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SEATTLE-After four trips through design review over a 13-month period, Bellevue, WA-based Quality Food Centers is close to obtaining a Master Use Permit for the mixed-use redevelopment of an approximately one-acre former Safeway property at 39th and Stone Way in Seattle’s Wallingford Neighborhood.

City Planner Bruce Rips tells GlobeSt.com the Design Review Board will likely be recommending approval of the project’s design at its April 24 meeting. With some minor traffic issues still to be resolved, Rips estimates the developer could have a Master Use Permit in hand by the end of May.

QFC’s plan is to raze the existing one-story former grocery store building on the property and in its place put 26 town homes and a 35,000-sf grocery store sandwiched between two levels of parking, one below the store and one on top. The project’s designer is Portland, Ore.-based Sienna Architecture. A Kroger representative was not available for comment on a development timeline.

QFC, a division of The Kroger Company of Cincinnati, acquired the 45,380-sf parcel from Shadrall Associates in 1993 for just under $1 million, according to the King County Assessor’s office. The county now assesses the land’s value at more than $2.7 million.

Another residential-over-grocery development, meanwhile, is in limbo. Last August, when GlobeSt.com first wrote about QFC’s plans, Food Markets Northwest postponed its planned demolition and redevelopment of the existing Queen Anne Thriftway for at least two years, citing economic factors as well as community sentiment.

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