Should an office tower rise over the city’s South Lake Union streetcar garage?

A developer has proposed building a five-story underground parking garage beneath the site of the Seattle streetcar barn and an 11-story office building above it.  (Steve Ringman/Steve Ringman)

A developer has proposed building a five-story underground parking garage beneath the site of the Seattle streetcar barn and an 11-story office building above it. (Steve Ringman/Steve Ringman)

As it embarks on a major expansion of its streetcar system, Seattle wants to sell the land below its South Lake Union streetcar-maintenance site to a developer that would construct an office building adjacent to and over the garage.

Early next month the Seattle Department of Transportation will begin a $177 million expansion of its streetcar system downtown and will buy 10 more streetcars to run on the new tracks.

Soon after, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) wants to sell the land below its streetcar-maintenance facility to a developer that would build a five-story underground parking garage beneath the site and an 11-story office building above it.

Wait, what?

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/should-an-office-tower-rise-over-the-citys-south-lake-union-streetcar-garage/

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