Looks like the max is 240. The HR zone allows a limit of 160' or up to 240' under some conditions (housing bonus with a special exception, etc.). You can also see some areas with the Major Institution Overlay and an allowed height of 240'.
Originally Posted by Symi81
Constructing a building of that height and scale that close to St James Cathedral is totally unacceptable. It is completely out of scale with the street scape and scale of the neighborhood.
Whatever, it's happening so deal with it. And at least the tower looks good.
Symi81, I think you'll be alone on that one, on this board!
Although it's the Presbyterians building the tower, so maybe you're on to something!
First Hill is one of the few places where the community leadership's and my opinions coincide: let's densify the hell out of First Hill.
St. James is great architecture, but the thought of making a whole neighborhood beholden to one building takes be aback so much I'm having a hard time even imagining it. We should let First Hill be all it can be.
If your reasons are religious in nature, well, I hope you have the same standards for every other belief system, from Wicca to Buddhism.
symi, i use to live up there. it won't be that much out of scale there's a lot of buildings in the 13-22 floor range so it'll only be like 50' taller then the current tallests. it's an urban highrise resdidential area so yeah expect em to build highrises there
I'm well aware that First Hill, along with Capitol Hill, is Seattle's densest neighborhood. First Hill is also probably Seattle's original high rise neighborhood. I embrace most of the high rise residential towers already gracing First Hill. I love the urban feel of the neighborhood, and its proximity to downtown. While the institutional presence on First Hill is greater than I would like, they do provide a lot of jobs.
First Hill is also Seattle's original residential district and still contains a few historical gems, including St James Cathedral. I am of the opinion that a city's premier architectural masterpieces ought to have their sightliness preserved to whatever extent is reasonable for perpetuity. The proposed project's proximity to St. James makes it unique compared to other high rises on First Hill - thats where my concern stems from. Peace.