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May 12, 2016

Read all about it: Onni tweaks the design for huge SLU development

Courtesy Chris Dikeakos Architects [enlarge]

Felix Hernandez's perfect game. The decision to regrade Denny Hill. Opening of the 1962 World's Fair.

These are just a few moments in Seattle history that could be memorialized on part of Onni Group's huge complex in South Lake Union. Onni bought the two-block site from The Seattle Times so it seems fitting to etch some historic headlines onto one of the new buildings.

The site is at 1120 Denny Way. The plan calls for a pair of 41-story residential towers with a total of 1,179 units. About 28,000 square feet of retail is included as well as 1,461 underground parking spaces.

The Seattle Times park on the northeast corner of the site would be preserved.

Onni's Evan Lewis said the firm has not decided if the units will be apartments or condos.

The headlines would be mounted on perforated metal shading panels on the exterior. They are among a handful of tweaks Onni has proposed to plans for one of the blocks it bought from the Times in 2013. A design review recommendation meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. May 18 at Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W.

Onni's other block is at 1120 John St., just north of the Denny block. It will have a 29-story and 36-story residential tower with 843 units, and 17,600 square feet of retail. That block is going through the city landmark process because it is home to the 69-year-old Times' offices.

The project architect for both blocks is Chris Dikeakos Architects of Burnaby, B.C. ETA Landscape Architecture is the landscape architect and Glotman Simpson is the structural engineer.


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