Seattle PI Profile on SLU Manager, Ada Healey

The Seattle PI had an article on, Ada Healey, the one responsible for Paul Allen’s real estate dealings in SLU, two weeks ago (shows how often I read the paper!), Meet the quiet force behind Paul Allen’s remaking of South Lake Union:

Not a city planner or urban designer, Healey earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Duke and then went into insurance. She quickly moved into real estate, first investing for a phone company and then managing property portfolios for pension funds.

Healey moved to Seattle in 1999 and Vulcan hired her in December 2001, when it owned 35 acres. The company had launched a buying spree in 1998, adding to the 11 acres it then owned after the proposed Seattle Commons project was twice defeated.

Allen is responsible for the overall planning of the South Lake Union development, Healey said, while she focuses on execution. Still, Healey and her team work hard to mind the big picture while attending to details.

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  • jcricket

    I know Ada, and she really is as described in the paper (unassuming, super smart, etc.). They didn’t mention that she’s also pretty funny.

    I know not everyone loves Paul Allen, but when I think of the long-term effects being brought by all the SLU development, I can’t help but think it’ll be 99% positive.

    If only the Clise family would do something similar with all their acreage. Perhaps during this downturn they can sell it to Paul Allen :-)

    Then we’d actually have a downtown from Pioneer Square through Lake Union.

  • jcricket

    I know Ada, and she really is as described in the paper (unassuming, super smart, etc.). They didn’t mention that she’s also pretty funny.

    I know not everyone loves Paul Allen, but when I think of the long-term effects being brought by all the SLU development, I can’t help but think it’ll be 99% positive.

    If only the Clise family would do something similar with all their acreage. Perhaps during this downturn they can sell it to Paul Allen :-)

    Then we’d actually have a downtown from Pioneer Square through Lake Union.

  • Barf

    I’m not an anti-development urchin and Paul Allen’s developments are fine.

    However, they are fugly. A bunch of corporate bread-loaf BLAH wrapped in transparent windows. Ever look around and realize how “blah” ’90s stuff is? In 2015, it’s going to be the same for Vulcan in South Lake Union.

    Admittedly, the City is in part to blame for their zoning and codes, but come. on. Vulcan. Where is the >inspired< vision?!

  • Barf

    I’m not an anti-development urchin and Paul Allen’s developments are fine.

    However, they are fugly. A bunch of corporate bread-loaf BLAH wrapped in transparent windows. Ever look around and realize how “blah” ’90s stuff is? In 2015, it’s going to be the same for Vulcan in South Lake Union.

    Admittedly, the City is in part to blame for their zoning and codes, but come. on. Vulcan. Where is the >inspired< vision?!

  • Barf

    …so here’s to hoping that Clise has a brain and sells to an out-of-town developer that isn’t caged in by South Lake Union’s style.

  • Barf

    …so here’s to hoping that Clise has a brain and sells to an out-of-town developer that isn’t caged in by South Lake Union’s style.

  • PistolPete

    Barf……

    You my friend hit the nail on the head! How hard can it be to mirror some buildings with some old Seattle style such as those down in Pioneer Square? How bout bringing some classic European taste to town? Seems like all the buildings/condos going up are basically metal and glass. Architects that design for these guys have no imagination whatsoever…and this transends down to those bastardly looking townhomes as well! Okay, I’m done ranting, blood sugar is getting low :P

  • PistolPete

    Barf……

    You my friend hit the nail on the head! How hard can it be to mirror some buildings with some old Seattle style such as those down in Pioneer Square? How bout bringing some classic European taste to town? Seems like all the buildings/condos going up are basically metal and glass. Architects that design for these guys have no imagination whatsoever…and this transends down to those bastardly looking townhomes as well! Okay, I’m done ranting, blood sugar is getting low :P