezone evaluation is included in Uptown’s Urban Design Framework for revitalizing the Uptown neighborhood, which is “a multi-year effort by the Uptown Community to define a clear vision for an active and dynamic Uptown and to identify those actions necessary to implement that vision …  Uptown UDF sets out guidelines for the physical development of the neighborhood, makes specific recommendations for subareas within the neighborhood, and identifies actions necessary to advance these recommendations.”

Prior to the meeting on August 3rd, members of the community are welcome to submit comments and requests about the planning and design issues for the site. Email them, or mail them to:

City of Seattle
Seattle DCI – PRC
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

Featured photo source: Full Proposal document at Seattle.gov

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Ultimate Coffee Bar, Craftworks Now Open in Lower Queen Anne

The Uptown and Lower Queen Anne area continues to be rejuvenated with fresh, new businesses and construction. After the dust settles, we get to enjoy additional shopping and dining opportunities, from Mercer to Denny! The latest addition has been Craftworks Coffee, an ultimate coffee bar, which opened just at the start of July…

“Craftworks is Seattle’s newest coffee bar, featuring a rotating list of fresh, made-to-order, handcrafted coffees from some of the finest micro-roasters in the Pacific NW,” according to their website. According to a Seattle Eater report about the new establishment, Craftworks Coffee wants to go beyond merely feeding caffeine addictions, to promote an educational experience around enjoying coffee.

“Much like a wine bar, where people go to enjoy and learn about wine, Craftworks will be a place where people can come in and learn about coffee. We believe everyone should be aware of the great coffee that is out there and our goal is to present it in a relaxed environment and bridge the gap between coffee roasters and coffee drinkers without being pretentious or uncomfortable,” Jenny Lee of Craftworks told Seattle Eater.

The coffee bar is located at 110 Republican Street, and features coffee tastings and education, cold brew and nitro coffee on tap, and non-caffeinated beverages. There will be a rotating menu of different coffees from local micro-roasters.

Craftworks Coffee is open Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Follow their Facebook page for specials and featured products.

June Real Estate Report

 

 

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Queen Anne is a good example of the growth for real estate in Seattle. It may not be growing as quickly as some neighborhoods, but nonetheless it is showing some strength. There are currently 78 active listings and 71 pending. According to the NWMLS, last June there were 91 sales and this past month there were 90. Even though close in number, it still beats 64 in 2014. The median sales price for a home is up to $648,000, compared to $550,000 (2015) and $546,000(2014). The highest price for a home has dropped from $5,100,000 to $2,500,000 and the lowest is up by a little less than $900. For a neighborhood so close to the booming Downtown market and all the amenities, maybe Seattle transplants will start buying in Queen Anne.

For listings in the neighborhood, click on the photo above!