Sound Flats: 78 units near Yesler Terrace

The stretch of 12th Avenue between East Yesler Way and Seattle University is seeing ever more apartment development activity.

Now Kamiak Real Estate and Umtanum Build are joining that parade with a 78-unit project planned for 157 12th Ave.

The first design review is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Seattle University’s Admissions & Alumni Building, 824 12th Ave.

Workshop AD is designing the seven-story building, called Sound Flats, which will have a C-shape with its courtyard in the middle, facing south. About 1,700 square feet of retail/commercial space will face 12th.

No parking is required, but there will be four structured spaces on the alley to the west. A bike room will have 78 stalls. A roof deck and other amenity space — on the alley and in the courtyard — will total 1,495 square feet.

Units will range from 233 to 240 square feet, with a mix of studios and SEDUs (small efficiency dwelling units). Total project size is about 31,000 square feet.

The sloping midblock site totals 7,025 square feet. Umtanum purchased one parcel last year for $775,000; the other hasn’t yet been sold.

The site is zoned for structures up to 65 feet.

Sound Flats will be directly north of a 93-unit apodment project that was recently completed on the corner of East Fir Street. Both are a little north of Spectrum Development Solutions’ recent 120-unit Anthem.

And immediately to the north of Sound Flats, on the corner of East Spruce Street, the nonprofit St. Francis House is considering redevelopment plans with a seven-story building with 103 units.

To the east across 12th, two large projects are in the works. Carl Pollard is planning 300 units on the Seattle Curtain Building property, and Hardy Development Co. is planning 369 units in the first of three buildings at First Central Station.

Kamiak is run by Scott Lien, who was previously with Vulcan Real Estate. He’s currently planning 52 units in the University District at 4239 Eighth Ave. N.E.; 108 units at 102 Harvard Ave. E., near Capitol Hill Station (also with Workshop AD); and a small commercial building at 1400 N.W. Leary Way in Ballard, on the former Nix Auto Wrecking property.

Lien developed and recently sold the 20-unit Willet apartments in the University District for $5.45 million.

Umtanum is led by Jay Pathy. He’s currently planning 32 units at 2258 15th Ave. W. in Interbay. Workshop AD is also the architect.

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