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.

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