It’s been a long time coming. Today the full city council approved the rezone of the vacant property at 23rd & Union from a maximum height of 40 feet up to 65 feet. This was the final step in the process and means that Jim Mueller’s six story building on that property can proceed to construction.
The full vote was 7-0 (Drago & Conlin were out today). The most notable comments were made by Councilmember Rasmussen who had declined to vote when the measure came up in committee a few weeks ago. Since then he has reviewed all of the written and oral comments and made note of the high level of community support for the rezone as justification for his vote, saying that the project “will be a trendsetter for this part of the neighborhood, so it’s important that we get this part right.”
According to our previous discussions with Mr. Mueller, approval of the rezone will allow them to proceed with routine building permits, and construction crews should start digging the basement parking garage once the weather dries out early next summer.
To see the whole history of the project, click here: http://www.centraldistrictnews.com/stories?tag=23rd+Union
To see the video of the city council meeting, click below and forward the player to 26 minutes in: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=2020838