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April 2, 2019

RailSpur redevelopment to begin in Pioneer Square

  • The three-building project will be completed in phases, with the first part set to finish in 2020.
    Journal Staff Reporter

    Renderings by SHED Architecture [enlarge]
    The redevelopment includes the former F.X. McRory’s space, shown to the right.

    Plans call for offices, a hotel, shops and possibly apartments.

    Construction fencing has gone up around the Manufacturer's Building, at 419 Occidental Ave. S., one of three old Pioneer Square buildings that comprise the phased RailSpur redevelopment. Manchester Capital Management of Vermont is the owner.

    Developer Urban Villages has its permits for 419 Occidental, once home to F.X. McRory's, which will not return to the building after renovations. The offices above now appear to be vacant.

    The seven-story building will receive a full makeover including seismic and structural work, a new roof deck, and a glass-enclosed staircase in the north alley. The size will only increase by about 2 percent, to 96,800 gross square feet. The project is targeting LEED platinum certification.

    SHED Architecture & Design is the architect. Chinn Construction has replaced Sellen as general contractor. The team also includes Swenson Say Faget, structural engineer; PAE, mechanical engineer and energy consultant; and MIG-SvR, civil engineer, landscape and design.

    Broderick Group is leasing the 63,000 square feet of offices for the owner. Completion is expected by the second quarter of next year. Broderick calls the seventh-floor mezzanine an eighth-floor penthouse.

    Solar panels are now shown on the penthouse roof. The main floor plates, on levels two through seven, have about 12,200 square feet each. The fourth floor has apparently already been leased.

    Broderick's leasing team is Damon McCartney, Oscar Oliveira, and Maverick Olivares.

    All three buildings are on the same block, which is bounded by South Jackson and South King streets, and First and Occidental avenues South. They're linked by the two alleys; a former spur railroad line forms the east-west alley. New shops and entrances will face the activated alleys.

    The six-story Westland Building, at 100 S. King St., will be fully renovated and converted from offices to a hotel with a possible 141 rooms. A rooftop addition will include a conference room and decks. A coffee shop, wine bar, spa, conference room and restaurant are indicated on the bottom two levels.

    No schedule for the hotel has been announced. It will apparently follow 419 Occidental. Sellen was listed as general contractor two years ago. SHED is the architect.

    Limited work is underway on the two-story Fisher Building, at 115 S. Jackson St. (once home to Schoenfeld Furniture). One ground-floor retail bay has been leased to Seattle Made, a boutique for locally sourced goods; the other is vacant. Eventually a new third-floor penthouse, plus the second floor, might become apartments. SHED and Chinn are also in charge here.


    Brian Miller can be reached by email at brian.miller@djc.com or by phone at (206) 219-6517.

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