News for Renters and Building Admirers
You know you want to know. Yes, you definitely want a quick rundown on what has been circulating on the blogs and in the news these past few weeks.
First off, Queen Anne View really wants your vote on the most beautiful building in Seattle. Results will be published Sept 23 so don’t think too long before sending in your vote.
Next is news for you renters:
- The recent fires on Capitol Hill and in West Seattle are a good reminder that insurance isn’t a bad thing for renters. Seattle Times even put together a primer for college students (although any renter can benefit from knowing that renter’s insurance costs an average of $176/yr).
- According to the PSBJ, vacancy rates in the Seattle area rose slightly in Q3. Don’t think this gives you the advantage though, Renters, because average rents still managed to go up slightly and lease incentives declined.
On more apartments proposals being floated:
- Johnson Architects and Madrona Real Estate Investors are in preliminary planning stages to build a 6-story apartment building with retail on 14th Ave b/t Pike and Pine. They aim to retrofit the existing single story building to maintain the facade. [CHS Blog]
- Architects for Harvard & Highland (Studio Meng Strazzera) are putting their 3-story apartment proposal through Design Review tonight for the project located at 1145 10th Ave E. [CHS Blog]
And groundbreaking and demolition events:
- Spring Hill site demolition started on Sept 7 over in West Seattle. [West Seattle Blog]
- Also in West Seattle, the 183-unit Cooper and Youngstown building is to start construction any day now according to West Seattle Blog, and the Seattle PI says the apartments will be big.
- CHS Blog has photos of the demolition/salvage of the homes on Bellevue Ave E which were the site of the MadHomes exhibit earlier this year. Pointe 32 will be building apartments and updating the historic BelRoy apartments next door.
- My Ballard says the building planned for the former site of Sunset Bowl is Avalon Ballard. It broke ground on Sept 6 and will take approximately 18 months to complete the 233-unit apartment building. The Seattle Times mostly says the same except for the unit count of 265.
- Another project in Ballard broke ground just yesterday: Broadstone Koi at 1139 NW Market Street. That’s +166 apartments for Ballard. [My Ballard]
- Although it isn’t exactly a demolition or groundbreaking, it is also worth noting that the old INS Building (aka former jail) is being converted to artist space with $10M in funds from the city (or so says The Stranger).
Phew, is that it? I think it might be for now — but feel free to point me to any articles I may have missed since my last roundup.