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October 30, 2014

Equity Residential seeks artists to help on West Seattle project

Courtesy Equity Residential [enlarge]
Equity says it wants public art that reflects the neighborhood.

Construction is underway on a six-story apartment project near the West Seattle Junction, and developer Equity Residential is looking for artists to work on the structure's 20 exterior support columns.

The 206-unit project is at 4706 California Ave. S.W. and will open in June, with 19,814 square feet of ground-floor retail.

Weber Thompson is the architect and Andersen Construction is the general contractor.

Equity Residential tapped local artist and curator Sara Everett, who worked on Youngstown Flats in the Delridge neighborhood, to lead the search for artists. Equity Residential issued a request for proposals and wants to find two artists to work on the columns, each of which will have a theme. Equity Residential will put out another RFP in a few months for interior spaces.

“We believe it's important for our apartment projects to reflect the local neighborhoods, and public art provides a medium to accomplish that in a very creative and functional way,” Bradley Karvasek, Equity Residential's first vice president of development, said in a press release.

Units will have nine-foot ceilings, kitchens with Energy Star appliances, and washer and dryer. Amenities include a roof deck, gym and bike storage.

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