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February 11, 2021

Weber Thompson prepares early design for SLU offices

Real Estate Editor

Rendering by Weber Thompson [enlarge]
This view looks southwest at 9North; the two taller apartment towers in the background are The Waverly (on the right), also designed by Weber Thompson, and R.D. Merrill’s 820 John, which hasn’t yet begun.

Shorenstein Properties recently acquired a corner site at 235 Ninth Ave. N. in South Lake Union. Weber Thompson is designing an eight-story office building dubbed 9North for the site. That proposal will have its first design review, in a virtual meeting, on March 24.

Shorenstein will pursue LEED gold certification for the 120,000-square-foot tower. It may have a mass timber component, along with some concrete. Weber Thompson is currently planning a mostly mass timber project for Dunn Lumber, though on a smaller scale.

Weber Thompson's preferred design is dubbed “erosion.” It offsets the floors with horizontal strata and terraces.

The eighth floor would have a large roof deck and flexible work area labeled as a solarium.

Underground parking with 58 stalls on two levels would be accessed from the alley to the west. A basement bike room with showers is also planned. One ground-floor retail bay is indicated.

The corner, at Thomas Street, has 18,000 square feet. The 9North project will replace some old warehouses. Shorenstein paid $17 million for the corner in December.

The team includes land-use attorney McCullough Hill Leary and civil engineer KPFF Consulting Engineers.


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

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