Update: The Kenney before Design Review Board, again

We’re at the Senior Center of West Seattle, where more than 50 people are gathered as The Kenney‘s kenneycupola.jpg$150 million redevelopment project is back before the Southwest Design Review Board. Architect Gene Guszkowski has just announced that the cupola-topped Seaview building was formally nominated today for landmark status (not listed yet on this page, though), which triggers a separate city process that, as he noted, will proceed in parallel. Much of this presentation should duplicate what was shown at the community meeting we covered last week (here’s our report; here’s the official presentation packet), but we will add to this report with anything else new that’s disclosed tonight, as well as first word of the SWDRB’s decision – whether the project will advance to the next step in the process – once it’s in (not likely to be before 8 pm). 6:44 PM UPDATE: Guszkowski just announced the long-requested (and ultimately required) tree survey will be done at the site next Monday. 8:09 PM UPDATE: The board has unanimously agreed to let the project move on to the next phase of Design Review, which could be the final phase. Most public concerns involved the massing of the large square “donut” shaped building at the heart of the project – board members suggested perhaps “eroding” its western side and building up its eastern side, to allow more sunshine in the courtyard. They’re also asking architects to look at whether they really want the potentially relocated Seaview building to be the complex’s main entry – they’re asking to see entryway options when the project comes back for the “recommendations” round.

1 Reply to "Update: The Kenney before Design Review Board, again"

  • kl May 16, 2009 (9:44 am)

    We all know Seattle does not have a lengthy history as some cities but it saddens me to see developers and owners disregard the character, charm and beauty of buildings such as the Kenney in their re-development efforts. I do hope the community around the Kenney is able to get landmark status so we do not have yet another building take its place devoid of the character, charm and beauty that will be a blight to the neighborhood.

    If Seattle could only learn from Chicago and other cities across the county that have encouraged and preserved the historic neighborhoods in ways that benefit both the communities and the cities it would be most welcome.

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