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Old May 25th, 2012, 08:06 PM   #2261
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This is good news! That sign and janky wheelchair ramp need to go. Hopefully they opt to build on the parking lot sooner than later.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 08:08 PM   #2262
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I've wondered about that building. There are a few in the ID that are run down, yet you're a quick walk from Link or even downtown.

Like the Carpet King space across 5th from the Link station, or the block south of that. Probably one of the heaviest pedestrian trafficed blocks in the city, yet it's a bunch of run down and empty storefronts (with the exception of Thai Curry Simple). Those blocks needs to be towers. I assume landowners are just sitting on the properties, hoping that someday they'll be upzoned?
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Old May 25th, 2012, 08:27 PM   #2263
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I've wondered about that building. There are a few in the ID that are run down, yet you're a quick walk from Link or even downtown.

Like the Carpet King space across 5th from the Link station, or the block south of that. Probably one of the heaviest pedestrian trafficed blocks in the city, yet it's a bunch of run down and empty storefronts (with the exception of Thai Curry Simple). Those blocks needs to be towers. I assume landowners are just sitting on the properties, hoping that someday they'll be upzoned?
Or they make enough money off a run down building and wouldn't see any increase on fixing it up?

I'd like to see the 2nd one rennovated and the carpet king buildings redeveloped.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 08:30 PM   #2264
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How far does south does the Pioneer square historic overlay go? That could be another hold up. There's plenty of beaut's worth saving, but many that just need to go...
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Old May 25th, 2012, 08:38 PM   #2265
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I've wondered about that building. There are a few in the ID that are run down, yet you're a quick walk from Link or even downtown.

Like the Carpet King space across 5th from the Link station, or the block south of that. Probably one of the heaviest pedestrian trafficed blocks in the city, yet it's a bunch of run down and empty storefronts (with the exception of Thai Curry Simple). Those blocks needs to be towers. I assume landowners are just sitting on the properties, hoping that someday they'll be upzoned?
I remember reading a while back that many of these buildings have complicated ownership structures with multiple owners and some offshore.

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Old May 26th, 2012, 12:42 AM   #2266
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I just hope there is some way to make that neighborhood significantly denser and nicer without just totally destroying the small Chinatown that still exists.
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Old May 26th, 2012, 08:17 AM   #2267
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Old May 26th, 2012, 10:33 AM   #2268
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I love some of the spaces on the ground floor. I'd love to see some cool things go in there.
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Old May 26th, 2012, 04:56 PM   #2269
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I think it's just a matter of time before the Publix Hotel gets renovated. Last time I checked, there were murals or artwork or something on display in the windows. Not sure what that means.
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Old May 27th, 2012, 08:04 PM   #2270
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I just hope there is some way to make that neighborhood significantly denser and nicer without just totally destroying the small Chinatown that still exists.
Good news: the planning dept is thinking the same thing.

Chinatown: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cms/group...dpdp018345.pdf

Japantown: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cms/group...dpdp018357.pdf

Southern ID: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cms/group...dpdp018362.pdf

Little Saigon: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cms/group...dpdp018358.pdf
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Old May 27th, 2012, 08:23 PM   #2271
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Two of those have been posted before. Can anyone confirm that this was implemented? I asked last time and got no response.
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Old May 28th, 2012, 12:24 AM   #2272
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http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/...town/Overview/ Apparently in April 2011 the City Council officially approved these zoning changes, but I guess it'll be a while before developers start to take advantage.
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Old May 28th, 2012, 01:20 AM   #2273
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Great! Thanks! Yah, of course developers have to do it but it's nice to see they can now!
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Old May 29th, 2012, 02:53 AM   #2274
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http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/...town/Overview/ Apparently in April 2011 the City Council officially approved these zoning changes, but I guess it'll be a while before developers start to take advantage.
Yeah, everyone's concentrating on the north end of downtown.

Here's the divided up version by planning area:
http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/...tudy/index.htm
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Old May 29th, 2012, 04:33 AM   #2275
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What's the current office vacancy rate in DT Seattle and at what level does it need to drop to before developers will move forward with spec development? I'm really hoping one of the three proposed office towers in the CBD will break ground in the next year.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 06:26 AM   #2276
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Estimates probably range from 14-19%. Equilibrium would be 10%. Class A+ space is apparently lower than either.

But that's not enough. They probably need preleasing of the majority of their space. It's a tough hurdle to prelease 400 ksf.
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Old May 30th, 2012, 01:40 AM   #2278
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I can't see a suspension bridge getting the green light for that neighborhood with all the NIMBY's here. I'd love to see it happen though. Actually I'd love to see a suspension bridge across the lake but I think i read the lake is too deep to build one.
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Old May 30th, 2012, 01:51 AM   #2279
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I can't see a suspension bridge getting the green light for that neighborhood with all the NIMBY's here. I'd love to see it happen though. Actually I'd love to see a suspension bridge across the lake but I think i read the lake is too deep to build one.
More that the deep portion is far too wide for a suspension bridge
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Suspension gets my vote!
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