Tonight, 7pm-9pm at the Museum of History and Industry‘s McCurdy Gallery there’s a meet-and-greet with Leo Saul Berk, who will be designing art for the UW station. As a UW alum, I am very glad that Sound Transit picked a UW graduate for the project. Sorry I couldn’t find a legal picture to use for the post.

I think I’m going to go for a few minutes to look at the designs, anyone else?

Also right now (4-7pm), at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, in Redmond, there’s an East Link Open House.

4 Replies to “UW Station Artist Meet-and-Greet, East Link Open House”

  1. I wasn’t able to make it to the meeting, and if anyone who did make it could talk a little about what happened, that would be cool.
    On a different note, today, I went to a meeting about the proposed development on the Hugh Sisley properties in the Roosevelt neighborhood, all within 1/4 mile of the station. They don’t have any firm plan yet, but the EIS will investigate contract zoning increases to 40′, 65′, 85′, 125′, and 165′. It sounds like the last one is just so that Sisley, who wanted more like 300, will feel like he kind of won something. I personally think that it could work if you had 4-6 story buildings around a 8-12 story building, and I’m in favor of density around the light rail station, even though that is my neighborhood. We’ll see what happens.

    1. 165′ could be a little crazy if not done well. I think along Roosevelt and 65th the zoning is 65′ or six storeys, like most neighborhood comercial in the city is, and outside o f that you get the 40′ or four storey zoning. 8-12 sounds about right for the dead-center. If you don’t put the density right around subway stations, where are you going to?

      What was the feeling on the ground at the meeting?

      1. The development is centered around 65th & 15th, and includes a few blocks around that. Most of the people at the meeting were your typical NIMBYs, saying this kind of development is important, but it should be a few blocks to the west. The developers, who have a 99-year lease with the owner, Sisley, said that they had a hard time convincing Sisley that they couldn’t just put 240 foot tall buildings over there. 165 feet, or 16 stories, is too much for that corner, but, as the developer pointed out, the floor-area ratio rules make it so that a 12 story building would have much wider sidewalks and more interesting buildings. We’ll see what happens; what ever it is, it will probably take at least 10 years to build, just in time for the Link station 4 blocks down the hill.

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