Student Housing on NW 16th Ave Proposed (images)

Building permits are currently under review for a student housing development at NW 16th and Marshall. The 6-story building is being designed and developed by Kōz Development, who are based in Snohomish, Washington. The building will include 80 residential units for students at levels 2 through 5, and two retail spaces at the ground floor. 7 vehicular parking spaces and long term 86 bicycle parking spaces are proposed.

1111 NW 16th Ave

The project site is a quarter block at 1111 NW 16th Ave. The site is currently occupied by surface parking and a 1947 warehouse, until recently home to Vintner’s Cellars. The site is directly to the north of the under construction Derby NW building, by the same developer. Other nearby planned or under construction buildings include the NW 17th & Kearney Apartments, North 18, and the NW 17th & Pettygrove Apartments.

The primary material for the building will be a white colored brick. Aluminum storefronts will used at the ground level and vinyl windows at the upper stories.

1111 NW 16th Ave

The project went through a Type III Design Review, and was approved by the Design Commission at its first hearing, held on April 26th 2018. Building permits for the NW 16th and Marshall student housing are currently under review.


10 thoughts on “Student Housing on NW 16th Ave Proposed (images)

    • Hard to disagree with you, Conor. The brick patterns and colors of the Powell’s store show that you can some interest to the facade of even a fairly cheaply constructed building.

  1. I really don’t understand the apparent aversion to sash windows. Replacing the proposed windows with paired sash windows would give this a much more timeless quality.

    • Because you can’t have a sash / single hung window sill below 3′ for fall protection reasons, but you also can’t have the lock for a single hung window more than 48″ tall due to accessibility reasons. So unless you want a 2′ tall window, or an incredibly odd looking offset single hung window, it pretty much eliminates this window style from being feasible. And before anyone says “I’ve seen these in new developments”; you’re correct, but they’re not accessible and these buildings / property owners are eligible for a lawsuit at any point.

        • And the minimum sill height is coming from OSSC 1013.8. Although to correct myself, that’s dealing with R2 and R3 occupancies. I believe this building is likely an R1. The 36″ sill is more of an exception upon the regular 42″ fall protection regulation. You can go below 36″ for the sill height, but then need a regulator in the window that keeps it to a 4″ opening. Too bad really because, like you, I think the single hung windows can be a nice look and a nice change-up from the all-too-frequent casement window approach.

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