First Hill residents are down a McDonald’s, and as soon as next year will be looking up at the 17-story apartment tower replacing it.
The franchise served its last Big Mac on Tuesday, March 28, a sign on the door at 1122 Madison stating the owners “lost our lease.” The building and golden arches could be coming down as soon as next week, said Nick Hoffman, project manager for Holland Construction Management, which handles Holland Partner Group developments.
Shoring and excavation work to lay the foundation and four levels of below-grade parking is expected to start in May, lasting 2-3 months. A crane won’t be erected until August, Hoffman said.
Slated to open mid-November 2018, 1001 Minor will be a window and brick cast building, similar to the Coppins Well building Holland constructed down the street six years ago, Hoffman told the Capitol Hill Times. He said the developer learned back then that residents value brick construction in the neighborhood.
1001 Minor will be a mix of 209 studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments, with 5,500 square feet of ground-floor retail across Madison and wrapping around to Minor.
Holland Partner development director Marty Goodman said retail could be split into 3-4 spaces.
“We are talking to different (potential) tenants right now,” he said. “We have not signed any leases.”
Holland held a preconstruction meeting with First Hill residents at the Stimson-Green Mansion on Thursday, to answer questions surrounding the project.
One resident asked about the 150 parking spaces — 20 to be set aside under contract with University Club at 1004 Boren Ave. — and whether that would be enough for the 209 apartment units.
Goodman said the development company has found with its downtown projects that fewer residents own cars, estimating about three-fourths of renters do, and that ratio is expected to work for the First Hill apartment towers.
“We know parking is really tight around here,” he said.
Several residents were very interested to know how Holland will operate during construction, especially when large trucks need to enter the neighborhood.
Holland will take up the sidewalk and parking lane on the west side of Minor Avenue during construction, Hoffman said, and occasionally the southbound driving lane. Two-way traffic will still be possible by taking away parking on the east side.
Truck access to the site is currently planned to occur using Boren to reach Seneca and Madison, then north or south to Minor through Spring Street.
“This is something we’re still working on with SDOT,” Hoffman said.
One resident commented how construction crews damaged a traffic circle during Coppins Well’s construction. The development team assured attendees at the meeting it intends to replace any damaged circles, the same as it did with that project.
Bob Terrell with the First Hill Improvement Association said Holland has been very open with the neighborhood group about its plans throughout the design process.
“It’s one of the first of many,” he said, alluding to First Hill’s recent construction boom.
There will be more than 1,000 new housing units coming into the area over the next three years.
Terrell said he has “mixed feelings” about McDonald’s closing.
“It’s affordable food,” he said, “but it has a reputation.”
Leigh Haddix came to the meeting with some neighbors from the Gainsborough building next door. She said she worries about increased traffic in the area, as well as the development’s impact on the neighborhood’s character.
A more personal grievance for Haddix is the view from her window facing the property that is somewhat obstructed by a Seattle City Light pole. In order for the project to be built further out, some power lines on the southern end of the property were undergrounded, she said, and the pole she now sees out her window is where the conduits return above ground to connect to a power pole.
To keep up with project development, visit 1001minorprogress.wordpress.com. If residents are negatively affected by any construction activities, Hoffman said Holland has a 24-hour hotline available (206-430-5948).