One week from tonight, the new architect/developer for Oregon 42 – the official name for the revived development plan for 42nd/Oregon in The Junction – will meet with interested community members (all welcome) to discuss its revised plan. We’ve been covering it here, including, on Monday, a then/now comparison with renderings from the 2008-2009 Design Review process compared to hard-copy versions from the current revisions on file with the city. Since then, new architect JBDG has provided a PDF document with two views of the project, then/now (the one you see above is a current view), as well as their toplines on what’s changed – more ahead:
Here’s the comparison, with the then/now views facing east and the then/now views facing west. From architect Joe Giampietro, the toplines (which have been reported here previously, but this time, it’s a direct quote in the words of a project point person):
1. From a design perspective, the building height, scale, setbacks and character have not changed.
2. Changes to the interior allocation of uses include:
a. Along 42nd Ave (SW), the street front use for the previously approved design had 100% commercial retail use. The current design now includes Loft living units at the street level for the south half of the project, and commercial retail use at the north half of the project.
b. The previously approved design includes approximately 20,000 SF commercial/retail space, 89 residential units, and 9 live/work units. Staying within the same design parameters, the current design significantly reduces the commercial/retail to 3,000 SF, and includes 135 residential units.
c. The project proposes 137 parking spaces, which is 28 more spaces than the City requires.
We are confident that you will find the new design to be in many ways
indistinguishable from the one originally approved.
As also reported here Monday, the Junction Neighborhood Organization says the city has agreed to extend the period for public comments on the changes. The new deadline is June 29th; the notice of those changes explains how to get your comments to the city, which has to sign off on the changes before the project can proceed. Meantime, next Wednesday’s meeting is at 6 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle (Oregon/California).