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May 28, 2015

Gerding Edlen wants to start Alaskan Way project this year

Courtesy WTGBD [enlarge]

Bertha remains sidelined, but another project along the Seattle waterfront is moving forward.

Portland-based Gerding Edlen said it wants to start construction in the second half of the year on an 11-story apartment building at https://goo.gl/maps/GkfNi" target="_blank">316 Alaskan Way S. It will have about 200 apartments, 5,000 square feet of retail and 79 parking spaces.

Gerding Edlen's Kurtis Fusaro said in an email it should take about 18 months to finish.

WTGBD, a joint venture between Weber Thompson of Seattle and GBD Architects of Portland, is designing the project. Lease Crutcher Lewis is the general contractor. Other team members are KPFF Consulting Engineers and GeoDesign.

The site will be a prime waterfront spot once the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down. It is in Pioneer Square, which is in the middle of a “renaissance” with new restaurants, employers and residents, Fusaro said.

The project has few parking spaces because the site is near the transit tunnel, Colman Dock and the future First Hill Streetcar.

The project team will target at least LEED gold certification, Fusaro said. Green roofs and landscaping will help reduce stormwater runoff, and the team plans to reuse or recycle materials from a building now on the site.

Bike storage, a gym, dog walk, rooftop penthouse and several lounges and gathering spaces are planned.

Gerding Edlen has built or bought several buildings in downtown Seattle and Bellevue. Sound Transit recently choose it to develop four sites around the Capitol Hill light rail station.

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