The DJC (subscription required) reported yesterday on the pending design review for Artspace’s proposed lofts at Mt. Baker Station. You can read more about the proposal on Artspace’s website. Martin wrote about “the awfulness of Mt. Baker Station” a few months back, and I highly recommend his post for an overview of this transit-oriented disaster. Martin posits that development might be the solution. If that’s the case, the Artspace project — which was announced back in 2010 — might be a step in the right direction. On the plus side:
Mt. Baker Station Lofts has been tasked with jumpstarting an urban village in the Rainier Valley, in part by transforming a car-oriented environment into a walk, bike, ride neighborhood. The project will have ample bicycle storage and a reserved car-share parking space in lieu of an automobile parking lot.
57 lofts won’t change the world, but it’s a start. Unfortunately, opportunities for further development in the immediate vicinity of the station are rather limited.
Seattle DPD has the full PDF of the project proposal. If anyone was at the meeting, share your comments below.