The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed 27-story infill tower to rise on Nordstrom’s underdeveloped parking lot parcel at 469 Stevenson Street has just been released by Planning and hasn’t raised any extraordinary red flags (other than with respect to a further shadowing of Mint Plaza).
While the tower’s proposed height has been reduced to 284 feet in height, as we first reported back in 2018, the development’s proposed density has been further increased and now includes a total of 495 residential units – of which 225 units would now be studios or “junior one-bedrooms,” along with 116 actual one-bedrooms, 96 twos, 50 threes and 8 fives – over 4,000 square feet of ground floor retail space fronting Jessie Street and a basement garage for 200 bikes and 178 cars.
The tower has been designed to be constructed on a mat foundation as proposed, with no pile driving down to bedrock or piers required. And assuming the project is approved as proposed, which would include the granting of a density bonus as the parking lot parcel is principally zoned for 160 feet in height, the project team is now slated for an “anticipated” ground breaking next year (2021), with a three-year construction schedule, which would yield a completed tower by 2024.
That being said, keep in mind that the project is being entitled by BUILD Inc, which has yet to break ground or flip their fully-entitled One Oak project which remains banked. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.