The podium would contain townhouse apartments with up to three bedrooms. A 5,000-square-foot retail bay is planned on the corner, and a fifth-floor terrace overlooking Thomas.
Gemdale USA is planning a 29-story residential tower with up to 340 units, retail and underground parking on a South Lake Union corner it doesn't yet own, at 222 Dexter Ave. N.
Hewitt is the architect.
The project has its first design review at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W.
Hewitt's preferred design is quite bold, with the tower rising above a four-story podium like an expanded accordion. Windows in the “cloud tower” are canted off vertical, shifting in angle every three floors. Hewitt compares it to a pile of irregularly stacked books, zig-zagging this way and that.
As a result, floor plates would all vary slightly, but with an average of around 9,000 square feet.
Hewitt writes of the design, “The sculptural form of the tower is intended to be experienced from a distance and relate to larger scaled natural features (water, sky, mountains) and landmarks.”
The tower would be pushed south on its podium, away from the corner of Thomas Street.
The podium and transitional fifth floor are more conventional and rectilinear. They would have large, family-size townhouse apartments with up to three bedrooms, a 5,000-square-foot retail bay on the corner, and a fifth-floor terrace overlooking Thomas.
Tenants would enter from Thomas, through a dramatic four-story atrium. The townhouses, numbering up to 14, would also have private entrances from the sidewalk.
There would also be a pedestrian connector on the south side of the podium, next to Compass Housing Alliance's apartments at 220 Dexter.
Levels six through 29 would all be apartments. Some would have small terraces, as would a few of the podium apartments. A roof deck would have around 2,300 square feet.
Three levels of underground parking for about 140 vehicles would be accessed from the alley to the east.
Total project size, including the parking and amenities, looks to be around 340,000 square feet.
When the DJC first reported the project last September, it was 28 stories. It will target LEED certification and likely use other green incentive programs to get the extra 10 feet of height.
Two one-story warehouses with separate owners now occupy the 18,000-square-foot site. They're being offered together by Dean Altaras and Billy Poll of NAI Puget Sound Properties and Lee Sundquist of Market Associates. The minimum bid, due in December 2017, was $20.2 million. One of the owners runs the Barking Lounge doggie daycare center, which is the most prominent current tenant.
The owner of a corner parcel in South Lake Union, where an eight-story office building was proposed for 235 Ninth Ave. N., has added another 3,600 square feet to the site.
King County recorded the $2.5 million sale on Monday. The seller was a family group that had owned the neighboring property at 221 Ninth for decades.
The buyer was Ninth Avenue Partners LLC. Brokers were not announced. The deal was worth about $694 per square foot for the land, which has a 70-year-old one-story warehouse.
Last year, Ninth Avenue Partners purchased the 14,400-square-foot northeast corner of the block, at Thomas Street, for $9 million.
The owner canceled the first scheduled design review meeting in March. At the time, B+H Architects was designing the project, which was to have 96 underground parking spaces. Ignition Capital and Heartland were also associated with that earlier proposal.
Not much is known about the ownership group, which is represented by Kirkland technology executive Lincoln Popp. He was formerly with Microsoft and Luxoft. LinkedIn currently lists him as CEO of Lumedic, a blockchain-biotech startup, which has its office address in one of the old warehouse buildings at 235 Ninth.
No new plan has been filed for the now larger site.
Separately, two residential high rises are planned for the south end of the block: Greystar's 28-story tower at 200 Eighth Ave. N.; and Pillar Properties' 28-story tower at 820 John St.
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