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July 30, 2019

Vibrant Cities ready to start Pivot

Rendering by Tiscareno Associates [enlarge]

Vibrant Cities will break ground tomorrow on its 71-unit Pivot mixed-use project at 1208 Pine St. on Capitol Hill.

The Walsh Group of Chicago says its Seattle office is the general contractor for the eight-story building. Construction will take about 16 months.

Tiscareno Associates, the architect, describes the project as 75,000 square feet with 11,000 square feet of offices and 4,500 square feet of restaurant/retail in three spaces. Underground parking for 18 vehicles will be accessed from be an alley to the northeast.

Amenities will include a roof deck with greenhouse, terraces and a bike room.

Tiscareno says the building's name stems from the small, diamond-shaped lot it will be built on. It says the lower floors were designed to respond to the urban context of Pine Street, with an eye towards the historic auto-row aesthetic of Capitol Hill.

“The result is a structure that relates to its hip Capitol Hill neighbors but stands out in their company,” says the architect's online profile of the project.

Last month, the DJC reported that Vibrant Cities secured a $31 million loan for the project. The developer acquired the triangular site, now a parking lot just east of the freeway, for about $7.3 million in 2016.

The team includes LA Studio, landscape architect; KPFF Consulting Engineers, civil; DCI, structural engineer; Rushing and EC Electric, electrical; MacDonald-Miller, mechanical and plumbing; GeoEngineers, geotechnical; and Ground Support, shoring.

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