By Jack Stubbs
Seattle’s Pike/Pine corridor in Capitol Hill has experienced no shortage of development activity in recent months, and a 71-unit project slated for the neighborhood was recently approved by the downtown review board at a Design Review Recommendation (DRR) meeting. On Wednesday, June 13th, project applicant Tiscareno Associates presented updated plans to the downtown review board on behalf of developer Vibrant Cities.
The project was originally seen at an Early Design Guidance (EDG) meeting in July 2016 and was most recently reviewed at a DRR meeting in March 2018. The LA Studio is the landscape architect on the project team.
The development, called the ‘Pivot’ and located at 1208 Pine St., calls for the construction of an 8-story mixed-use building that will include approximately 14,000 square feet of office, 5,200 square feet of street-level retail and 20 underground parking stalls. The proposal will replace an existing parking lot on the site.
At the meeting, Tiscareno Associates reviewed the primary changes that had been made to the project plans since the previous DRR meeting. In response to the board’s feedback, the applicant team worked on refining the overall massing and exterior facade of the structure to allow the building to better transition to the streetscape and better conform with the Pike/Pine area in Capitol Hill.
According to Bill Barton, architect at Tiscareno Associates, the downtown review board ultimately advanced the project, and also articulated several conditions for the design team to implement regarding the building’s materiality. Specifically, the board asked the applicant team to modify some of the accent colors on the building and increase the amount of brick in the alley.
Additionally, the board expressed its overall approval of the design of the building’s west facade facing Downtown. Moving forward, the applicant team plans to work with the project planner on the building’s modulation and detailing along Pine Street.