Public Comment for New Development

Early Design Guidelines Meeting

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This new development that proposes two seven story buildings and 404 units of housing on the 2.2 acres that currently contains Aurora Rents, Thriftology, Aorta Artists, Kilimanjaro Market, and the XXX Store is entering the public comment period for the project.

ONLINE MEETING INFORMATION
Date: Monday, January 09, 2023 Time: 5:00 PM
Online Access: Webex Meeting Link: Click Here
Listen Line: 1-206-207-1700 Meeting Access Code: 2487 449 3326
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OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT
During the early design guidance (EDG) phase of review, SDCI accepts written comments through January 06, 2023 on
the site planning and design issues of this project. Submit all comments and requests to be made party of record to
Click Here for Written Comment or City of Seattle – SDCI – PRC, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle,
WA 98124-4019.

The following are some suggestions for consideration. These are only suggestions to help people think about ways that the project can respond to potential community needs.

  1. Consider encouraging that the retail space is built out for restaurant usage. There are very few available locations for restaurants in Lake City. The build out for vents and other necessary infrastructure is much less expensive during construction.
    1. Developers often look to corporate “box stores” for their commercial spaces. Often these types of businesses do not participate in community and are not necessarily an identified need. Local small businesses that have or are in threat of being displaced are critical to retaining a neighborhood flavor and sense of place.
  2. Consider a cross block connection. The project is in the center of a block, FIVE streets long (125th-130th), without a significant pedestrian access from 35th to LCW.  Consider that this could be an  important connection to the LCW business district so local residents can easily access and support the business district.
  3.  Open space – The site will require open space(s).  Is this an opportunity for community connections?  Often these open spaces are inaccessible open spaces within a mass of buildings. Should the open space be visually accessible to the community?
  4.  33rd Ave Street front – Should the plan include frontage on 33rd Ave. rather than creating a “back door” feel on this critical block? Could the 33rd side of the project engage pedestrians in a more thoughtful way?
  5. Grade changes – Consider the concepts of this being an opportunity to provide terraces and setbacks on 33rd.  Overlooking spaces above the street could enhance security as well as providing community spaces.
  6.  What could the project “look like”? What opportunities are there to create a visual identity unique to our neighborhood? Consider what kinds of bold forms, colors, and signage can relay the diversity, inclusion, and affordability that many value most in our neighborhood.