Eliot projects proposed
Ivy Street Partners, the owners of the land upon which a new New Seasons Market is now under construction at North Williams Avenue and Fremont Street, is finalizing plans for a major project immediately to the south, bounded by North Williams and Vancouver avenues, Cook and a vacated Ivy streets. As architect Greg Mitchell told the Eliot Neighborhood Association in December, the company plans to build a six-story building there that will contain 196 residential units, 16,000 square feet of ground floor retail facing Williams, and a total of 211 parking spaces, most of it underground, of which 149 spaces will be exclusively for residential use.
A major issue has to do with on-street parking on Williams. Ivy Street Partners’ Roger Collins has said that this is necessary for the viability of the retail uses, but the Bureau of Transportation’s Williams Avenue Project calls for the elimination of this parking to make way for bicycle safety improvements. A west side parking lane is still possible if Ivy Street Partners will cede land for this purpose, and the developers say this is feasible if traffic engineers will allow a sidewalk 12 feet wide, rather than the 15 feet they have called for. Rich Newlands, the Williams Avenue Project project manager, said, “I believe we’re close to a compromise where (on-street) parking can be achieved.”
To the north of Fremont, in the Boise neighborhood, developer Ben Kaiser said he plans to build a five-story, 36,000-square-foot commercial. Kaiser is also working on a mixed-use project, of as-yet-undetermined specifics, across Williams from the New Seasons site.