Olive 8 buys rights to become city's tallest residential building
The developer of the Olive 8 hotel and condominium project in downtown Seattle will pay nearly $1 million into a King County fund for permission...
Seattle Times business reporter
The developer of the Olive 8 hotel and condominium project in downtown Seattle will pay nearly $1 million into a King County fund for permission to add three more floors to their project, giving it the title of city's tallest residential building.
King County will then use the money to buy development rights to 300 to 400 acres in rural King County under a deal expected to be announced today, said County Council Chairman Larry Phillips.
The money will go to the county's Transfer of Development Rights program, which was established about 10 years ago to preserve the rural landscape in eastern King County and encourage growth in urban areas, Phillips said.
Olive 8 developer R.C. Hedreen Co. had been planning a 36-story tower at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Olive Way, with opening set for summer 2008. The additional three floors would put it a notch above another downtown condo project called 1521, which will be 38 stories.
Information in this article, originally published November 9, 2006, was corrected November 9, 2006. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that King County will use $930,000 from the developers of the Olive 8 condominium project in downtown Seattle to buy development rights to protect 300 to 400 acres at Sugarloaf Mountain Forest. The 300 to 400 acres will be in rural King County although not in Sugarloaf Mountain Forest.
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