Updated Thursday, May 5 with corrected information about the height of The Hearthstone.
Construction will soon begin at Woodlawn Ave NE and Latona Ave NE, the site of an empty lot for nearly two years.
The Hearthstone plans to build a 4-story building on the Woodlawn site. The residence, called “Village Cove,” will contain 28 luxury one- and two- bedroom units. There will be retail spaces on the first floor.
The lot was cleared in early 2009. However, after the Washington State Department of Ecology gave the property a high ranking on the Washington State Hazardous Sites List, construction was stalled.
Contamination at the site stems from the use of solvents by a dry cleaner that operated at the location for nearly 30 years and by PSS Plastic Sales & Service, which is located next door to the empty lot. (You can read more about the hazardous contamination at the site here.)
However, according to Sheryl Harmon, Director of Marketing for Village Cove, the site is not as contaminated as was originally thought, and the EPA has cleared the property.
Harmon spoke at Wednesday’s (Nov. 10, 2010) Green Lake Community Council meeting. Construction work, she said, will soon begin at the site. The first step in the process will be the removal of 3,200 tons of dirt. An underground garage will then be built, followed by the rest of the 4-story building.
Harmon said that there is no set construction timeline, as winter weather may stall the project. However, she anticipates that the building will be open at this time next year.
When asked what type of retail tenants may occupy the space, Harmon said that, while The Hearthstone is open to different types of tenants, they think that medical service providers would be a good fit. A bakery, or a restaurant that offers soups and salads, would also probably be successful, she said.
While undergound parking will be available for residents of the building, there will not be any guest parking.
If you would like to learn more about Village Cove or The Hearthstone, you are invited to an open house at the main facility (6720 E Green Lake Way N) on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2-5 p.m. RSVP to Sheryl Harmon at (206) 774 – 5153 or villagecove [at] hearthstone.org by Dec. 1.