JC Penny is coming back to Downtown Seattle according to reports which put the new store on 3rd and Pike. JC Penny has not confirmed the reports but real estate sources confirm the news. Click the link to read more details.
After several incidents of falling glass panes, a general contractor for the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences building in downtown Seattle is removing the remaining pieces of glass that line the residence balconies. On Sunday, the piece fell onto a glass awning over the sidewalk. The awning cracked but didn’t break, and no one was harmed. There are 300 glass panels in the building that will be removed. In the meantime, the building’s owners will work on a new railing concept for the residence balconies. For more information, see the full Seattle Times article here.
The Belltown restaurant combo Ventana and Twist officially closed this week. Although I had never been to Ventana, I have been to Twist multiple times. The last time was a couple weekends ago for a friend’s birthday. It did seem surprisingly dead for a Belltown club on a Friday night, but we had fun sitting in the unoccupied VIP section without being bothered by Twist security. The only thing that put a damper on the night was the older couple at the front bar lip-locked for nearly an hour. Apparently Ventana and Twist were raved for having some of the best happy hours in the neighborhood, so I assume people will be sad to see them go. A reason for the closure has not been released, but we wish the owners good luck in future endeavors.
A giant carbon-steel flower pot on Seventh Avenue and Union Street, a new piece for the Garden Walk project, is reaching its finals stages of construction. The piece called “Urban Garden” by artist Ginny Ruffner is comprised of a flower pot, holding a variety of flowers including a daisy, bluebells and a tulip. There is also a red watering can. The piece will feature moving parts when it is completed, making the daisy and bluebells move and causing the watering can to tip. The Garden Walk project is an effort from the Sheraton Seattle to make the area more pedestrian friendly which includes other improvements like landscaping and canopies. This is the final step of a 7 year, $2.5 million project and a celebration will be held on July 21st. Please visit the Ginny Ruffner Urban Garden page for more information and details on the project.
The high-rise building 1918 Eighth Avenue in downtown Seattle will be getting a new tenant; Amazon.com. Amazon.com will be leasing 460,000 sf of office space from the building, managed by Schnitzer West who also developed the building that houses Amazon’s headquarters in South Lake Union. The building was constructed in 2009 and features a fitness center, concierge, and coffee shop.