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February 9, 2016

Hillman City could be new hot spot

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The building will have 118 apartments and 1,900 square feet of commercial space.

Columbia City's current wave of apartment construction could be spilling over into Hillman City.

Developer Murray Kahn is teaming with Scott Shapiro of Eagle Rock Ventures to build a six-story, 118-unit project at 5201 Rainier Ave. S.

An early design guidance meeting with the city of Seattle is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today at the Rainer Valley Cultural Center, at 3515 S. Alaska St.

S+H Works is the architect.

The triangular site is a few blocks south of Columbia City's main commercial strip, at the northern edge of Hillman City. The up-and-coming neighborhood is considered a more affordable alternative to its neighbor to the north.

Project materials filed with the city say the site is in Columbia City. Maps differ on where the neighborhoods meet.

The proposal includes four townhouse units that would stand apart on the southwest corner of the site. Underground parking for 56 vehicles would be accessible from 39th.

Just over 1,900 square feet of commercial space is planned for the corner of Rainer and 39th Avenue South. Three live-work units would be located along Rainier.

The rear of the structure, which faces 39th, would have a large terraced planting area and stairs that lead to a landscaped plaza.

The site is currently home to a used-car lot.

The developer is seeking a contract rezone to allow 65-foot building heights along Rainier.

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