Friday, September 8, 2017

Hospital's Hartmann Building On Sand Point Way To Be Remodeled Later This Year

The Hartmann Building, owned by Children's Hospital, where Sand Point Pediatrics previously was located, will be undergoing a remodel starting late this year.

The Hartmann Building, a one story brick building, directly across from the Hospital on Sand Point Way, is not part of the Hospital's Major Institution Master Plan, so it cannot be demolished as stated in the settlement between the Hospital and the Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC), which was jointly presented in 2010 to the City Council and formally included in the Major Institution Master Plan.

LCC stated in a release to the neighborhood in February 2010 regarding the property:

LCC and Seattle Children's Find Balance on Hospital Master Plan

Seattle Children's Hospital and the Laurelhurst Community Club announced that they have reached a settlement concerning the hospital's proposed expansion. The settlement was jointly presented this morning to the City Council as providing a path forward for City approval of Children's proposed Major Institution Master Plan.

No expansion of Children's campus across Sand Point Way: Children's Hartmann property, located across Sand Point Way, is removed from the Major Institution Master Plan. It may be re-developed separately under more limited non-institutional zoning. Children's is still committed to implementing community benefits for Hartmann such as retaining the Sequoia grove, providing landscaping screen, and building a pedestrian/bicycle access to the Burke-Gilman trail.

Fifty-year restriction on campus expansion into residential areas: For a period of 50 years, Children's agrees not to expand its boundaries into specified residential areas to the south, east, and north.

Todd Johnson, Vice President, Facilities and Supply Chain, told the Laurelhurst Blog Staff:

We will be remodeling the Hartmann Building to become the home of Seattle Children's Endocrinology Clinic.  This outpatient facility will serve newly diagnosed pediatric diabetics and their families, offering training and hopefully avoiding the need for hospitalization.  Our teams will provide ongoing care and conduct diabetes research as well.   
We are actively working with doctors, nurses, administrative staff and patient families to design the new space.  Because we're presenting a new care model, the design work is taking longer than normally expected.   

The exterior of the building will not change, although we will replace windows. Construction will begin later this year, and will be confined to weekdays between 7am and 5pm. I don’t believe that there will be any impact on neighbors in terms of noise, odors, dust, traffic or parking.

When the clinic is operational in late 2018, it will operate weekdays and possibly partial days on Saturdays.  We would anticipate a lower level of activity than what we saw with Virginia Mason Sand Point Pediatrics, the former occupant of the space.

In August 2012, the area in front of the Hartmann Building, underwent the first round of improvements along the stretch of Sand Point Way NE as part of the Hospital's Livable Streets Initiative, which is a mitigation plan and collaborative study completed in 2009-2010 involving the Hospital, Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) and other NE Seattle neighborhoods

Several other projects were completed in the Initiative:

A new sidewalk in November 2012, on the north side of NE 50th Street, which includes curb bulbs on the northwest and northeast corners of the intersection with 40th Avenue NE to shorten the long crossing. The northeast curb bulb was extended to accommodate a Metro bus stop. The improvements make the crossing safer between the hospital, Ronald McDonald House and the ramp to connect to the Burke Gilman Trail, near the Hartmann Building.

In February 2013, a cycletrack was also completed on the east side of Sand Point Way NE running in front of the hospital between Penny Drive and the new traffic signal at 40th Avenue NE and Sand Point way.  The 10-foot wide cycletrack has separate paths for bikes and pedestrians for each direction.   The project included the large bus waiting zone at the midway point, near the Hartmann Building.

In April 2014 an ADA-accessible new link between and access ramp to the Burke-Gilman Trail at the Hartman Building.  The new path, features railings, benches, native plantings and a community information kiosk, and helped to stabilize a steep slope as well as protect a grove of three sequoia trees. 

The Hospital was required to build the connection, as part of the Intiative, and make nearly $4 million on other transportation improvements in adherence to the Master Plan over 20 years to improve bike/pedestrian connectivity throughout Northeast Seattle.

In June 2014, the Hartmann Building’s frontage along Sand Point Way was renovated, with a new sidewalk, retaining wall and landscaping. a new sidewalk, curbs, gutters, drive aprons and rock wall were installed followed by replanting – trees, shrubs and other vegetation, some of which were salvaged from the Hartmann frontage before the makeover began and others salvaged from the Laurelon Terrace Condominiums site, (136 unit condo buildings demolished in 2010) or propagated elsewhere on our campus. report Metro plans to build a new bus shelter along the Hartmann frontage. 

In January 2013 , a new traffic signal and redesigned intersection at 40th Avenue NE and Sand Point Way NE was completed making it easier to cross four lanes of traffic .


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