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Old April 22nd, 2014, 08:32 PM   #241
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Sorry to be such a Negative Nancy, but some of those facade materials on this page are appaling.
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 09:26 PM   #242
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If youre referring the corrugated metal on some of the Capitol Hill projects, then we are pretty much all in agreement. We have complained about that quite a bit in the Seattle section.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 01:43 AM   #243
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I pretty much like it. It's different. However the color is like poop.
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Old April 26th, 2014, 01:13 AM   #244
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If youre referring the corrugated metal on some of the Capitol Hill projects, then we are pretty much all in agreement. We have complained about that quite a bit in the Seattle section.
Well no. That's the only building of similar sizes that I actually like. It looks modern, raw, it contrasts nicely with the environment but somehow doesn't look tacky or cheap.

Unlike these:

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4. 11th Ave and E Union. Small apt building with retail. This one has been dragging on forever.



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2. Decent looking microhousing on 12th Ave, between E Howell and E Denny.



5. Another small apt. building on 12th Ave between E. Howell and E. Olive. Completed.





6. 13th and E Pine st. "Collins on Pine". Great building.



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3. Belmont Ave and Republican St.


I mean what the hell. These facades just scream cheap. The same ugly material is used on basically every new building! It looks like they put up all these buildings as temporary solutions for gods sake. I actually know temporary stacked sea container housing units that looks better than the first building! I'm not joking. And on another one; yellow is actually my favorite color, but then the facade material and steel mix just ruin it. Putting up a simple square facade of (real) brick, handpainted yellow, would be major improvement and it would actually look great. I really like the shape and structure of "Collins on Pine", but they used the same materials! The metal here is just out of place and looks very tacky and cheap when applied like this. And the final one; why even use faux-brick when it looks like wallpaper anyway?

It sounds dramatic, but how are any of the people responsible going to explain these design choices to their children? No, "we were in a financial crisis" isn't going to cut it.

Negative Nancy over and out.

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Old April 27th, 2014, 04:19 PM   #245
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Overdramatic much? I stopped caring about your opinion when you said you liked corrugated metal. THAT is an awful, ugly, cheap material that always annoys anyone with good taste.
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Old April 30th, 2014, 01:24 AM   #246
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I have to agree, some of those developments are just awful with terrible materials, colors, and massing. Those aerial photographs of Downtown show many new buildings that are very large and bulky. That insignia building under construction is incredibly massive and overbearing. I hate when a development takes up an entire city block all for itself like that. No charm what so ever.
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Old May 1st, 2014, 06:21 PM   #247
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Its 2 440' towers. Viewed from the north or south they are bulky but from east or west they arent at all. We're all very pleased with it in the Seattle section.

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Old May 2nd, 2014, 03:50 AM   #248
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FAR doesn't apply to residential. Also, to the extent it mattered, it would push for lower square footage not more.
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Old May 2nd, 2014, 05:05 PM   #249
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Old May 6th, 2014, 05:57 PM   #250
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Massing study


Design review scheduled for June 3rd.

Design Review Early Design Guidance application proposing a 42-story hotel/residential building containing 78 hotel rooms (floors 3-7) and 95 residential units (remaining floors). Approximately 9500 sq. ft. of retail/restaurant at ground, 1st and 2nd floor. Parking for 150 vehicles to be provided at below grade.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 09:19 PM   #251
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Wright Runstad & Co. would build a 50-story tower and smaller hotel building on downtown Seattle's Rainier Square site if a deal with the University of Washington is approved.

The UW Board of Regents' Finance and Asset Management Committee is scheduled to vote on the proposal Thursday morning. The deal includes two 80-year ground leases and a pre-development agreement.

According to the committee's agenda packet, Wright Runstad's project will total 1.15 million square feet in the taller tower and a separate-but-connected 15-story hotel. The taller building will include approximately 750,000 square feet of office, 182 apartments and 30,000 square feet of retail. The luxury hotel will have 198 rooms, and the project would have a 1,200-stall parking garage.

The project schedule calls for design and entitlement to occur in 2015-16, with early construction targeted for 2017 and completion three years later. Also listed in the agenda is a late construction start date of 2021, with completion in 2024.

The 1.4-acre project site occupies the block between Fourth and Fifth avenues and Union and University streets, except the 40-story Rainier Tower at the southeast corner of the block. The redevelopment site is made up of low-slung buildings occupied by shops and restaurants. It's part of the larger, UW-owned Metropolitan Tract.

The new development by Seattle-based Wright Runstad "will be an asset for the university and for the city as a whole," the committee agenda item states. "It will bring vibrant density with at-street destination retail activity, highly desirable residential and hotel units and world-class office space." The agenda goes on to call the project an "iconic development" that "will enhance and sustain the value of the Metropolitan Tract..."

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/b...uare-foot.html

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Old May 8th, 2014, 10:26 PM   #252
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Old May 9th, 2014, 07:54 PM   #253
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Old May 11th, 2014, 08:12 AM   #254
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It's got a nice design. It's pretty exciting.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 05:00 AM   #255
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Drilling and other activity at the long-awaited Fifth + Columbia tower will begin Thursday.

That 45-story office building that’s been in the works at Fifth Avenue and Columbia since 2008? Well, it’s finally getting built.
Kevin Daniels of Daniels Real Estate said Wednesday that drilling and other activity will begin on the Fifth + Columbia site this week with a formal groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for August or September.
“We’ll start tomorrow with some test drillings and equipment will start showing up,” Daniels said.
There should be activity on the site throughout the summer.
The new building will include a 135,000 square foot hotel, Daniels said. So far, no other tenants have signed on the dotted line.
Construction on the $400 million building, which Daniels and his financial partner Stockbridge Capital Group funded with help from foreign nationals, was delayed after WaMu collapsed, leaving a massive amount of office space downtown vacant.
Now, though, the commercial real estate market downtown is heating up again. Daniels’ other big project – the Stadium Place mixed-use project near CenturyLink Field – is in phases two, three and four, he said.
“We’ve been patient and now the market has improved,” Daniels said. “It’s a nice time to be in Seattle.”

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Finally! It's happening!
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 08:21 PM   #256
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Construction Beginning Soon On 41-Story Potala Tower



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DJC is reporting that construction will begin in late summer on the 41-story Potala Tower, the apartment & hotel project at 2116 Fourth Ave. The 577K sq. ft. tower is expected to be include 350 apartments, 150 hotel rooms, restaurant space and 200 below-grade parking stalls. The project was previously known as Cinema Tower with a focus on Hollywood-style living capped with an outdoor movie theater. No word on whether or not that survives the rebranding.








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Old July 2nd, 2014, 08:38 PM   #257
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First Look At Vulcan's Next South Lake Union Complex



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It wouldn't feel right if Vulcan wasn't planning a new project in South Lake Union and thanks to a packet posted in preparation for their first design review meeting on July 2, we get our initial look at plans for a new complex with two distinct options. The first option would break down as 420K sq. ft. of office space in a 240-foot-tall building, 460K sq. ft. of residential units in a 400-foot-tall tower, 30K sq. ft. of street-level retail space along Westlake and Denny, and approximately 800 underground parking spaces. The second option would have about 570K sq. ft. of offices in two buildings, plus 30K sq. ft. of retail along Westlake and Denny, and approximately 600 parking spaces underground.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 08:40 PM   #258
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Another Massive Residential Tower Coming To South Lake Union



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MacFarlane Partners will be the latest developer to try and cash in on the impending residential boom created by Amazon's expansion with plans for a 25-story tower at 901 Harrison St. That's right in the middle of an area that includes current and future Amazon offices. The plan calls for 328 residential units, five of which will be live/work, as well as 4,717 sq. ft. of retail and below-ground parking for 170 vehicles. The two-story building currently on the lot that is home to City Hardware and Kaufer's Religious Supplies will be demolished.
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Old July 8th, 2014, 08:51 PM   #259
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Updated proposal design documents for the massive Seattle Times redevelopment project by Onni:

http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/AppDocs/G...endaID4975.pdf

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Sounds like additional height in exchange for the small park to be kept. Page 5 -- that's not bad.

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Old July 9th, 2014, 07:07 PM   #260
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From todays DJC.

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July 9, 2014

Stanford Hotels eyes 50-story tower with a hotel and housing
By JOURNAL STAFF

An entity related to Stanford Hotels Corp. of San Francisco is talking with the city about building a 50-story tower at Fifth Avenue and Stewart Street that would combine a hotel and housing units.

Permit records show Stanford's early plan is for a 677,000-square-foot structure with approximately 194,000 square feet of hotel space, 225 housing units and 200 parking spaces.

Stanford representatives did not return a phone call requesting comment.

Project documents show Stanford is working with MulvannyG2 Architecture.

Last year Stanford got the 12,960-square-foot parking lot at 1903 Fifth Ave. for $16.75 million after a long foreclosure proceeding.

Multi Capital Group of New York originally planned two 46-story towers — called Heron and Pagoda — that would have condos, office space, a hotel and retail.

Four entities related to Multi Capital Group — Reuben Corp., Bronx Al LLC, Bronx RMT LLC and JJ Lyons Associates Inc. — paid $30 million in 2007 for a larger piece of property that included the site. But the companies defaulted on the loan and the land was turned over to a receivership.

In June 2012 Stonebridge Cos., a Denver-based hotel developer, put the site under contract and filed plans for an 18-story hotel, but because the land was foreclosed on it had to go to auction. The auction was held up twice because an entity that previously owned the land filed for bankruptcy and that brought activity to a halt.

Stanford's website says it has bought or built 13 hotels in major metropolitan areas. About half are in California.

Stanford recently got approval from the city to start a 15-story, 283-room hotel at 300 Terry Ave. N., near Amazon.com's South Lake Union headquarters.

Stewart Street has become a hotel development hot spot, with several projects planned:

• Touchstone Corp. is underway on Hill7, an 11-story office and 14-story hotel tower at Stewart and Boren.

• R.C. Hedreen Co. wants to open its 40-story hotel tower at Ninth and Stewart around 2017.

• RBF Property Group, which has ties to China, is planning a 42-story tower with 95 condos and 78 hotel rooms at Stewart and Minor.

The hotel sites are just a few blocks from where the Washington State Convention Center wants to expand. The 1.2 million-square-foot expansion is proposed for a site between Ninth and Boren avenues, Howell and Pine streets.

Another hotel for downtown!
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