Design Review Board meets next week on Uptown development

A proposal for a five-story apartment building with 71 small efficiency dwelling units and two street level live-work units in Uptown will go before the West Design Review Board next week. 

The public meeting — set for Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 First Ave. W.) — will be the first of at least two regarding the development at 215 First Ave. N. 

The project is currently in the early design guidance phase, and will go before the board again when it reaches the recommendation phase. 

Under the proposal the current structure — originally built in 1958 — would be demolished. One exceptional tree, which is defined in the Seattle Municipal Code as a tree that, “because of its unique historical, ecological, or aesthetic value constitutes an important community resource,” would also be removed as part of the project. No parking would be provided.

The 7,200 square foot lot was most recently appraised at $2.16 million by the King County Assessor. 

Representatives from Neiman Taber Architects will present details about the site along with early design concepts, before taking comments from the public regarding design considerations. The Design Review Board will then provide input and identify the highest priority design guidelines as the project moves toward a master use permit application. 

Written comments can also be submitted through Nov. 16 regarding site planning and design issues that should be addressed in the project. Comments can be sent via email to, or to City of Seattle – Seattle DCI – PRC, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019. 

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