Redmond artist Dudley Carter blazed a trail for the King County artist-in-residence program. City officials now hope his new namesake building will do the same for downtown commercial development.
The Carter, a 180-unit apartment complex under construction at 7500 159th Place N.E., is scheduled to be completed in fall. It will sit opposite Dudley Carter Park, next to an urban forest at 159th Place N.E. between Bear Creek Parkway and Leary Way. A pedestrian trail connects to the adjoining Sammamish River Trail and Dudley Carter Park to the east.
A mix of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments, the six-story building features four ground floor live-work units, designed for tenants to host home businesses. Eventually, these could be converted to retail shops, said Gary Lee, a senior planner with the city of Redmond.
“It’s going to set the stage over there for redevelopment,” Lee said. “It’s an old industrial area on the outskirts of downtown. We don’t want to force people to build ground floor retail, then have it be vacant for years and years. We want it to evolve naturally. We desire to have commercial in that neck of the woods.”
The developer is MainStreet Property Group, and the general contractor is WG Clark Construction. The architect is GGLO Design. The developer is targeting a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold designation for The Carter in the new multi-family category.
The mid-rise building will have 180 onsite parking spaces, on two levels, and 10 curbside parking spaces. It also will have a two-story storage facility and workshop for 180 bicycles. A grand two-story lobby will feature “museum quality” finishes and artisan design features, according to MainStreet Property Group. Artwork from the surrounding region as well as from Dudley Carter will be displayed within the complex.
A two-story indoor-outdoor clubroom with games, fireplace and demonstration kitchen will connect to a large outside interior courtyard. A “skybox lounge” will overlook the Sammamish River Trail and a city-protected park that was a former heron rookery.
About half of the sixth-floor units will have private roof decks, said project architect Sam Beadle. Fifth-floor units will come with lofted bedrooms. The apartment homes will have modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, tile backsplashes, and LED lighting throughout. Some units will have custom features such as sliding barn doors, custom wood wall panels, and built-in bench seating.
The Carter’s namesake, a sculptor and woodcarver, became the King County Department of Parks and Recreation’s first “artist-in-residence” at age 96. He taught and lived in the Haida House Studio at the adjacent Dudley Carter Park.
“Many of his beloved carvings were completed in this park, and we wanted to honor that legacy,” said Kelly Price, president of MainStreet Property Group. “Just as important, Dudley Carter was an amazing man who left behind a long legacy of honoring family, art, culture and the environment; all elements that are represented in The Carter’s thoughtful design. We have considered every detail to provide a living environment for our customers that is unmatched in Redmond.”