Center Steps, located at 225 Roy Street, is set to undergo its next design meeting on Wednesday, January 3. Developers Barrientos Ryan is hoping to receive final permits and begin constructions this spring on their 269-unit apartment complex. Once under construction the project is anticipated to take 18 to 20 months to complete.
The 45,977 square foot L-shaped property was previously home to Teatro ZinZanni up until its closure last March. The property was subsequently sold in April by the Seattle Opera to Barrientos Ryan for $16.2 million.
The latest plans call for two buildings: The first, Building A, will be 8 stories and located on Roy Street; Meanwhile, Building B will be 7 stories and extend from Roy Street to Mercer Street. The buildings will be separated by a through-block pedestrian pathway. There will also be a 6,000 square foot public plaza with a water feature along Mercer.
Floor plans for Center Steps include: studios, open one-bedroom, one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms plus den. Unit square footage has not been specified. Each building will have its own roof top deck and amenities. There will also be two levels of underground parking for 182 vehicles that will be accessible via 3rd Avenue W. and a bike room for 108. In total, the project will be about 300,000 square feet.
The project was submitted under the Mandatory Housing Affordability rules and will contribute $7 million to the city’s affordable housing fund. The project also falls under the city’s Multifamily Tax Exemption program, 20 percent of the units (about 53) will be priced at 65 to 85 percent of the area median income. Those requirements will end after 12 years.
The city owns the southwest corner of the site which is currently being used as a pocket park, but will eventually be developed as affordable housing.
The Design Review Meeting is at 6:30pm on Wednesday, January 3 at the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Avenue W.
The Center Steps team also includes GGLO, architect; Exxel Pacific, general contractor; Hewitt, landscape architect; GGLO and Chell Design, interiors; and Blanton Turner, property management.