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Old January 12th, 2015, 10:22 PM   #81
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ultra-low-flow plumbing fixtures; drought-tolerant landscaping and efficient irrigation systems; infiltration garden filters

It's charming that they can spend money doing all of this keen stuff with a straight face .. in SEATTLE!
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Old January 13th, 2015, 05:37 PM   #82
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Seattle certainly doesn't have a lack of water, it's the sewer and runoff side that's an issue for us. Gallons in = gallons out.
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Old February 19th, 2015, 04:47 AM   #83
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LOL. Even the grittier parts of Interbay are getting into the tear-down action. This is in the southern section near the Magnolia Bridge. Last time I passed by here (about a couple of months ago), there was a building on the site. I don't know if a rebuild is planned, but I wouldn't be surprised.






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Old February 19th, 2015, 05:31 AM   #84
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There is another project going on about 1/4 of a mile up from the Magnolia Bridge, on 15th Avenue on the east side of the street. I'm not sure what it is to become.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 09:47 PM   #85
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Expedia may move to Seattle's old Amgen campus...

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/b...le-campus.html
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Old April 2nd, 2015, 02:45 PM   #86
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April 2, 2015

Report: Expedia will take Amgen campus
By JOURNAL STAFF

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has scheduled a press conference for 9 a.m. Thursday to announce that a major, publicly traded company with several thousand employees is moving its headquarters to Seattle.

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports the company is Expedia. Citing an unnamed source, the report says that Expedia will move from Bellevue to the 750,000-square-foot Amgen campus in Interbay.

Amgen announced last year it planned to close operations in Washington and sell the campus.

The DJC reported last year that Expedia was looking for between 700,000 and one million square feet. Its lease in downtown Bellevue expires in March 2018.
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 03:06 PM   #87
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April 3, 2015

Preparing campus for Expedia will require major rehab, new buildings

By NAT LEVY
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Expedia will move its headquarters from downtown Bellevue to Amgen's waterfront campus in Seattle by 2018.

The online travel company will pay $228.9 million for the 40-acre site, and use existing cash resources to fund the sale.

The sale is expected to close in the second quarter, Expedia CFO Mark Okerstrom said.

At a press conference Thursday morning, Expedia said it is making the move because it wants to own a campus rather than lease space in a skyscraper. Officials said the campus will help recruit and retain tech workers.

“Bellevue has been a great home for us, and it was tough to leave Bellevue, but the opportunity to own an iconic waterfront headquarters for us was too good to pass up,” Expedia President and CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said. “We think it will be a magnet for top talent.”

Khosrowshahi said the company has 3,000 employees in its headquarters today, and expects to reach 4,500 in the next few years. Worldwide, Expedia employs more than 10,000 people.

Amgen will remain on the campus until the end of this year. When Amgen leaves, Expedia will start converting the buildings, which are mostly lab space, into modern offices. Okerstrom said the renovation is a big one, and could take 18 to 24 months.

Expedia officials did not say how much the work will cost.

The campus today has 750,000 square feet. Okerstrom said Expedia expects to build another 200,000 square feet there. Construction could begin on the new space by mid to late 2016 so it will be ready in 2018.

An Expedia spokeswoman said renovation and construction plans are just starting, and did not comment on whether the company has chosen an architect or contractor.

The move will be a big change for many Expedia employees. Khosrowshahi said nearly 75 percent of people who work in the headquarters live on the Eastside. Expedia is looking at ways to make their commute easier, such as using a shuttle like Microsoft's Connector and offering incentives for transit, biking or carpooling.

Amgen's campus has 1,100 parking spaces, and Okerstrom said Expedia will add more.

Several notable companies based in this area have moved their headquarters into Seattle recently. Weyerhaeuser's move to Pioneer Square will give its employees easy access to transit as well as restaurants and other activities in an urban area.

Expedia is taking a more isolated campus. The neighborhood around Amgen is not as central, and doesn't have the transit options of downtown and Pioneer Square.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said at the press conference that the city will look at improving transit options in that area, with funding from King County Metro Transit's successful 2014 ballot measure.

Khosrowshahi said Expedia will add some restaurants and amenities on the campus. He said he hopes that Expedia's move will be a catalyst for further development in the neighborhood.


Amgen’s buildings will be converted from labs to tech offices, and another 200,000 square feet will be added.



Expedia officials said the waterfront campus will help recruit and retain tech workers.



Expedia is looking at ways to ease the commute, such as using shuttles and incentives for transit, biking or carpools.
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 04:56 PM   #88
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18-24 months after the end of this year? That's enough time to build a gondola and have it ready for when the workers show up.
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 08:54 PM   #89
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How about a zip line?
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 09:01 PM   #90
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We could set that up in a weekend. Only one way though.
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Old April 24th, 2015, 04:38 PM   #91
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From todays DJC.

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April 24, 2015

Donahue Schriber buys Interbay Urban Center
By JOURNAL STAFF

Costa Mesa, California-based Donahue Schriber Realty Group said it bought Interbay Urban Center, a shopping center at 1827 15th Ave W. in the Interbay neighborhood that is anchored by Whole Foods.

Property records show Donahue Schriber paid about $47.8 million for the 80,560-square-foot shopping center.

The shopping center is 100 percent leased.

“The purchase of Interbay provided Donahue Schriber with a unique urban core opportunity,” Chairman and CEO Patrick Donahue said in a statement. “We believe the Pacific Northwest is one of the most attractive retail hubs on the West Coast.”

Paul Sleeth of Colliers International brokered the deal.

This is the third purchase for Donahue Schriber in the Seattle area in the last four months. It owns Westgate North, a 128,630-square-foot shopping center in Tacoma anchored by Safeway and Ace Hardware, and Lakeland Town Center, a 125,142-square-foot shopping center in Auburn anchored by Haggen Northwest Fresh.

Donahue Schriber is a real estate investment trust that owns and manages 70 shopping centers in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

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Old April 25th, 2015, 02:04 AM   #92
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Unfortunately, Whole Foods is only about two-thirds the size originally planned. Petco occupies the other third. In fact, I think Whole Foods tried to back out of opening on Elliott altogether, but couldn't. It's the closest WF to me, so I regret it being so small.
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Old May 1st, 2015, 02:53 PM   #94
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From todays DJC.

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May 1, 2015

Expedia buys HQ site for $229M
By JOURNAL STAFF

SEATTLE — Expedia's $228.9 million purchase of its future Seattle waterfront headquarters has closed, property records show.

The seller is Immunex Corp., a company that Amgen acquired in 2002.

Last month, Expedia announced plans to move from its downtown Bellevue home to the Seattle waterfront by 2018.

Amgen will remain on the campus until the end of this year.

Expedia will convert the buildings, which are mostly lab space, into modern offices. Expedia CFO Mark Okerstrom said at a press conference last month the renovation will be a big one, and could take 18 to 24 months.

The campus today has 750,000 square feet.

Okerstrom said at the press conference Expedia plans to build another 200,000 square feet of office space there. Construction is expected to begin by the middle of 2016 so that it can be ready by 2018.
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Wonder if Freeman believes it yet...?
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