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Architecture & Engineering


By Clair Enlow

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November 24, 2004

Design Perspectives -- U District debate: 'What would Jesus do?'

  • A parking lot becomes ground zero for a debate between a mixed-use developer and those who want open space.
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    With height limitations, setbacks and design review, the zoning code gives form to the city. It's an abstract envelope on every site, shaping buildings before the owner or the architect come along. In an often hot market like Seattle, the envelope has a lot to do with the cash value of land.

    If you take square footage out of the envelope, you've got to give money back to the owner and investors. That's the way Pat McCabe, vice president of development for Unico Properties, sees it. "The full market value is based on the zoning," he said.

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