It’s been seven long years since Kitaro (1645 N. 45th St) went up in a roil of smoke and fire. Since then, it has stood a burned out husk, decorated occasionally with concert posters, interrupted only by the occasional rumor of change.
Well, change looks like it is finally on the horizon (although not the change everyone may have hoped for). Mike Ruby spotted this proposal on the City of Seattle’s website for the property:
SDR – Construct 10,200 sq. ft. residential building with 7 units and no parking proposed. REVISED FROM: Demolition of existing fire-damaged Mixed Use building. New construction of a four-story Mixed Use building with commercial on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors. More than 50% of the apartments are intended to be Small Efficiency Dwelling Units. No parking proposed.
So it’s a change commercial first floor / “apodment”-style mini-apartments above to pure residential “reasonable-sized” apartments throughout.
Obviously, the lack of parking is going to stick in the craw of a lot folks around here. Parking can already be difficult to find, and that makes shopping in Wallingford core more difficult for those who don’t live nearby.
No review with the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has been scheduled as of yet.