Fremont Infill – Paseo neighbor

At 4223 Fremont Avenue N, there is a three-story multi-family project that is nearing completion. The next door neighbor in the one-story pink building to the right in the photo you may know as Paseo Caribbean food, where the meat-filled Caribbean sandwiches stuffed with a crazy amount of caramelized onions.  The developed lot south of Paseos formerly was an older single-family home, raised from street level with stairs up to the entrance. You can see the two-story house beyond Paseo on Google Street view here:

Below is the new view looking south from Paseo, down Fremont Ave. There is a giant electrical metering box plastered to the front and Avocado Green front doors to 3 of the 6 total units being constructed that abruptly face Fremont Ave with almost no setback from the sidewalk. The facade is bland – 90% hardie panels done in white, there is nothing but flatness. A very odd box, where 2 stories vary only 12″ in plane from the ground level, and a strange fake wood siding ‘wrap’ that carries from the right side of the ground floor north elevation, skirts the facade horizontally at that 12″ soffit heading south and runs vertically up the south little extension wall to the roof. The stair tower is the obvious shape that penetrates the box at the top to provide access to a giant exposed roof deck for residents. And what a nightmare seeing all these cans out literally so people can’t use the street parking, which is entirely illegal without proper parking permits and parking signage for the construction project.

As far as construction progress, the exterior shell is mostly done while the interior is still fairly incomplete. The sidewalk is in dire need of improvements – it was rough to begin with (as most of Fremont Ave is from all the large tree roots disrupting the sidewalk), but added to it has been the utility upgrades from the water and sewer the project required and general wear and tear done by construction trucks and things rolling over the curb a hundred times during the project duration. Most cities require the owner to pay for the sidewalk replacement and right of way improvements be done by planting street trees and shrubs. My biggest complaint is that they should follow-up on whether those plants survive in a year and there should be a maintenance plan in place that waters the trees and shrubs for that first year because that is when plants will truly root in the new soil or die forever. When they die forever, the owner and tenants never replace those and at the very least they get pulled out of hte ground and never replaced, leaving a bear strip of dirt that never grows anything again – have you seen this? It is pretty prevalent in Seattle.

Green front doors make up for the fact that it’s a giant, cheap box and doesn’t fool anyone by being a contrite substitution for architectural design. There is a driveway that heads back to more units on the other parcel of the property. The site plan of the old house shows the 2 parcels that are split and how they could get away with more density:

 

The owner is listed as: SENSA HOMES 2523 122ND AVE SE BELLEVUE, WA 98005

CONTACT: KAMAL DHINGRA // EMAIL: SENSAHOMES@GMAIL.COM

Sensa Homes are responsible for this project as well on Holman Road. 

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