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Monday, June 2, 2008

The Village and the District

posted by on June 2 at 14:29 PM

New Village

Ah, University Village… a bounty of Apple products, flavored coffee, and family apparel. If only there were more of it. Pray tell, what is this: Plans for four more emporiums built in three phases over coming years? Yes, it’s all true.


One of the buildings by Perkowitz+Ruth Architects

In the design proposal, developer Blumen Consulting Group says the new plans are geared to “create an urban densification.” (Here’s a big diagram of the U-Village layout.) Some day, if U-Village keeps building, U-Village may feel less like a Potemkin Mall and just a teensy bit more like part of the city. Calls to Blumen with pressing questions like, “How big will Abercrombie Baby be?” have not been returned. Ask them tonight at an early-design guidance meeting at 6:30 p.m. in room 209 of the University Heights Community Center, 5031 University Way Northeast.

New District

Just look that these houses—rentals off the freeway in the University District.


They hold the ghosts of a million killed kegs. Base Capital plans to build warehouse-style apartments on the grave site, zoned for mid-rise development, using architectural precedent from the Agnes Loft on Capitol Hill. It will stand 6 stories and contain 24 units.


Shugart Bates

The decision to build the 47th and 7th Flats “was more opportunistic than anything else,” says Kevin Nagai of Base Capital, which notices the parcel was for sale while developing condos across the street. Most of the developer’s properties up to now have been built in suburbs and exurbs, he says. “We were actually looking for places to develop infill in the city,” says Nagai. “The land was just getting so expensive even in outskirts to build apartments.”

An early design guidance meeting is tonight at 8:00 p.m. in room 209 of the University Heights Community Center, 5031 University Way Northeast.

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Oh, I just love Abercrombie Baby ziggurat-shaped urban densifications!

Seriously... What is that?

Posted by k | June 2, 2008 2:43 PM

Infill? What a hunk of crappy jargon. Kind of worse than densification.
But I'm still pumped for H&M.

Posted by bronkitis | June 2, 2008 2:57 PM

about New District - they'll all have such great views of I-5!!! depressing

Posted by jackseattle | June 2, 2008 3:23 PM

Thank god they are starting to build up the U-District. Apartment prices are insane.

Posted by Cale | June 2, 2008 3:30 PM

Wow! Giant ceremonial stairs to nowhere! They've really thought of everything now.

Posted by Brian | June 2, 2008 3:33 PM

@5 - they have some at Gasworks Park too - totally unusable, in practice.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 2, 2008 3:44 PM

"Base Capital"? What a terrific name. I assume they're affiliated with Al-qaeda.

Posted by Nat | June 2, 2008 4:04 PM

Dominic. Instead of writing about the developers, perhaps you could write about the effect that the gentrification of the U-District area has had on undergrad students at the UW?

Many of them are now living at home well into their 20s because most of the group houses that used to cater to them have been sold, apartments are being turned into condos, tuition and dorm costs keep rising, and new apartments like the one you describe are not likely to adequately meet their student income needs.

Posted by Trevor | June 2, 2008 4:05 PM

70th is the new 47th!

Posted by sam e. | June 2, 2008 4:22 PM

Trevor, grad students live for the ability to tell other people how hard they have it.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 2, 2008 4:55 PM

And thus the death of another DIY show house.


Posted by highfives | June 2, 2008 5:18 PM


Seconded, beat me to it. I have fond memories of those houses, including black & white gay bear porn and having to shepherd underage friends into the alley after the only honest police raid of a party I've ever seen in this town. Hell, I think I had a crush on a girl who lived in the basement in one of those houses and rode freight trains.

Sigh, I don't mind progress, and this city needs density, it's just that it always seems to come at the price of what makes the city livable and vibrant in the first place, dig?

Posted by juris | June 2, 2008 5:50 PM

@11/12: I loved shows there, such a great little space with nice people running it all. Bummer.

Posted by Aaron Edge | June 2, 2008 6:21 PM

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