Come and join us on this Members Only tour of the Capitol Hill Lightrail Stations’ new Transit Oriented Development project presented by Michael Mariano, AIA and Grace H. Kim, AIA (schemata workshop, inc.).
Recall, Mike and Grace provided a great overview presentation of the project during our May Lunch last year. This is an opportunity to see the complex project in various stages of construction. We’ll be touring the affordable housing and the high end/luxury portions of the project.
The mixed-use transit oriented development project has been a decade in the planning. The light rail station opened in early 2016. Sound Transit owns the almost two-acre site, and had previously solicited mixed-use proposals from developers — with a major component to include affordable housing. Through an RFP process, Portland-based Gerding Edlen Development (GED) was selected in 2015, and now has a 99-year lease for most of the property that will begin when the complex opens in 2020. Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) owns the B-North site.
After a decade’s worth of grassroots work reaching out to the neighborhood, gathering data and developing design guidelines based on community feedback, Schemata Workshop (Buildings B-North and B-South) partnered with Hewitt (Buildings A and C) and Gerding Edlen to design a mixed-use urban community on the land above the Capitol Hill Link Station. An iterative design process balanced feedback from clients, multiple neighborhood group meetings, and open houses, as well as feedback through Seattle’s Design Review process, illustrating the impressive number of stakeholders in this project.
Over 400 units of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments are included, of which approximately 38% will be affordable — at or below 60% of Seattle Area Median Income. A community center will anchor the northeast corner at John Street and will provide community members with a space for meetings and other events. At the center of the proposal, and above the train station, is a public plaza to host the year-round Capitol Hill Farmers Market. A large market hall adjacent to the plaza will host additional local vendors in a high-energy, interior environment. The variety of retail and housing types, the collaboration between designers and the community, and the generous public spaces reflect the neighborhood’s diverse history, vibrant character and visionary aspirations for Capitol Hill.
We will meet at the light rail station – South Head House (Nagle Place & E. Denny Way).
This is an active construction site so please wear long pants, shirts with sleeve and leather-based/hard-soled shoes and standard PPE (hardhats, vests, gloves and glasses). The southern building is still an active construction site and Contractor is very safety oriented.
Happy hour to follow!