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September 29, 2015

39-story tower eyed for 2nd and Stewart site

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Atlanta-based Wood Partners will present its revised plans for a 39-story apartment tower at the southwest corner of Second Avenue and Stewart Street near Pike Place Market.

The site address is 1613 Second Ave.

A Seattle design review board will give its recommendations at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Seattle City Hall, Room L280.

The design by Hewitt architects calls for 177 units, 2,800 square feet of ground-floor retail and parking for 145 vehicles on 10 levels, including four above grade.

Residents would enter the lobby from Second Avenue, and retail storefronts are planned on Second and on Stewart, including a retail entrance on the corner of Second and Stewart.

Parking would be accessible from an alley off Stewart Street. Entrances and exits could be affected by a proposed streetcar line on Stewart Street.

Residents will have their choice of community spaces, with a residential lounge planned for the second floor, a fitness center and terrace on the seventh floor, and indoor and outdoor amenity spaces on the roof.

The development site includes the 10-story Broadacres office building, which sits next door at 1601 Second Ave. The Broadacres Building won't be demolished to make way for the tower, but the two-story Ames/MJA Building at 1613 Second Ave. will be torn down.

Both buildings are owned by entities related to Principal Global Investors of Des Moines, Iowa.

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board denied landmark nominations for the buildings last year.

The tower would cantilever more than 14 feet over the Broadacres Building above the tower's 16th floor, according to design plans filed with the city.

Earlier proposals for the tower were for 230 units and 1,000 square feet of retail, and fewer parking spaces.

Wood Partners is also seeking to build a 124-unit apartment building at 2224 Second Ave. in Belltown. The developer sold a 27-story apartment tower called Dimension by Alta at 225 Cedar St. in Belltown last month for $144 million.