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October 30, 2015

AvalonBay wants to put 24-story tower on site at Second and Wall in Belltown

Courtesy Ankrom Moisan Architects [enlarge]

AvalonBay Communities will show initial plans next week for a 24-story apartment tower at 210 Wall St. where the McGuire apartment tower once stood.

Plans call for 320 apartments, 9,750 square feet of retail and 260 underground parking spaces.

Ankrom Moisan Architects is designing the project, and Brumbaugh & Associates is listed as the landscape architect.

An early design meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 500 Fifth Ave.

A massing study of AvalonBay's preferred alternative places the tower on the southwest corner of the half-block site. That location would create some space between current and future buildings, AvalonBay said in design documents.

AvalonBay proposes to put a large deck on the podium.

The 25-story McGuire was built in 2001, but had to be torn down 10 years later due to construction defects.

Most of the defects involved corrosion of post-tensioned cables, and deficiencies in the concrete and reinforcement placement, the owners of the building said in 2010. It's believed to be the first time a high rise in the Pacific Northwest was de-constructed because of defects.

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