Design Review Board meets Jan. 18 to discuss Uptown project

A proposal for a 7-story building in Uptown with 56 residential units and three live-work units will again go before the West Design Review Board later this month. 

Set for Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 First Ave. W.) the public meeting will be the second regarding the project at 320 Queen Anne Ave. N.

The application first went before the board in June, during the early design guidance phase, and originally called for 66 residential units and a pair of live-work units.

While those figures have changed slightly, the proposal still calls for surface parking for four vehicles, and for the demolition of the existing structure. 

The two-story building currently on the site was built in 1957, and houses A&A Printing. The King County Assessor most recently appraised the 7,200 square foot lot at $2.16 million.

Nicholson Kovalchick Architects is the firm behind the project, and specializes in urban housing and Passive House design. The firm is no stranger to the neighborhood, having designed Aperture on Fifth (206 5th Ave. N.), H20 Apartments (201 W. Harrison St.), View 222 (222 Queen Anne Ave. N.), and 708 Uptown (708 6th Ave. N.), along with the Fourth & Roy townhomes. 

A description on the NK Architects website for the “Uptown Passive House Apartments,” — which references 56 units and three live-work units, and four parking stalls — says the building “will become one of the first Passive House apartment buildings in city.” However, it is not clear that that project, and the one that will be presented to the Design Review Board are one in the same.  

To view the design proposal and report from the June meeting, go to