Laurelhurst Community Club Publishes Updates on Proposed Senior Living Facility

The latest Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) newsletter included updates on a new Aegis Assisted Living and Memory Care facility, which was first proposed in July 2016. The proposal would make way for a large assisted living and memory care center at NE 45th Street and NE 45th Place near the entrance to the Bryant and Laurelhurst neighborhoods — an area known as the “Five Corners” intersection (the busiest intersection in northeast Seattle). The lot currently houses two existing single-level buildings that would face demolition under the current proposal.

Aegis recently proposed amended plans in response to LCC requests, some of which were discussed at a meeting in early October. The property development team has changed the original design to “connect better visually with the Burke-Gilman Trail and to level the open space plaza area at the street frontage,” according to the newsletter, which the Laurelhurst Blog has reprinted.

They have also “leased the former Baskin Robbins store to a medical supply company for about 18 months prior to construction of their new facility” in order to discourage ongoing graffiti at the currently unoccupied space. Aegis has also purchased the historic Benton family clock, which it will remove during construction and refurbish before replacing.

The preliminary architectural design — which features a 116-unit residential structure and parking garage, ground floor retail space, driveway, and a garden area along NE 45th St — appears inspired by similar Tudor and Craftsman styles seen in the surrounding Bryant and Laurelhurst neighborhoods.

LCC is still in the process of recommending specific traffic, safety, and aesthetic improvements to the current proposal. Permit submissions also remain under review by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections and Seattle Department of Transportation. Permits are anticipated in late 2019, with resident move-in beginning in the fall of 2021.

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