Didn't they just redo the interior of the 125th Safeway? I am at a loss to understand what the point of this redevelopment is.
The Pinehurst Safeway is being redeveloped as a "green" and hopefully LEED certified store. The current store, built in the mid-1960s, is too small and very outdated. There is more information on the project at: http://pinehurstcommunity.blogspot.com/search/label/Safeway%20%28current%29
Well, it's almost twice as big, it looks like. Is that enough of a gain for such a huge cost? I dunno. As urban planning, it's a total joke; that "pedestrian facade" means nothing, and calling that a "plaza" is a true abortion of language. It still presents mostly surface parking to the important streets; and since the entry is on the parking lot side, the street side becomes the only thing more offensive to urban living than surface parking: a blank wall.
ooo, I live on 85th and 23rd, and i could really use a coffee shop. please be an independent one (not holding my breath) still anything will be nicer than an empty parking lot for a vinyl company and an ugly modeling agency
more excellent work by the foremost chronicler of seattle development. and no, the pun was not intentional.
Build it ... taller.
Driscoll is not a developer. They are, as their name implies, an architecture firm.
The sucky thing about the Safeway on 15th East and East John is that the pedestrian entrance, while on the street, is only open until the evening. So if you are a pedestrian coming from the east, as most pedestrians are, you have to go ALL THE WAY AROUND to the parking lot. At night. Also the John Street facade, while right against the sidewalk (go urbanism!) is ugly as sin.
look out, adjacent trailer park - you are not long for this world.
you're going to be Driscollized! yawn!
oh, and please note:
at the north edge of the Driscoll site is Talents West's tiny building, AKA the Colacurcio's stripper-licensing agency.
Landmarks Board, get on it!
@10 Italian parking only
Fnarf's right. The Safeway not only retains a horrible parking lot (and even enlarges it), it adds nothing for pedestrians but a blank wall.
The parking should be underground or at least in a garage structure with a smaller footprint. There needs to be street-level retail and other amenities on all sides (or at least regular pedestrian entryways from all surrounding sidewalks) so that it's not at war with pedestrians. As it is, this is a blight that might improve the interior of the store but actually worsens the neighborhood.
How many LEED points for taking out that many grown trees?
Driscoll's not an architecture firm, it's a CAD bog.
driscoll is a phenomenal architect, greg. i don't know what you are talking about. he's the next zumthor. damn, there is a reason he only lets you see 3 projects on his website... he knows you'll only copy his masterpieces.
the safeway should have to front the entire lot. so what if that means the building is only 40' wide. fuck, do something interesting and innovative, d-bags!
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