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Old October 1st, 2013, 02:32 AM   #141
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And that view doesn't even show some of the most exciting projects going on right now.
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 05:07 AM   #142
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Indeed.

Seattle has much more tower cranes than what it is shown on that picture. I think north Capitol Hill neighborhood view is better because you can see almost all downtown projects.
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There are about 20 within sight of the Space Needle last I checked, only counting greater Downtown. I'm including the remote controlled smaller ones.
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 05:47 PM   #144
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Yah, cranes are all over the place and it seems like they grow up out of the ground overnight!
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 05:51 PM   #145
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Major redevelopment planned for Rainier Square in downtown Seattle

The University of Washington plans to select a developer next month to transform a large portion of Rainier Square, part of the university's prime property holdings in downtown Seattle.

The university plans to enter into a long-term ground lease with a developer on the Rainier Square property, according to documents that the UW issued earlier this year.

The redevelopment site wraps around Rainier Tower at the southeast corner of the block. The 40-story tower, known for its distinctive pedestal, is not part of the project.

A collection of restaurants and mostly high-end shops, Rainier Square is part of the university’s Metropolitan Tract — 10 acres of some of the most valuable real estate in the Pacific Northwest.

UW documents state that more than 1 million square feet of office, residential, hospitality and retail space could be developed on the 1.4-acre Rainier Square redevelopment site, which takes up most of the block between Fourth and Fifth avenues and Union and University streets.

Working with Eastdil Secured, an international real estate investment banking company, the UW issued a request for qualifications, or RFQ, to developers. An advisory committee to the university’s Board of Regents reviewed developers’ submissions and recommended a list of finalists for the project. Finalists have until Oct. 28 to submit proposals, and the university hopes to select the winner Nov. 27.

According to the preliminary timeline in the documents, construction will occur from 2015 to 2017, with the new development targeted for opening in the third quarter of 2017.

In 1861, prior to statehood, the tract was given to the Territory of Washington for the establishment of a university. Since 1895, when the main campus was moved to its current location, the university has managed the property as an investment to fund capital improvements.

The tract stretches roughly between Union and Spring streets and half a block east of Fifth Avenue and half a block west of Fourth. The tract has a total of 1.7 million square feet of buildings. In addition to Rainier Tower, the tract includes the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, the Financial Center, Puget Sound and IBM plazas, the Cobb Apartments, the Skinner Building and Fifth Avenue Theatre.

Fifty-nine years ago, the tract was leased to a group of private investors, which today operates as Unico Properties. The long-term lease, which has allowed Unico to be entrepreneurial in developing the tract, expires Oct. 31, 2014.

UW spokesman Norm Arkans said that when the university takes the property back, it will hire a property manager. That company is expected to serve in a more limited capacity than what Unico has done.

Unico President and CEO Quentin Kuhrau said Wednesday that his company will pursue the new property management contract. Unico is not going after the opportunity to redevelop part of Rainier Square because a project of “that size doesn’t fit with where we are taking the company.”

It’s unclear who is pursuing the redevelopment of Rainier Square. Arkans said the university will not provide the names of the companies that responded to the RFQ nor the identities of the finalists until the selection process is over.

Documents provided by the UW show that two Seattle companies, real estate development manager and adviser Seneca Group and architecture firm NBBJ, are working with Eastdil Secured to find someone to redevelop the Rainier Square property.


Plenty of room for another 1 million square foot tower on the northern half of the block!
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Old October 4th, 2013, 05:12 PM   #146
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Trammell Crow Plunks Down $24M For Downtown Bellevue Site



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If you've got land in Western Washington, Trammell Crow wants to buy it and build a tower on top of it. That seems to be the message these days as the developer has just finalized their purchase of a site in downtown Bellevue that will become a 19-story office tower. T-Crow (as we're calling them) paid $24.1M for the 1.5-acre site at 833 108th Ave. N.E. This is just after the company revealed plans to build an office tower in Seattle's Denny Triangle as well as previous plans to add floors to a medical facility at 1124 Columbia St.
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159-Unit West Seattle Condo Complex Might Finally Be Ready



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Back in November 2009, Trinsic Residential Group brought their initial plans for a condo development at 4435 35th SW to the design review board. October 10, they might finally close the door on a recommended plan so they can begin building. Check out the latest round of renderings for what is now a 159-unit complex that will include 153 parking stalls and approximately 12,150 square feet of non-residential/commercial space.




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Old October 4th, 2013, 06:44 PM   #148
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We have dozens of projects like that going up. West Seattle Junction is one of the bigger hotspots, along with the U District, Downtown Ballard, various Downtown fringe areas, Downtown Redmond, and so on. Seattle's six-story projects would be worth their own thread, though I'm not offering.
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Old October 7th, 2013, 11:17 PM   #149
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Fifth + Columbia Back On Thanks To Foreign Investors



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Back in 2008, Daniels Real Estate and Stockbridge Capital Partners's Fifth + Columbia project was about to get off the ground when financial issues forced a stoppage. Now, the project is back on track and construction has begin on what will ultimately be a 43-story office/hotel complex thanks to foreign money.

Joining Daniels Real Estate and Stockbridge on the Fifth + Columbia project are foreign investors, who will contribute construction lending from a group of investors organized by Henry Global Consulting Group, one of the largest immigration consulting firms in China.

When completed, floors two through 15 will be a luxury 180-room hotel by SLS Hotels, leaving roughly 525K square feet of office space.


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Old October 9th, 2013, 06:17 PM   #150
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October 9, 2013

More apartments for Amazon land?

By NAT LEVY
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Cornish College of the Arts is selling a prime site at 2101 Ninth Ave. where another Denny Triangle apartment tower could be built.

Karen Bystrom, communications director for Cornish, said the property is under contract to be sold, but she would not name the buyer.

GID Development Group of Boston is listed as the financially responsible party on land use documents filed with the city. Records show that GID is considering a 40-story apartment project at that address with ground-floor retail and four levels of underground parking.

A spokesman for the Department of Planning and Development, Bryan Stevens, said no application has been filed.

GID representatives did not respond to an email requesting comment.

GID is familiar with the location. In May it began construction on a 41-story, 355-unit apartment tower with 4,200 square feet of retail space and 242 underground parking spaces across the street at 2030 Eighth Ave.

Both sites are one block from Amazon.com's future 3.3 million-square-foot headquarters in the Denny Triangle, and within walking distance of Amazon's South Lake Union buildings.

GID plans to open the 41-story tower in May 2015. Weber Thompson designed the building and Sellen Construction Co. is the general contractor.

Bystrom said the land Cornish is selling is occupied by a two-story office building and an Enterprise Rent-A-Car lot.

A few blocks away at 2025 Terry Ave., Cornish is working with Capstone Development Partners, which specializes in student housing, on a 19-story, 230-unit dormitory. Bystrom said construction is expected to begin this winter or next spring with the goal of opening in fall 2015. Ankrom Moisan Architects is designing that project.

GID's website shows it has several large projects in major metro areas throughout the country.

• In Houston, it is developing Regent Square, a 4.2 million-square-foot project with 400,000 square feet of retail, 240,000 square feet of office space, 950 apartments, 550 condos and 4,200 parking spaces.

• In Atlanta, GID is developing High Street, an 8 million-square-foot project with 1 million square feet of office space, 400,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 3,000 residential units, 750 hotel rooms and 8,500 parking spaces.

• GID also is building a 21-story, 290-unit apartment project in Houston and a 134-unit apartment building in Denver.

GID owns three apartment complexes in this area: Reflections at Marymoor in Redmond, The Estates at Cougar Mountain in Issaquah and Tera in Kirkland.



Another apartment tower at maxed out allowable height. Man oh man I wish they'd raise the limit!
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Old October 10th, 2013, 08:26 PM   #151
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New tower for Rainier Square?



By NAT LEVY

Real Estate Reporter



For more than 50 years, Unico Properties has managed the University of Washington's most valuable off-campus real estate asset: 10+ acres of downtown known as the Metropolitan Tract.



But Unico's lease expires next year on Nov. 1. With the date fast approaching, the university put out a request for qualifications this summer to develop much of the block bounded by Union and University streets, and Fourth and Fifth avenues.



Eight groups responded, and the university narrowed the field to four. The Seattle Times reported last week that the finalists are: Wright Runstad & Co. of Seattle, Pine Street Group of Seattle, Tishman Speyer of New York (which owns 520 Pike Tower) and Houston-based Hines, which developed the Expedia building in Bellevue and Fourth & Madison in Seattle.



Their proposals are due Oct. 28, and the university will pick a winner by the end of November, according to Norman Arkans, associate vice president of communications. The university won't release any details about the proposals until then.



“We're getting started now because we'd like to be in position in late 2014, 2015 to start moving on a project,” Arkans said.



Here's one thing we know: Rainier Tower, the 40-story building that sits on a tapering base on the southeast corner of the block, will stay.



Arkans said the northern three-quarters of that block could be redeveloped. A study by The Seneca Group showed there is 62,000 square feet on the block that can be developed. Rainier Tower occupies 22,000 square feet.



The Seneca Group's analysis suggests two buildings — with 955,000 square feet of office space, 30,000 square feet of retail and 115 apartments — could be built on the site. A developer could also propose a 1.2 million-square-foot office building with 35,000 square feet of retail.



Mark Hinshaw, director of urban design at LMN Architects in Seattle, said the Rainier Square block has been underutilized for years. The tower has more of an inward focus, he said, without many street-level attractions to draw in customers.



If another tower is built there, Hinshaw said he would pack it with ground-floor bars, restaurants and cafes. Turning the site into a retail hub could be a difficult sell because it is a little too far from the retail core on Pine, he said.



“There just isn't enough of a weekend population to support destination retail,” he said.



Rainier Tower is set back from the street, creating extra wide sidewalks. Hinshaw said he would narrow the sidewalks, and that would create more space to build.



Hinshaw said he envisions a narrow building on the site — possibly with apartments or a hotel — to avoid crowding Rainier Tower.



According to city zoning records, there is no maximum height for that site. Hinshaw said this might be an opportunity to put a new landmark on the skyline: a tower that could be 50 stories or more.



“I wouldn't mind seeing something in that range that would be a signature tower on that end of the financial district,” he said.

Fingers crossed!
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Old October 10th, 2013, 08:28 PM   #152
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Some new 5th and Columbia pics:





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Old October 16th, 2013, 10:16 PM   #153
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400 Fairview Project Groundbreaking In South Lake Union



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Ceremonial groundbreaking today for the 400 Fairview project. The location is in South Lake Union at Harrison Street and Fairview Avenue N and will go from 2-3pm. 400 Fairview will be a 13-story tower with 320,000 square fee of office space and 17,000 sqft of ground floor retail. SkB Architects designed the project. Skanska USA is the builder and developer.
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Old October 17th, 2013, 05:43 PM   #154
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Another hotel/condo tower for the unstoppable Denny Triangle! This one will really help stretch the skyline to the east in the famous Kerry Park view.


Downtown Seattle hotel-condo project planned

Officials of GIS International Group said Wednesday that they’re starting to plan development of a hotel-condo building in the Denny Triangle area of downtown Seattle.
The project is planned for the corner of Stewart Street and Minor Avenue, according to a press release on GIS’s website. The site, which is now a parking lot, is the same place where GIS planned a 25-story hotel and residential project six years ago.
In 2007, Eugene Gershman of Seattle-based GIS told the Puget Sound Business Journal that the project would have 150 cube-shaped, studio condominiums with 16-foot ceilings. The condominiums were to be on 14 floors above a 14-story, 150-room hotel. A restaurant or retail was planned for the first floor.
A year later, when the real estate bubble burst, Gershman said he was looking into changing the project to apartments, office space or all condos. GIS put the project on hold in early 2011, according to city documents.
Details on the latest version were not clear. The press release that GIS posted on its website Wednesday said the company is assembling a team of local professionals to design and build “this unique building,” whose “character and style of the design will be new to the area.”
The release said more details will be announced “in the very near future.”
GIS officials were not available for an interview Wednesday. But Gershman said in a voice mail that his company “just secured a deal with a new entity, and we are continuing pursuing the project development on the site.”
He added he could not disclose much more than that “because it’s a private transaction with a private investment group.”
On Wednesday, a limited liability company affiliated with GIS sold a quarter-acre surface parking lot at the southwest corner of Stewart and Minor for $5 million. Public records list RBF Property Group LLC as the buyer. Kai Gu of Newcastle is listed as RBF’s manager.
The site is half a block east of where Touchstone is building a hotel/office project called Hill7. Amazon.com is building a 3.3-million-square-foot campus three blocks to the west.
According to the company’s website, GIS International Group is a 21-year-old association of construction, design, and development companies located throughout Russia and the United States.
Before the real estate market crash, GIS planned a 16-story condo project called European Tower at 930 109th Ave. N.E. in Bellevue. But in May 2008, GIS put the project on hold due to market conditions.


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High-rise development site in downtown Seattle sells


A property in the Belltown area of downtown Seattle sold Thursday for $11.5 million, according to public records.
The seller, HAL Real Estate Investments, had obtained a master-use permit from the city to build a 40-story residential tower on the property at 2116 Fourth Ave. Dean's Transmission is currently operating on the property.
The buyer is listed as a limited liability company managed by Lobseng Dargey of Everett.
HAL had bought the property in 2008 for $5 million, records show. HAL applied for and received a permit to build a tower with 365 residential units.



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Yet ANOTHER project come back to life! Man on man I wish we would raise height limits! The demand is there!
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October 29, 2013

Laconia planning 39-story tower with 310 units at Denny & Wall
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The 605-foot-tall Space Needle dominates the skyline north of downtown, but it soon will have a companion.

Laconia Development's 39-story, 310-unit tower at the corner of Denny Way and Wall Street will be nearly 400 feet tall, dwarfing the mostly low-slung buildings in that area.

An early design guidance meeting for Laconia's project is set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at City Hall, 600 Fifth Ave.

Kwan Henmi Architecture Planning of San Francisco is listed as the architect.

The small triangular lot at 600 Wall St. is a parking lot today. The tower will have 1,800 square feet of ground-floor retail, and underground parking for 284 cars and 155 bicycles.

Project documents do not specify whether the units will be apartments or condos, and representatives from Laconia did not return a phone call requesting comment.

Laconia is based in Walnut Creek, Calif. In 2008, it had planned to build a 32-story structure with 283 condos and 4,100 square feet of ground-floor retail, but that was shelved in the recession.

Laconia has another project in Seattle: a 31-story apartment tower at 802 Seneca St. that broke ground earlier this year.

Design review documents say the triangular tower at Denny and Wall is intended to mark the transition between neighborhoods on the north and the increasingly dense Denny Triangle.

Two blocks southeast of Laconia's project is Insignia, Bosa Development's twin 41-story condo towers that are under construction. Southwest of Laconia's project is the 18-story Skye Belltown, formerly Archstone, which was built in 2000.

Pine Street Group's Via6 opened nearby earlier this year, and Vulcan Real Estate just opened The Martin, a 24-story apartment tower at Fifth and Lenora.

Construction has started on the first of three buildings in Amazon.com's 3.3 million-square-foot headquarters in the Denny Triangle.


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October 29, 2013

Stewart Street block is getting filled up
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A couple of years from now, Stewart Street between Boren and Terry will look a lot different.

Plans are coming together for Trammell Crow Co.'s 14-story building at the southeast corner of Stewart Street and Terry Avenue.

There will be an early design guidance meeting on the project at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at City Hall, 600 Fifth Ave.

Touchstone Corp. started construction earlier this year on the Hill7 complex, which will have a 14-story hotel and 11-story office building, on the eastern half of the same block, which is bounded by Stewart, Howell, Terry and Boren. That project is expected to open in 2015.

Trammell Crow's project is at 1007 Stewart St. and will have 210,000 square feet of office space, 15,000 square feet of lobby and amenity space, 8,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, and parking for about 210 cars.

Mike Nelson, senior vice president at Trammell Crow, said no start date has been set.

LMN Architects is designing the project.

The site is now occupied by the 49-unit Williamsburg Apartments, which county records show was constructed a century ago.

Once the Trammell Crow and Touchstone projects are complete, the only building that will be left on the block is a 93,000-square-foot storage building at the northeast corner of Terry and Howell. Seawest Investment Associates of Kirkland and Insignia 2006, a company owned by Leisure Care CEO Dan Madsen, had planned to build a 33-story hotel or housing there, but when the economy tanked they decided to turn the 49-year-old building into heated storage space.

Dallas-based Trammell Crow left the Seattle area in 2008 as the economy slid into recession, but returned a year ago and has been making up for lost time.

The developer has introduced plans for a six-story addition to a medical office building at 1124 Columbia St. on First Hill, a 19-story office tower at 833 108th Ave. N.E. in downtown Bellevue, and a 653,000-square-foot industrial project in Puyallup.

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http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/AppDocs/G...endaID4641.pdf

Ill keep my fingers crossed that they exercise their option to go up to 22 floors instead of 14 (as shown on pages 50 and on in the packet).
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Hopefully they will build something to accent and complement the Rainier Tower well.
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That would be ok, but I'd rather have a few 800'ers and a ton of what we're already getting.
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