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100-Unit Interbay Apartment Development Clears Review Board

By Joe Veyera

A proposal to build an eight-story apartment complex with nearly 100 units just north of the Interbay Golf Center was well received in its return to the West Design Review Board on Wednesday night.

The plan for 3008 16th Ave. W. had gotten favorable feedback during an early design guidance meeting in February, but faced three new board members as architects sought final approval.

Urbal Architecture principal Chad Lorentz said the project was driven by three points, unchanged from the last meeting; enhancing the dead end that separates the alley on the back end of the property from 15th Avenue West to make it safer and improve the pedestrian experience, taking advantage of the site’s “peninsula,” which allows for unobstructed views on three sides, and creating a “jewel box,” through the development’s massing and building materials to float above the solid, recessed base.

The plan calls for the lobby and four loft units at ground level along 16th Avenue West, with a fitness center on the second floor, and studio, one, and two-bedroom units on floors three through eight. That top level also includes a common lounge and patio space, with a deck and patio on the roof as well. Parking for up to 45 vehicles is included in a garage on the first two levels; 30 on the first with the use of a stacking system, and another 15 on the next floor, with separate entries for both.

The presence of the Interbay Athletic Complex directly to the west of the site — and how the field lights would affect the units at night — was also a factor in the design. It was something planners noticed after one visit, arriving after dark only to see those lights switched on minutes later.

“You watched everyone [at a nearby apartment complex] pull their shades down, and it became a blank façade, so we really took that to heart,” Lorentz said.

In turn, the layout of the units and the placement of their windows are meant to shade the apartments from that direct glare. Those windows are also mirrored from one another, and combine with minor recesses and the choice of building materials to activate the façade.

Those elements all earned positive feedback from the board, while much of the deliberation Wednesday regarded a detail that had also drawn attention during early design guidance. Concerned remained from members about the building’s north side, a blank wall for those approaching the site along 16th Avenue West.

Lorentz explained the choice, saying both the apartment signage and a vertical art piece that would tie into that branding will serve as an effective way finding feature.

“We actually think that the blank façade is a real important feature of this building,” he said.

The board, however, wanted more specifics for what that would look like.

“Right now, they’re kind of asking for an open license to do whatever, once they resolve their brand, and this is a major component of this project,” said board member Stephen Porter.

Though a living wall was found to be ultimately unviable by the planners, the board asked that the art element be based on the wilderness concept that informed the site’s landscape approach. The planting design emphasizes Northwest native species — many of which attract birds, butterflies, and bees — in response to feedback provided in February.

The board also okayed a trio of zoning departures, including one that allows for the two parking garage access points — one off of the alley, one off West Barrett Street — and another regarding the eighth floor lounge and patio. With the size of the patio smaller than the minimum to be considered an “amenity area,” the board was in favor of plans for an articulated, transparent wall that would connect the space to the lounge, allowing for the flexibility of both indoor and outdoor uses.

After Wednesday’s meeting, the plan now awaits final corrections by project architects, after which the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections will publish its final decision and issue a master use permit.

Syndicated from The Queen Anne News.

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in October

Happy Fall! Check out these exciting and fun Queen Anne events coming up in October…

October 1: 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 October 1st, with live music by Nordic Reflections, Nordic Spirit, and Bjarne Jacobsen. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

October 1: CroatiaFest
10am – 7pm | Seattle Center
Experience the vibrant culture of Croatia at the annual Seattle Center Festál celebration of CroatiaFest. On October 1st, the Seattle Center will host live performances, activities, a marketplace and food trucks/booths featuring aspects of Croatian culture and cuisine.

October 3: Fall Breakfast
8am – 9am | Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum is hosting their annual Fall Breakfast fundraiser on Tuesday, October 3rd. There will be a presentation from King County Executive Dow Constantine and the future of STEM education. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

October 5 & 12: Last Two Queen Anne Farmers’ Market Days
3pm – 7:30pm | W Crockett St. and Queen Anne Ave N
The neighborhood farmers’ market is here through October 12th! Visit the Queen Anne Farmers Market at West Crockett Street and Queen Anne Avenue North on Thursdays each week for fresh produce, beautiful flower arrangements, locally made goods and your favorite food truck dining! Plus, market music and chef demos to enjoy.

October 14: TurkFest
11am – 7pm | Seattle Center
Seattle Center Festál puts on TurkFest on October 14th, as a free cultural event featuring Turkish foods, art, activities, programs and live cultural performances. Enjoy Turkish dancers and musicians, and engage in fun activities and workshops to learn more about Turkey and its people.

October 31: Costume Carnival
4pm – 8pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Visit the Seattle Children’s Museum on October 31st for a Spooktacular Halloween! There will be safe, indoor trick-or-treating for kids ages 10 and under. Costumes are encouraged, but please ensure family-friendliness and no masks. Tickets are $5 per person (adult or child), but free for museum members.

October 31: Dia de Muertos
11am – 7pm | Seattle Center
Honor deceased loved ones at the annual Dia de Muertos celebration on October 31st at the Seattle Center. There will be live music, dance performances, arts and crafts, altar offerings, ornamental displays, and lots of fun at this cultural celebration from Mexico.

New Efficiency Apartment Building Planned for Aurora Ave N

The City of Seattle continues to track the energy performance of our public and private-sector buildings with benchmarking to guide efforts to manage and reduce energy use city wide. In a statement last year, Mayor Ed Murray said, “We have learned that saving energy requires ongoing oversight and dedicated effort. The city will continue to invest in the energy efficiency of our facilities.”

As part of the city’s plan to construct more energy efficient buildings, a new six-story efficiency apartment building is planned for Aurora Ave N. The project is planned for the lot next to the Aloha Inn, at 1945 Aurora Ave N.

The six stories will contain 37 residences that the city has termed as “small efficiency dwelling units”, plus underground parking to accommodate 17 vehicles.

Many multi-story efficiency buildings further south in Uptown don’t have parking because it isn’t required based on Seattle Municipal Code 23.54.015. This new apartment building will have underground parking, since it falls in an area that does require underground parking for new construction.

Featured photo source: QueenAnneView.com, rendering depicting an aerial view of the block with the proposed new building in the upper right.

4 Bed Queen Anne View Home Available

This lovely 5 bed, 3.25 bath home in Queen Anne features large rooms, and a stunning view of the city and Elliot Bay. There is a formal dining room, new kitchen with top of the line appliances, (as well as an additional kitchen on the lower level!). The living room has a beautiful view overlooking the city and Bay and the master bedroom is quite expansive, with an exquisite connecting master bath. Living room opens to a huge deck over looking the city. For more information on this rental, or other rentals in the Seattle area, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4/3.25
Price: $5,000