Bruce Lorig, the founder of Lorig Associates, and Meredith Messmer, Lorig Associaties Project Manager, spoke at last night’s Green Lake Community Council meeting (Wednesday, November 9, 2011).
Lorig Associaties is managing the development of Green Lake Village, a large mixed-use project that is slated for construction at the former Vitamilk Dairy site, a three-acre empty lot of land often referred to by locals as “The Big Hole.”
The property, located between Woodlawn Ave NE, NE 71st St, 5th Ave NE and NE 72nd St, has been a vacant pit for more than three years.
“We dug the hole early because there was a lot of diesel fuel in the ground and we didn’t want to excavate during the raining season” Bruce Lorig said last night. “Then the real estate world collapsed. So, it’s been awhile.”
Green Lake Village will include 298 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments in five stories. Lorig said that a rent structure has not yet been developed, and the property owners have no intention of selling the units as condos.
There will also be 50,000sf of retail space, anchored by a 25,000sf PCC Natural Markets. PCC has signed a 10-year lease.
At least 1/3 of the retail space not occupied by PCC will likely be restaurants and other food-related businesses, Lorig said. Some may be open at late hours.
There will be 450 parking spaces in an underground parking garage. Entry to the garage will be available on NE 71st St, and there will be an entry and exit on NE 72nd St. Truck-loading bays will be located on 5th Ave NE and trucks will also travel down NE 71st St.
Although the traffic impacts of the development have been studied by Lorig Associates, neither Bruce Lorig nor Messmer were able to provide the results of that study.
The complex will include three separate buildings which will be accessible from a ~40-foot-wide pedestrian corridor.
The buildings’ exteriors will be composed of brick, metal and an as-yet-undetermined material that will be painted. Some of the residential units will have patios.
On-site landscaping will include street trees and planters, and there will be an outdoor public gathering space with seating and a water feature or sculpture.
Storm water run-off will go into the combined sewer, a point which caused heated discussion at last night’s meeting.
“This is totally profit-driven,” one resident in attendance said. “It’s not ecological. At the very least, you could use rain water to water the onsite landscaping.”
“It’s not profit-driven,” Lorig responded. “It’s cost-driven.”
The project, Messmer said, is being targeted for a LEED Silver rating.
Construction is slated for the middle of February 2012.