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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!

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Queen Anne Days, Running of the Bulls, & Neighborhood Fun on July 9th

The Annual Queen Anne Days neighborhood celebration returns on Saturday, July 9th! This year, the event has a new name; the Craig Wilson Queen Anne Days, in honor of a beloved member of our community who passed away last year. In year’s past, the event has been a multi-day event, but it was decided earlier this year to condense it into one day.

On July 9th, get ready for neighborhood fun with these iconic events and activities:

Fun Run/Walk

Each year, the Queen Anne Helpline hosts a fun run/walk along the crown of Queen Anne hill. Hundreds of participants of all ages run or walk the course, and proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline and our neighbors who are in need. Onsite registration begins at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 8 a.m. Don’t forget to register!

Dog & Kiddie Parade

Kids and pets, get yourselves decked out in costumes and bike decorations for a dog and kiddie parade! Participants in the parade can gather and get ready at the West Queen Anne Playfield starting at 10:30 a.m. The parade commences at 11 a.m.

Running of the Bulls

The 7th Annual Running of the Bulls is a race to celebrate the fiestas of San Fermin in Pamplona, with runners decked out in white with red bandanas as they race from the Paragon to Kerry Park chased by shopping carts decorated as bulls. The race begins around 1 p.m.

Craig Wilson Queen Anne Days Festival

The Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce brings you the annual festival, condensed into just one day this year. From 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., there will be live music from bands that both adults and kids will love, a car show, an art walk, pottery demonstrations, food trucks, raffle prizes, carnival games, face painting, sack races, bouncy houses, and more! Enjoy the festival in the West Queen Anne Playfield.

Queen Anne Sidewalk Sale

Businesses up and down Queen Anne Avenue N will participate in a sidewalk sale all day (10 a.m. until 6 p.m.) on Saturday and Sunday as part of Queen Anne Days. Walk the avenue and enjoy specials, deals and treats and support our local small businesses!

Featured photo source: QueenAnneView.com