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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Apartment tower & church project planned for South Lake Union

If you worship at the alter of technology, South Lake Union might just be your church. Now the home of Amazon and Vulcan is getting a new literal church, just in case there’s still a few people leftover looking for something a bit more traditional to worship.

Per DJC, developer Greystar has submitted plans with the city for a project at 200 Eighth Avenue N. that would include a 280-foot mixed-use apartment tower and a new church. Plans also call for four levels of underground parking for 281 vehicles.

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Blue Moon Burgers

920 Republican Street
Seattle,WA 98109
(206) 652-0400
Mon-Fri:11:00 am–8:00 pm
Sat-Sun:12:00 pm–8:00 pm
Ratings guide:
**** extraordinary
*** excellent
** good
* fair
Seattle is experiencing a burger boom with everyone vying to become “Best Burger.” After a recent trip to South Lake Union’s Blue Moon Burgers,I discovered that the Seattle standby now ranks as one of my new favorites. They recently revamped their burgers and the result is an irresistible improvement.


Lake Union Christmas Ship Events Announced


Holiday traditions in the Northwest start on the water with Argosy Cruises. The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship™ Festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Pacific Northwest tradition since 1949. Every year, the Argosy Christmas Ship™ sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, around 65 in total. Choirs on board give 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via our state-of-the-art speaker system. On shore, thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship™.

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Ba Bar Readies South Lake Union Location

Another day, another South Lake Union restaurant… This time, it’s a second location of Capitol Hill temple to Vietnamese street food, Ba Bar. Owners/siblings Eric and Sophie Banh (who also owns Monsoon and Seven Beef) have taken over the space vacated by Shanik early last year. Because they’re good people who want to take care of their employees, the Banhs are giving everyone at all the restaurants a paid Thanksgiving off and opening Ba Bar SLU on Saturday, Nov. 26. 

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MOHAI announces special holiday events, Edible City curator talk, and more this season!

SEATTLE, WA – Throughout the holiday season, the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) gives visitors great reasons to add history and culture to their festivities. With dynamic and innovative galleries, our featured exhibition Edible City: A Delicious Journey, Greet the Season on Nov. 26 and special events including a panel of the city’s prominent chefs, restaurateurs, and producers on Dec. 5, a trip to the museum is a great way to spend the holidays.

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