By Jack Stubbs
A new project is officially on the way to North Seattle.
On Monday, June 11th, a 165-unit development in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood was unanimously approved at a Design Review Recommendation (DRR) meeting. At the meeting, architecture firm GGLO presented updated design plans to the northeast design review board on behalf of developer Roosevelt Development Group. The team for the project—which was last reviewed at an Early Design Guidance meeting in August 2016—also includes Karen Kiest Landscape Architects.
The project, located at 1300 NE 65th St., calls for the construction of a seven-story mixed-use building that will include approximately 5,100 square feet of street-level retail space and 126 below-ground parking stalls. One of the main goals of the transit-oriented development is to capitalize on the in-the-works Roosevelt light rail station, which is being built as part of the Northgate extension and will be open for service in 2021. The site is currently occupied by two single-family residences which will be demolished as part of the applicant team’s project plans.
Beginning the applicant team’s presentation, Will Castillo of GGLO discussed the neighborhood context and in-the-works developments around the site in the Roosevelt neighborhood, and also explained the changes that had been made to the project plans since the original EDG meeting.
In response to the board’s feedback, the applicant refined the massing of the building, changed the location of the building entrances, added new materials to the exterior facade and set the building back from 65th St. to improve the pedestrian experience along the streetscape. Castillo emphasized how the project team had worked on successfully integrating the retail space into the building—especially in relation to a proposed adjacent park near the development—and also explained how efforts had been made to save several trees along the street.
Most of the board’s clarifying questions focused on how the applicant team planned to program various elements of the project. Board member Katy Haima asked for more information about the fencing plans around the site, while board member Dan Rusler asked the applicant to elaborate on its plans for setting the building back from 65th St. Board member Brian Bishop requested that the applicant explain how access and circulation around the proposed retail space would function, also asking for more information about the proposed material palette for the exterior facade and the balcony elements.
During the public comment period of the meeting, a representative from the Roosevelt neighborhood Land Use Committee requested more detailed project plans about how the development’s facade would relate to the adjacent streetscape.
During its deliberation period, the board at length discussed how the building’s massing would relate to 65th St., and also agreed that the applicant team had generally succeeded in incorporating the board’s feedback from the prior EDG meeting about the programming of the retail space. However, the board also agreed that the applicant would need to work on refining the building’s material palette and facade to improve the relationship between the proposed building and the adjacent park.