Construction continues on the building out my back door, on the corner of 3rd and Cedar, at the north end of Belltown. That’s a 27-story, 298-unit project that will create Seattle’s most densely populated single block. Just across the alley from the newcomer is the building where I lease a studio, a 20-year-old condo tower called Seattle Heights, 26 stories tall, with 239 units.
The new project now has a name, too: Dimension by Alta, and a completion date, spring of 2014. No word yet on rental rates, but the amenities will include a bike repair station, a 2,500-square-foot lounge, a rooftop deck, and a street-level “expression room” for music and the creative arts.
The developers, Wood Partners, spent several years in a zoning standoff with the Seattle Heights Condominium Owners Association that was eventually resolved, with Wood paying SHCOA a substantial indemnity and picking up the legal fees.
Founded in Atlanta 15 years ago, Wood Partners is one of the nation’s largest developers of high-end residential real estate. In Seattle, Wood has also developed a low-rise neighborhood project in Wedgewood, Jasper by Alta.