City Changes for Chang’s
posted by April 11 at 13:26 PMon
According to a graffiti-covered land use action sign, the long-empty Chang’s Mongolian BBQ on Broadway will soon be torn down and replaced by a six-story, 65-unit apartment building with parking for 66 cars. According to Sound Transit, the former Chang’s will soon be torn down and replaced with a light rail station.
The debate over what will happen to the site (and another across the street) has been complicated by land-use changes on Broadway that allow developers to build more-valuable six-story buildings; previously, buildings on Broadway could only be four stories tall. The change could enable developers, claiming they plan to build, to get a higher price from Sound Transit for their property. Hugh Schaeffer with Driscoll Architects, which designed the six-story building and is pushing it through the city’s land use process, says the architects have “never talked to Sound Transit. We were hired to design the building and we did.” A final design review meeting is scheduled for April 18.
Sound Transit made its final offer to the owners of the property and filed for condemnation late last year. According to Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray, the dispute is scheduled to go to trial in August; however, he adds, “we’re hoping that we can come to an agreement before then.”