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June 8, 2018

Capitol Hill Station to break ground June 19, with apartments and retail

Journal Staff Reporter

Renderings by Gerding Edlen [enlarge]
Lewis will begin excavation next month on three seven-story buildings for Gerding Edlen. Completion is expected by April 2020.

Walsh Construction Co. is the contractor for Capitol Hill Housing’s Building B-North.

Gerding Edlen, Capitol Hill Housing and Lease Crutcher Lewis will break ground soon on Capitol Hill Station.

The ceremony is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, near the corner of Broadway and John. Refreshments, music and official remarks are expected.

The mixed-use transit oriented development project has been a decade in the planning. The light rail station opened in early 2016.

Sound Transit owns the almost two-acre site, and had previously solicited mixed-use proposals from developers — with a major component to include affordable housing.

Portland-based Gerding Edlen was selected in 2016. It has a 99-year lease for most of the property that will begin when the complex opens — probably in early 2020.

Capitol Hill Housing owns the B-North site, and has a slightly different team than that of the other three seven-story buildings.

Though the numbers can be expected to change slightly, here is the general outline:

• 428 units in all four buildings: 110 of which will be permanently affordable (for CHH); 66 of Gerding Edlen's 318 units will be affordable for 12 years, using the city's Multifamily Tax Exemption Program

• 32,000 square feet of retail/commercial space

• 240 parking spaces below grade (including 30 for CHH)

• 254 bicycle parking stalls

Schemata Workshop is designing Buildings B-North and B-South. Hewitt is designing Buildings A and C. Berger Partnership is the landscape architect for the entire project. Lease Crutcher Lewis will build Buildings A, C and B-South for Gerding Edlen.

Lewis says that shoring and excavation will begin next month. Completion is expected by April 2020.

Separately for CHH, Walsh Construction Co. will build Building B-North. Their anticipated schedule is slightly shorter, with completion expected by December 2019.

Master use permits for all four buildings were issued late last month. All filed for construction permits early this month, along with requests for phased permits.

All four buildings are targeting LEED platinum certification. All four will have green roofs, and three will have roof decks. Buildings A and B-South will have east-west pedestrian connectors that link to a central plaza.

The question of what if any grocery store will go into Building A, facing Broadway, remains unanswered. That retail space has 22,865 square feet. New Seasons, Central Co-Op and — more recently — the Asian grocer H Mart have reportedly been in talks with Gerding Edlen.

Building C will have a childcare center.