A schematic design for the major redevelopment of the Queen Anne Safeway will be checked with the public in September after several months working with the city to address how plans will work in the neighborhood.

barrientosRyan managing partner Maria Barrientos reports the design team spent the last three months working on the design for the redevelopment, which will replace the old Safeway with a new 50,000-square-foot urban concept store and include nearly 300 housing units on top of it.

“There have been so many items to coordinate such as: working with SDCI and SDOT on transportation access, truck entries and loading, grade related access to work out, the size of the store and how the business works inside that affects the design with locations of elevators, loading docks, exit stairs, etc.,” Barrientos writes in an email update.

The massing for the six upper floors of residential units was taken on during the last two months, and an early design guidance package is now expected to be submitted to the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections next month. The West Design Review Board will then vet the project.

barrientosRyan was tapped for the project by Albertsons Companies in late 2018 after it scrapped previous redevelopment plans that were being led by Holland Partner Group at 2100 Queen Anne Ave. N. The project has received a mixed response from the neighborhood.

Barrientos points out in her email that 400,000 square feet of residential development is allowed for the project, but only about 250,000 square feet is proposed due to anticipated building setbacks.

The design team will provide an update to the Queen Anne Community Council’s Land Use Review Committee 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. The meeting is tentatively set to occur at Queen Anne Manor.

Another meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Queen Anne Community Center.

Barrientos hopes to have the early design guidance package up for review in either late September or early October, so a master use permit can be submitted in late December.