An eight-story, 230-unit apartment building proposed across from Seattle Center will go before the West Design Review Board for Early Design Guidance on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Encore Architects is designing the project at 223 Taylor Ave. N., which is proposed to include 13,351 square feet of office and commercial space, and 150 below-grade parking spaces. It will be constructed with five wood-frame levels over three levels of above-grade concrete podium.

The new development will mean demolishing a two-story office building on the site.

The preferred alternative would include two stories of office space at the southern end of the site, with parking and loading from the alley. A retail plaza is planned for the corner of Thomas Street and Taylor Avenue North, with cafe tables and chairs, and there will be a green roof with rock ballasts.

Encore’s design background includes SOMA Towers, Twenty 20 MAD Apartments and Gallery Condominiums, where Belltown and Uptown merge.

The property is owned by David Wright, son of Howard S. Wright, through a 223 Taylor Avenue North, LLC., which lists Seattle-based property management and development consulting firm Blanton Turner as the registered agent.

Wright and his brother, Jeff, are members of the local ownership group supporting an effort to bring NBA and NHL teams to Seattle.

The Uptown Alliance Land Use Review Committee issued a letter of support for the project on Sept. 17.

The EDG meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W. Written comments will be accepted through Oct. 16 at


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