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Old April 25th, 2010, 06:43 PM   #941
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Old April 26th, 2010, 12:09 AM   #942
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I also live in a midrise a block from my old one. It's MYSTERIOUS!
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Old April 26th, 2010, 01:04 AM   #943
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That slum lord in the Roosevelt neighborhood, Hugh Sisley, is now buying a property just south of the Pizza Hut at 65th & 15th and there are rumors that he will buy the Pizza Hut itself. If so, he would own all four corners and all would be open for development. Of course my whole neighborhood (at least the ones on the email listserv) is super against it, but I mean do they really like a couple super crappy rental houses and a windowless pizza hut with a parking lot in front of it more than they would like a four-story apartment building with lots of nice new retail at the ground level and more eyes on the street to stop crime? I don't get NIMBYs.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 03:14 AM   #944
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I think the neighbors are upset about relatively very tall buildings in a single family/small commercial district and would be happy with 4-story or maybe even 5 or 6 story buildings. is there any more current info than this: http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/arc...s-in-roosevelt
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Old April 26th, 2010, 04:28 AM   #945
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The neighborhood association says now that it won't accept anything over its plan of 40 feet for all those blocks. That article is misleading about the 165 feet; that's one of the four alternatives being analyzed in the EIS. Those are the neighborhoods recommendation of 40 feet height limit, 85 feet, 125 feet, and 165 feet. (in all of them, those are the highest densities in the project, with heights tapering down as it gets closer to the single-family houses). I think there would be no problem with an 85 foot height limit for the block of the development that's one block from the future Link station, 65 feet for some of the other blocks, and 40 feet for the half-blocks bordering on single-family houses. 165 or even 125 feet is ridiculous, but something like what I just proposed would end up being great for the neighborhood.
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Old April 28th, 2010, 01:26 AM   #946
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I think it would be cool to have some 16 story buildings there, even if the land owner's actions are despicable...
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Old May 10th, 2010, 01:52 AM   #947
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Old May 10th, 2010, 03:53 AM   #948
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Is this building for anything in particular? It's always seemed kind of mysterious to me, and it seems like a weird location. But I bet in 10 or 20 years it'll be surrounded by buildings like it or taller.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 06:22 AM   #949
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Is this building for anything in particular? It's always seemed kind of mysterious to me, and it seems like a weird location. But I bet in 10 or 20 years it'll be surrounded by buildings like it or taller.
It's considered a "flex use" building (whatever that means). There's a couple of mid-rise (6 - 7 story) buildings proposed where the parking lot is.

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Old May 12th, 2010, 09:06 AM   #950
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Wow. Cheapshitcondos is going to have a field day with that first one.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 09:10 AM   #951
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Wow. Cheapshitcondos is going to have a field day with that first one.
As far as I know, both of those are low income housing projects. Don't know that I'd expect opulent architecture with either of those.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 05:01 PM   #952
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UW Medicine is expanding its campus. Rumored for a while, but now they have a groundbreaking date: July 2011. Ok, its a bit far off but still.

Three buildings will be built (one at a time) corner of Mercer and Dexter. No great loss to existing structures. Most notable are the Barking Lounge and the old US Bank branch building. I think Arthur Murray has space there.

http://blog.seattlepi.com/realestate...ves/205485.asp
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Old May 12th, 2010, 07:33 PM   #953
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As far as I know, both of those are low income housing projects.
Correct. I haven't seen opening dates for either, but I suspect they both will be open by the end of the year.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 02:24 AM   #954
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Ugh just cause they're low-income doesn't mean they have to look like shit. Why can't they design something that looks good? This just perpetuates one of the NIMBYs' biggest claims, that any mid-rise condo or apartment buildings will necessarily look ugly.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 03:49 AM   #955
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Hurray for much needed low income housing, but oh boy. I share the many negative opinions about both projects - and that's a big euphemism. I just can't believe this is the only thing they could come up with, within their budget.

Just awful, truly truly bad. Bad. So bad.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 08:21 AM   #956
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Well... okay, I don't disagree that its pretty ugo... But I don't see how they could have done differently. They're obviously on a tight budget since you're not going to spend opulently on subsidized housing. So that means the shape of the building is going to be as simple and efficient as possible (read, box). And they aren't going to be able to splurge on more expensive siding materials like brick (tho I guess Bakhita gardens does have some). And on top of that, this corugated metal siding shit seems to be en vogue at the moment.

So no, not pleased with it, but not exactly offended by it either.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 03:53 PM   #957
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Well... okay, I don't disagree that its pretty ugo... But I don't see how they could have done differently. They're obviously on a tight budget since you're not going to spend opulently on subsidized housing. So that means the shape of the building is going to be as simple and efficient as possible (read, box). And they aren't going to be able to splurge on more expensive siding materials like brick (tho I guess Bakhita gardens does have some). And on top of that, this corugated metal siding shit seems to be en vogue at the moment.

So no, not pleased with it, but not exactly offended by it either.
I'm in agreement on this one. I'm curious what others would do differently? Knowing that there is going to have to be affordable materials, and I imagine that they go for the maximum amount of units, what would be a solution to making affordable housing more attractive? It is a tough design challenge, and maybe our best bet would be to have an architectural competition. Right now with firms jobs drying up, maybe they'd be able to come up with some creative solutions.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 09:19 PM   #958
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I'm in agreement on this one. I'm curious what others would do differently? Knowing that there is going to have to be affordable materials, and I imagine that they go for the maximum amount of units, what would be a solution to making affordable housing more attractive? It is a tough design challenge, and maybe our best bet would be to have an architectural competition. Right now with firms jobs drying up, maybe they'd be able to come up with some creative solutions.
I dunno, man... I fully realize that affordable housing projects are rarely architectural masterpieces, but I feel like I've seen plenty that aren't nearly as ugly as this.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 12:07 AM   #959
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I can't say what I would do different, because I don't know their budget. There's plenty of examples of affordable housing built in recent years that isn't pure crap. Shape of the building has nothing to do with it - look at The Broadway Crossing on Capitol Hill, it's a box but a well designed one. Another example of decent affordable housing project built in the last decade is the Pantages Apartments (also on Cap Hill).
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I'm not sure how this affects the design, but both A.L. Humphrey House and Bakhita Gardens are a different class of afforadable housing than Pantages and Broadway Crossing. Pantages and Broadway Crossing are basically normal apartment buildings that happen to have been built by an agency that takes advantage of affordable housing subsidies -- so people living there are basically just lower middle class, and as likely to be sane or addicted to substances as in any other apartment building. A.L. Humphrey House and Bakhita Gardens were built by agencies that deal with people just off the streets, typically with serious substance abuse or sanity issues. That might explain, say, the lack of balconies.

That said, I don't disagree that both are ugly. They'll fade into the background once the construction is done, but they'll always be ugly.
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