After the Design Review Board’s approval to proceed came through two months ago on the Seattle Childrens Home project, and additional changes were suggested, the developer responded recently with more updates.
On April 28th, CamWest/Toll Brothers provided these updates to the Land Use Review Committee (LURC) of the Queen Anne Community Council:
- Reducing the number of townhome units by three, from 62 to 59 units.
- Bringing some of the units back further from the street to allow for more open space.
- Widening openings along the street.
- Adding a street to divide the cluster of homes planned for the center area of the lot.
According to Andrew Miller of CamWest, “We pulled back and made some units smaller, [which gives] the separation the neighborhood wanted.” Some of the other updates to the plan have the additional benefit of “[bringing] in more light and air,” Miller said.
Not surprisingly – due to the ongoing controversy that this project has received – community members had additional requests and suggestions to CamWest’s updates. These included asking for architecture that would sufficiently blend into the neighborhood’s existing style, double handrails on the public easement hill climb, careful assessment of tree drip lines, and saving four elm trees existing on the property.
LURC Chair Marty Kaplan commented in appreciation for CamWest/Toll Bros. ongoing efforts to alleviate the neighbors’ concerns: “I really agree with the commitment you’ve made to keep advancing the plan,” he said. “It’s evident it keeps getting better.”
Now that these updates have been brought before LURC, CamWest will be submitting them for the Master Use Permit very soon – they told the Queen Anne News that they expect to submit the plan within 30 days. Next, they will have to wait on the city’s reply before they can respond, then apply for and schedule a Design Review Board meeting. CamWest’s representative, Miller, estimates that this DRB meeting will take place in late summer or early fall – August or September.
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