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Old March 27th, 2015, 03:22 PM   #341
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Starts today!

Continental Properties will break ground Friday on a 34-story apartment project in downtown Seattle at the northwest corner of Second Avenue and Virginia Street, said Claudio Guincher, the head of the Bellevue company.
The project, called Tower 12 Apartments, will have a total of 314 units, ranging from 44 studios to 12 penthouses. Just over 200 of the apartments will be one-bedrooms and one-bedrooms plus dens.
Tower 12 is the latest apartment project coming to the area by Pike Place Market. One high-rise and one mid-rise project are under construction, and a 39-story tower is set to break ground early this summer. Meanwhile, another high-rise is in the early stages of the city's approval process. Together, these developments – along with a recently completed tower– have a around 1,625 units.
Continental Properties was considering building Tower 12 as a condo project.
"I’m seeing apartment [buildings] selling for the same or more per foot than condos, with less risk," Guincher said, explaining why he's going the for-rent route.
Guincher said Tower 12 is "uniquely oriented to take advantage of views in all directions." Amenities on the 34th floor include an outdoor terrace with sitting areas and barbecues, a resident lounge, library, game room and exercise facility. There will be a media center, conference room and outdoor fireplace and barbecue area on the sixth floor. Tower 12 will have 325 parking stalls, "a luxurious and inviting lobby," Guincher said, and around 7,000 square feet of retail space.
Guincher declined to say how much Tower 12 will cost to develop. Continental Properties a year ago paid $16 million for the site, which is currently a quarter block surface parking lot. Continental is using private equity from Canada to finance the project, and has obtained construction financing from Wells Fargo.
Weber Thompson and MulvannyG2 are the design architect and architect of records, respectively, and PCL Construction is the general contractor. Greystar has been hired to manage the property upon completion.

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Old March 27th, 2015, 05:39 PM   #343
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Nobody called it iconic but its handsome. It will also have a great impact on the skyline as viewed from Alki.
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Old March 27th, 2015, 09:06 PM   #344
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Old March 29th, 2015, 12:15 AM   #345
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Very unusual floor-to-floor heights for an apartment, particularly at the top. Usually our 400' (440' to crown) buildings are 39 or 40 stories.

In other 440' news, Potala Tower on 4th pulled out their fence and closed a street lane on Friday. They already have a land use permit but are still revising it to a new description (below). They've been on the cusp of a shoring permit for weeks, with all review completed but the final paperwork not filed. Maybe that'll be recorded online in the next few days.

It's on 1/3 acre in the middle of a block. It sounds like they cut a level of parking, and probably saved a ton. New description: 40-story building containing 1,824 sq. ft. of ground level retail located below 339 residential units and 142 hotel rooms. Parking for 177 vehicles to be provided below grade.

More broadly, that would be three residentials at that height started this year. Also 2101 9th has been in soft demo and appears likely to get a demo permit at any moment if not already. 1812 Boren might be a couple months from a building permit (though the typically five months might be shrinking toward normal). A couple others have had building permit activity and might be going for starts in the next few months. The next 13 or so (at exactly 440') appear to be further off based on permit status.

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Old March 31st, 2015, 08:25 PM   #346
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Round 2 EDG: http://web6.seattle.gov/dpd/edms/Get...Docs&id=344807

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Old April 6th, 2015, 07:20 PM   #347
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Major construction update:

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204 Pine
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It looks as if the bottom has been reached -- at least the south part of the hole is covered with some sort of white material, and does not look as if it will lend itself to additional digging.

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The north lane is blocked off along Virginia -- I'd guess for dirt-collecting trucks to parade by?

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Nothing much happening, sadly (but new contractor signs on the fence)

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Urban Visions has actually started digging. Didn't believe it until I saw it.







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Activity on the Howell Street side, and most of the rest of the block is fenced off.

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A worker told me a couple of weeks ago that they'd bottom out by the end of March. Seems pretty close...

























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Old April 8th, 2015, 05:15 PM   #348
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SEATTLE | 1925 3rd | 440 feet
Development deja vu: Selig plans another high-rise project in downtown Seattle
Apr 8, 2015, 6:31am PDT

Marc Stiles
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Puget Sound Business Journal

In February, Martin Selig Real Estate quietly paid $6.5 million for a small Seattle parking garage on Third Avenue across the street from Bed Bath & Beyond.
Selig declined to talk about it until Tuesday, when he said he is paying $7.5 million for the 101-year-old building just south of the garage. His plan: build an office/apartment tower up to 440 feet tall on the property at the southwest corner of Third Avenue and Virginia Street.
If this sounds familiar, that's because it is. Selig is in the early stages of developing a similar project one block to the north at Third and Lenora.
Martin Selig, one of the last of Seattle's independent developers, is on a tear. On Monday, he said his company was the winning bidder of downtown Seattle's former Federal Reserve Bank branch at 1015 Second Ave. He is rehabbing the historic building, which he acquired for $16 million, into office space.
If those projects weren't enough, he's got big office projects planned on Lower Queen Anne and Ballard, and a high-end apartment project by the Olympic Sculpture Park.
"I'm having a good time," Selig said.
He's in the early stages of working with the Seattle office of architecture firm Perkins + Will on plans for his newly acquired property across from Bed Bath & Beyond. He thinks the project will have 150,000 square feet on the bottom floors and a yet to-be-determined number of apartments above. The timing of the project has not been determined.
The price that Selig paid for the Third and Virginia land works out to $1,080 a square foot. That's $211 a foot more than his company paid for the Third and Lenora property. It's not anywhere near a record, though. In January, a Taiwanese company paid $1,597 a foot for a property at 2011 Fifth Ave.
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Old April 8th, 2015, 05:15 PM   #349
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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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April 10, 2015

Construction could begin next year on Stadium East campus
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Greg Smith of Urban Visions said construction could begin as soon as mid 2016 on Stadium East, 1.2 million-square-foot mixed use campus south of downtown Seattle.

Plans call for seven office buildings with 150,000 combined square feet of retail space near CenturyLink and Safeco fields.

Urban Visions is starting the permitting process, but Smith said he wants to get the project teed up quickly. The buildings could be constructed all at once, or in phases.

Smith said Urban Visions usually waits for a significant prelease, but the company is leaving open the option to start building before leasing any of the space.

Smith said tenants could grow both horizontally and vertically at Stadium East. If a tenant wants all of its space on a single floor, it could lease the same floor in multiple buildings and connect the space through skybridges.

Smith wants the campus to be the greenest in the city, so Stadium East will participate in the Living Building Challenge, which is administered by the International Living Future Institute. The group calls the Living Build Challenge the built environment's most rigorous and ambitious environmental performance standard.

NBBJ is the architect on the project.

The project site is along the future East Link light rail line and close to Union Station and a Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel station.

Urban Visions has several projects around downtown in planning or under construction. At 200 Occidental, Urban Visions is under construction on the future headquarters for Weyerhaeuser.

At Second and Pike, Urban Visions wants to start construction in July on a 39-story apartment tower. Nearby, at 1516 Second Ave., Urban Visions recently started planning an 11-story office building.

At 888 Second Ave., Urban Visions is planning a 61-story tower with office space, topped by 16 floors of residential. NBBJ is the architect on that project. Smith said plans call for 985,085 square feet of office space, 220,800 square feet of residential and 52,000 square feet of retail.


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Old April 17th, 2015, 02:11 AM   #352
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The concept of the chief technology officer is gaining ground in U.S. governance, from a national CTO in Washington, D.C. to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. At 33, Seattle CTO Michael Mattmiller is one of the youngest in the U.S. Bloomberg's Ramy Inocencio shadows the former Microsoft exec to learn how he's wiring his world in the Pacific Northwest.
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 05:27 PM   #353
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What I love even more is that both of those (including residential nearly opened on the left) have twins underway in the foreground as well. (Well, to the right in Amazon's case, out of picture, with the third not started yet)
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June 22, 2015

Big concrete pour for The Mark
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Excavation is complete at The Mark at Fifth and Columbia, and last weekend crews began to build the foundation of the 44-story downtown Seattle office and hotel building.

Daniels Real Estate and Stockbridge Capital Group are developing The Mark. When complete, the building will have 528,000 square feet of office space and a 184-room SLS Hotel.

Crews were to pour concrete into the six-story hole from midnight to 4 p.m. Saturday. The pour required 135,000 cubic feet of concrete, about 1.5 million pounds of steel rebar and 550 ready-mix trucks.

ZGF Architects is designing the project, and JTM Construction is the general contractor. Philippe Starck is designing the hotel.

Other team members are: Ron Wright, historic architect; Dakota Design, hotel consulting; Arup, structural engineer; Coughlin Porter Lundeen, civil and structural engineer; DBM Contractors, shoring; J.R. Hayes & Sons, excavation; Bush, Roed & Hitchings, survey; Deeny Construction, utilities; Conco, concrete; Canron Western Constructors, structural steel supply; The Erection Co., steel erection; Harmon, curtainwall; Kone, elevators; Auburn Mechanical, plumbing; Hermanson, HVAC; and Cochran Electric, electrical.

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