The Washington State Department of Commerce will provide findings and project updates related to planning for redevelopment of the Interbay armory site on Tuesday, July 23.

The commerce department has been taking feedback on how to maximize public benefits for the Washington National Guard’s 25-acre armory site over the past several months, and heard proposals from community members during the Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee’s May 9 meeting, where three project alternatives were presented.

The Interbay committee is expected to submit a final report with recommendations that provide a maximum public benefit for the property to the governor’s office and Legislature by Nov. 15. The report will be previewed during an October open house.

A team of consultants working with the committee studied all three concepts. Those results will be presented during the July 23 meeting, where additional public presentations will also be accepted. The committee will meet 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the armory site, 1601 W. Armory Way.

One concept considers keeping the site zoned for industrial uses, to allow for commercial and manufacturing activity.

Another would allow for the production of 1,800 housing units in midrise buildings and 102,000 square feet of commercial space.

The third alternative considers allowing for high-rise development, with residential density around 109 units per acre or 2,679 total.

Sixty-five community members attended an open house on May 15, where they weighed in on the concepts.

A June 26 community engagement report states attendees found the industrial concept did not focus enough on affordable housing, which was the most desired public benefit identified during the first open house inMarch. It also underutilized the site for jobs, housing and other development while focusing too much on motor vehicle infrastructure and parking, according to the community engagement report.

Feedback on the midrise concept was more positive, with community members happy about affordable housing potential near public transportation, as well as providing employment and community space. The “Pedestrian Village” concept includes a 160-square-foot educational or community center building.

The third — “Towers and Circle” — concept also received positive feedback regarding the maximizing of affordable housing near light rail and providing a mix of uses to establish a sense of community, according to the report.

All designs assume a worst-case scenario for redevelopment, which would be Sound Transit selecting a route for its Ballard extension that runs along the west edge of the site between the BNSF rail yard. Adding in easements and stormwater management, the amount of developable land is about 19 acres.

The armory site provides a number of development challenges. A liquefaction zone, the National Guard’s own buildings are built on top of pilings, and similar measures would be needed to mitigate real concerns about a large-scale earthquake within the next 50 years. Community members at the May 15 open house also worried about locating affordable housing so close to a rail yard, as well as the need for support services nearby for those residents, according to the report.

A third open house for the public to comment on the findings related to the redevelopment concepts will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at the Ballard VFW Hall, 2812 NW Market St.

Any redevelopment potential hinges on the National Guard’s ability to relocate outside Seattle, where it wants to create a new Readiness Center that meets modern facility standards and is more strategically located when the need to respond to a disaster arises.