First Hill Residential Tower Gets Approval from City’s East Design Review Board

The frantic pace of development that Seattle is witnessing in its multifamily sector is set to see another spike after news recently hit regarding a brand new residential tower project on First Hill. According to the Department of Planning and Development’s website, an application was accepted for a multifamily project at 800 Columbia Street. The developer for the intriguing project is Alecta, a European pension fund that currently has no less than three different multifamily developments in the pipeline for Seattle.

Seattle’s frantic pace of multifamily development is set to see another spike with the announcement of a brand-new residential tower project on First Hill. According to the Department of Planning and Development’s website, European pension fund Alecta will build the project at 800 Columbia St. And that is just one of three different multifamily developments it has in the pipeline for Seattle.

The proposed 30-story residential tower was designed by Weber-Thompson, a Seattle architectural firm responsible for a few entries on the city’s skyline. The design plans approved by the East Design Review Board include 287 units, with floor plans ranging from studio to two-bedroom units. Parking would be provided for a total of 234 vehicles, and about 9,000 square feet of space around the new structure would be turned into a new park for the community. According to an urbnlivn piece, the units might end up being marketed as condominiums, but nothing is official as of yet.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes that the purpose of the design review was because the developer wanted exemptions from design rules to allow a reduction in the size of building wall setbacks. It also wished to incorporate a garage door that would accommodate two-way traffic.   

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Rendering courtesy of weberthompson.com