By Jack Stubbs
On Monday, March 12th, a 67-unit project located in Seattle’s University District was given the green light to proceed in the city’s Design Review Process at an Early Design Guidance (EDG) meeting. At the meeting, architect and project applicant Citizen Design presented preliminary project plans to the Review Board on behalf of David Sadis, a Bellevue-based developer. Designer Randall Spaan and arborist Steve Cushing are also on the project team.
Located at 4727 12th Ave. NE., the proposed development is a 7-story structure that will include 60 small efficiency dwelling units, 7 efficiency dwelling units and a basement. The development will also include balconies and a green roof deck and will not contain any commercial space or parking. The project site is currently occupied by a single-family residence which would be demolished as part of the applicant’s plans.
The priority design guidelines for the project include emphasizing the building’s architectural character; designing a building that fits into the surrounding neighborhood context; and encouraging pedestrian interaction with the development along the adjacent streetscape by integrating open space and landscaping elements, according to the submitted project plans.
Ultimately, the board decided unanimously to advance the project, also highlighting several design elements for the applicant team to work on once it has submitted a Master Use Permit for the project, according to Wendy Shark, public relations specialist with the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. The board supported the applicant’s preferred massing options and also recommended that the applicant work on the design of the trash disposal area and consider introducing gates along the Southside of the building to mitigate security concerns.
The in-the-works project adds to an already active market in Seattle’s University District. According to a fourth quarter 2017 Seattle Development Pipeline Report written by Colliers International’s Seattle Apartment Team, there are 12,460 total multifamily units of existing inventory in the Northeast/University District neighborhood and 721 units set to be delivered over the next 12 months. Additionally, there are 1,059 units under construction and another 2,842 units planned or permitted, according to the report.
Some of the under-construction projects in Seattle’s Roosevelt and Ravenna neighborhoods—which are just north of the University District—include the 61-unit 4516 Union Bay Pl NE project set to be completed in second quarter 2018; 6717 Roosevelt Way NE, a 95-unit development set to be finished in early 2019; and the 244-unit Mixed-Use at Union Bay, which will be finished in second quarter 2019, according to the report.