200 West Highland Facing Foreclosure Of 18 Units

The Seattle Times reports that 200 West Highland is in trouble, Prime Queen Anne condo project faces foreclosure. The 25 unit project has only sold 7 units:

In a notice filed Tuesday with King County, the bank said it intends to sell the 18 unsold units at 200 West Highland Drive at auction Aug. 6 unless developer Lorig Associates repays a $26 million loan.

The loan came due Jan. 1, according to the notice.

29013803 9 200 West Highland Facing Foreclosure Of 18 Units

They have 10 units on the MLS with prices ranging from $895k to $2 million.

Update: Lorig, the developer of the project has put out a press release on this story, “Condo Project Built by One of Seattle’s Most Respected Developers Falls Victim to the Economy and Changes in the Banking Industry”. Click through for the full release. Here’s the highlight:

Officials at Lorig Associates, one of Seattle’s most respected and long-standing developers, were caught by surprise yesterday by Bank of America’s decision to file a notice of foreclosure on the 200 West Highland Drive condominium development.

“We were caught completely by surprise,” said Bruce Lorig, Founder and CEO of Lorig Associates. “We had been working in good faith with Bank of America to sell the remaining units and were close to paying back the bank.”

Seven of the 25 units at 200 West Highland Drive have been sold and two more are currently under purchase and sale agreements.


Condo Project Built by One of Seattle’s Most Respected Developers Falls Victim to the Economy and Changes in the Banking Industry

Lorig Surprised by Bank Decision on 200 West Highland Drive

Seattle, WA − Officials at Lorig Associates, one of Seattle’s most respected and long-standing developers, were caught by surprise yesterday by Bank of America’s decision to file a notice of foreclosure on the 200 West Highland Drive condominium development.

“We were caught completely by surprise,” said Bruce Lorig, Founder and CEO of Lorig Associates. “We had been working in good faith with Bank of America to sell the remaining units and were close to paying back the bank.”

Seven of the 25 units at 200 West Highland Drive have been sold and two more are currently under purchase and sale agreements.

“This does not change our commitment to the project,” Lorig said. “We will continue to work hard to make 200 West Highland Drive a place that is a great housing investment and a neighborhood asset that will stand the test of time.”

Lorig Associates has been a fixture in Puget Sound development since its incorporation in 1972. Since that time the company has designed and built over 50 projects and continues to manage many of those.

“I am not a developer who walks away,” Lorig said. “In the 38 years we’ve been in business this is the first foreclosure we’ve faced. But we’ll get through this and do our utmost to protect the investments and the interests of those who have already purchased units at 200 West Highland Drive.”

“We have never experienced an economy as bad as this one and we have never seen banks forced to take actions that seem against their best interests,” Lorig continued. “This project is a good example of the new constraints that banks face.”

“We have been selling units at a pace and price that has the potential to pay back most of the bank loan,” said Lorig. “But the rules that banks now operate under require them to take properties back and sell them regardless of price just to get them off their books.”

Since 1972, Bruce Lorig has had a major impact on the Seattle housing market, creating such projects as the Baily Boushay House, Salishan Hope VI housing for Tacoma Housing Authority, and a wide variety of affordable student housing facilities at Oregon State University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University, St. Martin’s College, Seattle University and the University of Washington.

“Regardless of this project’s foreclosure, we will continue to create special urban places to live, work and shop,” said Alison Lorig, Managing Partner of Lorig Associates.

Alison said the company is near completion on the Tacoma Urban Waters building, which is one of the most environmentally sensitive buildings (LEED Platinum) that has ever been built in our area and is close to completing a community health clinic in South Seattle.

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  • betit

    why dont they just drop the prices a bit.. i would buy one of those for the view for sure.. just too expensive.

  • betit

    why dont they just drop the prices a bit.. i would buy one of those for the view for sure.. just too expensive.

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    The reality of the real estate market has simply caught up to this development. There’s just not that many buyers out there that can justify a purchase, over the high balance mortgage limit ($729,750), bringing in a 20% down-payment, and feel good about their job security, these days.