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April 5, 2017

Pratt arts center expanding

Image courtesy of Daniels Real Estate [enlarge]

The Pratt Fine Arts Center announced it will expand its campus in Seattle's Central Area.

The full-block site is bound by South Main Street, 19th Avenue South, South Jackson Street and 20th Avenue South.

The nonprofit plans to build a 14,000-square-foot structure with offices, a reception area, and studio space for drawing, painting, printmaking, letterpress, book arts and youth programming. There would also be a new community art gallery on Jackson and a public courtyard.

The center's other two buildings will remain.

Daniels Real Estate will serve as the project manager.

The developer will help pay for the project by purchasing a portion of the block, where it plans to build a six-story, L-shaped apartment building with 150 units, 10,000 square feet of retail and 100 underground parking stalls. The retail would face Jackson.

Daniels will own and manage the mixed-use development. Pratt will occupy space within the new building, which it will buy back from Daniels and manage itself.

Graham Baba Architects will design the project and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol will be the landscape architect.

The development is slated to break ground in spring 2018.

Pratt says it has secured about 70 percent of its capital goal for the expansion and will continue collecting the remaining funds through grants and individual donations.

The center is named for the civil rights leader Edwin T. Pratt. The 40-year-old organization says it has revamped its programming, producing “historic growth” over the last four years.

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