Security Properties will share its plans for replacing the Albertsons in Magnolia with a green Safeway with condos up top during an Early Design Guidance meeting with the West Design Review Board on Wednesday.

The West Design Review Board will assess the project from Room 1 of the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W.  at 8 p.m. on Jan. 8, deciding whether to clear preliminary plans for slight revisions and to come back for a recommendation meeting or request significant modifications and a second EDG.

Security Properties believes redevelopment of the Magnolia Albertsons site will be the first mixed-use project with a grocery store to attempt to qualify for the City of Seattle’s Living Building Challenge pilot program.

Plans are to raze the 18,000-square-foot Albertsons building, which has been at that location since 1955, and replace it with a 25,000-square-foot Safeway store. Responding to community feedback regarding a lack of downsizing options in the neighborhood, the developer is planning to top the new Safeway with six floors of condo units; about 138 are proposed, but could change depending on final decisions regarding amenities.

Security Properties believes redevelopment of the Magnolia Albertsons site will be the first mixed-use project with a grocery store to attempt to qualify for the City of Seattle’s Living Building Challenge pilot program.

To qualify, the developer plans to recycle its gray water and install a rooftop solar farm, and the aesthetic is being informed by a biophilic design.

Under the Living Building pilot, which was created to incentivize producing buildings with lower greenhouse gas emissions, a developer can earn a 25 percent higher floor-area ratio (FAR) and increase the building height by 12.5 feet for residential construction.

The developer is shooting for an early 2021 groundbreaking, assuming required reviews and permitting go as planned.

A major hurdle during the Jan. 8 design meeting will be getting the review board to approve of a proposal to site underground parking access on 32nd Avenue West instead of the alley. Security Properties argues this will allow the project to keep various amenities designed, such as a central plaza and 19 short-term and ADA surface parking spaces.

The review board will take public comments during the Jan. 8 meeting, should anyone wish to share an opinion about the project.

Queen Anne Safeway

                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo courtesy of Queen Anne Greenway

A Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections sign has gone up outside the Queen Anne Safeway, announcing future redevelopment plans.

barrientosRYAN principal Maria Barrientos tells Queen Anne News her development firm submitted its master use permit for the project on Dec. 19.

The existing Safeway store is slated for demolition at 2100 Queen Anne Ave. N. to make way for a 50,000-square-foot urban concept model, with 323 residential units on top and 344 parking spaces underneath.

Concerned about the size proposed for the new grocery store and how it will fit in Queen Anne, the West Design Review Board cautiously cleared the design to return for a recommendation meeting back in October.

Barrientos says SDCI is backed up with development projects, so another review board meeting for the Queen Anne Safeway likely won’t happen until May or June. Another public meeting is expected to take place in March, she says, once the design team knows if SDCI has identified any issues with the application.

Responding to the review board and public comment received during the Oct. 2 Early Design Guidance meeting, Barrientos tells Queen Anne News design changes since then include adding an entry door directly into the Starbucks at the store and a large, operable window for the floral department. Under code, a project of this size would require eight retail spaces, and the review board wanted to see the project treated as such. Barrientos says all street frontages have also been revised.