Amazon, South Lake Union: Tech, Business and Art, Too

The transformation of Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood from a quiet area of light industry and wholesale florists to a neighborhood of high-rise office buildings housing Amazon’s global empire has not been all business. Set among its many walkways and plazas are 20 site-specific public artworks by some of Seattle’s leading artists, commissioned by developer Vulcan Real Estate. While some loom large, others announce themselves more discreetly to the blue-badge-wearing workers venturing out for lunch or another meeting. Although privately funded, the pieces are available for all to experience.

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There Be Dragons on the Lake! The Seattle Flying Dragon Boat Club

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Dragon Boats. Perhaps you’ve seen them cruising or flashing by on Lake Union where Seattle Flying Dragon Boat Club practices more than 200 times a year, year-round. Dragon boat racing is the oldest continuously practiced team sport in the world, dating back 2,400 years in China where it continues at that country’s national sport. Over the millennia the tradition has evolved into an international competitive sport. An estimated 50 million participate in dragon boat paddling yearly in more than 100 countries.

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Brouwers Cafe

Br0uwers
400 North 35th Street
Seattle,WA 98103
(206) 267-2437
http://brouwerscafe.blogspot.com/
Daily:11:00 am–2:00 am
Happy Hour:3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Rating:
***
Ratings guide:
**** extraordinary
*** excellent
** good
* fair

New to the realm of craft brewing,I was told by a friend,a beer aficionado,that he could not simply tell me the differences in a pale ale and a pilsner,I would have to taste it. And to do so,there was no better place than Brouwer’s in Fremont. Being a rather curious animal,I took his advice.

 

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ZymoGenetics won’t renew South Lake Union lease

ZymoGenetics, located in the old Seattle City Light Steam Plant on along Lake Union.

ZymoGenetics will soon leave its high-profile former Seattle City Light Steam Plant building in the South Lake Union neighborhood.

The biotechnology company’s parent, Bristol-Myers Squibb, said Tuesday that it would not renew its lease at the site in 2019.

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Eastlake events include Food Bank drive, Dec. 17 P-Patch solstice celebration, and Dec. 23 holiday cruise amidst the lighted boats and grand finale concert on Lake Union

The Eastlake Community Council alerts you to the following neighborhood events and opportunities. Background is in the links and also the winter 2016 Eastlake News—on-line by clicking here (also soon to be in print).

Drive for the U District Food Bank  Dec. 1-22.  Collection barrels are at Lake Union Mail (117 E. Louisa St.) and Pete’s Super (58 E. Lynn St.). Needed food items include canned fruit; canned chicken, tuna, and salmon; soups and stews; peanut or other nut butters; shelf stable milk and milk alternatives; cereal; and cooking oil; and baby formula. Also needed are toiletries (bar soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, safety razors, shaving cream, etc.), diapers (especially for older babies), reusable shopping bags, and pet food. Funds are also needed. For background and to donate on-line, click here.

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Amazon gobbles up big Microsoft-occupied office building in Seattle

Amazon has done it again.

The ever-growing online retail giant leased another big office building in Seattle, the 320,000-square-foot Westlake Terry building in the South Lake Union neighborhood, where Amazon first planted its flag in 2007. Kilroy Realty Corp., the Los Angeles-based owner of the building, announced the 12-year lease Monday.

“We love working in the heart of Seattle and are looking forward to moving into another great office space,” John Schoettler, Amazon’s director of global real estate and facilities, said in a statement.

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Construction starts soon on mega South Lake Union residential project

The Onni Group plans to start construction on this residential development next to the Seattle Times' headquarters.

A Canadian real estate company next month will start building a three-tower project with a total of nearly 1,200 residential units in the South Lake Union neighborhood.

It’s part of a larger, two-phase project that is the largest market-rate development ever built in Seattle.

Located next to the Seattle Times, the full-block property for the first phase is the Times’ employee parking lot. In a Wednesday memo to employees about pending layoffs, Times Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Alan Fisco said this parking is going away because the developer is planning to start construction.

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Seattle Boats Afloat Show January 27 to February 4, 2017

aerial view of boat show

Trawlers and cruisers and sailboats…oh my! The Seattle Boat Show on South lake Union offers a variety of boats for all types of captains. In addition, hundreds of exhibitors offering the most up-to-date products including marine parts, engines, marinas and moorage, insurance, lending and repair are on deck at both locations. Ride the free shuttle from Century Link Field and take in all there is to see.

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Office tower topping South Lake Union’s 1929 Firestone building

Last week we saw the latest plans for a Martin Selig project that was being reduced. To bring balance back to the Seattle real estate scene, now let’s look at a Martin Selig project that will be adding stories.

Martin Selig Real Estate filed plans for the old Firestone auto care center at 400 Westlake Avenue N. in South Lake Union and will present them to the design review board on December 14. The proposal will take the the 1929 structure and drop a 160-foot office tower right on top of it, so to speak.

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Facebook set to double Seattle presence with another big new office

Facebook, which just opened a big Seattle office, is expanding again by leasing a pair of new South Lake Union buildings with the potential to double the tech giant’s presence in Seattle.

Paul Allen’s Vulcan Real Estate announced Friday that Facebook will be the sole office tenant of its new $246 million Arbor Blocks project, a project that just got underway along 8th Avenue between Harrison and Thomas streets.

 It’s the latest tech expansion in the rapidly-changing neighborhood. The offices will sit in the shadow of one of Amazon’s new mid-rises right next door, and is a few blocks down the street from Google’s upcoming South Lake Union campus, where construction is set to start next month

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