Saturday, July 26th: 11:30am – 7:30pm
SEATTLE – June 25, 2014 – Mack Urban today released the design for a new seven story multifamily apartment home located at 800 NE 67th in the Roosevelt residential urban village. The name is a reference to both the Roosevelt District and the former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, who was a great humanitarian and advocate for fostering community connections.
The project combines thirteen parcels to create a design that emphasizes the neighborhood’s popular pedestrian ambiance with extensive landscaped exterior spaces for a growing urban village. Rather than one large building, the project will be separated into two residential buildings allowing each structure to respond to the adjacent context. The two structures will share a courtyard split by a woodland boardwalk that meanders from one corner of the site to the other. While the courtyard design creates an urban refuge, the rooftop terraces are lively spaces with incredible views to the city and Mt Rainier beyond, creating a balance between active and quiet use.
“Mack Urban takes an interdisciplinary approach to design and uses architecture to make connections with the neighborhood,” said Jim Atkins, Managing Director of Mack Urban. “Eleanor exemplifies that approach. Roosevelt is a highly walkable neighborhood and its proximity to Green Lake makes it a very leafy. Eleanor’s grassy and abundant landscape provides peaceful space with fountains, swales and areas to linger if you are not simply going from point A to point B.”
“Mack Urban gave us a rare opportunity to infuse an urban project with a rich natural environment. The motion of water flows around and through this steeply sloping site, supporting a diversity of plant life and creating a variety of spaces, some very active and others more intimate,” noted Kris Snider, Principal at Hewitt.
Eleanor will include 260 apartments, with an emphasis on comfortable one bedrooms and two-bedroom units for couples and families. There will be two levels of parking underground for a total of 200 stalls, and special areas for bikes with kid trailers and jogging baby strollers. Mack Urban has also incorporated a dog washing station.
Mack Urban has also decided to participate in the City of Seattle’s workforce housing incentive program. “As our neighborhoods become more populated, it’s important that we are building housing for everyone,” stated Atkins. “Eleanor will have units below 80% of the medium income for our working middle class, as well as rare two bedroom units designed specifically with families in mind. With a building called Eleanor, in a neighborhood called Roosevelt – we better be doing more than just the average.”
The development will not include any retail or commercial spaces. “We want residents to support the existing local business along Roosevelt,” said Dayna Dealy, development manager for Mack Urban. “We want to complement the fabric of an already great neighborhood rather than competing in local commerce.”
“Mack Urban was formed to build a portfolio of community-inspired residential developments. This project takes a placemaking approach to design that we would like to emulate in our projects,” added Richard Mack, CEO if Mack Real Estate Group. “It’s our vision and commitment to the neighborhoods in which we partner and invest.”
The design was unanimously approved on January 13, 2014 by the Northeast Design Review Board and construction is anticipated to begin this summer or early fall.
The project will break ground this summer and is anticipated to open in the late spring of 2016. The project team includes general contractor Compass, Runberg Architecture Group, Hewitt for the landscape design, Mercedes Fernandez Interior Design, CPL for structural and civil engineering, Rushing for MEPF engineering design, JRS for building envelope design, O’Brien for sustainability consulting services, SSA acoustic consultant, Pangeo for geotechnical engineering, and Amy Arroyo Interior Design.
About Mack Urban
Mack Urban is a premier West Coast real estate investment and development firm that owns, manages and builds environmentally sensitive, urban infill projects designed to preserve neighborhood character and strengthen communities. The firm focuses on long-term holdings, with investments in diverse asset classes including transit-oriented development, high-rise residential, mixed-use multifamily, adaptive reuse, and student and senior housing.
At the RNA General Meeting Tuesday, May 27th, two concepts were unveiled for the Weedin Place Project. The concept other. During this stage in the process, the Weedin Place Steering Committee, SvR, and SDOT are looking for feedback on your likes and dislikes of each concept.
This information will be used to develop a single concept that will be presented during the Bull Moose Festival. Each concept is described briefly below. More detail can be found here in the document entitled Weedin Place RNA Meeting 05.27.14 along with a feedback form as the final page of the doc.
Feel free to contact Kmbris Bond <email@example.com> or Katie Wood <firstname.lastname@example.org> who are neighbors participating on the steering committee.
The Blue Moose concept incorporates nature, conservation, an iconic sculpture, and history. On the 65th end of the street, a blue moose stands as tall as the Shell gas station sign. Two smaller calves follow behind. Large trees are intermixed with smaller shrubs in a wetlands area focused on rainwater runoff and conservation. Boardwalk paths will follow through the wooded area with seating nooks dotted along the way. Stone pavers will create a meandering path for a continuance of the sidewalk on each end of Weedin Place. Why the Blue Moose? Teddy Roosevelt had started a new political party called the Bull Moose Party. The Bull Moose Party was more progressive than the Democrats or Republicans and stood for an eight-hour workday, a minimum wage for women, women’s suffrage, campaign contribution limits, among other things. The blue color is representative of Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter Alice’s favored color, which was a fashion sensation during her time.
The Roosevelt Races concept incorporates technology, sustainability, interactivity, and the future. On one end of Weedin Place will be stationary bikes, on the other end will be tall poles. Between the two will be circuitry laid into the pavement. When the bikes are racing, the circuitry will light up along the ground until it reaches the poles and climbs up. Stadium seating will be on the outskirts for viewers to observe. The open space can be a versatile public gathering space for outdoor events as well. The lights and circuitry could also be pre-programmed for a visual show during times when the bikes are not being used. A bike locker could be located on premise. Weedin Place could function as a gateway for bikes and pedestrians from Greenlake into Roosevelt and to the Light Rail Station at the center of the neighborhood.
Contact Kmbris Bond <email@example.com> or Katie Wood <firstname.lastname@example.org> with your likes and dislikes on each concept.
RBCA Community Meeting
Invite your neighbors. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Tuesday May 6th, 7-9 p.m.
Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
6535 Ravenna Ave NE
Agenda is as follows:
-City’s efforts to tackle housing code violations in the Ravenna and Roosevelt neighborhoods — City Attorney Pete Holmes
-Safer roadways including safe routes to school and traffic calming — staff from the Seattle Department of Transportation
-Getting creative: Community pARTnerships
The Roosevelt Sustainability Group, A Committee of the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association Presents “Haiku Climate Change Science 2013″ by Gregory C. Johnson, Affiliate Professor School of Oceanography, University of WashingtonThis work is my attempt to distill into Haiku: The Summary for Policymakers of the Working Group 1 Contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report. The result is solely my own creation, so any views or opinions expressed herein are my own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the IPCC, or any other entity. - Gregory C. Johnson
Join us for this special guest on Earth Day during the RNA General Meeting:
What: Neighborhood General Meeting Special Earth Day Guest
When: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Calvary Christian Assembly
6801 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
RSG Vision: Make Roosevelt a Seattle neighborhood of exemplary sustainable practices. Sustainable strategies include: energy efficiency, waste reduction, renewable energy, air quality, water quality, soil health, urban agriculture and neighborhood livability.
Paris has the Eiffel Tower. New York has the Statue of Liberty. Seattle has the Space Needle. What about Roosevelt? What’s our visual image?
Attend the next general meeting and help the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association and the Roosevelt Business Group select images and ideas that help define who we are. These ideas will be incorporated into community art projects, including the new public space along Weedin Place.
Make your voice heard! Tell others what Roosevelt means to you.
What: Neighborhood general meeting
When: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: Calvary Christian Assembly
From February 3 to March 31, 2014, a Sound Transit contractor will be installing a water main under 12th Ave NE, between NE 65th and NE 67th streets.
Most of this work will take place at night, which is defined as 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday. However, the noisiest work will occur during the day.
According to Sound Transit:
For more information about the work, visit the Sound Transit website or contact them at 206-398-5300 or email@example.com.
Freeway Estates Community Orchard will host a young fruit tree pruning workshop to help neighbors gear up for spring yard work. Ingela Wanerstrand, a professional pruner with over 20 years of experience, will lead the session.
What: Young Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
When: February 15, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Freeway Estates Community Orchard (6th Ave NE, just north of NE 60th St); Parking along 6th Ave NE
Cost: suggested donation $10 per family
For more information visit the Freeway Estates Community Orchard website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seattle’s residents are its greatest strength. Celebrate your neighbors on Neighbor Appreciation Day, February 8, 2014. Express your thanks to old friends or create new connections. Share your “great neighbor” story on the Seattle Department of Neighborhood’s Facebook page.
Find out more at the Seattle Department of Neighborhood’s website.
An upcoming design review meeting is scheduled to discuss the potential residential building at NE 65th Street between 14th and 15th Ave NE, or what is sometimes referred to as the “fruit stand block.”
According to the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) website, “The proposal is to allow a seven story, 220 unit residential building with 8,000 sq. ft. of retail use at ground level. Parking for 267 vehicles will be located below grade. All existing structures to be demolished.”
Date: Monday, February 3, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: University Heights Community Center, 5031 University Way NE, Room #209
For more information visit the DPD website. The project number is 3013244.