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April 15, 2015

Two Vulcan office buildings on Eighth will have a $2M woonerf in between

Image courtesy of Graphite Design Group/Studio 216 [enlarge]

Vulcan Real Estate will put a woonerf on Eighth Avenue North between two six-story office buildings it plans on either side of the street: at 300 and 333 Eighth Ave. N.

A woonerf is the Dutch term for a street that is designed to slow car travel and favor pedestrians and bicyclists.

The office project team includes Graphite Design Group, architect; Hewitt, landscape architect; and Coughlin Porter Lundeen, civil engineer.

Earlier this year, the city council agreed to waive $528,000 in street use permit fees in exchange for having Vulcan construct the woonerf, according to Susan McLaughlin, an urban designer with Seattle Department of Transportation.

She said Vulcan estimates the woonerf will cost $2.1 million.

Weinstein A+U Architects + Urban Designers in collaboration with the city developed a street concept plan for the area around where the woonerf will be. The plan covers the area bounded by Mercer and John streets, Dexter Way and Ninth Avenue North.

Voluntary guidelines for private and public projects there are intended to improve streetscapes by adding landscaping, furnishings and lighting. CMG Landscape Architecture was on that team.

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