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February 24, 2016

Crescent Heights shows new images for a shorter 4/C tower on 4th Ave.

Courtesy LMN Architects [enlarge]
The latest plans call for a 90- to 100-story structure.

4/C could have up to 1,020 housing units, office space, a hotel and retail.

Crescent Heights Inspirational Living has released new images and details about the residential, office and hotel tower it wants to build at 701 Fourth Ave.

Documents filed with the city of Seattle in advance of next month's design review meeting show Crescent Heights is considering a range of sizes for the building, which is called 4/C.

The latest plans call for a 90- to 100-story structure with 890 to 1,020 housing units; 55,000 to 85,000 square feet of office or coworking space; 80 to 100 hotel rooms; and 30,000 to 45,000 square feet of retail and lobby space.

The project also includes 12 levels of parking above and below ground.

The height range may be due to an issue with the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA put out a study last year saying that at 1,117 feet above ground level, the proposed tower would exceed obstruction standards and have an adverse effect on navigable airspace or air navigation facilities.

Design review documents show models of the tower at both the developer's preferred height — 1,029 feet — and FAA's maximum height — 959 feet — which is a little shorter than the 76-story, 967-foot Columbia Center nearby.

Crescent Heights, which has headquarters in Miami and San Francisco, has until March 8 to respond to the FAA study, the DJC reported last month.

The second early design guidance meeting on 4/C is set for 7 p.m. March 1 at Seattle City Hall, 600 Fifth Ave.

LMN Architects is designing the structure. Site Workshop and Graham Baba Architects are also listed on design documents.

The project team wants a mix of uses to create a “vertical neighborhood” that activates the site and surrounding blocks during the evenings in what is now mostly an office area. Design documents list restaurants, a grocery store, gym, yoga studio, spa, medical station, pool, outdoor decks, game rooms, flex spaces, club rooms, business center, dog run and children's playroom as potential amenities in 4/C.

Many of these spaces would be available to residents as well as hotel guests and officer workers, with the goal of “blurring boundaries” between the different uses, the documents say.

A podium on the north side of the site will have outdoor space on the roof.

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