Seattle Public Schools has designs for a three-story classroom addition to be constructed on the east side of Coe Elementary in Queen Anne, and is requesting a setback less than what is required under city code.

Now the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking volunteers to serve on an advisory committee to evaluate the request.

The three-story addition at 2424 Seventh Ave. W. will not connect to the existing elementary school, and is being built to increase capacity. The addition will include six classrooms.

The allowed setback without a departure is 20 feet, and architecture firm Mahlum is requesting a departure for an average setback of 16.25 feet and minimum of 13 feet.

The advisory committee will convene up to three evening meetings at or near the school over a three-month period, according to DON, where it will receive SPS briefings on the project and take public comment.

Following those meetings, the committee will make a recommendation to the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections to accept or deny the departure. It could also recommend conditional approval.

Qualifying applicants are those who live or own a business within 600 feet of the school, reside in the surrounding neighborhood, are parents of prospective students or representatives focused on citywide education issues.

Letters of interest can be sent to Nelson Pesigan at by Monday, June 3.