Macy’s Building Design Departure

Application/Permit Number: Z16-914CUP2


608 W Main, 618 W Main, and 223 N Howard; Parcel number: 335184.1807, 35184.1806, and 35174.1802


600 Main, Inc


600 Main bought the old Macy's Building on Main Street downtown, between Wall St. and Howard St. Per 17G.040.020.E, because the building is within the downtown central area and is greater than 25,000 square feet the exterior renovations triggered Design Review. During the design review process, it was determined that proposed building elevations on Main St, Howard St, and Wall St will not meet the requirements for percent glazing, nor the limitation on blank walls greater than 25ft in length.

SMC 17C.124.510 states that for buildings fronting on a complete street (which Main Ave, Howard St, and Wall St are all designated as), Table 17C.124-4 window glazing requirements apply. All three frontages are designated as Type I complete streets. Per Table 17C.124-4, non-residential uses in the DTG zone require 60% glazing for ground floor facades between two and ten feet. Additionally, between 10 and 40 feet, 40% glazing is required for non-residential uses. SMC 17C.124.510.B.5 also states that blank wall areas on street facing facades may not extend more than 25 feet without a window, glass-covered display area, entryway, or recessed area of a minimum size of two feet deep by six feet wide by ten feet high.

The applicant's proposal identifies the following glazing for each elevation:

Elevation Between 2 and 10 feet Between 10 and 40 feet
Southern Elevation: 54.3% 32.7%
West Elevation: 34.7% 35.7%
East Elevation: 29% 38%

Additionally, the applicant's proposal shows blank walls greater than 25 feet in length. If an applicant's proposal does not meet the identified design standards, the applicant may request a Design Departure, which is processed as a Type II land use application. The entire application is available for review by the public in the Planning and Development Department, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane WA 99201.


The Planning Director issued a decision on this proposal on February 2, 2017. The date of the last day to appeal is February 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

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Planning and Development Services
Ali Brast
Assistant Planner
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201-3329