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Seattle’s densest residential block

Belltown constructionConstruction 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.

2 Comments on "Seattle’s densest residential block"

  1. I do not live in Seattle Heights, but I find this building to be an example of how this city uses the excuse of density to allow this type of zoning. I feel very sorry for the folks at Seattle Heights who have lost both privacy and light, and who now can practically reach out and touch their neighbors across the alley.

  2. I am one of the aforementioned pitiable wretches who lost both privacy and light thanks to this new building. I do want to offer my sinceset congratulations, however, to the developer and architect who managed, despite considerable competition, to build what is beyone question the butt ugliest monstrosity of a building that’s been erected in Seattle in the past quarter century. I’m particularly fond of the retro Holiday Inn brick work on the lower floors. Nice touch. I suppose it’s too much to ask for another McGuire Buidling calamity?

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