The Alex in Belltown Maybe Going Apartments

Some folks are calling to make sure I know they’re not going apartments (i.e. Ruby Condos.) Others send mass emails broadcasting their uncertainty.

This just in from The Alex in Belltown:

Due to the volatility of our market at present, the Alex Condominium is being evaluated in terms of its best use for the current downtown Seattle demand. The builder is watching the market very closely and will be deciding whether to sell or lease (with option to purchase) the units. The building will be the fantastic building we have promised you, with fabulous finishes, extraordinary views, and of course the best location in downtown Seattle, First and Bell; that will not change.

We apologize that we will likely not be in the position to make our final decision about this issue until the first quarter of next year. Thank you for your patience and understanding..

And to the Eastside site agent I meet at the bar tonight… You’re lucky I’m not so drunk as to blog all your secrets.

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Matt , Urbnlivn's publisher, has a love for lofts with industrial features and new construction condos that is only eclipsed by his passion for outdoor sports and urban living. Phrases such as “polished concrete” and “exposed brick” are music to his ears. You can also find Matt on Twitter or skiing.

  • Matthew

    The good thing about living on 1st and Bell is that you are only 1 block away from picking up your crack (2nd and Bell).

    Alex looked doomed from the get go. I can’t see anyone wanting to live there vs. any of the other upper end projects.

  • Matthew

    The good thing about living on 1st and Bell is that you are only 1 block away from picking up your crack (2nd and Bell).

    Alex looked doomed from the get go. I can’t see anyone wanting to live there vs. any of the other upper end projects.

  • Peckhammer

    Drive-by shootings, beatings, stabbings, rifle fire, robbery: I can’t see why anyone would live in Belltown, let alone make payments on a property there.

  • Peckhammer

    Drive-by shootings, beatings, stabbings, rifle fire, robbery: I can’t see why anyone would live in Belltown, let alone make payments on a property there.

  • ssilvy

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of toffee-nosed egomaniacs than the Alex developers. Their subs better file liens sooner rather than later.

  • ssilvy

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of toffee-nosed egomaniacs than the Alex developers. Their subs better file liens sooner rather than later.

  • jo

    it’s almost like everyone is on the same cycle

  • jo

    it’s almost like everyone is on the same cycle

  • BlueSkyGuy

    WOW. What a bunch of haters. You depressives should all go to Seattle Bubble or EndoftheFreakingWorld,com where you can spew your negativity in company with the rest of your loser friends. Disclaimer: I have lived in Belltown for 7 years and have never witnessed a crime, except for having read about it in the press or on TV. If you can’t handle the city, move to Bellevue or Carnation where everything is perfect. Meanwhile, GFYSYFL :).

  • BlueSkyGuy

    WOW. What a bunch of haters. You depressives should all go to Seattle Bubble or EndoftheFreakingWorld,com where you can spew your negativity in company with the rest of your loser friends. Disclaimer: I have lived in Belltown for 7 years and have never witnessed a crime, except for having read about it in the press or on TV. If you can’t handle the city, move to Bellevue or Carnation where everything is perfect. Meanwhile, GFYSYFL :).

  • EconE

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  • What’s your point?

    I’m sure someone could find a lot to rant on about where you live too, but what is the point. If you don’t like downtown, stay away. We’re glad your somewhere else.

  • What’s your point?

    I’m sure someone could find a lot to rant on about where you live too, but what is the point. If you don’t like downtown, stay away. We’re glad your somewhere else.

  • WTF

    C’mon Matt! Blog the secrets, arm the masses!

  • WTF

    C’mon Matt! Blog the secrets, arm the masses!

  • Peckhammer

    “Disclaimer: I have lived in Belltown for 7 years and have never witnessed a crime, except for having read about it in the press or on TV.”

    Well, as part of the Halloween festivities, another shooting took place in Belltown this weekend. A man was shot in the upper leg and a woman was shot in the face.

    Yeah, that’s a quality neighborhood!

    I am not sure what the comment about not witnessing a crime is supposed to mean. It’s only happening in the press, not in Belltown? LOL!

  • Peckhammer

    “Disclaimer: I have lived in Belltown for 7 years and have never witnessed a crime, except for having read about it in the press or on TV.”

    Well, as part of the Halloween festivities, another shooting took place in Belltown this weekend. A man was shot in the upper leg and a woman was shot in the face.

    Yeah, that’s a quality neighborhood!

    I am not sure what the comment about not witnessing a crime is supposed to mean. It’s only happening in the press, not in Belltown? LOL!

  • Mark W

    I agree with Peckhammer’s “I am not sure what the comment about not witnessing a crime is supposed to mean. It’s only happening in the press, not in Belltown?” In the past year, the local press has had a number of stories about specific crimes and the general increase in crime in Belltown, especially as an effort to clean up crime in the downtown retail core (the market to Westlake) apparently has pushed it out to other areas, including Belltown. I don’t see much actual crime myself, other than an increase in loitering, when I go out for an after dinner walk, but I’m usually along 4th, 5th or 6th, nowhere near 2nd & Bell et al.

    But in the context of a condo blog, telling folks to stay away if they don’t like the crime only further confirms a crime-ridden reputation for the neighborhood at a time when it’s already hard to lure buyers. Once the neighborhood gets a reputation, it’s hard to shake. Even if it may be overstated.

  • Mark W

    I agree with Peckhammer’s “I am not sure what the comment about not witnessing a crime is supposed to mean. It’s only happening in the press, not in Belltown?” In the past year, the local press has had a number of stories about specific crimes and the general increase in crime in Belltown, especially as an effort to clean up crime in the downtown retail core (the market to Westlake) apparently has pushed it out to other areas, including Belltown. I don’t see much actual crime myself, other than an increase in loitering, when I go out for an after dinner walk, but I’m usually along 4th, 5th or 6th, nowhere near 2nd & Bell et al.

    But in the context of a condo blog, telling folks to stay away if they don’t like the crime only further confirms a crime-ridden reputation for the neighborhood at a time when it’s already hard to lure buyers. Once the neighborhood gets a reputation, it’s hard to shake. Even if it may be overstated.

  • menace2200

    The crime is happening, and the community is being impacted. There seems to be little or no effort on the part of the police to keep the cities tax payers safe. Something needs to be done on an enforcement level to clean up Belltown. Residents should not be fearful of an evening walk, nor should they be embarrased to have visitors witness the kinds of activity that takes place every day in our neighborhood. Just 4 years ago Belltown was a clean, safe place that I was proud to call home. That pride is fading due to a few citizens that contribute nothing to the community, and are taking a good reputation away.

  • menace2200

    The crime is happening, and the community is being impacted. There seems to be little or no effort on the part of the police to keep the cities tax payers safe. Something needs to be done on an enforcement level to clean up Belltown. Residents should not be fearful of an evening walk, nor should they be embarrased to have visitors witness the kinds of activity that takes place every day in our neighborhood. Just 4 years ago Belltown was a clean, safe place that I was proud to call home. That pride is fading due to a few citizens that contribute nothing to the community, and are taking a good reputation away.

  • Matthew

    I live downtown, and have a right as a tax paying citizen to complain about it. SPD would rather write people up for jay-walking or write traffic tickets than actually bust up the crack dealing on 2nd and Bell. I was talking to a SPD detective the other day about 2nd and Bell and he told me “dude, you have to realize that every time we have a major crack down or enforcement action in this city we are could be facing a major law suit”.

    I’ve lived in Belltown for a number of years now, as well as other cities in the U.S. and the pacifist police presence downtown in this city is insane.

  • Matthew

    I live downtown, and have a right as a tax paying citizen to complain about it. SPD would rather write people up for jay-walking or write traffic tickets than actually bust up the crack dealing on 2nd and Bell. I was talking to a SPD detective the other day about 2nd and Bell and he told me “dude, you have to realize that every time we have a major crack down or enforcement action in this city we are could be facing a major law suit”.

    I’ve lived in Belltown for a number of years now, as well as other cities in the U.S. and the pacifist police presence downtown in this city is insane.

  • Menace2200

    Matthew – I too live downtown very near ground zero in Belltown. Does anyone know the proper forum for filing complaints against the lack of law enforcement, other than Matthews forementioned revenue producing activity of course? It has gotten out of hand, and will force me to move out of the city and become a slave to my car again.
    Why have laws and rules and then not enforce them? Makes me sick when I think about it.

  • Menace2200

    Matthew – I too live downtown very near ground zero in Belltown. Does anyone know the proper forum for filing complaints against the lack of law enforcement, other than Matthews forementioned revenue producing activity of course? It has gotten out of hand, and will force me to move out of the city and become a slave to my car again.
    Why have laws and rules and then not enforce them? Makes me sick when I think about it.

  • Peckhammer

    “Does anyone know the proper forum for filing complaints against the lack of law enforcement”

    I don’t have an answer to this, but I look forward to learning what others have to say. That said, reporting crimes is probably a missing part of the equation. If people aren’t calling the police, the incident stats aren’t mounting, and patrols will not be increased. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

  • Peckhammer

    “Does anyone know the proper forum for filing complaints against the lack of law enforcement”

    I don’t have an answer to this, but I look forward to learning what others have to say. That said, reporting crimes is probably a missing part of the equation. If people aren’t calling the police, the incident stats aren’t mounting, and patrols will not be increased. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

  • Pat

    Blueskyguy,

    How is it living in the land of Oz? Or have you been intercepting that crack rock gettin slinged around your neighborhood?

  • Pat

    Blueskyguy,

    How is it living in the land of Oz? Or have you been intercepting that crack rock gettin slinged around your neighborhood?

  • Pat

    Peckhammer, your first comment on this thread is SO true. I was laughing so hard at your coment, because it is 100% accurate. I used to live down there are it was more of a liability than anything. Live down there and roll the dice with your safety.

  • Pat

    Peckhammer, your first comment on this thread is SO true. I was laughing so hard at your coment, because it is 100% accurate. I used to live down there are it was more of a liability than anything. Live down there and roll the dice with your safety.