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.
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