|Rendering of the Twin Towers showing the blue and green color scheme, brick material and roof line chosen by the Design Review Board. |
This massive structure will be right across the street from Hancock's Bakery.
Last week I went to the Design Review Board (DRB) meeting where "Color Options" were reviewed for the 9-story twin tower building proposed at the old post office site...in the Town Square District. The Town Square District is envisioned as high density, 6-8 story buildings, including office, entertainment, retail and residential use. The towers are a signature building setting the stage for the design of future development in the District. Thus, what comes out from this Design Review will impact "look and feel" of the entire Town Square District for years to come.
I was the only citizen that showed up for the twin-tower meeting and was given a wonderful opportunity to comment on color before the Board made their decision. After looking at color schemes presented by the developer, Board and staff I recommended teal (blue) over red. During our nine months of grey weather the blue will remind us of our sunny blue sky days of summer. The red scheme was eclectic and rich with too much pop.
The Board decided to go with blue and a small amount of green at the street level. Oscar said blue was more sophisticated and red shouts. Chair David Scott Mead -- very influential -- jokingly said he'd see the red from his house, summarizing the review with a blue-green "Go Seahawks!" cheer. Yey! Watch the video. Next step: Oscar, the diminutive, likable project manager will meet with city staff to fine tune the color scheme. He made it known he doesn't like "Northwest Moss" green wanting color with little more punch. Yey again!
The Board proceedings were very interesting. I'm grateful to the developer's architect for thanking me for my input. She made me feel I made a difference. I admire this developer and his commitment to form and aesthetics.
I'm very unhappy with the city's severe lack of transparency with this body. Though several times Councilmember Stilin advised the public to look into the DRB, it was only by luck that I learned the public can comment. Without public comment the "look and feel" of our Downtown buildings are left up to just 7 citizens and a powerful staff - many not living in our city. "Design damage" is already done to the downtown core, though opportunity remains to get it right -- with public input -- during the Town Square District build-out and development of Marymoor Village.
The Board meets on the first and third Thursday's of the month at 7PM, City Hall. DRB approval is required before the land use permit is issued so your comments can significantly influence project outcomes. To learn what's on the DRB agenda click this link and go to "Agendas Summaries" for 2017. They don't make it easy!
Read More for: a YouTube of the DRB deliberating, Twin Tower design elements and a comment from city staff. >>
LAND-2016-02100, Redmond City Center
Description: Construction of a nine-story mixed use building in two towers, with approximately 425 residential units and 49,000 sq. ft. of retail space
Location: 16135 NE 85th Street
Applicant: Oscar Del Moro with Comos Development Company
Architect: Robin Murphy with Sticker Cato Murphy Architects
Prior Review Dates: 12/05/13, 01/23/14, 03/05/15, 02/02/17 & 04/06/17 [many reviews!]
Staff Contact: Gary Lee, 425-556-2418 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Review Materials: Memo Design Checklist
Presentation Option 1 Presentation Option 2
Architectural Plans Lighting Landscape
Color Options Color Options 1 Color Options 2
For a land use permit such as this Site Plan Entitlement, it requires the approval of the DRB and the Technical Committee. Once the project has approval from both groups staff prepares an approval letter that states that the “City of Redmond’s Technical Committee and Design Review Board” have approved the project with the following conditions. It is this “approval letter” that gets mailed out to the applicant and all parties of record that can be appealed.
Emerald Heights is working with the surrounding neighborhood in an attempt to resolve some of their concerns. At this time I am not certain when this project will be coming back before the DRB
--- Steve Fischer, City Development Manager
--- Steve Fischer, City Development Manager