Tuesday, November 1, 2011

"Pioneer Square Is About To Get A New Neighbor"

We've engaged Brandon Weber and Owen Rice with Seattle's CBRE office to represent 200 Occidental, our forthcoming office/residential/retail development in the heart of Pioneer Square.  

CBRE sent the following email out this morning - stay tuned for details! 

Monday, October 24, 2011

DJC: Developer Proposes a Parking Garage Under Occidental Park

 "Capital follows intellectual capital, and that's flowing here,” said Smith, who said he hopes to start both projects next year." 

An article in today's Daily Journal of Commerce focuses on two of Urban Visions' upcoming development projects: 200 Occidental and 2nd & Pike Tower Click here to read the article. 

200 Occidental is a 130' tall, mixed-use development in the heart of Pioneer Square.  It will feature 130,000 SF of class A office space, 83,000 SF of market rate housing, and ground floor retail spilling out onto Occidental Park.  Urban Visions' will be announcing more details about the project in the next few weeks. 

2nd & Pike Tower is a 440' tall apartment tower located near Pike Place Market along Seattle's busiest pedestrian corridor, Pike Street.  The project will host approximately 370 market rate apartment units with a strategic location near Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, the retail core, Benaroya Hall, and the CBD. More details to be announced soon about this project as well. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Pioneer Square, Seattle's Technology Hub, is Booming

Big lease transactions, substantial investment sales, and shovels in the ground!  The list of recent activity in Pioneer Square goes on and on.  Its a clear toast to this unique area's future, and it reaffirms a fundamental trend: Pioneer Square is the place to be. 

One of Urban Visions' development projects in the pipeline is located in the heart of Pioneer Square @  200 Occidental.  At 130' tall, this mixed-use development will add 130,000 SF of Class A+ office, 72 market rate housing units, ground floor retail spilling out onto Occidental Park, and space that could one day house a trolley maintenance facility.  We plan to announce more information soon so watch for that in the news.  Below is a project rendering, as well as a summary of recent articles highlighting exciting activity in the area. 

Rendering of 200 Occidental looking North East

 Below is a summary of recent articles highlighting the area's latest developments...

1)  Tech companies lead 'renaissance' in Seattle's Pioneer Square 

“In a world where every little competitive edge is going to help you recruit an employee — especially from some of those larger firms — I think all of that in Pioneer Square puts us a step ahead of other competing organizations that aren’t in Pioneer Square.”

2)  HTC look's to expand in Seattle's Pioneer Square, but space is limited

 Taiwanese smartphone company HTC Corp. is looking to expand its footprint in Seattle’s Pioneer Square area....The company is thought to be looking for about 50,000 square feet

3)  Ground Breaking on North Lot begins new era in Pioneer Square

Over the next decade, the development is projected to generate more than $727 million in economic activity.

4)  Groundbreaking on North Lot begins new era for Pioneer Square

“We’re on the cusp of the greatest economic recovery for Pioneer Square since Gold Rush days..."

5)  Land sale sets stage for big Pioneer Square project

The developers plan to break ground this week on the project's first phase — 444 apartments in 10- and 25-story towers, plus retail and parking.

6)  Pioneer Square has tech, needs tribe

"When you get down to it, Pioneer Square is the most beautiful neighborhood in the city, precisely because it’s so mismatched".  

7)  Pioneer Square Office Building's sell for $124.8 Million

The 505 1st Ave office building recently sold for a staggering $128 Million

8)  705 Union Sells for $38 Million

Leases for about 300,000 square feet of office space in the area [Pioneer Square] have been signed in the last four months. Among the new tenants are Cobalt, Isilon and Zulily.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2nd & Pike Master Use Permit Issued

The Master Use Permit for Urban Visions' 2nd & Pike Tower was officially issued by the Seattle DPD on Monday, allowing Urban Visions to proceed with "a 35-story structure with 290 residential units above 14,850 sq. ft. of retail & restaurant space. Parking for 389 vehicles to be provided below grade."

More information about the project MUP issuance can be found here.

A write up in the Seattle PI also provides some interesting context:

Seattle PI:  A 'Sky Bar' at Second and Pike
For additional information, please contact Greg or Broderick Smith @ 206.262.2880. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

2nd & Pike site on MSNBC.com

The 2nd & Pike site, and more specifically, our tenant "Maximus Minimus", was featured on the front page of MSNBC.com last week.  You can learn more about Maximus Minimus by clicking here

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Seattle Comprehensive Plan

Every 7 years, Seattle updates its Comprehensive Plan, a response to the Growth Management Act of 1990.  The plan is used for policy moving forward, specifically related to "land use, transportation, housing, capital facilities and utilities. The City's plan also includes elements addressing neighborhood planning, human development, and the environment." 

So how will Seattle grow over the next 20 years?  Voice your opinion online here.   

The entire Comprehensive Plan Review process is outlined below, with any potential decisions by City Council not expected until late 2012 or early 2013:
  • Summer 2011:  Scoping & Public Discussion
  • Fall 2011:  City Council Scoping Resolution; Public Input into First Draft
  • Winter/Spring 2010:  Draft for Public Discussion
  • Summer/Fall 2012:  Revised Draft based on Public Comments
  • Late 2012/Early 2013:  City Council Consideration

Monday, June 20, 2011

Scale Model of Seattle is back!

After 2 years in hiding, our scale model of Seattle is back in action. Stop by our new office and check it out: 816 2nd Avenue - Suite 300 (located @ the intersection of 2nd Avenue & Marion Street, above the Metropolitan Grill). 

Friday, March 25, 2011

2nd & Pike Tower Information Summary

Below is a dashboard summary of 2nd & Pike Tower; watch for more information regarding development beginning in April.

For any additional questions, please contact Greg Smith or Broderick Smith @ 206.262.2880.

2nd & Pike Summary

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Potential Apartment Site in Pioneer Square

As reported on "The New Pioneer Square" blog today, we recently co-hosted a design charette at the Olson-Kundig offices in Pioneer Square.  Along with Tom Kundig and his team, we surveyed a group of young urban professionals who lived and/or worked in Pioneer Square.  Our goal was to better understand what Generation-Y wants in an apartment, and then apply that insight into our design discussions for two development sites in the area:  "200 Occidental" and "167 S. Washington".  The write-up mainly discusses 167 S. Washington and can be found here:  

If you are interested in participating at one of the future focus groups, please contact us at Info@urbanvisions.com. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

'Seattle pushing for more electric vehicle infrastructure' - King5 News

King 5 News ran a segment this morning on Seattle's Electric Vehicle Charging Station Infrastructure; the story was filmed inside the Stadium Nissan showroom (video below).

At roughly 1:20 into the video, Greg discusses his goals regarding the electric vehicle infrastructure as both a property owner and a business owner: 

"From our perspective, its not about making money on this location [referring to the EcoTality charging stations we will install at 2nd & Pike later this year].  Its about educating the public about the electric car, the electric car infrastructure, that it is here, and what it can do for them". 

If you have any questions regarding the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure or are interested in learning more about our experience with it so far, please feel free to contact us direct at (206) 262-2880.

If you'd like to check out some of the first charging stations in the City, stop by Stadium Nissan of Seattle.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Rent vs. Buy

This week's Puget Sound Business Journal highlights an emerging trend in our region: more renters, fewer buyers.  Is this trend here to stay?  Several local experts, including Greg Smith, tackle this issue in the article.  

Photo by Dan Schlatter

Click the image to redirect to the PSBJ.   

Note: Article available only to subscribers of the PSBJ.