More Changes on Broadway
The good news: Something is finally getting built at Broadway and Mercer.
The bad news: (Surprise!) It’s ugly.
Earlier this month, Schnitzer Northwest released its plans for a long-anticipated condo development at the Safeway site on the north end of Broadway. So far, the reviews have been, to put it mildly, mixed. The condos, at 65 feet high, are among the first six-story developments on Broadway after the city council upzoned the street from four to six stories last year. The drawings show a generic Pearl District knockoff with tall green-glass and concrete façades and no setbacks from the sidewalk on Broadway-plans neighboring property owner Bob Burkheimer calls “out of keeping with the character” of the neighborhood.
Burkheimer, who threatened to mar the north end of Broadway with a one-story big-box development if the council didn’t approve the Broadway upzone quickly, still has no immediate plans to develop his property, leaving the site across the street from the condos in indefinite limbo.