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Old Posted Feb 13, 2008, 8:03 PM
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SEATTLE | 1913 Fifth Ave | 550 ft | 43 floors (x 2)

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Hotel-condo project to face Westin
By DAN RICHMAN
P-I REPORTER

The Seattle skyline will change, as will the central business district, with the construction of a twin-tower, 43-story building planned for a half-block site across Fifth Avenue from The Westin Hotel.

Offering high-end hotel, condominium and office space, as well as deluxe retail space at ground level, developers of the 1.2 million-square-foot building at 1913 Fifth Ave. will break ground next year, said project manager Alec Carlin of Hummingbird Advisors of Seattle. Completion is expected in 2011.

A rendering shows the proposed project at 1913 Fifth Ave., as shown from the corner Fifth Avenue and Virginia Street.

The project is budgeted at $900 million -- "give or take $100 million," Carlin said. Multi Group of New York is the sole financier.

The building will offer 185 to 200 hotel rooms and 400 to 500 condos, depending on their final size. Negotiations over which company will operate the hotel are under way, Carlin said.

At 550 feet, the building would be Seattle's ninth-tallest, topping the Bank of America Fifth Avenue Plaza by 7 feet.

Currently on the site are a parking lot; an Avis rental office and garage, which also provides parking for the nearby Mayflower Hotel; several vacated retail businesses; and the Icon Grill, housed in a distinctive building at Fifth and Virginia.

Carlin said the building has not been declared historically significant.

The still-preliminary plans call for an 11-story base, facing Fifth Avenue between Virginia and Stewart streets and offering retail at street level. The base's second and third floors, at the level of the monorail, would contain hotel ballrooms, meeting rooms and a pool and spa.

Above the glass-walled base, containing a large atrium, would rise the northern tower, nicknamed Pagoda. It would contain nine floors of hotel space, with 22 floors of condos above that.

Pagoda would be architecturally distinctive on its exterior to distinguish it from the all-residential south tower, nicknamed Heron. Separated from Pagoda by 70 feet, Heron would house 32 stories of condos.

Each sleek, angular tower would be topped by a V-shaped roof over a 50-foot-high combined open-air arboretum, roof garden and enclosed recreation space. Photovoltaic cells and microturbines would generate about 7 percent of the building's electricity, and cisterns collecting rain would partly offset water use.

Seven underground floors would be used for parking.

In part because of guidance from Seattle's Department of Planning and Development, which is still reviewing the design, the towers will be shaped to accommodate their current and future neighbors.

Those include Centennial Tower apartments on Fourth Avenue and the 31-story Escala condo tower just southwest, due to open in May 2009.

The base is designed to visually align with the Times Square Building across Stewart Street and with the Westin parking garage.

Ishmael Leyva, of New York was chosen as architect, "not because we don't like Seattle designers, but because we feel Seattle is ready for something that's more edgy, more 'out there,' " Carlin said.

"This is a sophisticated design that says Seattle looks not toward Vancouver but toward Chicago and New York," he said.

"It also says Seattle is ready for higher density downtown, which has happened in Vancouver and in Portland."

Hummingbird hopes to benefit from the sweeping development of South Lake Union, Carlin said. The Westlake terminus of the new streetcar is just steps from the planned building, and Hummingbird hopes to be well positioned between South Lake Union and downtown.

"We're hoping it will revive that area, which is on the edge of Belltown, and make it into a vital, vibrant pedestrian area," he said. "It's a pretty dead block right now."

Though Seattle is awash with condos, Hummingbird said it thinks the market will support more, as the idea of downtown living is catching on.

"Right now, there are no downtown supermarkets or Laundromats, but as the density grows, the services will follow behind them," he said.

The developer believes that any coming recession likely will have eased by the time the building is completed.

The project is still in the early design guidance phase. Additional information will be presented, and public comments taken, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room L280 at City Hall.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2008, 9:34 PM
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Nice project. That would be two blocks of twin towers, one old and on new.

Very cool.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2008, 11:44 PM
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2008, 11:52 PM
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I love all the in-fill Seattle's getting. Now, would a super-tall or two be too much to ask for?
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 15, 2008, 4:38 PM
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^agreed...great to see the much needed infill in downtown/fringe of seattle.
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My god,. Even sub-prime cant stop Seattle!
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Wow, these are two great looking towers. Go Seattle.
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Hope to see this get built...Pagoda will really mess up the views on the east side of Escala though.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2008, 5:34 AM
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Awesome looking tower, congrats to Seattle. The retail base portion is very similar the Time Warner towers in mid-town Manhattan.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 18, 2008, 3:44 PM
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Wow, Very Kewl. Great to see all these projects. Going to make Seattle even better. Love it...

     
     
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Old Posted Feb 18, 2008, 7:26 PM
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This is the prelude to the latest building wave in Seattle-- 5th and Columbia will jump start the office building craze and perhaps urge them into wedging more and more talls into the CBD

These two are part of a nice wave starting to swell up in Midtown and the Retail Core
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I know this has been posted on the Forum before - but here's a link to a animation of what Downtown Seattle will look like in 2012. These towers are included - there are some others (5th & Columbia office tower) that aren't showing up yet.

http://www.urbancondominiums.com/
     
     
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That link is pretty cool. Really have a lot of buildings coming on line that is going to help fill in and extend the skyline. What were the yellow areas? Low rises?
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Old Posted Feb 19, 2008, 12:03 AM
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I think the yellow areas are part of the Clise property - a big chunk of Downtown that's currently for sale. Towers are ok in that part of Downtown.

Any other Seattle folks with a guess?
     
     
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This is the prelude to the latest building wave in Seattle-- 5th and Columbia will jump start the office building craze and perhaps urge them into wedging more and more talls into the CBD

These two are part of a nice wave starting to swell up in Midtown and the Retail Core
I'd say 3,000,000 sf of downtown office space under construction means it's already jumpstarted.

Also, office buildings don't jumpstart each other. They compete against each other.
     
     
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These are some sharp towers!
     
     
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wanna see this one go up asap!
     
     
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Great design. I'm always apprehensive of towers being so close together. But if they compliment each other or else are twins like these, then it looks great. I'm hoping a new project in my city takes on a similar layout.
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I wonder what the hotel brand will be? Please no more Hyatts.

Would love to see Mandarin Oriental, Livin Shangri-La, or Intercontinental.

The Pan Pacific @ 2200 has been a huge success.
     
     
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