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May 30, 2014
Green Lake Village, a large mixed-use apartment project with a PCC Natural Markets grocery store, opens June 4 in the Green Lake neighborhood.
Hewitt designed the three-building complex at 7104 Woodlawn Ave. N.E. and did the landscape architecture. W.G. Clark Construction Co. was the contractor.
The project is owned by Green Lake Joint Venture and Lorig Associates is the developer.
The team also includes Bykonen Cart Quinn, structural engineer; KPFF Consulting Engineers, civil; Hargis Engineers, mechanical; Active Engineering, electrical; WSP Flack + Kurtz, lighting; Sechrist Design, interior design; SSA Acoustics, acoustics; and RDH, building envelope.
Green Lake Village is one block from Green Lake Park, on a 3-acre site that was home to Vitamilk Dairy for more than 60 years.
The complex has 297 apartments. Studios are 580 to 760 square feet; one-bedrooms are 540 to 840 square feet; and two-bedrooms are 900 to 1,200 square feet.
Dupre + Scott Apartment Advisors projects that 654 units will open in the Green Lake/Wallingford area this year, and almost half of those new units are in Green Lake Village.
The market is seeing significant growth right now. The number of apartments in Green Lake/Wallingford increased by 75 percent between 1995 and 2013. Between 2013 and 2017, Dupre + Scott expects the market will see another 73 percent increase.
Rents have been climbing steadily in the area, and now average $1,442 a month. That's up 6.7 percent in the past year. The vacancy rate is low, at 2.4 percent.
Proximity to downtown, access to Green Lake and overall attractiveness have kept the Green Lake area's long-term vacancy rate consistently lower than the region overall, averaging just 3 percent a year, Dupre + Scott said. Even with new units, demand is expected to remain strong.
Green Lake Village's anchor tenant is PCC Natural Markets, which occupies 27,000 of the 85,000 square feet of commercial/retail space. Other tenants are Lucia Restaurant, Homestreet Bank, Modo Yoga, Pure Barre, Kinetic Sports Rehab and Menchies Frozen Yogurt.
The complex also has 430 below-grade parking stalls and two rooftop decks with views of Green Lake and Mount Rainier.
Hewitt said the goal was to design a “village” where renters and shoppers can mingle. There is 23,000 square feet of open space including two mid-block pedestrian connectors, and transit connections to downtown Seattle.
There's also a large pathway and courtyard where PCC will display produce and flowers, and a pedestrian mews.
Green Lake Village is designed to meet LEED silver and Built Green certifications. Recycled and local materials were used and it has a green roof, water conserving features and energy-efficient appliances.
This PCC will be the tenth and largest store for the Seattle-based member-owned cooperative. It will sell organic groceries, prepared foods and deli items, and will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight daily.
PCC's store development team included Seattle-based Velocipede Architects and Bruce Hale Design Studios, and Woodman Construction.