After the Early Design Guidance meeting on December 18th for the plans for the old Seattle Childrens Home site, the Design Review Board decided more clarification was needed. A second Early Design Guidance meeting has not yet been scheduled, however the Queen Anne News reported on the outcomes of this first meeting last week.
At the Queen Anne Community Center on the 18th, three design options were presented to the Design Review Board (click here for the full proposal). That presentation from CamWest/Toll Brothers development company was followed by board questions and 20 minutes for community comments and questions. According to the Queen Anne News, there was standing room only.
This project has seen a lot of community controversy, particularly from the group Future Queen Anne. The group and other community members are concerned about the increased density and traffic the development of 60 townhomes will bring to such a small area.
“Four representatives from the group Future Queen Anne spoke in opposition to specific aspects of the plan and asked the room to raise their hands if they shared the concerns; nearly every hand in the room was raised,” reported Sarah Radmer for the Queen Anne News.
After CamWest/Toll Brothers had completed their presentation of the Early Design proposal, and the community had a chance to air their concerns, the Board deliberated. During this time, they determined that a second Early Design Guidance meeting was necessary to address some key issues:
- More specifics on the topography of the site.
- Compatibility with the streetscape (addressing the community’s density concerns).
- Access for vehicles and parking, including the possibility of underground parking.
- Clarified designs with more density on 10th Avenue and less on 9th (all three designs were similar in this regard).
- Architectural designs should not be too uniform, however not too variant either.
- Refined plans for landscaping and root protection.
Click here for more details on the developers’ current plans and three presented options.
The second Early Design Guidance meeting has not yet been scheduled, to our knowledge, but we’ll update the blog when a date has been set.
Featured photo from QueenAnneNews.com, credit Natalie Price.