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May 20, 2014

Here's a look at what Vulcan is planning

Journal Staff

Over the last 10 years, Vulcan has transformed South Lake Union with more than 5.2 million square feet of new space. Now the developer is gearing up for the next round of projects there.

Many of these are in the earliest stage of planning, so construction won't happen anytime soon.

• The Mercer Blocks are three of the hottest properties in the neighborhood. They are between Westlake and Fairview avenues north, and Valley and Mercer street. Lake Union Park is on one side and Amazon.com's headquarters is on the other.

What's ahead for South Lake Union?
South Lake Union sure doesn't look much like a 100-year-old neighborhood these days.

Some of the old commercial laundries and auto plants that once operated there have been partially preserved in new structures, but technology companies like Amazon.com now rule.


Vulcan recently submitted early planning documents about what it wants to do on the blocks. It's still early but Vulcan is looking at three 160-foot towers with about 250 apartments in each, with ground-floor retail and underground parking. Permit records show Vulcan would develop the blocks one year apart, with the block between Terry and Boren set to go first. Runberg Architecture Group is designing the towers, and Exxel Pacific is doing pre-construction services.

• Vulcan recently began talking with the city about an apartment building at 401 Eighth Ave. N. It could be 240 feet tall with up to 300 units. Runberg Architecture Group is the architect and Lease Crutcher Lewis is doing pre-construction.

(Editor's note: Information in the story has been changed to correct the names of firms on several of the project teams.)

• At 520 Westlake Ave. N. Vulcan is considering a 160-foot office tower. NBBJ is the architect, and GLY Construction is doing pre-construction.

• The DJC reported in March that Vulcan is considering a 400-foot residential tower with approximately 500 units, and a 240-foot office tower with 420,000 square feet on the block bounded by Denny Way and John Street, and Westlake and Ninth avenues north. ZGF Architects is working with Ankrom Moisan Architects on the design.

• At 300 and 333 Eighth Ave. N. Vulcan is planning two six-story office towers, each with about 194,000 square feet. A design review meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W. Vulcan Real Estate Investment Strategy Director Lori Mason Curran said Vulcan does not have a tenant for these buildings. Graphite Design Group is the architect. GLY Construction is doing pre-construction on 300 Eighth and Lease Crutcher Lewis is doing pre-construction on 333 Eighth.

Vulcan has four projects under construction. Allen Institute for Brain Science's 271,000-square-foot building at 601 Westlake Ave. N. is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2015. The architect is Perkins + Will, and GLY Construction is the general contractor.

Amazon Phase VI will have two six-story buildings totaling 394,000 square feet, including 13,850 square feet of retail space, at 500 Ninth and 515 Westlake avenues north. Amazon is expected to move in by October. ZGF Architects is the architect and GLY Construction is the general contractor for Phase VI.

In the fourth quarter of 2015, Amazon will move into two more office buildings: Phase VII, a 12-story, 311,000-square-foot project at 400 Ninth Ave. N., and Phase VIII, a 12-story, 317,000-square-foot building at 325 Ninth Ave. N. NBBJ is designing Phase VII, and Turner Construction Co. is the general contractor. Graphite Design Group is the architect of Phase VIII and GLY Construction is the general contractor.

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