Category Archives: Queen Anne

New 3-Story Building Planned for Parking Lot Next to the Frances Skinner Edris Nursing Home

By Brian Miller
The three-story building at 2120 First Ave. N. opened in 1923 as a nurses’ residence for Seattle Children’s Orthopedic Hospital.

Tucked between Queen Anne Manor and the Safeway on Upper Queen Anne is a charming little Georgian-style three-story building at 2120 First Ave. N.

It was developed in 1923 as a nurses’ residence for Seattle Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, which was located in what is now the Queen Anne Manor retirement community. The narrow property extends from North Boston to North Crockett streets, and shares the block with the former hospital, built in 1910.

Seattle Children’s moved to Laurelhurst in 1953, and the nurses’ residence was used for offices by King County.

In the late 1970s, the American Cancer Society bought the small building, also called the Frances Skinner Edris Nursing Home, for offices. Now ACS is selling the entire 16,005-square-foot property, which includes a parking lot to the south.

JLL’s Jordan Louie and Doug Hanafin are the brokers, and their listing says that ACS intends to lease back the offices through the first quarter of 2019, allowing time for entitlements.

“I have it under contract,” confirms Brian Regan of Equinox Properties. “We hope to close in December.”

Regan hired Skidmore Janette as the architect, and filed an early plan for a project that he calls Arbor Space.

On the parking lot to the south, a new three-story building would have “potentially 40 units” with one level of underground parking.

The existing ACS building, with about 13,000 square feet, would remain as office space serving smaller tenants. “I’d probably landmark it,” says Regan, given the historic provenance, before making interior upgrades and other renovations.

The building was designed by A.H. Albertson (1872-1964). Alone or with partners, Albertson also designed Northern Life Tower (aka Seattle Tower), the Cobb Building, the downtown YMCA, Cornish College’s Spanish-style Kerry Hall and the Women’s University Club.

“It’s a pretty amazing building,” says Regan. “It’s in pretty good shape.”

Separately, Regan says he hopes to have permits in February or March for 9th Space, an office building he is planning at 308 Ninth Ave. N., in South Lake Union. Skidmore Janette is also the architect for that project.

Meanwhile, next door to the ACS building, Safeway intends to redevelop its property with a new store and 251 units above. Holland Partner Group is developing that project for Safeway.

Syndicated from the Daily Journal of Commerce.

For the Health of it! The Seattle/King County Clinic is on now.  

 

In this day and age, medical care can be tricky.

Whether you have insurance or you don’t, there are many factors that can make getting the regular exams and care you need a challenge or at least, really expensive.

Luckily, thanks to the Seattle/King County Clinic, you can receive the care you need FOR FREE.

That’s right, you have from now until this Sunday, October 29th to go to Key Arena and seek out the medical care or examinations you may need, at no cost to you.

The services provided at this clinic include medical care, vision care and dental care, all provided by a caring staff of professionals volunteering their time and skills to help people within the community.

From the website-

Seattle/King County Clinic brings together healthcare organizations, civic agencies, non-profits, private businesses and volunteers from across the State of Washington to produce a giant free health clinic in KeyArena at Seattle Center.  The four-day volunteer-driven clinic provides a full range of free dental, vision and medical care to underserved and vulnerable populations in the region. The next Clinic is scheduled for October 26 – 29, 2017.

If you or someone you know is in need of a routine checkup or has more serious concerns for their vision, dental or general medical health, now is your chance to receive excellent care from highly trained and generous professionals, for free.

This amazing event is brought to the community by the Seattle Center Foundation and supported by donations from community members like you.

To learn more about getting involved or donating to help to keep this event going, please visit their website or click here.

 

Keeping our community healthy is of the utmost importance and events like this make that possible. Thank you to all of the volunteers, professional and community donations that make this event possible, and our community a better place to live!

Volunteer to Keep Trick-Or-Treaters Safe This Halloween

Halloween is just over a week away, and the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to help as crossing guards for the holiday to keep little costumed kiddos safe.

The annual Trick-Or-Treat along upper Queen Anne Avenue N will take place next Tuesday, October 31st from 3 – 6 p.m. Trick-Or-Treaters will be going door-to-door between McGraw and Galer to collect candy and other treats from the shops, restaurants and other participating establishments.

To volunteer to be a crossing guard, visit the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce’s website to register. You’ll need to meet 15 minutes before the fun starts, at 2:45 p.m. at Umpqua Bank at 1630 Queen Anne Ave N. You’ll pick up your safety flags and vests, and two guards will be posted for each cross street within the trick-or-treating area.

Drivers, please try to avoid Queen Anne Avenue N on Tuesday afternoon to help keep kids even safer.

City Approves Lower Queen Anne Rezone to 65-Foot Buildings

The City Council unanimously agreed to pass the measure to rezone buildings between Roy Street and Denny Way to a cap of 85 feet on Monday, October 2nd. The existing buildings in that area are less than half that height.

Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess signed a slightly altered version of the rezone into law last week, on Wednesday, October 11th. The alteration reduced the cap to 65 feet.

The need for more housing and specifically, affordable housing has the City Council and many neighborhood residents cheering on the decision. According to a KUOW report, the rezone in the Lower Queen Anne area (also known as Uptown) is expected to result in a minimum of 600 new affordable homes by the year 2038 (20 years).

However, these affordable homes won’t necessarily be located in the Uptown neighborhood, since developers will have the option to either dedicate a portion (7-10 percent of residential buildings and 5-10 percent of commercial developments) to be priced for households with lower income, or they can instead pay into the city’s affordable housing fund.

“The actual affordable housing is not going to be built on site. The majority of it is going to be paid in lieu so a lot of people think they are going to get affordable housing but it’s not going to be in the areas these zoning changes are occurring,” said Jon Lisbin, president of Seattle Fair Growth.

Despite the Council’s unanimous vote, many neighbors are concerned. The CEO of the Bayview Nursing Home, Mary Cordts, expressed concerns that buildings of the new height could block daylight for members of her retirement community. Cordts did say that a reduction from the initially proposed 85-foot cap to 65 feet would be more manageable, so it appears her suggestion was applied when the legislation passed last week.

Another community member, Alexandra Moore-Wulsin, told KUOW News that her concerns were more about the more widespread effects on the community: “In fact, what it is doing is gentrifying this neighborhood, and it’s being replaced by shadowy, corrugated steel and brick canyons. Please don’t do this to our city,” she said.