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Old January 16th, 2013, 03:57 AM   #301
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Is that Safeway still nicknamed Sorority Safeway? Thats what we called it when I was at th U.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 06:49 PM   #302
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From todays DJC.

http://www.djc.com/news/re/12049209.html

January 18, 2013

California developer planning 56 units in University District

By NAT LEVY
Journal Staff Reporter

A Southern California developer who specializes in housing near universities is planning a seven-story, 56-unit building at 4717 Brooklyn Ave. N.E.

Eran Fields of Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based Fields Holdings filed plans with the city to construct the building in the University District. Plans say the complex will have 4,000 square feet of retail and an underground parking garage with nine spaces.

Fields said he wants to start construction either this summer or next summer.

A design review committee will hold an early design guidance meeting on the project at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 at the University Heights Community Center, 5031 University Way N.E.

Seattle-based Caron Architecture will design the building. A contractor hasn't been selected. Fields said he prefers to use local firms.

Fields has built similar projects through another development company. This project is Fields' first outside of Southern California. Projects include one near the University of Southern California, one at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and two at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Fields said he hasn't decided on how much he will charge for rent, but he said it could be between $700 to $900 per bed. The project is marketed to students, with some units having three or four bedrooms to get more people in a unit.

Fields opts for smaller complexes both for leasing purposes, and because he said he thinks students prefer it.

“A smaller project can be much more intimate and more desirable,” he said. “It's much easier to fill a project for 150 people than 500 people. Ultimately, I think a lot of students would rather live in a small boutique building rather than a huge development.”

The site is three parcels on the west side of Brooklyn Avenue Northeast near Northeast 47th Street. The Weaving Works, a vacant lot and the Brooklyn Frame Shop are on the site now. The existing structures will be demolished.

Fields first became interested in building in the area after several recreational visits to Seattle.

Typically Fields' projects are very close to campus — often right across the street — but he decided to take a different tact this time. He thinks upper classmen will want to live off campus, near the retail hub of The Ave and all the nearby bars and restaurants.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 06:51 PM   #303
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January 18, 2013

U District block fills up with apartments, hotel

By BENJAMIN MINNICK
Journal Construction Editor

A long block touching busy Northeast 45th Street in the University District is in a major transformation, thanks to two projects that are displacing surface parking lots.

The block bordered by 11th and 12th avenues Northeast and Northeast 47th Street is being redeveloped with 283 apartments by AvalonBay Communities and a hotel by a group represented by a Bellevue-based entity called TMUD LLC.

AvalonBay representatives wouldn't return phone calls seeking comment, but company officials told the DJC last summer that the estimated construction cost of the two buildings that make up Ava University District is $50 million. Documents submitted to the city show a west building along 11th and 47th and an east building about twice its size along 12th and 47th. The east building extends to the hotel site.

When it's finished this summer, AvalonBay's project will have 12,000 square feet of retail plus flex spaces along the perimeter of a courtyard between the buildings. The flex space can be used for artists' studios, coffee carts, boutique retail and performing arts. Additional space will be provided for residents to wash their cars, bikes and pets. A bike storage area will have work stations and vending machines that sell bike parts. There also will be rooftop decks and a fitness center.

GGLO is the architect and AvalonBay does its own contracting.

Crews have finished shoring at Ava and the buildings are coming out of the ground.

Shoring is about 75 percent complete at the hotel site, which is next to the 45th Street Plaza office building. Crews are digging 35 feet deep on the north end of the sloped site and 20 feet on the south end.

The shoring on both projects were designed by Ground Support of Woodinville and built by Kulchin Foundation Drilling Co. of Redmond. PanGeo of Seattle was the geotechnical engineer on the hotel site.

TMUD initially sought design review for the hotel in 2007. The project was later put on hold and didn't resurface until June of last year, when TMUD sought a permit for earthwork. TMUD hasn't filed for building permits yet.

Sun Choy of TMUD didn't return phone calls and an email seeking comment. Project architect Johnson Braund Design Group also didn't comment.

Information filed in 2008 shows an eight-story Marriott Residence Inn with 215 hotel rooms, 7,000 square feet of ground-level retail and below-grade parking for 198 cars. TMUD has since switched architects from Degen & Degen to Johnson Braund.

TMUD's address is listed as a suite inside the Courtyard Marriott hotel in downtown Bellevue.

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Old January 18th, 2013, 06:58 PM   #304
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Never realized how many LARGE surface lots there were in this area. Love the overhead shot.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 08:40 PM   #305
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The one to the left is slated for UW/Children's housing this year.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 09:10 PM   #306
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The one to the left is slated for UW/Children's housing this year.
I'd thought they'd started on that a few weeks ago, but it seems to be just endless utility work along the north sidewalk of the site (47th) -- which is visible in the overhead shot. As of two days ago, the lot was still filled with cars. A workman at the site told me that the utility work was part of the UW/Children's project, so we'll see.

Meanwhile, the lot to the left, just north and northwest of the Hotel Deca is the last really unpleasantly large parking lot left in the central U District. I wonder if it'll ever go.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 09:18 PM   #307
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I take it back. There's also the large lot along the east side of Brooklyn between Key Bank and the Episcopal Church.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 09:27 PM   #308
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Awesome! That's too bad that the hotel on 45th & 12th there isn't actually under construction yet, and they're just doing shoring work, but do they usually only do that if they're actually going to start construction soon?
(I guess I can answer my own question with the examples of Civic Square and the Green Lake Vitamilk site, among others...)
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Old January 18th, 2013, 10:52 PM   #309
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Kudos to the attendant who organizes the parked cars by color.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 10:55 PM   #310
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They have a shoring permit, and they're in the process of getting building permits.

Shoring is serious money. It means a real start in nearly all cases, or at least the intent to build the whole job. The remaining hurdles can still stop a project, or delay it. And projects can still be cancelled at any time, pretty easily before it hits grade.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 11:43 PM   #311
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Kudos to the attendant who organizes the parked cars by color.
Kudos to you for noticing that! However, it's a car dealer parking lot. So maybe when someone comes in to buy a car, the first thing they specify is the color they want. Or more likely (because different splotches of the same color show up in different spots) they're organized by model and then color within model. Who knows? Why am I even obsessing about this? I must not have anything better to do today.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 09:00 AM   #312
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It is nice to be clued in, however.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 06:36 PM   #313
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Just east of the U District - Latest proposals to put housing on the Talaris site in Laurelhurst (former Battelle research campus).

http://talarisliving.us/what-are-the-options/
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Old January 26th, 2013, 01:06 AM   #314
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Just east of the U District - Latest proposals to put housing on the Talaris site in Laurelhurst (former Battelle research campus).

http://talarisliving.us/what-are-the-options/
This place is an absolute oasis. I never noticed it on maps till I was to attend an event held there in 2010 and was blown away. I hope the redevelopment that preserves this gem can happen. City Council and the Mayor's Office should do everything they can to help.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 01:41 AM   #315
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It looks like the developer/land owner has the NIMBY neighborhood (or those that are NIMBY) right where they want them. Either keep the feel of the current land and park-like feel or we'll turn it into regular blocks of housing. The neighbors near Children's Hospital are in the midst of a major hospital expansion so I'm sure it challenges them to accept another big project no matter how nice and well intentioned.
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Course, my ideal would be to see the park untouched or even remove some buildings and put high rises around it like a mini Central Park. Or even a total land-swap+tax breaks+height allowances.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 12:37 PM   #317
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This guy looks like its getting started (4029 7th ave NE):
http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/AppDocs/G...endaID3559.pdf

Cool little infill project.

Houses on site have been demolished.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 10:31 PM   #318
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Love it. The U District is quite a hotbed of new buildings with small units and no parking. This is 21,367 total square feet and 75 units. Figure 80% of the gross is actual units, and that's 228 sf each. Filling an important niche, and livening the neighborhood.
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Page 9 of the pdf seems to show about 10 "small" parking spaces at grade but the text says zero spaces so maybe page 9 is a non-preferred plan.

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This guy looks like its getting started (4029 7th ave NE):
http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/AppDocs/G...endaID3559.pdf

Cool little infill project.

Houses on site have been demolished.
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Haha for all the students just moving out of the dorms, 228 sq ft feels almost palatial!
But... how can we pack people in there like sardines? And what about the parking and traffic?
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