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Two Uptown / Lower Queen Anne Projects Progress Through Design Review

After the Seattle City Council approved a measure to increase the maximum height of buildings between Roy Street and Denny Way in Uptown, several developments have entered design review.

The project at 631 Queen Anne Avenue N had its first review last week, but after a lukewarm reception, a second Early Design Guidance meeting will be necessary. The chief concern was a lack of specifics for the preferred design plan, which proposed extending the commercial space along Queen Anne Avenue and leaving room for outdoor dining along Roy Street.

“Because of the complexity of the right of way and sidewalks, there is very little room to have that work efficiently,” said Robin Murphy, who is with Jackson | Main Architecture.

While the specifics need to be worked out in the next Design Guidance review, and members of the board have lots of questions, the public has generally shown support for the project. All three proposals, including the preferred one, call for about 95 residential units, 4,200 to 5,800 square feet of retail space on the ground level, and 20 parking stalls.

 

A second project at 513 First Avenue N, where Chutneys, Queen Anne Liquor & Wine and the former Floyd’s Place are located, is moving forward in the design review process after a meeting last week. This project calls for around 134 residential units, 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, 31 parking stalls and perhaps a pair of live/work units.

There was discussion about the appropriate use of the mid-block connection between the lot’s south edge and its neighbor, the Inn at Queen Anne. Plans for placing the residential lobby there and making full use of the space would require cooperation from the Inn’s property owner, but if that partnership falls through, the plans would be altered to create a green space there instead.

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!

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in January

Things are slowing down in the New Year, but there are still some interesting Queen Anne events to attend and/or participate in coming up in January…

January 7: 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 January 7th, with live music TBD. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

January 13 – 27: Così fan Tutte
10am – 6pm | McCaw Hall
The Seattle Opera presents Così fan Tutte, a comedic and beautiful performance that features some of the most ravishing music of Mozart. The story is about two men who decide to test their fiancees’ faithfulness by donning disguises and attempting to tempt them. Performances are scattered throughout January, between the 13th and 27th.

January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
9am – 4pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum is celebrating the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15th with a day full of special programs that emphasize collaboration, social justice and equity.

January 26: 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 to feature some delicious dishes with beets as the star ingredient. Tickets are $95 per person—reserve your space ahead of time to ensure your seat!

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in December

We wish you happy holidays this December! Here are some fun holiday happenings around the Queen Anne neighborhood.

All December: Winterfest
10am – 6pm | Seattle Center
Experience the annual Winterfest events at Seattle Center all month long! There’s a beautiful winter train and village to enjoy daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and an ice skating rink that is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Additionally, there will be ice sculpting every Saturday from 12 noon until 2 p.m. and Dickens Carolers on Sundays from 2 – 3 p.m.

All December: The Nutcracker
10am – 6pm | McCaw Hall
Don’t miss this holiday tradition! George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is now playing at McCaw Hall. Performances are at varying times on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays each week through December 28th

December 2 – 3: Urban Craft Uprising
10am – 5pm | Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Make a dent in your holiday shopping and browse handmade goods at the Seattle Center’s Urban Craft Uprising. There will be more than 150 vendors, selling everything from clothes, jewelry, accessories, housewares, art, paper goods and more! This event is free to attend, and the first 100 attendees will receive a free swag bag.

December 3: 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 December 3rd, with live music by Skandia Kapell, Spelmanslag and Nordleik. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

December 5: 107.7 The End’s Deck the Hall Ball
3pm | KeyArena
The annual Deck the Hall Ball from 107.7 The End returns on December 5th with a lineup that includes Odesza, Portugal. The Man, Joywave, The Killers, J Grgry, The Lumineers, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and so much more!

December 10: Luciafest
3pm – 5pm | Swedish Club NW
The patron of this time of year for Swedes is Saint Lucia, and she and the season will be celebrated at the Swedish Club NW with Luciafest! On December 10th, enjoy tasty baked goods fiddle music, and dancing around the tree. The price is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.

December 18 – 29: Winter Camps
9am – 4pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Kids ages 4 – 10 can now register for the Winter Camps at Seattle Children’s Museum. Each day will have a designated theme that’s matched with fun activities as well as educational programs. Register for a half day, full day or full week!