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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Mystery Repeats Itself

posted by on May 27 at 16:10 PM

Three large construction projects are slated for design reviews tonight. But the design proposals havenít been posted by the city and attempts to get copies from the architects and city planners have proven futile. Sorry it didnít work out, folks.

With no further ado, tonightís meetings:

On the Lot

Can it really be true? Seattleís most tragically underutilized spaceóthe parking lot on the southeast corner of 2nd Avenue and Pike Streetóis the site of a proposed hotel-residential thing!


Plans from the Department of Planning and Development donít reveal the height of the residential-hotel combo, but the zoning there allows up to 400 feet of vertical gain and the architectís name is Jerry Garcia. Thatís pretty high, brother man. Please, letís all hope the building doesn’t look like one of those Jerry Garcia ties.


City land-use planner Jess Harris says the designs arenít yet available because ďThis is a very large file so there is some technical difficulties occurring.Ē However, you can check out the design proposal at tonightís early-design-guidance meeting at 5:30 p.m.
in the Boards and Commissions Room, L280, at City Hall, enter at 601 5th Ave.

In the Valley


This proposed building will be six stories tall, contain 75 apartment and six live-work units, and a bunch of retail. The early-design-guidance meeting is tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Rainier Cultural Arts Center, 3515 South Alaska Street.

By the Tracks


This two-story commercial building is another development budding on MLK, Jr. Way South—along the new light-rail link between downtown and the airport. It will replace a house. The early-design-guidance meeting is 8:00 p.m. in the Rainier Cultural Arts Center, 3515 South Alaska Street.

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Jerry Garcia is the dude who designed the interior of the NWFF. If Jerry Garcia is getting high enough in his career to design a residential tower it's a good sign for him and Seattle.

Posted by The Artist Formerly Known As Sigourney Beaver | May 27, 2008 4:24 PM

Ha! Jerry Garcia and condos.
Nice way to combine your This Week on Drugs and Urban Planning issues, Dominic.

I am looking at the parking lot right now from my office and imagining something strange and trippy. Actually, on that corner strange and trippy is an everyday occurance.

Posted by CommonKnowledge | May 27, 2008 4:36 PM

As long as the new one on Rainier doesn't displace Tacos El Asadero, I'm all for it.

Posted by boyd main | May 27, 2008 4:48 PM

I wore one of those to homecoming in high school.....

2 story commercial building next to light rail?? Total waste of space. Try again.

Posted by Cale | May 27, 2008 4:48 PM

I agree with Cale. If you're building withing 2 blocks of a Sound Transit station, you need to think MORE not just two stories.

Sounds like an upzone area to me ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 27, 2008 4:55 PM

Oddly enough I agree with Will for once. They should be able to accomodate six stories there pretty easily. I hope they build to and fill the street line too.

Posted by Fnarf | May 27, 2008 4:58 PM

The middle project is by pB Elemental.

Posted by Finishtag | May 27, 2008 5:10 PM

See, we can get along ... sometimes.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 27, 2008 5:25 PM

Keep your hands off the suit, Will.

Posted by Fnarf | May 27, 2008 6:42 PM

any possibility it's the same jerry garcia affiliated w/ tom kundig.

Posted by chris | May 27, 2008 9:55 PM

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