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May 26, 2017

Estate Planning Council


The Estate Planning Council of Seattle has appointed new officers for 2017-2018. Ronald Nagle with Peterson Sullivan in Seattle is president. Immediate past president is Kurt Olson with Fahlman Olson & Little. Carla Wigen of Wells Fargo Private Bank is president-elect; Kathryn Garrison with Moss Adams Wealth Advisors is treasurer, and Michael Harman with JP Morgan is secretary.


Seattle-based glassybaby has a new charitable giving program — baby grants — designed to let customers and the public help direct grants to local nonprofits. Since the inception of glassybaby in 1999, the company has donated 10 percent of sales to causes and nonprofits. Total giving is over $6.5 million. Month baby grants will be $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000. People can vote on the glassybaby Facebook page. Information is at blog.glassybaby.com.

May 25, 2017

More retailers fill Skanska's 400 Fairview


Skanska USA has added four new retail tenants in The Hall, the food and retail court at 400 Fairview. Urban Optix is an eye clinic and luxury eyewear shop owned by Dr. Traci Lee. Butter London is a cosmetics retailer and nail salon run by Sarina Godin. JOIN Shop is a collective of over 50 independent designers, makers and artists. Web-based since its founding by a half-dozen Seattle partners in 2008, JOIN Shop is opening its first brick-and-mortar location. Trophy Cupcakes, founded in 2007 by Jennifer Shea and Mike Williamson, will operate a new pop-up shop. In a statement, Skanska's Murphy McCullough said, “With The Hall, we continue to realize our vision of a mix of food, drinks, traditional retail, and services for our office tenants and the surrounding community.” Co-owned with TIAA, 400 Fairview is fully leased. Skanska is now building 2+U tower at Second and University.

National honors for local NAIOP chapter

NAIOP named NAIOP Washington State chapter of the year. NAIOP President Thomas J. Bisacquino said in a statement, “NAIOP Washington State had an exceptional year. Their commitment toward emphasizing what NAIOP membership can do for an individual's business and career is invaluable. Combining this membership strategy with outstanding communication approaches and leading education programs, the chapter engaged its members in new and powerful ways. Legislatively, NAIOP Washington State and its PAC are powerful, advancing initiatives that helped promote affordable housing and transit, while avoiding excessive taxes to the businesses that support the economy.”

Girl Scouts find new home at G2

Jones Lang LaSalle helped find a new home for the Girl Scouts of Western Washington. The organization sold its Uptown headquarters in November for $5.8 million, after owning and occupying the 1969 building for 17 years. This week the Girl Scouts moved into G2 (formerly the Seattle Design Center), at 5601 Sixth Ave. S. in Georgetown. G2, also called Georgetown Squared, was redeveloped by Greenbridge Investment Partners of Beverly Hills, California. JLL's Joe Gowan and Lloyd Low represented Greenbridge in the lease. Colliers' Greg Inglin and Charlie Farra represented the Girl Scouts. JLL's Kelly Monteiro and Piper Luhrs managed the tenant improvements for the Girl Scouts, working with Nelson Architects and Venture General Contracting.

Paragon works on Lar-Lin Manor deal

Paragon Real Estate represented the buyer of Lar-Lin Manor, a 25-unit apartment building in North Seattle. Paragon's Jacob Odegard represented the buyer, Greenwood Vista LLC, in the $5.4 million transaction. Windermere Commercial's Lauren Hendricks represented the seller, a family that developed the property in 1967. Odegard said that the acquisition was financed by Pacific Crest Savings Bank, with Homestreet Bank also involved in a refinance that was used toward the down payment. Odegard said that Greenwood Vista is associated with local real estate investor and property manager Irene Arden. Separately, Odegard is also marketing the 13-unit Hahn Apartments, also located near Greenwood Avenue North and North 117th Street.

Columbia Asia


Columbia Asia, a Seattle-based health care company that does business in Asia, appointed Dr. Kelvin Loh its new CEO. Loh worked at the health care company Parkway Pantai as chief executive of the Singapore operations division. Columbia Asia is part of Columbia Pacific Management. It has developed and operates 27 hospitals and two clinics in India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Kenya, and will open new hospitals this year in the Klang Valley of Malaysia and Bangalore, India.

Dorsey & Whitney


The law firm Dorsey & Whitney hired Erin C. Kolter to the Intellectual Property Litigation Group in Seattle as of counsel. Kolter was a partner until 2015 in the Intellectual Property Litigation group of Kirkland & Ellis in Los Angeles. Dorsey has offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

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