The Queen Anne Safeway redevelopment project is up for its first Early Design Guidance meeting with the West Design Review Board on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

barrientosRYAN, which is leading the redevelopment with Cahill Equities, checked its plans with Queen Anne residents during two public meetings in early September, and has now submitted its Early Design Guidance packet with the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections.

The 50,000-square-foot store — double the current Safeway’s size — will belong to Albertsons Companies, and the developers will own the housing above.

Developers opted into the Mandatory Housing Affordability program prior to its adoption, which included an upzone that allows for a maximum height of 75 feet. Sixty-two units — around 20 percent of the 322 total apartments — will be at affordability levels set by the city, and include a mix of studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms.

The new Safeway building — the size not being negotiable for Albertsons Companies — will have a ground plane that extends over it at 2100 Queen Anne Ave. N.

One residential building will intersect with the plane at Boston Street and First Avenue North, while another will push down on the plane along First Avenue North. Building C will sit on top of the Safeway building, facing Queen Anne Avenue North.

There will also be large setbacks on Boston and Crockett streets to accommodate underground parking entry. Plans are to provide commercial and residential levels of parking for 160 and 194 vehicles, respectively. Boston will serve as a residential entry, as well as an exit for Safeway customers, who will enter from Crockett.

This rendering shows the corner of Crockett Street and First Avenue North, which will include several townhomes.

Runberg Architecture Group is the lead architect, and Hewitt is the landscape architect. Construction will be led by Exxel Pacific Contractors.

Departures the West Design Review Board will consider during the Oct. 2 EDG meeting include a request to have the width of the Safeway store be 271 feet along Queen Anne Avenue North; code allows a maximum width of 250 feet. The argument for the departure is to make room for a 55-foot-wide, 40-foot-deep plaza at the corner of Queen Anne Avenue North and Crockett Street, according to the EDG packet. There is also a 5-foot setback along Queen Anne Avenue North to make room for more seating and an enhanced area around an existing bus stop.

The review board is also being asked to consider a departure to not include eight small commercial spaces in the project as required by code.

“The neighborhood needs a full service urban grocery store. As urban centers and urban villages have densified in order to provide more housing, the urban grocery store has changed to meet the market-driven needs that now includes delis with expanded indoor seating and a large variety of take out foods,” according to the EDG packet. “In order to provide the basic goods and services typically found in a standard grocery store plus the new neighborhood demands for deli, take-out and indoor seating an urban grocery store requires a minimum of 50,000 sf.”

This rendering shows the corner of Boston Street and First Avenue North, where a residential lobby is proposed.

barrientosRYAN principal Maria Barrientos told residents at the Sept. 5 Queen Anne Community Council’s Land Use Review Committee meeting that Safeway does not want businesses competing with it. A restaurant, for example, would compete with its deli, she said.

The EDG packet also argues that having to include eight commercial spaces would impact plans for the corner plaza, upper-level setbacks, and townhomes along First Avenue North.

There are three options provided in the EDG packet, but the preferred option is for 322 apartment units and a total of 467,800 gross square feet. Under city code, the project could have included 410 units and 581,400 gross square feet.

The EDG meeting is set for 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W.

Queen Anne Safeway EDG Packet by branax2000 on Scribd