October 1, 2019

New team takes a swing at redevelopment of Queen Anne Safeway

Real Estate Editor
Rendering by Runberg Architecture Group [enlarge]

Barrientos Ryan and Runberg Architecture Group are proposing three interlocking buildings with courtyards. They would house a total of 322 apartments and a 50,000-square-foot store.

Redeveloping the Safeway at 2100 Queen Anne Ave N. has proven to be tricky for owner Albertsons. Community groups opposed the first two plans by Holland Partner Group and Wolff Co.

Now Barrientos Ryan and Runberg Architecture Group are taking a swing on behalf of prospective buyer Cahill Equities, an experienced Bay Area investor and developer.

The idea, as before, is to put apartments on top of a new store and underground parking. Safeway/Albertsons has been taking this approach with its better locations in Magnolia, the University District, etc., and selling other store locations (sometimes leasing them back, sometimes closing for good).

The first design meeting will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W.

It’s a large site: almost 1.7 acres, filling most of the block also bounded by Crockett and Boston streets and First Avenue North. Earlier designs were criticized for their mass and bulk.

To help alleviate that, Runberg is proposing three interlocking buildings with six and seven stories. They’d have 322 apartments over a new store with about 50,000 square feet — twice the current store, which dates to 1962. Courtyards would separate the buildings.

Units would range from studios to two-bedrooms. Some would be townhouse-style along First North, with separate entrances.

The store would have an entry plaza on the southwest corner of the block, plus a second entrance on the northwest end of the site, next to the main tenant entrance. (The actual northwest corner of the block is separately owned, with small retail buildings.) There would also be another tenant entrance on Boston.

Two separate levels of underground parking for shoppers and residents would total 354 stalls. The garage entrance for shoppers would be at the south end of the block, on Crockett. Residents and trucks would have an alley entrance on the north end of the block.

Total project size, including the parking, is about 468,000 square feet.

Hewitt is listed as the landscape architect, and Exxel Pacific as the general contractor. A new entity is now listed as the owner: QASW LLC, with its address at a local residence owned by Pat Cahill.

If the plan proceeds, the development could end up as a commercial condominium, with Albertsons owning the store. Or Cahill could lease the new space to the grocer.


Brian Miller can be reached by email at brian.miller@djc.com or by phone at (206) 219-6517.