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Passive House mixed-user at former Fran's Chocolate spot closing in on approval

Check out what Seattle's first mixed-use project that meets Passive House Institute US standards might look like

We got an early look at the big plans that developer Maria Barrientos, builder Cascade Built and architect Weber Thompson have at 1300 East Pike Street in Capitol Hill back in March. The former site of Fran’s Chocolates will now be a six-story, mixed-use complex with 55-units and 2,400 square feet of retail space. It will also be built to Passive House Institute US standards, the first of its kind in Seattle.

The group behind the project return to meet with the design review board on Wednesday, November 30 and they’ll be bringing updated plans and renderings with them.

The building itself will be wrapped in a “thermal envelope” and include automated exterior shades that control heat gain by lowering and raising depending on time of year. Triple pane windows not only keep thermal performance high but also improve sound insulation in the vibrant neighborhood. Other energy-saving features will include a centralized HRV system with integral heat pump system as well as heat recovery ventilators.

The building will have 48 units, which includes market rate studios, one-and-two-bedroom apartments, and live/work units. There will also be 2,400 square-feet of street-level retail space, which should include cafe/restaurant space per renderings.