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Old March 10th, 2012, 06:38 AM   #1
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SEATTLE | 2nd & Pike Tower | 440ft | 30 fl | U/C



Earlier design. New redesign forthcoming...

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From the Urban Visions website:

"2nd & Pike Tower is a 440' tall apartment tower located near Pike Place Market along Seattle's busiest pedestrian corridor, Pike Street. The project will host approximately 370 market rate apartment units with a strategic location near Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, the retail core, Benaroya Hall, and the CBD. More details to be announced soon about this project as well."

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February 13, 2012
Greg Smith's big plans
By MARC STILES
Journal Staff Reporter

Seattle development company Urban Visions is moving ahead on two mixed-use projects: a highrise at Second and Pike and 200 Occidental in Pioneer Square.

The newly renamed West Edge Tower project near Pike Place Market could have a boutique hotel in addition to apartments and retail, says developer Greg Smith, who is seeking equity partners.

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http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/AppDocs/G...endaID3087.pdf

Most recent proposal they have posted.

And some interesting tidbits:

"The applicant noted that the proposed development is a continuation of previous Early Design guidance reviews at this site. This is essentially the fourth Early Design Guidance meeting. The last EDG meeting for this project was held on May 27, 2008. The proposal has been modified from the 2008 EDG meeting with removal of the hotel component, addition of upper level amenity spaces, and additional below grade parking. The residential units have been made smaller, with an average floor plan of 950 square feet.
The applicant presented the further development of the previous EDG preferred option, with the changes noted above. The concept described was a 7-story podium level to relate to the nearby context of older 7-story buildings. The “Skybar” would be located at the top of this podium, with restaurant and outdoor roof garden area. The tower would ‘float’ above that defined gap in the building mass.
The podium level would be essentially broken into three masses: the lower expression of the tower, and two masses separated by a courtyard. The courtyard would continue up to the 8th floor, allowing a quality of “fatigued” or filtered light to the first story retail and residential lobby area. The applicant explained that the courtyard would provide a visual connection to nature, even if it couldn’t be inhabited year round. It would also provide an internal sense of orientation to users of the building, since it would be visible from residential hallways and elevator bays. The podium includes residential units from the second story to the 7th story. Loft units would be oriented to the courtyard, and stacked flats would be located in the area below the tower. The courtyard would include a water feature.
The courtyard would also be visible from the street level. Pedestrians passing by could view the courtyard through glass above the driveway as it dropped down from the 2nd Avenue curb cut. The retail space between the curb cut and the residential lobby would have an operable glass wall facing the courtyard, so it would be possible to have a restaurant use in that area with outdoor dining. Part of the courtyard would also be visible from the residential lobby, and would be more visible to people at the elevator lobby internal to the floor plan.
The tower and podium would include metal mesh at the balconies and parts of the façade. At the podium level, the mesh would be operable and residents could adjust the screens for privacy or light. At the tower level, the screens would be fixed over portions of the balconies to reduce wind and make the balconies more usable to residents.
The Skybar would be accessed from a retail entry at Pike Street, and would include a large outdoor rooftop garden with a water feature. This level defines the street environment from the tower environment, and provides context with nearby building heights. The level would be activated with people and a possible restaurant use."

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Old July 2nd, 2012, 05:14 AM   #2
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Hopefully this puppy stays on schedule and starts soon. With the building across the intersection to undergo a reno to hotel and the City Target opening this month, this corner will be much improved soon!
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Old February 26th, 2013, 06:40 PM   #4
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More bullshit re: Second and Pike. In other related news, I'll be self-financing a 60 story mega-tower on this site that pushes the boundaries of architectural sensibility and one that also incorporates a new downtown transit hub for the subway system I am constructing.



From todays DJC.

http://www.djc.com/news/re/12050394.html

February 26, 2013

Urban Visions now planning 27-story tower at 2nd & Pike

■The office floors would have high ceilings to attract tech firms and others looking to liven up their image with an airy space.

By JON SILVER
Journal Staff Reporter


Urban Visions has revised its plans for a mixed-use tower on the southeast corner of Second Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle.

The developer filed a proposal with the city to build 27 stories, including 133,500 square feet of office, 35,000 square feet of retail, 50 residential units and underground parking.

The final number of housing units has yet to be settled.

Urban Visions CEO Greg Smith said the residential portion could wind up having about 100 units, likely apartments rather than condos.

A two-and-a-half-level retail podium would be large enough for a single big tenant or a variety of retailers.

A city design review board will hold an early design guidance meeting for the project at 8 p.m. March 19 in Room L280 at Seattle City Hall.

Smith referred to Pike Street as a “pedestrian highway” that connects the waterfront to Pike Place Market, the retail core, the convention center and Capitol Hill. Pike Place Market is said to attract 10 million visitors a year.

With little land left to develop on Pike, “there is no other retail space ... that you can have the presence to take advantage of all those tourists,” Smith said.

The new Target store across on Second Avenue is across the street from Urban Vision's site and has added more energy to the area, making the intersection a bigger draw for locals and office workers, Smith said. Retail in the new building could be tailored to attract those shoppers too.

Above the retail would be a plaza level with bars and restaurants that would overlook Pike Place Market.

The office floors above would have unusually tall floor-to-floor heights — between 13 and 15 feet — to attract technology firms and even traditional financial companies looking to liven up their image with an airy space.

“It's a whole different flavor of office space,” Smith said. “In this very competitive marketplace for employees, it's about employee recruitment and retention.”

The site's proximity to shopping, the waterfront and cultural attractions such as Seattle Art Museum and Benaroya Hall is also a big draw.

“Companies will have an easy time recruiting in that environment,” he said.

Housing will be on the upper levels, with panoramic views of the city and Elliott Bay.

ZGF Architects will design the building.

Just last month Smith told the DJC the building would be 15 stories and about 325 feet high, and the retail and residential portions also were smaller.

Now Smith wants the tower to reach 400 feet — the full height that zoning will allow.

Between the new Target store and Equity Residential's recently announced plans for a 39-story residential tower a block away at Second Avenue and Pine Street, Smith is feeling bullish about the neighborhood. Both his project and Equity's tower would replace surface lots on a stretch that has remained underdeveloped despite efforts over the years to build there.

The sites, which Smith calls missing links, may finally get filled in, he said.

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Total redesign:

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From todays DJC.

http://www.djc.com/news/ae/12051083.html

March 19, 2013

Equity tower design meeting on May 7
By JOURNAL STAFF

SEATTLE — The public may get its first look in May at a 39-story apartment building proposed for Second Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle.

That's when the Equity Residential project is tentatively scheduled for its first early design guidance meeting. The meeting is planned for 5:30 p.m. May 7 in Room L280 at Seattle City Hall.

The half-block site is at 204 Pine St., next to Macy's parking garage.

Equity plans 400 apartments, 2,700 square feet of street-level commercial space and eight levels of parking above and below grade.

Weber Thompson is the architect.
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Full redesign review packet:

http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/AppDocs/G...endaID4310.pdf
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2nd Ave. & Pike Tower Construction To Start In Early 2014

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2nd and Pike plans to break ground 1st quarter of 2014.


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A revision to the DPD permit was recently filed for this one (Project # 3018328)

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Revision to 3009156 - Change to bolt on balcony options, narrowing the internal courtyard at grade, creatng flats at south end of podium, and norrowing shortened tower footprint and shallower setback at the south edge of the tower footprint.grading.
Changes being made to the design.
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From todays DJC.

http://www.djc.com/news/re/12076412.html

April 8, 2015

Urban Visions takes aim at ‘the bullseye': 2nd & Pike

Greg Smith's company will start construction in July on an apartment tower, and is also planning an 11-story office building.

By NAT LEVY
Journal Staff reporter

Three or four years from now, Second Avenue is going to look drastically different.

A number of hotels, apartments and office projects are planned along the corridor, and Greg Smith's Urban Visions is at the heart of it.

Smith has spent a dozen years collecting land around Second and Pike, in an area he calls the “missing link” in downtown.

Now he is ready to make his move and start construction in July on a 39-story apartment complex on the southeast corner of the intersection. He also recently filed plans for an 11-story office building at 1516 Second Ave., where the Chromer Building stands today.

“That location is the ‘great room' of the city of Seattle, starting with Pike Place Market,” Smith said. “It is the center of the bullseye connecting Capitol Hill to the waterfront and Seattle Center down to Pioneer Square. It's really, truly the crossroads of the city.”

Though plans for the 11-story building still are preliminary, it could have eight levels of office space, two levels of retail and a residence or two on the top floor.

The 160-foot structure would have 15-foot floor-to-floor heights and floorplates of about 17,000 square feet. Every office floor will have outdoor decks for meetings or other gatherings.

Urban Visions is working with CollinsWoerman on the design.

Smith said he wants a “boutique” building. There are other office projects under construction downtown and more planned, but Smith said his will be different.

All the others are much larger, and no one else is planning office space along Pike and Pine, where Smith said there's a different energy and almost no vacant space.

Construction should take 16 to 20 months, Smith said.

If the Seattle economy stays strong, Smith said he'd like to start construction on the 11-story building by the middle of next year, possibly without any preleasing. His preference would be to get some preleasing, like he did at 200 Occidental, which will be the future headquarters for Weyerhaeuser.

Smith said he has considered going taller on the Second Avenue site — up to 400 feet — and won't rule that out, but he said there isn't anything like what he is planning nearby. The building could be headquarters for a growing tech firm or house a more traditional business looking for an upgrade.

Smith said 10 million people a year walk by Second and Pike, making his site a prime spot for retail. Usually second-floor retail doesn't do well, but Target, Wild Ginger, TJ Maxx and Hard Rock Cafe (in another building Smith owns) have been successful with multi-level retail along Second. Smith sees the two-level retail space he is planning as a continuation of that trend.

Urban Visions bought the Chromer Building and an adjacent parking lot in 2013 for $11.75 million.

Units open in 2017

Smith recently landed the Japanese company Mitsui Fudosan America as his partner for the Second and Pike apartment tower. That project is expected to open in fall 2017.

Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects is the design architect for the apartments, and Ankrom Moisan Architects is the architect of record. Sellen Construction Co. is the general contractor.

Smith said Second and Pike is near the city's best office buildings, hotels and condos, and he wants his Second and Pike apartments to be the best in Seattle.

Pike Place Market is the main amenity, Smith said, but that doesn't mean his building will be without its own attractions. The gym and meeting rooms will have great views from the top floor, and the units will average 928 square feet, which he said is much larger than most new buildings. There will be a space that “celebrates your pet” and a play area for small children.

“You've got the best of the best in that neighborhood, and it's because they adjoin the Pike Place Market and the proximity to the waterfront,” Smith said.

The eighth floor will have a bar and restaurant with views of the market.

Smith said he wants to have some glass cubes that extend out from the building. People will be able to stand in the cubes and look up at the apartment building or down to the street.


This is an early look at plans for an 11-story office building at 1516 Second Ave.






Urban Visions wants to start construction in July on this 39-story, 339-unit apartment complex at 1430 Second Ave.
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1/18 Excavation well underway


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Photos from today's mat footing pour. Started @ 2am this morning won't finish until late tonight. Approx 5,500 cubic yards of concrete. 4 pumps putting mud into the hole. Major traffic snags and dealing with pedestrians around the market. Lots of backups but all in all it looked like a pretty organized operation!













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