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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
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Seattle Times

Originally published Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

38-story tower proposed at Second and Stewart

Developers have approached Seattle city planners about building a 38-story tower downtown at Second Avenue and Stewart Street.

The lower floors of the 440-foot tower would be a hotel and the top 27 floors would have 367 apartments or condos, according to a thumbnail description submitted to the Department of Planning and Development. The project also would have five levels of underground parking.

No permit applications have been filed yet, a department spokesman said, so no additional details are available. Contacts listed for the project did not return calls seeking more information.

The two-story, retail-and-office MJA Building has stood on the site since 1914. Iowa-based insurance and financial-services giant Principal Financial Group bought it and the neighboring, 10-story Broadacres Building from Seattle's Alhadeff family in 2007.

It's not clear whether the Broadacres site is included in the tower proposal.


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SEATTLE | The Emerald | 132m | 432ft | 39 fl | U/C

The proposed structure would be a 400’ residential tower over 1613 2nd Ave with 5 below grade and 4 levels of parking above level 1. The proposal would seek a maximum height through affordable housing incentives. The proposal is seeking development rights over the adjacent structure at 1601 2nd Ave. “Broadacres Building.” The development rights would allow for a 24’ cantilever of the proposed structure over the adjacent existing structure at approx. a height of 145’ above grade.
Owner to investigate two options to determine the development site and air rights over 1601 2nd Ave. – 1) Full development rights starting at grade for both lots of 1601 & 1613 2nd Ave. (“Option 1”) or 2) Investigate an air space condo unit above 1601 2nd Ave. (“Option 2”). This in effect would create an L-shaped lot vertically from grade at 1613 2nd Ave and extend over 1601 2nd to its south property line at Pine Street.
DPD considers Option 1 to be a more straight forward option to establish a development site for the proposal. Under Option 1, the 1601 and 1613 parcels would effectively be consolidated into one “lot” for zoning purposes. Option 2 could not be confirmed at this time. BW directed the project team to submit a proposal to DPD for an interpretation. The time for DPD to process an interpretation letter may take up to 8 weeks. It may run parallel with the MUP review and is subject to an appeal.
HEWITT explained possible land use code considerations such as determining the street frontage measurement which is used to determine “Maximum Tower Width” and “Parking Location within Structures.”

Another max height residential tower for Seattle!

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
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Wood Partners Plan Residential Tower at 1613 Second Avenue

The area around Pike Place Market just keeps getting taller and taller. Earlier this week we heard that plans for a hotel/apartment tower at at 1st & Stewart was moving forward. Now comes word via DJC that Wood Partners have unveiled plans for a 400-foot residential tower at 1613 Second Ave. The proposal includes two options, one of which would have the tower cantilever over the Broadacres Building next door at 1601 Second Ave. The structure currently on the lot, the Ames/MJA Building, has been nominated for city landmark status. The outcome of that decision will determine if it ends up getting demolished or becomes part of future plans.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
From todays DJC.

August 1, 2014

Wood Partners eyes 2nd & Stewart tower

Journal Staff Reporter

Wood Partners has approached the city of Seattle with a proposal for a 400-foot residential tower at 1613 Second Ave., near Pike Place Market.

In a document filed with the city, Seattle architecture firm Hewitt notes that one option is for the tower to cantilever over the 10-story Broadacres Building at 1601 Second Ave., which was once the home of Nordstrom Rack.

The document says the project could include parking on five below-grade and four above-grade levels, and indicates the developer may seek to build to the maximum height by using the city's affordable housing incentives.

Atlanta-based Wood Partners is listed as the applicant for the proposal.

An entity of Principal Global Investors owns the Ames Building/The MJA Building at 1613 Second Ave. and the Broadacres Building, which it bought from Alhadeff Properties Limited Partnership in 2007. Principal Global is an arm of The Principal Financial Group of Des Moines, Iowa.

Wood Partners could not be reached for comment.

Principal Global Investors has filed an application to nominate the Ames/MJA Building, which is on the site of the proposed 400-foot tower, for city landmark status. If the city's Landmarks Preservation Board denies the application, the 1914 building could be razed.

The board will consider the nomination at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060. Send written comments by Tuesday to Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

The application prepared by NK Architects says an earlier application to landmark the building was filed in 2004, but the Landmarks board did not approve it. NK said the exterior was significantly altered in 2008.

Charles H. Bebb, a prominent Seattle architect in the early 20th century, designed the building. Bebb was a founding partner in two important Seattle architectural firms: Bebb & Mendel and Bebb & Gould.

Land use economist Matthew Gardner said 1613 Second Ave. is a very small site.

“Any time you look to develop a very tight site ... there's all manner of things that come into play,” he said. “I am not saying it can't be done. It certainly can, but it adds in another layer of complexity.”

However, he said the location is prime.

“You're really as close to the heart of downtown as you can be,” said Gardner, who is principal at Gardner Economics in Seattle.

Fifteen Twenty-One Second Avenue, a condo tower that opened in the area in recent years, has proved popular and a number of developers plan projects nearby.

“There's a lot of people that are looking very myopically at that area with the potential for kicking off projects in the next year or so,” Gardner said.

Equity Residential plans a 40-story apartment building at 204 Pine Street; Urban Visions has proposed a 39-story apartment project at Second and Pike; Continental Properties recently bought a site at Second and Virginia that comes with a master-use permit for a 400-foot residential tower; Columbia West Properties and Pineapple Hospitality have said they want to break ground in 2015 on a hotel at 1931 Second Ave; and Touchstone Corp. is gearing up to build an 11-story hotel and apartment building at First Avenue and Stewart Street.

Wood Partners acquires, develops, constructs and manages high-density and mixed-use communities. As of April, it owned more than 20,200 units in 16 markets, including Seattle.

Earlier this year, Wood Partners topped out Dimension by Alta, a 298-unit apartment building at Third and Cedar in Seattle, and the company is building a 281-unit apartment complex in the Pearl District of Portland, adjacent to the new Fields Park.

Principal Global Investors has nominated the Ames/MJA Building, which is on the site of the proposed 400-foot tower, for city landmark status.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
I thought this might help show how small a lot this site is, and why they want to take the airspace over neighboring Broadacres.

Note the Second and Pine tower would be located in place of surface parking lot at left side of the pic. Second and Pike lot is the other surface parking lot just visible beyond the Broadacres building and left of the 1521 tower at top of this pic. Pike Place Market/Elliott Bay is off-pic to right.

1613 2nd ave aug 6 by swyvernsting, on Flickr

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
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Churning through the process...

From yesterdays DJC.

September 29, 2015

39-story tower eyed for 2nd and Stewart site

Atlanta-based Wood Partners will present its revised plans for a 39-story apartment tower at the southwest corner of Second Avenue and Stewart Street near Pike Place Market.

The site address is 1613 Second Ave.

A Seattle design review board will give its recommendations at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Seattle City Hall, Room L280.

The design by Hewitt architects calls for 177 units, 2,800 square feet of ground-floor retail and parking for 145 vehicles on 10 levels, including four above grade.

Residents would enter the lobby from Second Avenue, and retail storefronts are planned on Second and on Stewart, including a retail entrance on the corner of Second and Stewart.

Parking would be accessible from an alley off Stewart Street. Entrances and exits could be affected by a proposed streetcar line on Stewart Street.

Residents will have their choice of community spaces, with a residential lounge planned for the second floor, a fitness center and terrace on the seventh floor, and indoor and outdoor amenity spaces on the roof.

The development site includes the 10-story Broadacres office building, which sits next door at 1601 Second Ave. The Broadacres Building won't be demolished to make way for the tower, but the two-story Ames/MJA Building at 1613 Second Ave. will be torn down.

Both buildings are owned by entities related to Principal Global Investors of Des Moines, Iowa.

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board denied landmark nominations for the buildings last year.

The tower would cantilever more than 14 feet over the Broadacres Building above the tower's 16th floor, according to design plans filed with the city.

Earlier proposals for the tower were for 230 units and 1,000 square feet of retail, and fewer parking spaces.

Wood Partners is also seeking to build a 124-unit apartment building at 2224 Second Ave. in Belltown. The developer sold a 27-story apartment tower called Dimension by Alta at 225 Cedar St. in Belltown last month for $144 million.


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Those views....
Daniels team finishes 40-story Emerald condos near Pike Place

Photos by Cory Holland, Clarity NW [enlarge]
Developers say The Emerald has easy access to fresh markets, top-rated restaurants and bars, world-class museums and galleries.


The building’s amenities include the Olympic Room, a double-height glass encased clubroom.

Daniels Create World Seattle and Create World Real Estate of Bellevue have completed The Emerald, a 40-story, 262-unit luxury condo tower at 121 Stewart St. overlooking Pike Place Market and Elliott Bay in Seattle.

Studio and one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units range from 579 to 1,059 square feet. They are listed from $500,000 to over $3 million.

The building also has 22 two-, three- and four-bedroom penthouses of between 1,139 and 3,948 square feet. They are priced from $2.37 million to $10.9 million.

The developers said they have contracted $20 million in sales in the past two months.

They said the project was designed by the female-led Seattle-based team of Julia Nagele of Hewitt, an architecture firm, and Susan Marinello of Susan Marinello Interiors. Andersen Construction was the general contractor and ASI Structures provided engineering.

Each of the condos has Latch touchless and keyless entry technology, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, wide-plank European white oak hardwood flooring, custom wood cabinetry with integrated lighting and quartz countertops.

All penthouses have walk-in closets, stone slab countertops and backsplashes, stone floors and soaking tubs. The two top-floor penthouses, Trillion and Marquise, have “creme de la creme in interiors and design,” the developers said in a press release.

The building has a full-floor rooftop amenity deck. It includes the Olympic Room, a double-height glass encased clubroom with catering kitchen opening to the water and Olympic Mountains and indoor and outdoor lounge and firepits.

A third-floor indoor and outdoor amenity space with exposure to Second Avenue has an outdoor pet run, pet spa, fitness center, yoga studio and guest suite.

Two-bedroom residences and higher have access to a parking space in the building, the developers said. Through a partnership with Thompson Seattle, residents can rent a parking space in the adjacent hotel's garage.

Residents can also rent a Tesla Model X or Model S car that will be kept at The Emerald through a partnership with Envoy Technologies.

A 3,907-square-foot retail space on two levels at Stewart Street and Second Avenue and another 730-square-foot space facing Stewart are available. The developers said the larger space is ideal for a full-service restaurant, bar or lounge, art/furniture gallery or bank/financial institution; and the smaller one can accommodate a cafe, juice/smoothie bar, ice cream parlor, fast-casual restaurant, hair/beauty salon, yoga studio or boutique. Tory Glossip with Colliers International is the commercial leasing broker.

Polaris Pacific is doing sales and marketing of the condos. The development has six one- or two-bedroom model homes, with a design by ASH Staging, a division of AD100 design firm ASH NYC. Tours of The Emerald are by appointment.

Move-in is slated for the end of the year.
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