The private developer leading the Queen Anne Safeway redevelopment that proposes doubling the store’s size and building around 280 units on top will have its last general meeting at the Queen Anne Community Center on Tuesday, March 26.

barrientosRyan is the second developer to take on the project at 2100 Queen Anne Ave. N. Holland Partner Group had originally been tapped by Albertsons Companies, which owns the Safeway brand, but that partnership ended shortly after a bad early design guidance meeting in late 2017.

barrientosRyan managing partner Maria Barrientos, who is a Queen Anne resident, has been leading the community outreach effort in the neighborhood, which is a relatively new requirement prior to design review.

The Safeway property is slated for an upzone from 40 feet to 75 feet through the City of Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability program, which goes to a final vote of the city council on March 18.

Barrientos told the Queen Anne Community Council Land Use Review Committee in December that she believed five stories of apartment units on top of a 50,000-square-foot urban concept Safeway store could be accomplished at just 65 feet.

“The preliminary concept studies lean towards building 2-3 separate buildings located above the Safeway store with a large amount of open space between the buildings to allow light and air to enter the podium deck and building height stepping down from 65 ft. at the north/north west to lower 45-50 ft. heights located on the south and southwest sides of the building,” according to the March 26 meeting announcement provided by barrientosRyan.

Of the 280 apartment units planned for the project, 50 will be affordable residences. About 20 percent of the units will likely be two-bedrooms, and another 20 percent will likely be one-bedrooms, based on market research. One-bedroom+den and one-bedroom+laundry rooms will each likely comprise 15 percent of the units.

“The grocery store entry has not been determined and the below grade parking entry is likely to be located along Crockett, at the existing curb cut that is already there,” according to barrientosRyan. “Both resident access to parking and grocery store delivery access will be off of Boston.”

There are around 350 parking spaces planned for the project, split between shoppers and residents.

A public plaza is planned at the corner of Queen Anne Avenue North and Crockett Street, with public art, outdoor seating and landscaping and hardscape improvements.

The March 26 community meeting will run 6-7 p.m. in Room 1 of the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W.