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Old June 26th, 2012, 07:15 PM   #401
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It's a modular recycled steel system.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 07:22 PM   #402
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It'll be interesting to see it built - especially if it does arrive to site in large components. It's a little amusing that recycled steel is mentioned since my understanding is that the majority of rebar and structural steel is recycled.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 07:37 PM   #403
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Thanks, guys!
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Old June 26th, 2012, 08:40 PM   #404
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Shipping containers?
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Old June 26th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #405
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Doesn't look like shipping containers on their floor plans.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 08:56 PM   #406
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624 Yale may start in August:
http://www.djc.com/news/re/12042358.html

Blume may start 624 Yale in August
By JOURNAL STAFF
Seattle developer Bruce Blume says he plans to start construction in August on a seven-story, 220,000-square-foot office building at 624 Yale Ave. N. This is the final phase of Yale Campus North.

NBBJ designed the project and a 2008 building permit application lists Sellen as the general contractor. The intake value listed on the application is nearly $32.8 million.



Cool office building right by the Mercer on-ramp:
http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/AppDocs/G...endaID2220.pdf
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Old June 26th, 2012, 09:49 PM   #407
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Old June 26th, 2012, 09:56 PM   #408
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It will be nice if this project gets going. Then again, it'll be nice when I can shoot up Mercer to Capitol Hill again.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 10:25 PM   #409
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The DJC article re: this project.

http://www.djc.com/news/re/12042263.html

June 22, 2012

Touchstone, Equity plan Fairview apartments
By JOURNAL STAFF

Seattle developer Touchstone Corp. and Chicago-based Equity Residential Properties have filed plans with the city to develop a 223-unit apartment building at 222 Fairview Ave. N.

The seven-story building would also have 11,600 square feet of retail space and underground parking for 207 vehicles.

The site shares the block with another Equity project in the works, a 275-unit apartment building at 221 Minor Ave. N. Equity bought the land for the Minor Avenue project from Touchstone in January.

The new proposal involves developing the parcels owned by Touchstone on the west half of the block, which is bound by Fairview, Minor, and John and Thomas streets.

Runberg Architecture Group is the architect.

The site is currently home to a pair of office buildings previously owned by the Cascade Natural Gas Corp. A restaurant north of those buildings would remain.

An early design guidance meeting for the Equity project and the Equity-Touchstone project is tentatively set for Aug. 15.
Updated version of article - includes name of Boren and Howell project.

http://www.djc.com/news/re/12042293.html

June 25, 2012

Touchstone, Equity plan apartments on Fairview
By JOURNAL STAFF
Seattle developer Touchstone Corp. and Chicago-based Equity Residential Properties have filed plans with the city to develop a 223-unit apartment building at 222 Fairview Ave. N. in South Lake Union.

The seven-story building would also have 11,600 square feet of retail space and underground parking for 207 vehicles.

The site shares the block with another Equity project in the works: a 275-unit apartment building at 221 Minor Ave. N. Equity bought the land for the Minor Avenue project from Touchstone in January.

The new proposal involves developing the parcels owned by Touchstone on the west half of the block, which is bound by Fairview, Minor, and John and Thomas streets.

Runberg Architecture Group is the architect.

The site is currently home to a pair of office buildings previously owned by the Cascade Natural Gas Corp. A restaurant north of those buildings would remain.

An early design guidance meeting for the Equity project and the Equity-Touchstone project is tentatively set for Aug. 15.

Touchstone has been on a tear in the South Lake Union and Denny Triangle neighborhoods in recent years.

The developer has completed two office buildings — West 8th at Eighth and Westlake avenues, and the 9th & Stewart Life Sciences Building — and has others in the works.

It filed a proposal last fall to build two 12-story office buildings on a full block at Fairview and Thomas that it purchased from The Seattle Times. The landmark Troy Laundry building, which occupies the site, will be part of the new development.

In April, Touchstone unveiled plans for Boren One, a 13-story office, retail and hotel complex on Boren Avenue between Stewart and Howell streets.

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Old June 28th, 2012, 09:37 PM   #410
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202 Westlake just a few minutes ago.
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Old June 28th, 2012, 09:45 PM   #411
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Nice to see activity there again. Seems like it was quiet for a while. It'll be great to fill that gap on that street.
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Thanks for the update, Seasun.
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Old July 5th, 2012, 11:03 PM   #413
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From Tuesday's DJC

July 3, 2012

Compass plans family housing in S Lake Union
■The complex will be near Denny Park, bus lines, schools, shops and services, with one-, two- and three-bedroom units.

By LYNN PORTER
Journal Staff Reporter

A number of apartment developers here have been coming out with smaller units for people willing to give up space to get an in-city location.

Compass Housing Alliance has a different renter in mind: families.

Compass is planning a six-story, 70-unit apartment complex for families at the southwest corner of Dexter Avenue and John Street in South Lake Union.



That neighborhood is home to Amazon.com and other cutting edge firms that tend to attract younger people. Compass views it as a good neighborhood for people with children, too.

The complex will be near Denny Park, bus lines, schools, shops and services, with one-, two- and three-bedroom units.

“From our perspective there is a huge need for family housing in South Lake Union,” said Compass Executive Director Rick Friedhoff. “There's a lot of families who have low incomes and work in the downtown core or in proximity to it and need a place to live.”

In-city living means lower transportation costs and less commuting time, he said.

GGLO is the architect and landscape architect.

Other team members are Beacon Development Group., development consultant; Decker Consulting, civil engineer; KPFF, structural engineering; Rushing, mechanical and electrical engineering; and RDH Building Sciences, envelope consulting.

The project should cost about $21 million, which Friedhoff said includes the site Compass has under contract with Denny Park Lutheran Church.

The apartments should open in the fall of 2014. They will be available to households or individuals who make 30 to 50 percent of the area median income. For a family of three, 30 percent is $23,130, and 50 percent is $38,550.

The complex will also have 25 below-grade parking spaces, 5,600 square feet of space for Compass programs for residents, a deck on the second floor, and community spaces including a computer room.

It is being built to Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards.

Financing is from Seattle, King County, Washington state and low-income tax credits.



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Old July 6th, 2012, 05:22 AM   #414
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Interesting, although I think it's funny that they make it sound like it would be marketed towards Amazonians, but it is for families earning 30-50% of the area's median income.
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Old July 6th, 2012, 04:35 PM   #415
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Wish they'd wait for that spot until after the rezone goes through.
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Old July 6th, 2012, 06:01 PM   #416
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Their concept probably works better with woodframe, which is dramatically cheaper.

Going taller (assuming FAR is higher) can mean a lot more space, but construction costs per square foot would be much higher. They can't charge more to compensate in this case.
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Old July 7th, 2012, 12:34 PM   #417
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That all makes sense- just feels like a waste since it's dramatically under the new zoning, assuming it goes through. If only this was just a few blocks away in the shorter zone. :/
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Old July 7th, 2012, 07:18 PM   #418
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The lot next to Willamette Dental or the art gallery parcel directly across the street would have been my preference, but what can you do?
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Old July 8th, 2012, 07:37 AM   #419
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Old July 8th, 2012, 11:18 AM   #420
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Lol I worked at one of those to-be-demolished buildings in the summer of 2008 for the Obama campaign. The campaign had gotten it with the assumption that it would be torn down for development as soon as everything winded down but that didn't exactly happen.
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