Over the summer, First Hill Episcopal church Trinity Parish announced a high-rise condo project on their property at Eighth Avenue and Cherry Street. Now, Australian developer Caydon has submitted a first look to design review—and some additional project details.
Trinity’s historic 1892 Gothic-revival church will remain, but all other buildings on the property will be demolished, including the current parish hall and the current site of Cherry Street Food Bank. A new parish hall will have a home in the lower levels of the new 28-story tower, along with an art gallery and coffee shop. The food bank has declined a space in the new building, although Trinity has promised to give a year of notice to Northwest Harvest before construction begins.
Above, current plans call for 204 condominiums with rooftop amenities, both indoor and outdoor. Below, Caydon plans to build six levels of parking.
The tower will be separated from the church “by a tranquil urban garden and thoughtfully linked together by a three-story glass connection,” according to Caydon’s filing with the city. That garden will be shared with the church.
The project also includes “improved public rights-of-way” on the corner.
A rendering of the building designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz shows glass curtain walls and a peek at the vision for the roof.
Trinity will retain ownership of the property. No timeline has been set for the development.
Condo projects are rare in Seattle. No new condo units opened their doors in 2017; the next condos ready for move-in will likely be the Gridiron in Pioneer Square. Despite a 2019 move-in date, potential buyers camped out overnight for a shot at the Nexus condos in the Denny Triangle.
This article has been updated to reflect the accurate name for the Gridiron.