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December 15, 2014

Two high rises up for design review

Image by Hewitt [enlarge]
Wood Partners wants to build a 39-story residential tower at Second and Stewart.

Image by Weber Thompson [enlarge]
Holland Partner Group plans this 40-story mixed-use building at Denny and Terry.

Design meetings are lined up for two more proposed towers in Seattle: Wood Partners' 39-story residential tower at 1613 Second Ave. and Holland Partner Group's 40-story mixed-use building at 970 Denny Way.

The Wood Partners project is a 230-unit apartment building at the southwest corner of Second Avenue and Stewart Street near Pike Place Market.

It would have 1,000 square feet of street-level retail and parking for 140 vehicles on four levels below ground and six levels above ground.

Hewitt is the architect.

An early design guidance meeting with the city is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 20 in Room L280 at Seattle City Hall.

The site includes a pair of century-old buildings: the two-story Ames/MJA Building and the 10-story Broadacres Building, both owned by entities related to Principal Global Investors of Des Moines, Iowa.

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board separately considered — and denied — nominations for the buildings earlier this year.

Wood Partners approached the city with a proposal for a 400-foot tower, with an option for it to cantilever over the Broadacres Building.

The “preferred” design by Hewitt, filed with the city, shows a slight cantilever above the 16th floor but otherwise leaves the Broadacres Building unaffected.

Vancouver-based Holland Partner Group plans a 400-foot building at Terry Avenue North and Denny Way in South Lake Union.

The preliminary design by Weber Thompson calls for 500 residential units,17,000 square feet of retail and parking for 450 vehicles.

The city has tentatively scheduled an early design guidance meeting for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Queen Anne Community Center at 1901 First Ave. W.

Holland has been very busy in South Lake Union in recent years.

Last year the firm paid $79.5 million for 14 parcels on 5.5 acres between Westlake and Dexter avenues North.

Holland has started construction on a six-story, 150,000-square-foot office building at 1101 Westlake Ave. N. It is also planning Westlake Steps, a 319-unit apartment complex at 1414 Dexter Ave. N. and 1287 Westlake Ave. N.

Holland purchased a 1.43-acre site at 810 Dexter Ave. N. in May for an eight-story building with 362 apartments.

Elsewhere in South Lake Union, Holland is planning a seven-story, 150-unit building at 400 Minor Ave. N. and a seven-story, 100-unit building at 401 Pontius Ave. N. The next-door sites are on Harrison Street, across from Cascade Playground.

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