Monthly Archives: March 2014

Seattle Childre’s Home Design Proceeds After Review, With Suggested Changes

Nearly two weeks ago, the developers of the proposed townhomes at the former Seattle Childrens Home site on west Queen Anne were approved to proceed. Suggested design changes were offered to Option 6 of the design plans, which is the preferred design for the project, in addition to some further airing of community concerns about the project.

This approval came on Wednesday, March 19th following developer CamWest/Toll Bros. presentation of three new design proposals for the project, at the second early design guidance meeting. The first early design guidance meeting took place on December 18th, and called for more specifics on the site and plans, as well as these three additional designs.

Of these three new proposed designs, each includes several consistent features (a notable one being the total units in the project – 62). However, Option 4 calls for no exceptional tree removal, Option 5 allows for covered garages topped with greenspaces, and Option 6 (the preferred new design), includes a greenspace on 9th Avenue West.

Click here to view the full summaries of each new design plan, from the design meeting agenda.

The Design Review Board did approve the developer’s proposal to move forward, however they had some suggested changes:

  • Reduction of pavement on the site
  • More details on the affect on blocks adjacent to the project
  • Add porches or front stoops on 9th Avenue West for more street activation
  • Provide more pedestrian space, and less to vehicles
  • Additional open space between buildings
  • Maintain significant trees along the external areas of the site
  • Enhance variety on 10th Avenue West

The developers added the hill climb on 9th Avenue West (requested in the last design review meeting) and moved driveway access as also requested. “We now have connectivity throughout the site,” said Andrew Miller, of CamWest. He says the new development will be “much more residential than the institutional use that’s here now.”

The Land Use Review Committee (LURC) of the Queen Anne Community Council still has concerns – including removal of significant trees, parking, density and scale of the project. However, the Queen Anne News reported that LURC is generally pleased with the progress of the project thus far, and the developers’ collaboration with the community. There is still a lot of community concern about the number of units CamWest plans to build on the property. Click here for more details on the results of the meeting.

Featured photo from Seattle.gov.

Uptown Parklet Design Workshop Next Week

The 2014 extension to the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Pilot Parkley Program continues with 10 new parklets sprinkled all over the city. Uptown in Queen Anne is getting a parklet of our own, hosted by the Seattle Uptown Alliance at SIFF Cinema.

To prepare for the new Uptown parklet, the Uptown Alliance is holding a Parklet Design Workshop this Monday, March 31st from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. There will be two total design workshops for this parklet design process, and this is the first of these.

According to the Uptown Alliance, “Please come prepared to express what you would like to see in an Uptown Parklet and how it could best complement and benefit the neighborhood. How can the design of the parklet reflect the character of the Uptown community? What functions or features are most desirable?”

If you’re curious about where the new Uptown parklet will be, the site is located along Queen Anne Avenue next to the SIFF Cinema building, at the south end of the block (#6 on the map above). This is just one of many parklet projects launched by the SDOT, with three parklets designed and permitted in 2013, and now 10 more this year. San Francisco had the first parklet program, which launched in 2009, and several other cities around the world including Seattle have followed suit.

The Uptown Alliance was selected to host this parklet based on its “potential to provide a valuable community space, their geographic diversity, and their level of community support,” as were the other nine parklet hosts selected, according to SDOT.

The point of the parklets is to transform street parking spots into mini public spaces in order to increase public open space in a city and improve the vitality of the neighborhoods where they are located. Click here to learn more about SDOT’s Pilot Parklet Program.

Will we be seeing you at the Parklet Design Workshop?

When: Monday, March 31st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Community Room at the EXPO, 100 Republican Street, Seattle 98109

LloydMartin Goes Spanish-Style For April Fool’s Day Pop-Up

The quality of the food will definitely be no joke, but to keep diners on their culinary toes on April Fool’s Day, LloydMartin will transform itself into a tapas spot for one day only.

The pop-up restaurant has been christened “Chicharron” for its one-day Spanish adventure, and will be offering a variety of ceviches, inventive tacos, and a handful of classic appetizers. Try tacos filled with braised goat, salsa verde, feta and pickled onion, or ceviche featuring albacore, jalapeno, cucumber and grapefruit. Prices range from $12 for ceviche to $14 for some of the taco options. Visit the restaurant’s website to see the full menu.

Chicharron will be open at LloydMartin (1525 Queen Anne Ave. N) from 4:00-10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, and reservations will not be accepted.

Queen Anne Events: 12 Things to Do in April

From Seattle Restaurant week to exciting cultural events and happenings at the Seattle Center, there are lots of Queen Anne events to fill your calendar with this month! Read on for information…

  1. Wednesdays in April – Wine Wednesday Tastings at Twirl Café: Enjoy three hand-selected wines from rotating regions! This weekly event at Twirl Café is from 5 – 8 p.m. and costs $5 per tasting. Half priced wines by the bottle (select variety) will be available for purchase as well.
  2. Fridays in April – Movie & Pizza Night at Twirl Café: Rotating pizzas and movie snacks will be available at Twirl’s weekly movie and pizza night. From 5 – 8 p.m. on Fridays, Twirl will serving pizza and dinner specials for a $7 rotating pizza selection, or $4 cheese pizza. They be playing a G-rated movie (movie starts at 6 p.m.) presented by Video Isle, and kids are encouraged to wear their PJs.
  3. April 4 – First Friday Jazz in April at the Swedish Club NW: The Swedish Club hosts a fun jazz night on the first Friday of each month, and it’s on April 4th this time around! Hear pianist Overton Berry and bassist Jeff Davies for the musical numbers, plus a brief speech from Author Kurt Armbruster. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.
  4. April 5 & 6 – World Rhythm Festival at the Seattle Center: Enjoy a world of musical performances and drum & dance workshops at the 21st Annual World Rhythm Festival. This event is free and open to the public on April 5th and 6th at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion.
  5. April 5 thru 20 – Seattle Center Whirligig: The Seattle Center’s Armory has been transformed into a colorful, kid-friendly hub that your family will not want to miss! Get your passes for balloon artists, face painters, caricaturists, super-sized inflatable rides and more. The rides and activities are open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. from April 4th through 20th. Prices range from $1.50 for a single ride ticket to $7.50 for an all-day main floor pass. There is also a Toddler Zone for the younger kiddos, for $4.50 for an all-day ticket. Click here for details.
  6. April 6 – April Swedish Pancakes at the Swedish Club NW: It’s a monthly event at the Swedish Club Northwest… the Sunday morning Swedish Pancake Breakfast! Authentic pancakes, plus all of the fixings, music, dancers and more. The cost is $9 for guests, $7 for club members, and $5 for kids ages 5 – 12. Doors open at 8 a.m. on April 6th for this monthly event.
  7. April 6-10 & 13-17 – Seattle Restaurant Week at Queen Anne Restaurants: Several Queen Anne restaurants are participating in the Spring Seattle Restaurant week from April 6th – 10th and 13th – 17th. The participating restaurants in our neighborhood include Ponti Seafood Grill, How to Cook a Wolf, LloydMartin, Betty Restaurant & Bar, Peso’s, Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge, Ten Mercer and The Melting Pot. You can enjoy a three-course meal at these restaurants for just $28 per person! Click here for more info and the participating restaurants’ menus.
  8. April 9 – April Queen Anne Book Co. Storytime at Twirl: On the second Wednesday of every month, Tegan from the Queen Anne Book Co. does a FREE storytime at Twirl Café! Come join us for this fun event for kids of all ages on April 9th from 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  9. April 12 – Hat Luncheon at the Swedish Club Northwest: Spring fashion and Sweden’s youngest princesses (Estelle and Leonore) will be celebrated at this Swedish Club NW event. Enjoy salmon pasta salad, hats from Hatterdashery and Millinery, raffle prizes, and more. RSVP in advance necessary – click here. Lunch is $21 per person (vegetarian options available).
  10. April 12 – Rhythm & Booze at Toulouse Petit: An evening of mouth-watering BBQ, bourbon and music awaits at Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge on April 12th at 9 p.m. The restaurant is featuring the new Barrel Rider Bourbon from Batch 206, plus music from The True Romans. Click here for more info.
  11. April 17 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce April Awards Luncheon: The Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Thursday of every month. Join the chamber for their 8th annual Chamber Awards Luncheon on April 17th to recognize influential people and businesses in the Queen Anne community over the last year. The luncheon will take place at the Space Needle in the Skyline Level deck from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  12. April 26 – April Mimosa Brunch at Twirl Café: On the last Saturday of each month, Twirl Café is holding a fun Mimosa Brunch with a food special! Lox and Bagels is the food special for the April 26th event, with a mimosa on the side (alcoholic or non). Regular play admission is free when you spend $20+ on food and beverages.

Featured photo from SeattleCenter.com.