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January 22, 2018

60 International District units eyed for restaurant site

Journal Staff Reporter

Edge Developers is proposing a seven-story, 60-unit apartment building at 206 Fifth Ave. S. in the International District. The site is currently home to two restaurants: Tenoch Mexican Grill and Gyro House.

Hewitt is the architect on the project, which would also include ground-floor retail on Fifth and have parking accessed from the alley to the east.

Edge is led by Don Mar, a partner and founder of Marpac Construction.

The Wong family has owned the 7,200-square-foot midblock property for decades. It is zoned for construction to 270 feet. It is between South Washington and Main streets, in an area of the International Special Review District that was upzoned last year. But it is outside the National Historic District. It is also close to Pioneer Square, the transit tunnel and new streetcar line on South Jackson Street.

The one-story, 4,570-square-foot Tenoch/Gyro House building was constructed in 1924. It would be removed if the plan proceeds.

Lornty Investment Co. is marketing the Wong property for sale.

Separate from the Edge plan, Lornty owns two parcels immediately to the south, on the corner of Main, which it is offering for long-term ground lease. That potential development site totals 14,400 square feet. It is mostly used for parking, and also has a small, old one-story office building.

Edge is currently developing 49 units at 2902 Beacon Ave. S., near the light rail station.