Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hard Rock Cafe New Years Eve Update - Opening Feb 2010

The Hard Rock operations crew was in town this week to snap some photos for their Seattle Facebook Fan Page - you can check them out here: Hard Rock Cafe Seattle Facebook Fan Page

The fan page went up yesterday, and within one hour they already had 100 followers...pretty amazing. I've attached two i-phone shots from a tour yesterday to this post - one is of the 2nd floor stage, and the other is a shot of the kitchen line.

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Based on the photos, you can see they are working quickly to ensure a February 2010 opening date.

Have a safe and happy New Years Eve.

- Urban Visions

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tenant Highlight: Jackstraw @ The Colonial Grand Pacific Building

Jack Straw Filaments, an Urban Visions' tenant at The Colonial Grand Pacific Building, is a high-end men's clothing store located on First Avenue between Spring and Seneca Street.

Since its opening in September of last year, owners John Richards and Paola Medina have effectively distinguished Jack Straw Filaments as one of Seattle’s most innovative and exciting men’s clothing stores. Featuring designers such as Issey Miyake, Gilded Age, and Comme de Garcon, the boutique appeals to Seattle’s more fashion-conscious men who appreciate classic, well-made clothing. The store will begin to feature women's wear in 2010.

The store itself is immaculately decorated and is often described as a sort of sanctuary for shoppers. With imaginative window displays, inviting leather chairs and rustic brick walls, Jack Straw is a refreshing anomaly amongst today’s more pervasive and impersonal department stores.

Go experience the world of Jack Straw for yourself! Beginning January 2nd, the boutique’s “It’s Snowing Sale” will be featuring 40-50% off all Fall Clothing, and 75% off selected items!

Jack Straw Filaments is open Monday-Saturday 11-6, and Sunday 12-5.

- Ashley Smith

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Hard Rock Cafe Construction Update

Construction continues at The Liberty Building, Hardrock Cafe's new Seattle location along Pike Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue. The opening is now slated for early 2010 . Here is an update straight from their website:

"Hard Rock Cafe Seattle is scheduled for sometime in early 2010. Please keep checking back with us. We'll keep you updated as we know more. We can assure you, though, that once the Cafe does open, it is going to be amazing and well worth the wait. Thanks for being fans. We'll see you in Seattle very soon."

For more information, check out

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Video Tours Added to Site

We released several new video tours of available spaces this week - they are located on the right hand side of the blog, and will also be featured on our new website when it launches in January of 2010( Note that is also an additional address we created last month for our blog (easier to remember).

Thursday, December 10, 2009

WSDOT pays developer Urban Visions for SODO land

Seattle, WA, November 25, 2009 – The Washington State Department of Transportation paid two Urban Visions' LLCs for 3.98 acres of land it needs for the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project. The land consists of 2 parcels located at the Northwest corner of First Avenue South and South Royal Brougham Way. The sale price equates to $258 per square foot.

Greg Smith, owner and CEO of Urban Visions, bought the land in 1999 with plans to develop the site into a one million SF sustainable mixed-used project. The state began leasing the land from Smith two years ago. WSDOT also purchased another 3.8 acre parcel of land from Smith in 2007, due west of the land it just purchased. He purchased the property ten years ago for $10.25 million.

The site will be used for part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall replacement program.

For more information please refer to the DJC article here.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Smith Announces New Plans for 2nd & Pike Parcel

Urban Visions has announced plans to develop a 35-story LEED-certified apartment tower on the corner of Second Avenue and Pike Street. The 340-unit apartment project is being designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects and will feature a destination “Sky Bar” and restaurant overlooking Pike Place Market. According to Urban Visions CEO and owner Greg Smith, the tower is being designed with the “creative-class urban worker” in mind and “will be a place that people want to hang out.”

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In addition to the “Sky Bar,” amenities will include a pet walk, tenant lounge, workout facility, wine lockers, bike storage, and underground parking. Apartments will be on the smaller side, with mostly studios and one-bedrooms averaging around 920 square feet. “I think given the economic environment looking forward, larger units of the past will be less desirable based on their total cost to rent,” said Smith. “Smaller, well-designed efficient units will be in large demand.”

Urban Visions had announced plans in 2007 to develop a Candela Hotel/condo complex on the site, which is currently a parking lot. Given the current economic environment, however, the firm has opted against working with Candela Hotel. Smith believes apartments will be the first market to bounce back post-recession. As of now, no construction date or contractor have been set.

- Ashley Smith