Vulcan’s newest design for two seven-story residential buildings at 23rd and S. Jackson in Seattle’s Central District was approved by the Seattle Design Review board at a May 9th meeting.
The project, located at 2309 S. Jackson St., will feature two seven-story buildings with about 530 residential units above 38,500 square feet of commercial space. There will be 530 parking stalls across four levels for both residents and shoppers of the building. On the ground level, there will be a number of townhouses with stoops that lead into the mid-block open space.
After community outreach for the project, the team behind the proposal, which includes Hewitt and Runberg Architecture Group, said there were three main components that should be provided as part of the project including a grocery store, public gathering place on S. Jackson St. and a through-block pedestrian access.
With those components in mind, the team designed three open spaces including a north courtyard, south courtyard and a mid-block open space that will provide light and air to every apartment and outdoor space for residents. The design features three open spaces including a north courtyard, south courtyard and a mid-block open space that will provide light and air to every apartment and outdoor space for residents. The mid-block open space will be open to the public and will operate under park hours. There’s also a grocery store that will be located below-grade but will have street-level signage and entry.
Outside of the grocery frontage, there are three small retail spaces and space for a potential restaurant just next to the grocery store. Plans also call for a residential lobby and meeting room to help activate the street level and the restaurant space.
In the mid-block and courtyard areas, there will be bioretention planters, an ornamental gate that will serve as an art piece when it is both open and closed, lighting and specialty paving and benches for residents and the public. There’s also space on the ground level for separate bike entry and storage.
There are a number of current structures and businesses on the site including a Red Apple Market grocery store, a promenade strip mall that houses Bank of America, Boost Mobile, Taco del Mar and the City of Seattle Neighborhood Resource Center.
Vulcan originally purchased the site in February of 2016 for $30.9 million from Weingarten Realty.