The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has posted a notice of Administrative Design Review for the project at 5515 40th Avenue NE as well as the Early Design Guidance Pack prepared by CAST architecture (click on Documents and then “Design Proposal: ADR Proposal #2”). Note the preferred scheme can be found starting on Page 17 (here as a PDF:page 17 ) .
The Design Review Process is intended to address site planning and design issues of a project – the EDG pack also contains a history of the zoning of the area. This summary can be found on page four and five and reviews how the Low Rise Zone on the West Side of 40th Ave N was planned to align with the Commercial zone on the North side of NE 55th St. These diagrams illustrate how the North edge of the proposed rezone to LR1 would align to the north edge of the fire station per the original area planning and provide a more gradual transition between the LR2 to the South and SF5000 to the North. You can find an explanation for the LR1, LR2, SF5000 zoning codes here.
The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the Early Design Guidance through April 2, 2014. You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues which you believe should be addressed in the design. Comments can be sent to PRC@seattle.gov.