Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Tonight Important Hospital Construction Meeting to Impact North Laurelhurst

 


Tonight, from 6-8pm, the community is invited to attend the 28th meeting in the series of Children Hospital Meetings with the SAC (Standing Advisory Committee) to hear about specific plans for the next phase of development, "Copper Project" - a surgery pavilion and parking garage at the north end of Laurelhurst, in the area of 45th Avenue NE and NE 50th Streets.

The two new proposed 37 foot tall buildings, connected by a bridge span, will be viewable by those living in that area, according to images prepared by the Hospital's contracted design firm. Parking for 1,138 vehicles is also proposed.

The buildings and a new road will be situated close to the perimeter of the Hospital and residential boundaries. As neighbors have expressed in over 100 pages of comments submitted to the City, there will be significant  and permanent impacts affecting the livability of the neighborhood.

The public is invited to give comments at 7pm on Wednesday. Sign-up here up until 2 hours before the start of the meeting.  Written comments can be submitted anytime, but in ample time to give the SAC adequate time to review. Send comments to nelson.pesigan@seattle.gov.

Here are the meeting materials:

    Here is the agenda:

    • Welcome /Introductions of SAC members 
    • 9/21 Meeting Summary
    • SAC roles/responsibilities
    • Phase 3 MUP - Forest Project Overview
    • 7pm - Public Comment 
    • Election of new Chairperson 
    • Adjournment and scheduling of next meeting 

    The Children's Hospital SAC meeting that was supposed to take place on July 13th was  postponed, as was the December 2020 one, for similar reasons.. 

    The meeting reportedly ran into several difficulties and a motion was made to stop the meeting immediately. First, the City's Department of Neighborhoods did not send out the presentation slide deck until the morning of the meeting, giving SAC members very little time to review the slides to be prepared for the meeting. The general timeframe is supposed to be at least one week.

    Second, SAC members communicated that the 2020 MIMP Annual Report had many inconsistencies and inaccuracies and it was requested that they be corrected for the next meeting.

    However, it has been reported that many of the inconsistencies have still not been corrected in the MIMP report, for the Wednesday meeting. 

    Nelson told the Laurelhurst Blog "The Annual Report that is posted is the document that DON received from Children’s on 2/2/2021."

    It is also a concern that the slide show presentation and MIMP report will not match and the MIMP is what is on file for the public to view. 

    Neighbors have communicated that it is mandatory that the Hospital prove that the MIMP Report has been amended so that it is consistent with the slides.

    The SAC expressed in prior meetings that it cannot accurately review the ongoing progress made in meeting the conditions of the Master Plan and approving it if the 2020 MIMP Report is inaccurate and the Hospital falsely claiming that they have met the Conditions.  

    Reported inaccuracies of 2020 MIMP:

    • Condition 15 not met as stated: “Children’s Complied with [City Council Condition 15].” (2020 MIMP Report, paragraph 15, PDF page 13):
    Children’s shall create and maintain a Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) to review and comment on all proposed and potential projects prior to submission of their respective Master Use Permit applications. The SAC shall use the Design Guidance Guidelines for their evaluation.


    • The SAC is to review and comment and advise the City and Children’s Hospital on the development that is occurring under the provisions of the Children’s Hospital Major Institution Master Plan before Children’s submits its MUP application to the City.
    • Children’s submitted its Master Use Permit for Project Copper on July 7, 2020. Since the first SAC meeting for Project Copper was held on August 31, 2020, the Hospital did not meet with the SAC prior to submitting its Master Use Permit.
    • The MUP states: “Seattle Children's submitted a Master Use Permit application for SDCI review on July 7, 2020" – this should be removed as it seems there is no pending application at the City. [2020 MIMP Report, PDF page 3]
    • The Hospital withdrew its July 2020 Master Use Permit application and was to start and submit a new permit. However the MIMP report states (page 3): “Seattle Children's submitted a Master Use Permit application for SDCI review on July 7, 2020" which is reportedly not accurate and appears as if it needs to be removed from the report, as at this time there is no pending application.
    • The report incorrectly states that the next phase of construction was presented to the SAC on June 25 of last year, including showing a design presentation. However the SAC did not meet on that date. Maureen Sheehan, with DON, sent email with a YouTube link with the design presentation, however that is not the same as a formal SAC meeting. Maureen did not state that the YouTube was to be a substitute for the meeting or notify the SAC of the short response timeframe.
    • There was no notice in the email or video that the Hospital was going to submit Project Copper to SDCI before a SAC meeting took place. And the SAC was given very short notice in which to review the document.
    • No notice was given to the SAC that the Youtube video was supposed to take the place of a SAC meeting. To the contrary, the July 1 email states “We are planning to hold the first in a series of on-line Standing Advisory Committee meetings to receive a detailed project presentation and review and comment on Project Copper later this Summer.”
    • The meeting presentations states “Surgical Capacity Expansion: Project Copper – MUP paused.” However, the 2020 MIMP Report describes the project in detail and suggest that Project Copper is ongoing. [2020 MIMP Report, PDF page 3]
    • It is not clear when Children’s issued its 2020 Annual Report. The Report indicates that Project Copper is going forward when, in fact, Children’s had withdrawn its MUP application. There needs an additional update to the MIMP report that in fact, Children’s has withdrawn its MUP application for Project Copper.

        

    Neighbors, in addition, expresses these concerns:

    • The Hospital is not following the correct sequence, in which the major institution formulates the proposed plan, then presents them, including the designs to the SAC, who review and make changes and then send it to Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI ) who review it and send it back again to the SAC for any additioal changes.
    • Hospital's process was out of order: In July, Children's Hospital went directly to SDCI and submitted their  permit which was  different than what was approved in the Major Institution Master Plan. Then the Hospital scheduled an  August meeting. However, during this time, SDCI  begun to work on the project. The City put up the notification boards up around the perimeter of the property which included the comment deadline. However neighbors reported that the documents regarding the proposed development were not even on-line yet in time to be able review and submit comments
    • Neighbors also submitted comments on the Hospital's non-compliance stating that the Hospital is not following the approved standard process and that that the Hospital was trying to get approval from the City when they were supposed to first have the SAC's input whose role it is to review the development plans and makes changes. 
    • One neighbor, David Yuan, sent a letter to the Director of the Department of Construction and Inspection, Nathan Torgelson, which stated, in part, that the process appeared to be faulty because the SAC had not been given the opportunity to review and comment on Children’s potential project before Children’s submitted its Major Institution Master Plan. (MUP) application to the City. This is the legal requirement of Condition 15 of the Seattle City Council decision that has not been followed.
    • Concern that the Hospital's proposed development different is very different that what was approved in 2010 in the MIMP, in which the Seattle City Council approved the 20-year growth Master Plan for Children’s Hospital. The process to come to the approval included several years of Citizen Advisory Committee Meetings, multiple meetings between the hospital and LCC (Laurelhurst Community Club.) The City Council adopted the two parties Settlement Agreement some of which include: reduced square footage, no expansion of Hospital boundaries across Sand Point Way, 50 year restriction on expansion into residential areas,  height restrictions of no more than 20 percent of the campus land area over 90 feet and no more than 10 percent over 125 feet and no structure above 140 feet in height. The full Settlement Agreement is here.


    Go here for more information or contact Nelson.Pesigan@seattle.gov.

    Monday, January 24, 2022

    December And End Of Year Neighborhood Real Estate Summary

     Kim Dales has provided this neighborhood real estate activity for December:


    Comparison of the December 2021 market vs the December 2020 market:


    December 2021:

    Active - 1

    Sold - 1

    Median sold price $1,295,000 * a slight decrease from 2020

    December 2020:

    Active - 5

    Pending inspection - 1

    Pending - 3

    Sold - 4

    Median sold price $1,325,000

    Recap of 2021:

    Total Sales - 63

    Non Beach Club -  5

    Waterfront -  3

    Average price:  $2,202,075

    Median price:  $1,901,000


    December Activity:


    ACTIVE LISTINGS AS OF 1/3/22

    Address

    List Price

    Beds/

    Baths

    Year

    Built

    Sq.Ft

    CDOM

    Price

    p/sq.ft

    4102 55th Ave NE

    $8,750,000

    5/4.75

    1928

    5,210

    117

    $1,679.46



    SOLD IN DECEMBER

    Address

    List Price

    Sold Price

    CDOM

    Beds/

    Baths

    Sq.Ft

    Price

     p/sq.ft

    Date Sold

    4745 49th Ave NE

    $1,295,000

    $1,295,000

    6

    4/1.75

    2,080

    $622.60

    12/18

    Averages


    $1,295,000

    6



    $622.60



    Median Sales Price = $1,295,000

    CDOM = Cumulative Days on Market



    Friday, December 17, 2021

    Happy Holidays From Laurelhurst Blog Staff

     The Laurelhurst Blog staff is on vacation and will return to posting on January 24th.


    In the meantime, please keep sending in your informative news tips and emails and we look forward to responding.

    Happy Holidays!

    Thursday, December 16, 2021

    October and November Neighborhood Real Estate Activity

    Kim Dales has provided this neighborhood real estate activity for November:





    Listings and Sales are drastically down from last year and even more before March of 2019.  

    In Laurelhurst, there was only 1 active listing in November, and it was a waterfront home. 1 home went from active to pending and only 4 homes sold with a median price of $1,940,000.  This is down 9% from November of last year.

    As we approach the end of the year interest rates remain stable and jumbo loan rates have increased again giving buyers more purchasing  power.



    ACTIVE LISTINGS AS OF 12/3/21

    Address

    List Price

    Beds/

    Baths

    Year

    Built

    Sq.Ft

    CDOM

    Price

    p/sq.ft

    4102 55th Ave NE

    $8,750,000

    5/4.75

    1928

    5,210

    85

    $1,679.46



    PENDING INSPECTION

    Address

    List Price

    Beds/

    Baths

    Sq.Ft.

    CDOM

    5014 44th Ave NE

    $1,795,000

    7/6

    5,120

    41



    PENDING

    Address

    List Price

    Beds/

    Baths

    Sq.Ft.

    CDOM

    4745 49th Ave NE

    $1,295,000

    4/1.75

    2,080

    6

    *listed and under contract in November


    SOLD IN NOVEMBER

    Address

    List Price

    Sold Price

    CDOM

    Beds/

    Baths

    Sq.Ft

    Price

     p/sq.ft

    Date Sold

    4545 46th Ave NE

    $1,350,000

    $1,250,000

    23

    2/.75

    1,280

    $976.56

    11/8

    4834 NE 44th St

    $1,099,000

    $1,250,000

    5

    2/1

    1,490

    $906.04

    11/22

    4407 43rd Ave NE

    $2,450,000

    $2,530,000

    8

    5/3

    3,674

    $688.62

    11/5

    3908 NE 38th St

    $2,795,000

    $2,845,500

    6

    3/2.25

    2,790

    $1,019.89

    11/1

    Averages


    $1,993,875

    11



    $987.78



    Median Sales Price = $1,940,000

    CDOM = Cumulative Days on Market




    Kim Dales has provided this neighborhood real estate activity for October:

    October 2020 had 10 active listings with this year only having 4, but by the end of the month we had 8 closings vs 10 in 2020. Lack of inventory has resulted in an increase in pricing in a coveted neighborhood like Laurelhurst, which has resulted in an increase in pricing. Home prices in Laurelhurst for the month of October went up 20% from last year.

    ACTIVE LISTINGS AS OF 11/2/21

    Address

    List Price

    Beds/

    Baths

    Year

    Built

    Sq.Ft

    CDOM

    Price

    p/sq.ft

    5014 44th Ave NE

    $1,795,000

    7/6

    1963

    5,120

    55

    $350.59

    4102 55th Ave NE

    $8,750,000

    5/4.75

    1928

    5,210

    54

    $1,679.46



    PENDING 

    Address

    List Price

    Beds/

    Baths

    Sq.Ft.

    CDOM

    *4834 NE 44th St

    $1,099,000

    2/1

    1,490

    5

    4545 46th Ave NE

    $1,295,000

    2/.75

    1,280

    23

    *4407 43rd Ave NE

    $2,450,000

    5/3

    3,674

    8

    * Listed and under contract in October



    SOLD IN OCTOBER

    Address

    List Price

    Sold Price

    CDOM

    Beds/

    Baths

    Sq.Ft

    Price

     p/sq.ft

    Date Sold

    4757 48th Ave NE

    $995,000

    $1,215,000

    6

    3/2.5

    1,850

    $656.76

    10/08

    4324 NE 44th St

    $1,350,000

    $1,295,000

    6

    5/1.75

    2,300

    $563.04

    10/21

    4826 NE 42nd St

    $1,395,000

    $1,295,000

    39

    3/1.75

    1,860

    $696.24

    10/21

    3952 NE Belvoir Pl

    $1,725,000

    $1,820,000

    8

    3/2.75

    3,230

    $563.47

    10/19

    3511 NE 43rd St

    $2,100,000

    $2,150,000

    6

    4/2.5

    2,830

    $759.72

    10/27

    4839 NE 43rd St

    $1,975,000

    $2,400,000

    1

    5/3.25

    3,080

    $779.22

    10/14

    4508 NE 38th St

    $2,480,000

    $2,485,000

    32

    4/4

    4,000

    $621.25

    10/21

    4805 NE 40th St

    $2,375,000

    $2,531,000

    6

    4/3.25

    3,170

    $798.42

    10/15

    3129 W Laurelhurst Dr NE

    $7,750,000

    $7,875,000

    7

    5/5.25

    4,980

    $1,581.33

    10/15

    Averages


    $2,562,444

    12



    $779.94











    Median Sales Price = $2,150,000

    CDOM = Cumulative Days on Market