The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has cleared the owner of the landmarked Garfield Exchange Building in Queen Anne to construct a fourth-floor addition at 1529 Fourth Ave. W.

Last used as a warehouse for the Seattle Public Library, the property was sold to developer Chris Faul for $2.5 million in May 2017. Faul, who is best known for his work on the Bullitt Center in Capitol Hill, faced neighborhood pushback when he proposed redeveloping the building to support 27 apartments; the final approved application is for 25 units.

The building was constructed in 1921 as the Pacific Telegraph and Telephone Garfield Exchange, where switchboard operators once connected people’s phone calls manually. It was gifted to SPL for storage in 1976, and is located south of the Queen Anne library branch, which is also a designated Seattle landmark.

Wanting to sell the property, SPL in December 2015 nominated the building for landmark status, which was granted in April 2016.

Queen Anne residents expressed concerns about the size of the proposed redevelopment during an SDCI community meeting in October 2017, as well as a lack of parking; the proposal called for 14 below-grade spaces, but the final application was for seven.

The Dec. 10 SDCI decision states the fourth-floor penthouse addition is flush with the west facade due to a grade change, which means the building is just three stories in height and similar to adjacent single-family homes. The additional height will “minimally increase shadow impacts on surrounding properties to the north,” according to the decision. A traffic impact analysis has determined there would be a minimal impact to nearby intersections, the project generating about 90 daily vehicle trips.

The SDCI director determined an environmental impact statement is not needed for this project, which still needs approval from the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board before a master use permit can be issued. The applicants will make their final presentation to the landmarks board on Wednesday, Dec. 19.