Vibrant Cities and its design team will come back before the West Design Review Board on Wednesday to seek final approval of its plans for an eight-story, 127-units apartment building at 513 First Ave. N. in Uptown.

The site sits between Mercer Street to the north and Republican Street to the south, and a store and restaurant will be demolished to make way for the NIWA Apartments, which will also include 5,876 square feet of ground-floor retail space and below-grade parking for 29 vehicles through the alley. NIWA Apartments include balconies on First Avenue North and a green roof with private patios, raised decks and a barbecue area.. A mid-block pedestrian passageway between the alley and First Avenue North is included in the designs, with seating and landscaping.

The West Design Review Board supported the massing plan in the preferred design alternative presented by Jackson Main Architects during a Feb. 7 Early Design Guidance meeting, but recommended breaking up the First Avenue North facade into two distinct masses with different material treatments. Members also told the design team to avoid using cornices and opt for a more modern look, including with its construction materials.

In its feedback report, the West Design Review Board also directed the design team to make the entries for its smaller ground-floor retail spaces not look residential, and to consider opening the live/work and corner retail space into the half-block passage. The latest design removes the live/work units and replaces them with additional retail space.

The design shows four retail spaces fronting First Avenue North, and a corner retail space on the southwest corner.

The West Design Review Board will review the latest design during its recommendation meeting 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W.


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