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Old December 6th, 2013, 01:19 AM   #1
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SEATTLE | 888 2nd Ave. | 271m | 888ft | 60 fl | Pro

A new tower proposed for Seattle's urban core has morphed from what would have been the city's tallest to a more sedate skyscraper with modernist styling and a 616ft atrium:

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They're naming it 888 2nd Avenue. The tower may feature a 616' high atrium.










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Plans for a new tallest tower in Seattle have been announced:

77-story tower planned for downtown Seattle



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Real estate developer Greg Smith said he plans to build the tallest skyscraper in downtown Seattle on a site where the famous Metropolitan Grill steakhouse operates.

At 77 stories, it would be one floor taller than Seattle's tallest building, Columbia Center.

Smith, CEO of Urban Visions, a privately held Seattle real estate development and brokerage company, said he has applied to the city for a master-use permit to build the skyscraper.

Construction won't start anytime soon. It can take a year or more to get the city's OK. Then a developer has to line up financing and wait for the market to ripen before starting to build. Smith thinks the time is right to start getting the city's approval, but said, “We are not in a rush. It's a long process.”

Smith is working with his brother, Mickey Smith, a principal at Martin Smith Inc., on the project. Martin Smith Inc. is a real estate investment and management company.

The tower is planned for most of the block between Second and Third avenues and Marion and Columbia streets. The Smiths and some co-investors have owned the property for years. Greg Smith declined to name the friends and family that own the property, though Jim Rowe, president of Consolidated Restaurants, which owns the Metropolitan Grill, said Consolidated is part of the group that owns that building.

Rowe and Greg Smith said the Met, a 30-year-old steakhouse, will be part of the new tower. Rowe said his company’s goal is to preserve the Met “as one of Seattle’s longstanding iconic restaurants” in the same location.

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Old December 6th, 2013, 01:21 AM   #2
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So many supertall projects sprouting all along non-NY citys. Very exciting
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Old December 6th, 2013, 01:25 AM   #3
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The developers hope to construct a tower "as iconic as the Smith Tower", which to my mind, implies some sort of spire or signature crown. There is a small section of downtown where building heights are basically unlimited.
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Some nice buildings on the site, but they will serve well as the foundation or hopefully ground facade for Seattle's tallest building, and maybe the West Coast's if it is taller than the LA tower!
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can't wait for renderings, a tall addition to my favorite West Coast skyline
Is there any chance this one will surpass LA's Wilshire Grand Hotel tower?
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Wow amazing news for Seattle and the US

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can't wait for renderings, a tall addition to my favorite West Coast skyline
Is there any chance this one will surpass LA's Wilshire Grand Hotel tower?
Yes, a very likely possibility
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First supertall for Seattle also? that would be great news.
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We're all very excited to see this beast! Hopefully it can bring back the Tallest on the West Coast title!
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Some nice buildings on the site, but they will serve well as the foundation or hopefully ground facade for Seattle's tallest building, and maybe the West Coast's if it is taller than the LA tower!
I think the developers intend to preserve that restaurant and (possibly?) incorporate some of the existing building(s) into the project:

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Currently, the tallest building in Seattle is the 76-story Columbia Center, which rises 937 feet high. Urban Visions and CEO Greg Smith think it's time to top that. Smith told PSBJ that he plans to build the tallest skyscraper in downtown Seattle at Second Avenue and Marion Street, currently home to the Marion Building & Metropolitan Grill steakhouse. The iconic Seattle restaurant will be preserved as part of the tower. The project, which would come out to roughly 1.7M square feet, is currently in the application phase, so we've got a ways to go before it goes up.
Preserving the old gem (that desperately needs a restored cornice) may be a pathway towards approval in what could be a difficult process.

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Over/under this gets built? As a supertall?
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Wow the USA is on fire again!!! this could be the West Coat's tallest.
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As with LA Seattle also has to deal with hills in downtown, so if it is located on a lower part than Columbia Center it has to be a lot taller to appear taller.
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I think the developers intend to preserve that restaurant and (possibly?) incorporate some of the existing building(s) into the project:



Preserving the old gem (that desperately needs a restored cornice) may be a pathway towards approval in what could be a difficult process.

It would be a shame to wreck this building.
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Meh. I'm usually a huge proponent of landmarking buildings but this one seems just okay to me. For a supertall, I'd be willing to get rid of it
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Woo! Supertalls galore. NYC, Chicago, LA, SF, Miami, and now Seattle.

The Marion Bank building is pretty if average. But a building like that doesn't really belong in a dense CBD nowadays.
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Woo! Supertalls galore. NYC, Chicago, LA, SF, Miami, and now Seattle.

The Marion Bank building is pretty if average. But a building like that doesn't really belong in a dense CBD nowadays.
Don't forget Philly and possibly Dallas.
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