Monthly Archives: January 2018

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in February

February isn’t a busy month in our neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do! Check out some of these events happening throughout the month, and mark your calendars!

February 2-11: Swan Lake
7:30pm or 1pm | McCaw Hall
The much loved production of Swan Lake returns to McCaw Hall on February 2nd, with nearly 10 days of magical performances. Swan Lake is a Kent Stowell production, featuring the classic score from Tchaikovsky.

February 4: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast features an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on February 4th, with live music from Spelmanslag, Skandia Kapell and Bjarne Jacobsen. The price is $11 for adults, $9 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

February 10 & 11: Têt in Seattle – Vietnamese Lunar New Year
8am – 1pm | Seattle Center Armory & Fisher Pavilion
Seattle Center’s Festál continues in February, with the Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration, Têt. This cultural celebration is about welcoming spring and chasing away any evil spirits with a special roaring lion dance and firecrackers. The year 2018 is the “Year of the Dog”, and this celebration will include live performances, Vietnamese cuisine, crafts and hands-on activities, games, martial arts, and much more.

February 23: All Beet Dinner Pop-Up
6:30pm – 10pm | The Bite Box
Chef Aaron Tekulve from The Bite Box is presenting a special pop-up dinner on February 23rd to feature some delicious dishes with beets as the star ingredient. There will be a trio of tasting dishes, followed by 6 courses with beets paired with other fresh and tasty ingredients. Tickets are $95 per person—reserve your space ahead of time to ensure your seat!

Watch Seattle’s Growth Over the Past 3 Years

By Laura Fonda

The Space Needle PanoCam went live in January 2015 to snap images of Seattle from the spire of the Needle every 10 minutes. Now, a new time-lapse video uses the PanoCam images to illustrate Seattle’s growth in the past 3 years – and it’s pretty impressive. According to GeekWire, Ricardo Martin Brualla, a Google engineer, made the video with thousands of photographs from the PanoCam,

South Lake Union undergoes the most transformation, but time-lapses of downtown and Uptown have considerable upward movement as well. Essentially, it’s a 360 degree view of how the city has grown in the past couple of years, and it’s grown a lot:

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Design Review Approves Plan for 2 Apartment Buildings on Old Teatro ZinZanni Site

By Joe Veyera

The next act for the former site of Teatro ZinZanni is one step closer to reality, after development plans received approval from the West Design Review Board in a recommendation meeting on Wednesday night.

The project at 225 Roy St. includes one eight-story and one seven-story building with 269 apartments, just over 9,000 square feet of retail space at street-level, and underground parking for approximately 180 vehicles. Earlier plans had called for two eight-story structures, but neighbors along Roy Street had expressed concern about what that building height would mean for natural light in their apartments.

Developer Maria Barrientos said public feedback had, “a really strong influence,” on the design, with more than 20 meetings and presentations to various community groups over the last year and a half.

To that end, public comment Wednesday was almost unanimously in favor of the plan, with Uptown Alliance co-president Rick Hooper calling the process a “great model” for how a community can engage with developers.

“This site could have been a mundane project in the hands of somebody else,” said one attendee.

The proposal is also one of the first to account for building height increases allowed under a neighborhood rezone passed by the city council in October. The site is included in a small area north of Seattle Center that saw maximum heights more than double from 40 to 85 feet.

Board member Homero Nishiwaki acknowledged that as one of the challenges the project faced.

“It’s a very big project,” he said. “It’s not just big, it’s also very prominent, and it deals with a transitional period where a new code, a new height is being implemented.”

Nishiwaki — the lone holdover on the board from the project’s early design guidance meeting in April — said he felt many of the recommendations made at that time were incorporated into the updated design.

Among the elements to earn the board’s praise was the public plaza planned directly off Mercer Street (though its included in a separate permit) — something landscape architect Kris Snider of Hewitt said “put a stamp on this project,” as a commitment to the community — along with the high quality of materials proposed throughout the site as well.

Ultimately, the board gave its okay for the plans with a trio of conditions, one regarding the “gasket” that separates the massing volumes for the building along Third Avenue, and a second for material consistency throughout the project.

The third condition was the removal of a glass and steel weather protection canopy between the two buildings, which the board felt made the interior courtyard seem more like a private space than a public area.

“This is a public thoroughfare,” said board member Stephen Porter of the walkway down the middle of the site, connecting Mercer and Roy.

The board also approved a pair of zoning departures, one to allow for a continuous vertical façade along Roy Street — instead of an upper-level set-back — and a second allowing for a steeper driveway slope for the underground parking entrance.

The latter request drew questions from the board about its necessity, and what the alternative would be if the departure were denied.

Barrientos explained the entrance accounts for traffic entering and exiting the Mercer Street Garage, and that planned retail space at the corner of Third Avenue North and Mercer would be affected.

“We can’t keep the retail on Mercer at the grade it’s at without doing this,” she said.

That rationale was enough to earn the board’s approval by a 3-1 vote.

The plan now awaits the final published decision from the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections, after which a master use permit will be issued.

For more information on the development, and a full list of project documents, visit and enter project number 3025946. 

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