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July 15, 2015

Housing, office towers could help fund convention center expansion

Image courtesy of LMN Architects [enlarge]

The Washington State Convention Center released new images of its proposal for a 1.2 million-square-foot expansion.

The latest plan call for five levels above ground and two levels below. It would have about 250,000 square feet of exhibition space; 120,000 square feet for meetings; a 70,000-square-foot ballroom; 280,000 square feet for the lobby and circulation; 510,000 square feet of support space; 200,000 square feet for loading areas; and parking for 500 to 800 vehicles.

The site is between Pine and Howell streets, and Ninth and Boren avenues.

Including land, the project is estimated to cost $1.4 billion.

A “co-development program” could add a 30-story building with 428 housing units and a 16-story building with 595,000 square feet of office space as part of the expansion.

The co-development sites will be permitted and then sold to private developers to help pay for the addition, according to Matt Griffin of Pine Street Group, which is development manager for the project.

The sites won't be sold until design and permitting are complete, which could take six months to a year.

LMN Architects is the architect and Pine Street is the GC/CM adviser.

(Editor's note: This article has been changed to correct the name of the GC/CM adviser.)

Construction on the expansion is set to begin in 2017, with completion set for 2020.

A second early design meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. July 21 in City Hall, 600 Fifth Ave.

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