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Astoundingly, the graphic from yesterday showing the proposed and u/c buildings in Denny Triangle is already out of date (although it does show massing for an allowable building where this is).
 

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I think they knew about this. That massing study is probably pretty damn close to what we can expect from WT.
 

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Does the project include the weird little apartment building next to the larger one at Stewart and Minor? or does that little guy stay and its just the parking lot?
 

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From todays DJC.

http://www.djc.com/news/re/12083105.html

October 29, 2015

Canadian group plans high-rise condo tower in Denny Triangle

The Burrard Group says it sees a shortage of condos and ‘an incredible opportunity' to develop a new neighborhood.


By NAT LEVY
Journal Staff Reporter

As the apartment market keeps booming in Seattle, very few condos are getting built.

That's why Vancouver B.C.-based Burrard Group is planning its first project in this area: a 41-story tower with 364 condos at 1200 Howell St. It will also have 2,700 square feet of retail and 275 parking spaces.

Permitting for the tower has just began, but if all goes well Burrard would like to begin construction next fall, said Jason Wexler, vice president of development.

The preliminary design shows blocks that twist as the building rises. This creates a variety of unit types and view corridors, Wexler said.

Between some twisting sections will be “penthouse levels” with large decks that are protected by the floors above. A few of these units will be multi-floor lofts.

“We're very excited about the design,” Wexler said. “It's very progressive, something I don't think has been done before.”

Wexler said Burrard likes to find unique sites and put its own stamp on a project. One example is Eugenia Place, an 18-story tower overlooking English Bay in Vancouver. An oak tree sits on the roof of the penthouse, and the tree is at the same height as old growth forests that once stood on the land where downtown Vancouver is today.

Weber Thompson is the architect for the Seattle tower, working with KPFF Consulting Engineers and Rushing Co.

The Howell Street site is made for the “live, work, play” buzz that developers today are trying to generate. Wexler said Denny Triangle connects downtown with South Lake Union, and it's a quick trip to Capitol Hill.

Apartments make up the lion's share of housing being built during this boom. Rents are climbing at a steady clip and developers are getting record prices when they sell, so it makes sense that so many firms are building apartments, Wexler said.

But as rents continue to rise, Wexler said buying starts to make sense and that could lead to more demand for condos.

“I think there's a big hole in the market (for condos),” Wexler said. “The area is surrounded by a lot of younger, upwardly mobile, successful people, but there is not a lot of opportunity for them to own something in downtown.”

Prices for the condos have not been set.

Burrard is one of several Vancouver-area firms working on projects in Seattle. Wexler said developers are not fleeing Canadian markets; they just see a big opportunity in Seattle.

Many of the Canadian firms doing projects here — the Bosa brothers, Westbank Projects Corp. and others — are also very active in Vancouver.

Vancouver's downtown is smaller than Seattle's, Wexler said, but there is a lot more high-rise housing. Wexler said the market for downtown living in Seattle — especially for condos — is still forming.

Vancouver developers have plenty of experience with urban high rises, which is one reason several of them are doing projects in the Denny Triangle.

“We think there is an incredible opportunity to develop the urban fabric of that area,” Wexler said.

Entities related to Burrard have projects in Hawaii, San Francisco and throughout British Columbia including high rises, townhouses and single-family developments around golf courses.

The firm focuses on sites that are pedestrian-friendly and loads its units with technology to help save energy.

Preliminary design for Burrard Group’s 41-story tower shows a series of twisting blocks.



It will have 364 condos, with "penthouse" units between some of the twisting sections.

 

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Well what do you know?!

Im loving that all the competition has finally inspired developers to look for new and exciting designs as they try to lure renters/buyers.
 

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^^Guess that answers my question

Does the project include the weird little apartment building next to the larger one at Stewart and Minor? or does that little guy stay and its just the parking lot?
Weird little apartment building stays. Just building on the lot.
 

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I love it!

Very happy this one has a cool design. Since it's near the freeway, it won't be infill and will always be very visible.
 

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Well, it's still flat planes and 90 degree amgles, so it'll probably sail on through.

Unless someone gets a wild burr under their saddle and fouls this up as well.
 

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Well, it's still flat planes and 90 degree amgles, so it'll probably sail on through
Yeah, I hope the squares are at least somewhat protective against design review "modifications" and "suggestions".

While I'm still holding out hope for a building with curves, it's good to see a taller version of North Lot's jenga-block tower, which was a decent design that needed more height.
 

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The challenges will be:
1. Any variances required vs. land use code, which the DRB can influence.
2. Added cost, which is purely a developer/funder choice.
 
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