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May 26, 2016

Old Spaghetti Factory may be getting rehab and neighbors: 60 apartments

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The owners want to renovate the building and add a third-floor, as well as construct a mixed-use building on the adjacent parking lot.

The Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant on the Seattle waterfront could soon have a seven-story neighbor.

The 114-year-old landmark building, located at 2815 Elliott Ave., was acquired last year by Nitze-Stagen and Meriwether Partners in a joint venture for $9 million.

The new owners want to renovate the two-story building and add a third-floor office pavilion to it as well as construct a mixed-use building on the adjacent parking lot.

Weinstein A+U is the architect.

The seven-story, mixed-use building would have 60-62 apartments, ground-floor commercial space and underground parking for 60 vehicles. The seventh floor would house a recreation area.

The structures would connect on the first floor.

The existing building, also known as the Ainsworth & Dunn Warehouse, is a red brick structure that was built by a Seattle salmon-packing company to service what's now called Pier 70, across from the site on Alaskan Way. The exterior walls and exposed heavy timber structural system would be preserved in the renovation.

After the work is done, the building will continue to be used for office and retail.

The new building would have a glass exterior to differentiate it from the historic warehouse. The buildings would connect at the south wall of the older structure, where there would be a single-story gallery to serve both buildings.

Upper stories of the new building would be set back from the warehouse, according to the proposal. The residential lobby and parking entrance would be on Clay Street. The main retail entrance would be on Elliott Avenue.

The west side of the buildings would have an elevated walkway that compensates for the steep slope of the site, allowing pedestrians to enter the first level from the west.

The buildings would have 40,500 square feet of nonresidential uses.

Construction is slated to begin in 2017.

A Seattle design review board is tentatively scheduled to hold an early design guidance meeting at 7 p.m. June 21 at Belltown Community Center, at 415 Bell St.

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