By Jack Stubbs
A new mixed-use project is officially on the way to Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.
On Wednesday, May 2nd, a 58-unit development in Lower Queen Anne was given the green light at a second Early Design Guidance (EDG) meeting. At the meeting, applicant d/Arch LLC presented updated plans to the west Review Board on behalf of the developer, Third and Harrison LLC, an entity affiliated with the project owner Martin Smith. The proposal was previously reviewed at an EDG meeting held in October 2017. Landscape architect Glenn Takagi and surveyor Allied Land Surveying, Inc. are also on the project team.
The development, located at 413 3rd Ave W., calls for the construction of a 58-unit project that will include approximately 1,800 square feet of street-level commercial space. The six-story project will also include one basement-level story and 13 parking spaces. A two-story office building that currently houses Westward Fishing Co. will be demolished as part of the applicant’s plans.
Kicking off the presentation, Matt Driscoll of d/Arch LLC discussed the primary design changes that had been made to the project plans since the initial EDG meeting. In response to the board’s feedback, the applicant worked on enhancing the overall massing of the building; refined the structure’s exterior facades; and improved the relationship between the building and the adjacent streetscape along 3rd Ave.
Most of the board’s clarifying questions focused on how the applicant team planned to program various design elements of the development. Board member Brian Walters asked Driscoll to clarify the plans for the different massing options, and how these would relate to the proposed commercial space. Board member Homero Nishiwaki asked for more information about how the project team planned to detail the exterior facades, also asking how the applicant would successfully program the street-level units in relation to the adjacent streetscape. Board member Stephen Porter expressed some concern that the structure protruded on the south side of the site, also asking for more information about how the development would relate to adjacent buildings in the surrounding neighborhood.
The one public comment during the meeting was voiced by a neighborhood resident, who asked the applicant what would set the proposed project apart from other developments in Lower Queen Anne. The comment expressed concern with the building’s blank facades and also took issue with the building’s exterior materiality.
During its deliberation period, the board focused on the three proposed massing options and discussed at length how the project would relate to other developments in the surrounding neighborhood. The board recommended that the applicant work on further developing the building’s blank facades and incorporate appropriate materials into the structure’s exterior. The board expressed its general approval of the applicant’s preferred massing option and suggested that, moving forward, the team pay special attention to the relationship between the design of the proposed development and adjacent properties.