From Trailer Park to Townhouses

A good number of neighbors attended the Design Review Board meeting on April 11, 2016.

A good number of neighbors attended the Design Review Board meeting on April 11, 2016.

Few people are aware that there is a trailer park at the western edge of Wedgwood at 2101 NE 88th Street, adjoining Lake City Way NE.  In the next few years a new townhouse development will be built on the site.

The developer, Intracorp, has hired Nicholson Kovalchick Architects to design the townhouses.  The beginning of the process took place on April 11, 2016, when the plan was presented at the Northeast Area Design Review Board meeting.  At this first step, two architects from Nicholson Kovalchick presented the proposed site layout of the project and enumerated each corresponding requirement of the design guidelines.

Site plan of the townhouse development for 2201 NE 88th Street. Lake City Way NE is at upper left.

Site plan of the townhouse development for 2101 NE 88th Street. Lake City Way NE is at upper left. The entrance to the townhouses will be from NE 88th (top of the page.)

Topics which were covered in the design presentation were how the townhouse buildings would be arranged on the site, the “circulation pattern” for residents through the site, and location of parking spaces.  There are to be 89 townhouses which will be two-story structures clustered in 21 buildings.

The entrance to the townhouse development will be from NE 88th Street (top right corner of the drawing at right.)  As part of the entrance, there will be a sidewalk and street trees in a planting area along NE 88th and a driveway into the townhouse development.  Along the top of the drawing, mailboxes are shown, and the top right corner shows a play area for children.

This initial presentation to the Design Review Board on April 11th did not include what the townhouses will actually look like as to floor plans, building materials, roof lines, etc., because that will be covered in the next presentation to the Design Review Board on November 21, 2016.

The timeline for the present residents of the trailer park to move out, is by June 2017.  A relocation specialist has begun working with the 63 individuals or families who now live in the trailer park, to assist them with their search for another place to live.  State law RCW 59.18.440 specifies relocation assistance for low-income tenants.  Seattle’s Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance adds some money to the basic state level and half is to be paid by the developer.

 

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