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Old October 2nd, 2013, 04:58 PM   #61
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October 2, 2013

Gilder eyes more Interbay housing
By JOURNAL STAFF

A development group related to Seattle Storm co-owner Ginny Gilder is considering building more apartments in the Interbay neighborhood.

The site is at 3435 15th Ave. W., north of West Dravus Street. The project could be seven stories with 245 units and 150 underground parking spaces. Permit records show the first floor would be either office, retail or live-work spaces.

Caron Architecture LLC is listed as the architect.

A Brown Bear car wash on the site now would be demolished.

Gilder also is working with Goodman Real Estate to build an apartment project in Interbay called Barrett Park. The 117-unit building is under construction at 3036 16th Ave. W.

In 2011, Interbay Rising LLC, which is managed by Gilder, bought three parcels from Freehold Group for $9.25 million. They include the Barrett Park site and the site where the group is considering the 245-unit project.

The third site is a 1.2-acre vacant lot at 1616 W. Bertona St.

Gilder's representatives did not return a call requesting comment about its plans.

Gilder runs a family investment company called Gilder Office for Growth. Her development activity is unrelated to the Storm.

Interbay is largely industrial, but areas near Dravus and the Ballard Bridge have seen new residential and mixed-use development.

Just west of Barrett Park is Slate Apartments & Lofts, a 236-unit project that Unico Properties built and sold this summer to LaSalle Investment for $68.19 million.

Seattle's Department of Planning and Development has started a study of the three-mile corridor along 15th Avenue West to Ballard. The city wants to retain industrial zoning in much of the neighborhood, and rezone other parcels to encourage new types of development.

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Old November 14th, 2013, 11:05 PM   #62
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2208 15th Ave W

Land Use Application to allow a 5-story low-income disabled residential building with 97 apartments units. Residential services, offices and parking at the ground level. Existing surface parking lot for 66 vehicles to be demolished. Parking for 10 vehicles will be located within the structure. 2 surface parking spaces will be provided on the site.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 08:00 PM   #63
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December 4, 2013

Kauri plans retail center at Interbay

By NAT LEVY
Journal Staff Reporter

Port 106 LLC, an entity related to Kauri Investments, signed Total Wine and More as the first tenant in what could be a 103,000-square-foot shopping center in Interbay.

Kauri Investments President and CEO Kent Angier said plans are still coming together for the center, but the goal is to start construction next summer and open in the second quarter of 2015.

Total Wine and More signed a 10-year lease for 25,000 square feet in the complex at 1600 W. Armory Way. Angier said he is talking to several other possible tenants.

Dave Speers, Tim Foster and Jason Rosauer of Kidder Mathews represented Kauri Investments, and Lee Guillory of Seattle Pacific Realty represented Total Wine and More.

The shopping center will have eight buildings ranging from 3,000 to 25,000 square feet, and surface parking. Angier compared it to University Village, and he said there could be a variety of restaurants, clothing stores and specialty shops.

LDG Architects is designing the g center.

Angier said the location is a big draw. The site on 15th Avenue West is near Ballard, Queen Anne and Magnolia, which he said are all neighborhoods that need more retail.

“There is substantial traffic on 15th, with mass transit for people commuting to and from Seattle,” he said. “With those three communities it was a logical spot for retail development.”

Kauri Investments bought the land in 2006, and began talking to big-box retailers like Target, Lowe's and Costco, but zoning changes took big boxes off the table. Angier said the city showed interest in buying the property on multiple occasions but no deal materialized. Kauri Investments then started planning the shopping center.

Interbay has changed over last few years from an industrial area to more of a mixed-use neighborhood, with several new apartment complexes on the north end near West Dravus Street, as well as office and retail — including Whole Foods. Goodman Real Estate and Triad Development have a three-story tech office project adjacent to Whole Foods.

The city is working on a plan to guide future development in the neighborhood. In April the city released initial recommendations that favor keeping industrial businesses while also encouraging more retail and offices.

Angier said he has been involved in the Interbay plan. He sees Interbay as a place that is growing and changing rapidly. While there isn't a lot of housing right in that area, people who live in Queen Anne, Ballard and Magnolia pass through regularly.

“(Interbay) is kind of in a transition stage right now, and given the amount of traffic in the corridor and the neighborhoods surrounding it, people shouldn't have to travel to buy goods and services,” Angier said.

Kauri Investments is working on another project near Seattle Center: an eight-story building with 116 hotel rooms with 56 apartments at 416 John St. Angier said construction is underway, and the building will open in March of 2015.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 09:59 PM   #64
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Land Use Application to allow a 5-story low-income disabled residential building with 97 apartments units. Residential services, offices and parking at the ground level. Existing surface parking lot for 66 vehicles to be demolished. Parking for 10 vehicles will be located within the structure. 2 surface parking spaces will be provided on the site.
Yay, another surface parking lot will die.
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Old December 5th, 2013, 03:55 PM   #65
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October 2, 2013

Gilder eyes more Interbay housing
By JOURNAL STAFF

A development group related to Seattle Storm co-owner Ginny Gilder is considering building more apartments in the Interbay neighborhood.

The site is at 3435 15th Ave. W., north of West Dravus Street. The project could be seven stories with 245 units and 150 underground parking spaces. Permit records show the first floor would be either office, retail or live-work spaces.

Caron Architecture LLC is listed as the architect.

A Brown Bear car wash on the site now would be demolished.

Gilder also is working with Goodman Real Estate to build an apartment project in Interbay called Barrett Park. The 117-unit building is under construction at 3036 16th Ave. W.

In 2011, Interbay Rising LLC, which is managed by Gilder, bought three parcels from Freehold Group for $9.25 million. They include the Barrett Park site and the site where the group is considering the 245-unit project.

The third site is a 1.2-acre vacant lot at 1616 W. Bertona St.

Gilder's representatives did not return a call requesting comment about its plans.

Gilder runs a family investment company called Gilder Office for Growth. Her development activity is unrelated to the Storm.

Interbay is largely industrial, but areas near Dravus and the Ballard Bridge have seen new residential and mixed-use development.

Just west of Barrett Park is Slate Apartments & Lofts, a 236-unit project that Unico Properties built and sold this summer to LaSalle Investment for $68.19 million.

Seattle's Department of Planning and Development has started a study of the three-mile corridor along 15th Avenue West to Ballard. The city wants to retain industrial zoning in much of the neighborhood, and rezone other parcels to encourage new types of development.

Ginny Gilder told me that she isn't involved with this, but that the parcel is under contract for sale to another developer.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 05:27 PM   #66
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April 8, 2014

Goodman's Interbay Work Lofts filling with small firms, startups
By JOURNAL STAFF

Goodman Real Estate said Interbay Work Lofts, a three-story office building designed for startups and other small businesses, is nearly 40 percent leased.

The 105,000-square-foot building at 1631 15th Ave. W. opened in October with 63 office spaces that range between 700 and 1,200 square feet.

There is one level of underground parking. Tenants share a conference room, copy room, espresso machine, gym and bike storage.

Units have open floor plans with a private bathroom and kitchen. High ceilings and large windows were used to bring in lots of natural light. All units have access to the outdoor courtyard, which has a basalt water feature and deck made of Brazilian hardwood.

“These younger clients are asking for boutique hip office space to accommodate a 24-7 work culture with the amenities of a larger commercial building,” John Goodman, chair of Goodman Real Estate, said in a press release. “Interbay Work Lofts offers just that, with a budget conscious of the needs of smaller businesses.”

Rents are about $25 per square foot, or about $1,650 to $2,700 a month. One-year leases are available, which Goodman representatives said appeal to startups.

Studio Meng Strazzara designed the project and Venture General Contracting built it. Other team members include Thomas Rengstorf and Associates, landscape architect; RFA Structural Engineers; Travis Fitzmaurice & Associates, mechanical engineer; Rushing, electrical engineer; Lisa Wiggins Design, interior design; and Cross 2 Design Group, building envelope consultant.

Tenants include an interior design firm, general contractor, photo and recording studio, chiropractor, personal trainer and a mobile app maker.

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Great idea. Hopefully these types of offices will catch on in all American cities.
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I don't think we can have enough office space like this. The easier it is to start a business, the better for our economy as a whole. There are companies that are converting existing class-B office space to the small office monthly rental market, and that helps too.
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Yay, another surface parking lot will die.
And yet they're building yet another surface parking lot for the new shopping centre in Interbay. Presumably because there's still so little housing in the area and they'll be relying on people from Queen Anne and Magnolia, who will probably drive. Because this is Seattle, not Manhattan.
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Which proves Rapid Ride is not a substitute for a subway. Without good transit Interbay is an island, unwalkable from anywhere except a few homes on the edge of Magnolia.
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Which proves Rapid Ride is not a substitute for a subway. Without good transit Interbay is an island, unwalkable from anywhere except a few homes on the edge of Magnolia.
I don't understand how a subway route here would make Interbay more accessible.

If there was a subway route under 15th Ave, lets say, from DT to Ballard, would there be more than 1-2 stations in what we commonly refer to as Interbay? I support a subway and would prefer it, but my support is to connect Ballard and points north to Downtown/CBD, not necessarily to tie in Interbay.

FWIW, the Rapid Ride (which is anything but) does have 6-8 stops from the Magnolia Bridge north to the Ballard Bridge, so in that regard I don't view access to the neighborhood as a problem.
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It's not number of stops, but time and effort. Shanghai's confusingly named Metro grocery store is a good example. It's at the end of a subway line, and I saw plenty of people on the subway with bags of groceries riding home. An Interbay subway stop would be around 6-8 minutes from downtown, and would make everything within 1/2 mile of the station walkable. The RR-D line takes around 20 minutes from downtown (plus or minus, depending on traffic), with a frequency of 15-20 minutes. Yes, there are more stops, but currently that's a bug not a feature (stops take time).

Think about that grocery trip from downtown. If you plan it well, then maybe a 5 minute wait for the D. Then 20 minutes to the store, 20 minutes shopping, an average of 10 minutes of waiting, then 20 minutes back. That's a full 75 minute trip for 20 minutes of shopping. Or you drive and spend only 40 minutes.
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It's not number of stops, but time and effort. Shanghai's confusingly named Metro grocery store is a good example. It's at the end of a subway line, and I saw plenty of people on the subway with bags of groceries riding home. An Interbay subway stop would be around 6-8 minutes from downtown, and would make everything within 1/2 mile of the station walkable. The RR-D line takes around 20 minutes from downtown (plus or minus, depending on traffic), with a frequency of 15-20 minutes. Yes, there are more stops, but currently that's a bug not a feature (stops take time).

Think about that grocery trip from downtown. If you plan it well, then maybe a 5 minute wait for the D. Then 20 minutes to the store, 20 minutes shopping, an average of 10 minutes of waiting, then 20 minutes back. That's a full 75 minute trip for 20 minutes of shopping. Or you drive and spend only 40 minutes.
As a Belltown resident, I want the full selection grocery store to open in Belltown (ideally with 20-25 floors residential tower above a full block grocery store), not either a RapidRide or subway ride away in Interbay.

Ruff's point I think was that the adjoining residential areas (Queen Anne and Magnolia) are not connected by transit to Interbay, not would they be connected if a Belltown-Ballard subway line were built through Interbay. The grocery store's main customer base will be driving.
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Safeway and Amazon both deliver groceries. Problems solved!
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Belltown should be in line for a supermarket pretty quickly. The perimeter is surrounded by supermarkets, but something in the core would be the closest for enough people to support one, and more than enough for a smaller version. Realistically it might need to be a half-block type along the lines of the LQA Safeway, since (a) there aren't many full blocks left, and (b) the City might be making alley vacations too difficult.
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It isn't the same as being able to walk down the street and be able to handpick your groceries themselves.
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Belltown should be in line for a supermarket pretty quickly. The perimeter is surrounded by supermarkets, but something in the core would be the closest for enough people to support one, and more than enough for a smaller version. Realistically it might need to be a half-block type along the lines of the LQA Safeway, since (a) there aren't many full blocks left, and (b) the City might be making alley vacations too difficult.
I have my doubts this will ever happen despite Belltown being among densest districts of the city. There would be too much fear of competing with Pike market that city regulators would work to thwart it.

I personally love shopping Pike market for the fresh fish and produce, but the tourist focus is frustrating.

An anecdote: I stopped by one of the fishmonger counters to buy a pound of fresh salmon filet last Sunday, which was listed at $18.95/lb. He weighed out 0.9 lbs, quickly removing from the scale when he saw me watching. Then charged me $19, and gave me the where's-my-tip-look with my change. Obviously, we're catering to the tourist shopper and not looking to cultivate return clientele from the neighborhood.
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There won't be regulatory opposition. There wasn't for Target or IGA either, that I recall.

Pissing off Belltown residents would be a non-starter.

But I would expect a site several blocks away. No point putting one near the Market/IGA/Target. The sweet spot would be more like Insignia or KIRO.
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How about the McGuire Grocery Store?
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