This proposal first appeared in the City’s Land Use Information Bulletin a couple of weeks ago, but the Early Design Guidance meeting originally proposed back then was rescheduled for this coming Monday (May 9, 2011). The initial proposal is for a seven-story structure with 240 residential units, 14 ground floor live/work units, and 7,500 square feet of retail space and below grade/interior parking for 288 vehicles. That’s one story more than Canal Station across the street (I think that one’s Canal Station, it’s hard to tell them all apart). And four more than the Murphy Building, located next door.
The proposed development sits directly behind the Murphy Building and involves six lots that are currently occupied by several different structures and businesses. These include the Tallman Medical Center, the building that houses Axis Automotive, and the building formerly occupied by Felony Flyers. Tallman Medical Center is definitely looking a little tired. Axis Automotive recently opened with a splash of color and a new Henry mural. Felony Flyers changed names and relocated, leaving a mural of Bettie Page.
The Early Design Guidance presentation is available here (pdf). It’s not entirely clear because the description of project components in this document isn’t consistent, but at one point Medical Office is identified as a future use; auto mechanic, unfortunately, is not. The presentation is worth a look if you’re curious. Note that the proposed design is probably at its best right now. Past experience suggests it’s all downhill from here.
UPDATE May 10, 2011: According to this report on the KOMO News web site, last night’s Early Design Guidance meeting for this project was not at all controversial. In fact it was positively tame, with just two members of the public speaking and the main concern being the size of the proposed building’s interior courtyard.