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This Friday is Seattle PARK(ing) Day! For one day only, temporary mini parks pop up throughout the city for Seattleites to turn on-street parking spaces into public places. The pseudo-parks offer a variety of public enjoyment from live music, coffee & lemonade stands, visual and interactive art initiatives. Seattle’s PARK(ing) day is a part of a larger,  international awareness program that hope to remind people how to repurpose our streets to create a more walkable, livable, and healthy city.

This is the biggest year yet for the event, as over 50 pop-up parks are slated to spout up across Seattle. With extended hours of 10:00am to 7:00pm, you’ll have all day to go check out how your favorite neighborhoods are using their spaces to give back to the city.

Click here to find out where the pop-up parks are in your neighborhood!

Below are the parks happening in Belltown! Check them out!

 

Lauri Watkins & Mary Saucier Belltown 2509 4th Ave Fingerpaint Island will be a public art station for people to get creative! Handwash station included (rinse + santizer).
National Park Service Belltown 2901 Western Ave An interactive acoustical map will allow participants to experience the soundscapes of diverse national parks, right from the city.
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Belltown 1932 1st Ave Public led, temporary art installation.
Point Consulting Belltown 2222 2nd Ave Belltown Art Park for people to create art and watch others create. Includes tables, benches, art supplies, and easels.
Swift Company Belltown 2801 Alaskan Way A display of the timeline of “parking.”

 

We’ve all heard the joke about Seattle seasons, there is: almost winter, winter, still raining (spring) and construction (summer), and for good reason! If you’ve taken a look or even a walk around downtown Seattle, you can’t miss the infestation of cranes and construction sites – there is one on just about every block.

In June, the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) released the 2015 Mid-Year Development Guide, which is an online resource examining development activity in Downtown Seattle. The development guide is published bi-annually, the Seattle one being published in February which reports for the prior year, and one is published in June which is a mid-year summary.

The June 2015 Mid-Year Development Guide Reported (via Downtown Seattle):

-Downtown Seattle has 106 projects currently under construction, about to begin construction, or have been completed since January 2014. This is more projects than 2005 when tracking development began.

– Currently residential projects outnumber commercial projects, however those are making a huge climb in numbers, four times as much.

–  There are three times as much apartment units and almost twice as many total residential units under construction in comparison to Seattle’s last development cycle in 2007.

– The average cost of each project is at the highest it’s been in the past decade with currently $4 billion in 48 projects.

Screen Shot 2013-08-06 at 5.27.02 PMThat high cost of each project is a reflection of the projects themselves. Seattle is seeing very sizable projects such as, The Mark, which will be the fifth largest building in Seattle standing at 660-foot tower, the Insignia Tower is the largest condominium development, and Amazon’s two new developments: the Troy Block of which is 800,000 sf along with an additional four block development which will offer the company another four million square feet.

Obviously, there is a domino effect happening here – the fact that Seattle’s job market is cooking, developers have identified companies like Amazon, Facebook, Expedia and others need office space and their employees need living quarters. If you build it, they will come.

 

Kirkland’s miniature golf themed Flatstick Pub is officially expanding to Pioneer Square and plans to welcome guests in early 2016. The nine-hole miniature golf course and tap house has found a home below Second and Main and will join the location’s current residents Good Bar, Pizzeria Gabiano and the Elm Coffee Roasters.

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The games and all-Washington pouring taps are corner stones of the Kirkland location and are promised to carry over to the sister space. Though the space is slated to serve beer and wine only, they still boast their extensive all-Washington beer and cider flowing from 24 taps in the new location.

The subterranean location itself has a fascinating history and was formerly the home to Snoqualmie Falls Power Company and spent 27 years as the original Comedy Underground. The renovation and the preservation of the Furuya and the Corgiat buildings which reside above the space has been an intensive project over the past few years and has yielded a great space.

 

The Out to Lunch Concert Summer Series resumes this week, in fact the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra is kicking it off today at noon! But don’t worry, if you can’t catch today’s concert there is one tomorrow, and a ton throughout the summer!

The summer concert series has been providing Downtown Seattle workers a much needed excuse to get outside and hear great music from notable Seattle musicians. It’s a great lunch break and the best part is the concert series is completely free!

If you are not in the downtown area and still want to catch the concert, parking is convenient (and reasonable too) thanks to DowntownSeattleParking.com, which shows where to find the cheapest garage rates. Awesome!

Come get some sunshine and celebrate Seattle music!

 

According to public records, Beacon Capital Partners just paid more than $13.1 million for a full block of prime Seattle waterfront property. The early-20th century Maritime building sits 5-stories high at 911 Western Ave..  Seattle’s plans of building a $1 billion waterfront promenade once the Alaskan Way Viaduct is removed, has caught the attention of many real estate companies looking to cash in on the venture. After the removal of the viaduct, this building will be sitting pretty with a wonderful waterfront view.

Beacon, one of the most active real estate investment companies, says the Puget Sound Business Journal, currently owns Seattle’s tallest office building, the Columbia Center. Recently Beacon placed the 76-story, $725 million building on the market and are talks to sell to Hong Kong-based investors, Gaw Capital Partners. Purchased by Beacon in 2007 for $621 million, the towers initial occupancy rate fell to a painful 60 percent, which is now up to a promising 91 percent leased.

In picking up the waterfront Maritime building on Western, Beacon has the option, per zoning rules, to build a 160-foot-tall mixed commercial building, but the company hasn’t shared what their plans are for the space. Nonetheless, with all the promise of the planned Seattle waterfront face lift, it seems like this may be a prime investment piece.