Author Archives: Queen Anne Scene

Take a Peek at the Zella Apartments, Breaking Ground in Lower Queen Anne

By Sarah Anne Lloyd

Another new building is cropping up in lower Queen Anne, breaking ground in July. To match some visuals with yet another construction zone, Pastakia and Associates shared some renderings and details of the apartments-to-be.

The seven-story apartment building will sprout up at Second Avenue West and West Republican Street—currently the site of the 203 West Republican Street Apartments, which is a three-story apartment building, and a surface parking lot behind it.

When finished, the will have 128 one- and two-bedroom apartments and 38 live/work spaces, with 52 parking stalls and 33 bike parking spots.

The exterior will be composed of brick, metal panels, fiber cement panels, and cedar siding.

The project is taking advantage of both the Multifamily Tax Exemption Program and participating in new mandatory housing affordability, making about a quarter of the building’s units affordable to those making 60 to 80 percent area median income. (Exact numbers depend on family and unit size.)

Pastakia and Associates hope to achieve U.S. Green Building Council LEED for Homes certification for the project—but regardless, it has some sustainability-minded features, including LED fixtures and electric resistance heat. The landscaping focuses on native and drought-resistant ornamental plants for low water use. A green roof will also feature a solar panel array to help reduce the building’s overall power consumption.

The amenities package is about normal for new construction: A common gathering space in the lobby will have an electric fireplace. The rooftop will have a common deck with a fire pit and a dog run.

The whole project adds up to 114,000 square feet and is slated to be finished by fall 2019.

Syndicated from Curbed Seattle.

Completing the Aurora Bridge Repainting Project – Open House Next Week

By Joe Veyera

The second and final phase of repainting the Aurora Bridge is scheduled to begin next spring, but before the Washington State Department of Transportation finalizes its construction plan, the public will have a chance to learn more about the project and provide feedback later this month.

The Upper Gwinn Commons at Seattle Pacific University (3310 6th Ave. W.) will host an open house from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 13, on work expected to wrap up in the fall of 2019.

Last year, contractor crews painted the bridge’s floor beams and stringers — sections of steels directly under the concrete bridge deck — after sandblasting the old lead-based paint off of them. The plan for stage two is more sandblasting and repainting, this time of the bridge’s trusses. Crews are also expected to grind and repave the driving surface of the bridge, and repair one and reseal six expansion joints.

The work will be done in sections, with crews encasing separate portions of the bridge one at a time to protect surrounding areas from the construction activities.

The repainting comes at a time when the last coat is peeling and flaking off the bridge, falling onto homes and into Lake Union, while exposing the steel, leading to rust and corrosion. The bridge was last painted in the mid-1980s.

The cost for the entire project is estimated at just over $28 million, with the work broken into two stages to best make use of available funding. It’s scheduled to go out for bidding in October.

Syndicated from Photo source: WSDOT

Family and Kid-Friendly Adventures in Queen Anne

by Kate Calamusa


The top of Queen Anne provides a walk-and-shop tour that’s short enough for little legs to keep up. Starting at the intersection of Queen Anne Avenue North and West Boston Street, head first into Blue Highway Games (see below). Filled with rare and unique games, the shop also offers snacks and playing tables, should you want to sit and play awhile. Take a quick detour across the street to Queen Anne Dispatch (2212 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206-286-1024) to check out its selection of shoes, accessories, and precious baby clothes.

From there head south, where the delights come one after the other. Queen Anne Book Company (1811 Queen Anne Ave. N.; 206-284-2427) is everything a neighborhood bookshop should be, staffed by friendly clerks and featuring the sweetest of children’s book sections. One more block brings you to Once Upon a Time (1622 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206-284-7260), a beloved children’s clothing and toy store that even offers classes like toddler yoga. And still one more block will bring you just rewards at the end of your exploration: the hearty, satisfying portions of all-American fare at the 5Spot.


You can also satisfy the family sweet teeth on Queen Anne. Chocolopolis (1527 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206-282-0776) melts up one of the richest cups of hot cocoa around. (Choose any chocolate bar in the store to be made into your treat.) In a red house replete with a sweet garden patio, Le Rêve Bakery &Café (1805 Queen Anne Ave. N, Suite 100; 206-623-7383) offers amazing twice-baked chocolate croissants and fruit tarts to enjoy. Next door, El Diablo Coffee Co. (see below) serves Cuban coffee and food.


Most likely you’ve seen a photo snapped at Kerry Park (211 W. Highland Dr.; 206-684-4075), which is tucked somewhat obscurely into a quiet QueenAnne neighborhood. Once you find it, you’ll be awestruck by the impressive view of the Space Needle, the downtown skyline, and Elliott Bay. Take a family photo, then head down the flight of stairs to Bayview-Kinnear Park (3rd Ave. W and W. Prospect St.; 206-684-4075), where the kids can run wild by making their way across the climbing wall or sliding down slides tucked into the hillside.

Blue Highway Games
2203 Queen Anne Ave.
AGES 3–5 AGES 6–9 AGES 10–14

Tucked atop Queen Anne Hill, Blue Highway Games is devoted to board games and card games, with an extensive collection of both the rare and mainstream. With tables to try out new games, plus snacks and drinks for sale (and adults-only beer and-board game nights), this charming little shop encourages gamers to stay awhile.

El Diablo Coffee Co.
1811 Queen Anne Ave. N, Suite 101

This charming coffeehouse, next door to the kid-friendly Queen Anne Book Company, specializes in Cuban coffee, offering up intense cubanos, cortaditos, and cafés con leche for the adults, plus several kinds of hot chocolate (the cinnamon-spiced Mexican variety is a favorite) and a sweet toy corner for the cuties.

*(c)2017 by Kate Calamusa. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Seattle Family Adventures by permission of Sasquatch Books.

KeyArena Revamp Bids to be Reviewed at May 11th Open House

By Joe Veyera

The two groups to respond to the city’s request for proposals to redevelop KeyArena will take part in an open house later this month just steps from the multipurpose venue.

Representatives from the Oak View Group and Seattle Partners (a group comprised of AEG and Hudson Pacific Partnership) will be on hand at KEXP (472 1st Ave. N. on May 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. to discuss their plans for the site, and answer questions.

Both proposals peg the cost of a KeyArena renovation to meet NBA and NHL standards at north of $500 million, while expanding the seating capacity to hold more than 17,000 spectators for hockey, and 18,000 for basketball, and preserving the iconic roofline designed by modernist architect Paul Thiry. Where the plans differ is how they each use the footprint, and how they address traffic and transit concerns.

The proposal from the Oak View Group would primarily consist of below-grade expansion, while the Seattle Partners bid calls for extending the existing arena roofline further to the south to add space.

The Oak View Group plan includes an 850-stall parking garage, and proposes offering bundled tickets to events with mass transit or rideshare programs, along with exploring the creation of designated drop-off and pick-up locations for services like Lyft and Uber. Renovation groups have additional strategies for dealing with concerns for parking and transportation.

Meanwhile, Seattle Partners would invest $5 million “to accelerate existing transportation strategies around the arena, and to create a shared mobility hub,” adjacent to it, while investing in the Lake2Bay Corridor.

Recommendations will be presented to the Mayor in June, with the input of the Arena Community Advisory Panel comprised of community leaders, and the City’s Executive Review Team. If the mayor moves forward with one of the two proposals, the City Council would then vote on a development and lease agreement with the winning bidder.

“This is the moment we have all been waiting for. We have two strong proposals to consider,” said Brian Surratt, Director of the Office of Economic Development in a press release last month. “We take this responsibility seriously and understand the sense of urgency for sports and music fans. The City remains committed to choosing the best possible path to bring back the NBA and to bring the NHL to Seattle.”

It’s currently unclear when construction could start. Last month, KeyArena was awarded first- and second-round NCAA men’s basketball tournament games in 2019, pushing the timeline past at least that March. The Oak View Group plan calls for a 19-month timeline to complete design drawings, and secure discretionary approvals and construction permits, along with a 20-month building timeline.

Syndicated from the Photo source: The Seattle Times