Belltown News


The Russell Investments Center in downtown Seattle is getting a big-name tenant come Spring-The Boeing Company. According to a Seattle Times article, Boeing will lease space on three floors (17, 41 and 42) with room for 80 offices dedicated to the commercial airplanes division. The transaction was due in part to the overgrowth of the office space in Renton. For more information, please see the full real estate story here.

Yesterday in Belltown, police and medics arrived to a building on 2nd Avenue and Virginia after receiving reports of a man dangling, presumably dead, off the side of a building. When dispatchers got to the man, they realized he was a dummy. The dummy was a prop used for a LifeWise health insurance advertisement. The dummy was intended to be a man painting the sign, but had slumped over, making him look like a lifeless person instead. My coworker took a picture (left) of a real person hanging off of the side building next to the dummy propping him back up. Check out the full story and more pictures at the Seattle Pi website.

The owner of Smith Tower in downtown Seattle, Walton Street Capital of Chicago, has sold their $42.5M mortgage on the building after defaulting, reported the Seattle Times today. Walton Street Capital of Chicago purchased the building back in 2006 with the loan from Lehman Brothers Holding Inc., which declared bankruptcy in 2008. The buyer, CBRE Capital Partners, purchased the loan from Munchener Hypothekenbank of Germany, who acquired it from Lehman Brothers. CBRE Capital Partners has yet to comment on their future plans for the Smith Tower. For more information, see the full article here.

The folks from “The Today Show” were in Seattle today filming for an episode set to air on Friday, October 21st, according to a bystander. Kathie Lee Gifford and co-host Hoda Kotb stopped by the Pike Place Market to see the infamous fish throwing and check out the Space Needle. My coworker snapped this picture of “Road Closed” signs near the Pike Place Market Pike St. entrance this morning on his way to the office. I can only assume they were set up to keep the crowds away while Kathie and Hoda filmed. Check out the website and see clips of the Seattle episode here.