Development of a new commericial and office building on the former site of Daly’s Drive-In and a mini-mart moved a step forward on Thursday with issuance of a decision by the City’s Department of Planning and Development to conditionally grant a design review.
The DPD also determined that conditions placed on the design do not require a state environmental review.
The new building proposed for the site would be three stories with 6,220 square feet of retail at ground level and 45,895 square feet of office space above. There would be parking for 83 cars under the building.
Last week’s decision conditionally granting a design review focuses on departures from the city code in the area of parking location and access, loading berths, height of non-residential street-level space, blank facades and transparency at street level, and curb-cut width.
The site drops off steeply from Eastlake down to the Yale Terrace alleyway. Some of the design conditions are concerned with access to the garage and loading docks from E. Edgar and Yale Terrace. In order to keep commercial traffic down on Yale Terrace in the evening, access to one level of parking will come off E. Edgar.
Also, deliveries to the building will be allowed from Eastlake Avenue if further approvals from DPD and the Seattle Department of Transportation are obtained. The parking garage will have 10-foot floor-to-ceiling heights instead of the 13-foot required.
- The DPD decision can be accessed here.
- A PDF of plans for the site from the Callison Architects are here (these plans are from September 2008 and will probably be changed to reflect the design review by the city).