Oct 20, 2016
The Mark has topped out. Kevin Daniels and his partners announced this week that the 660-foot tower at Fifth Avenue and Columbia Street is expected to open next spring.The 48-story building will have a 189-room SLS Seattle hotel (designed by Phillipe Starck), retail space and 528,000 square feet of Class A office space — which is being marketed by Stuart Williams and Joe Gowan of Jones Lang LaSalle. Formal groundbreaking was in June of 2014. Daniels' financial partner is Stockbridge Capital Group. ZGF Architects designed The Mark, with distinctive zig-zag seismic bracing and a faceted glass curtain-wall, and JTM Construction is building it.
There are only a few weeks left before the vote on Sound Transit 3, so AIA Seattle is holding an urban design forum titled “ST3: Where, When, Why?” Leading the discussion will be Seattle City Council member Rob Johnson, an urban planner who represents District 4. RSVP for the free event at aiaseattle.org. The event is at the Center for Architecture & Design, 1010 Western Ave., at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Real estate broker Kidder Mathews announced that Bill Frame will become the firm's president, in charge of 17 offices in five West Coast states. Frame, a UW graduate, has been with KM for 23 years. The firm's chairman and CEO, Jeff Lyon, said in a statement that Frame is “widely respected in the commercial real estate industry as well as company-wide at Kidder Mathews.” Frame said, “I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get involved in the day-to-day excitement of our aggressive expansion.”
The Port of Everett announced it won four different awards for the proposed Waterfront Place Central development. First was a Gold Nugget Award of Merit as “Best on the Boards” from PCBC and Builder magazine. Second was the International Economic Development Council's Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award in the category of General Purpose Print Brochure. It also won two communications awards from the American Association of Port Authorities.
Registration has begun for a 2017 CLE legal seminar on “Permitting Strategies for Large, Controversial Projects in Washington State and the Northwest.” Topics will include state and federal environmental regulations, the energy industry and the influence of Asian markets. Speakers include Tony Warfield of the Port of Tacoma, Sara A. Leverette of Stoel Rives and David A. Bricklin of Bricklin & Newman. The two-day seminar will run March 2-3 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (1113 Sixth Avenue). Details and registration: theseminargroup.net and (800) 574-4852.
Oct 13, 2016
Photo courtesy Alec Miller
From left: Michael Mirra, Stephen Norman, Betsy Hunter, Marilee Roloff and Chris Lowell.
The Seattle-based nonprofit WSHFC honored six people as Friends of Housing at the recent Housing Washington conference in Tacoma. They are: Stephen Norman, executive director of King County Housing Authority; Joanne Quinn, asset manager for the Seattle Office of Housing; Betsy Hunter, deputy director for Plymouth Housing; Chris Lowell, executive director of the Housing Authority of Thurston County; Marilee Roloff, founder of the Spokane teen shelter Crosswalk; and Robert Rozen, a Senate staffer who helped U.S. Sen. George Mitchell develop of the 1986 federal legislation that created the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Also honored was Michael Mirra, who leads the Tacoma Housing Authority. He received the Margaret M. Sevy Affordable Housing Lifetime Achievement Award.
Phillips Real Estate has a new CEO: Elizabeth Gessel, previously chief operating officer at Bellevue's AGM Commercial Real Estate. She was a founder of AGM, where she spent 18 years in investment and asset management. Phillips and AGM have partnered in the past. Seattle-based Phillips manages nearly 10,000 apartment units in the region.
Wondering who'll win the presidential election and what it'll mean to business? NAIOP is hosting veteran political writer and commentator Morton Kondracke for a breakfast talk on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Not coincidentally, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have their third debate that evening. The breakfast is at Grand Hyatt Seattle at 7 a.m. Tickets $40-$70. Register at naiopwa.org.
Photo courtesy Myra Lara/Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects
The mixed-use Chophouse Row complex at 1424 11th Ave. on Capitol Hill has two events this week. Tonight, from 6-9 p.m., dance troupe Breaks and Swells will perform. Pop-up retail vendors will include Knuckle Kiss Jewelry, Seidr Studio, T-Dub Customs, Theo Chocolate and Moorea Seal. On Sunday, Oct. 16, from noon-4 p.m., portions of Pike Street will be closed for Seahawks CiderFest. Local cider makers will vend their wares, and there will be a pumpkin-carving contest, with the squash provided by Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch.