Two more SLU office buildings proposed
Walsh Construction and Vulcan Real Estate have applied to put up office buildings at the periphery of Amazon's new 1.7 million-square-foot headquarters complex.
Seattle Times business reporter
Developers have proposed two more office projects in Seattle's fast-changing South Lake Union neighborhood.
Executives of builder Walsh Construction, together with an unidentified development partner, have filed preliminary paperwork with city planners for a 12-story complex on Fairview Avenue North between Republican and Mercer streets.
And Vulcan Real Estate, South Lake Union's dominant developer, has filed a preliminary proposal for a six-story complex at the prominent intersection of Westlake Avenue North and Mercer.
Both developers say they don't have tenants lined up, and won't build until they do.
"It's anybody's guess what our timetable to go forward would be," said Walsh's Tom Mathews, "but the neighborhood has transformed so much that we feel like we have to be ready."
Walsh's site borders Amazon.com's new 1.7 million-square-foot headquarters complex. It's now occupied by a century-old apartment building and Walsh's 64-year-old local headquarters.
Development plans still are conceptual, Mathews emphasized, but at this stage they call for an H-shaped building of about 270,000 square feet. The city's thumbnail description says the project also would have 9,800 square feet of retail space and parking for 375 vehicles.
Twelve stories is taller than zoning now allows, but city officials are considering changing zoning throughout South Lake Union to allow bigger buildings.
Vulcan's 375,000-square-foot office project would cover most of the block bounded by Mercer, Westlake, Republican and Ninth Avenue North. It's now mostly parking lots.
Preliminary plans call for parking for about 550 parking spots and about 15,000 square feet of retail.
"We've just been tracking [market] statistics and feeling like we ought to have something teed up in case a tenant comes along," Vulcan spokeswoman Lori Mason Curran said.
The city's advisory West Design Review Board is tentatively scheduled to consider Vulcan's project June 6, Walsh's June 20.
Fueled by Amazon, South Lake Union has become a hub of office development recently. Spear Street Capital broke ground earlier this year on a six-story speculative project at Westlake and John Street, and at least four other projects are in the pipeline:
• Skanska USA has proposed a 13-story building on Fairview between Harrison and Republican streets.
• Touchstone has filed preliminary paperwork for two 12-story towers on the Troy Laundry block between Thomas and Harrison streets, Fairview and Boren Avenue North.
• Vulcan has submitted plans for a six-story office and lab building at Ninth Avenue North and Harrison.
• Biomed Realty Trust of San Diego is seeking permits for a seven-story office and lab building across Fairview from Walsh's site.
Vulcan also received a land-use permit in 2009 for a six-story office building on the site of the old William O. McKay and Pacific Lincoln Mercury auto showrooms but has not pursued building permits.
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