Posted: 22 Jan 2018
In the December newsletter Neighbors we discussed the proposed teardown and replacement of the Joslin Building at 9250 45th Ave SW. We want to update the Community with what is happening and what we understand from the owners and the City.
The owners, thru their architectural design firm LAI Design Group out of Englewood Colorado, have had meetings with the City in both October and December. The initial proposal was to replace the existing building with a mixed use 5 story building with one floor of retail and four floors of residential apartments (see FCA Neighbors newsletter December 2017). Details of their filings with the City of Seattle can be found online, . The project number with the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections is 3029937. Initial requests included verification that no onsite parking would be required. Subsequent meeting(s) with the City have caused the owners to reassess the building design.
The City has proposed city-wide zoning changes which could impact the design. HALA would rezone the building to allow the current three stories (30 feet) to increase to four stories (40 feet) Further, another proposal could decrease the number of required onsite parking spaces under current code, which we believe is one parking place for each residential unit but are trying to verify, by 50%. The Council is scheduled to vote on HALA summer 2018, and the parking proposal in March of this year.
The FCA is looking to host a public meeting with the building owners and/or their representatives when a building design has been developed where the owners have a better sense of what the City will require.