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September 20, 2017

Shilla Tower — now 8 Tower — will have 42 stories and 312 apartments

Journal staff reporter

Rendering by Caron Architecture [enlarge]
North American Asset Management Group LLC is redeveloping the small triangular site at Eighth and Denny, and plans to use a car lift to access 72 underground parking spaces.

Shilla Tower keeps getting taller, and finally has a new official name: 8 Tower.

North American Asset Management Group LLC is redeveloping the triangular site at 2300 Eighth Ave. in the Denny Triangle, where Shilla restaurant once operated. The developer first proposed 36 stories, and then 39 stories on the site, which is also bounded by Denny Way and Bell Street.

Here are the new project specifications: 42 stories, 312 units, 72 underground parking spaces, 103 bike stalls and 4,068 square feet of retail. Total project size, including the parking, is 379,907 square feet.

Caron Architecture is designing the tower, which is vested under existing city code and not using incentives under the Mandatory Housing Affordability program. Current zoning allows structures to 440 feet.

Parking is not required, but will be accessed from Eighth. Car lifts will serve three levels of underground parking, below the basement level. Such lifts are common in Europe, New York City and some Asian cities with high-rises on small lots.

It appears that 8 Tower could be the first or second Seattle project to use car lifts. An apartment tower planned for 600 Wall St. — three blocks west of 8 Tower — will include car lifts, but that project hasn't yet broken ground.

The units in 8 Tower will range from open one-bedrooms to two-bedrooms. Sizes aren't yet specified. Each floor will have eight units, with three being corner units.

The tower will also have a 2,294-square-foot roof deck, with a dog run and clubhouse. There will also be second-floor amenity space.

The ownership LLC paid $8.34 million last fall for the 9,878-square-foot property. That LLC is associated with Xunkun Luo, the Bellevue-based CEO of Wuhan Boshengshiji Real Estate Development Co.

The third and likely final design review meeting for 8 Tower is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 at City Hall, 600 Fifth Ave., in Room L2-80.

The 8 Tower team also includes Karen Kiest Landscape Architects; KPFF Consulting Engineers (civil); Tres West Engineers (MEP); DCI Engineers (structural); and EA Engineering, Science and Technology (environmental). No general contractor has been announced.

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