Value of South Lake Union property more than doubles in a year.

The Allen Institute headquarters opened in December 2015.

The Allen Institute, which plans to more than double its employee count, has been on a buying spree in the area around its new building.

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County health officials identify two measles cases in South Lake Union

King County Public Health officials announced that they have confirmed measles in a six-month-old child and the child’s parent. Both had recently traveled to Asia and neither had been immunized to the disease.

Officials determined the patients had been in several public locations in South Lake Union and downtown before they were diagnosed. Any unimmunized people who may have been exposed will most likely show symptoms between March 21 and April 8.

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Council committee approves South Lake Union rezone

A Seattle City Council committee took a step forward Tuesday in rezoning South Lake Union, Lower Queen Anne, and Downtown neighborhoods.

The Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Zoning committee voted 3-0 to forward the legislation, which would allow taller building heights in exchange for affordable housing. 

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Vestal closes temporarily in South Lake Union

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Josh Henderson and Huxley Wallace Collective seem to have hit a rough patch in South Lake Union. The restaurant group opened a slew of new eateries throughout Seattle in 2016 and already replaced one of them — boundary-pushing Pacific Northwest-inspired taco spot Bar Noroeste — with Kiki Ramen, dialing back the creativity and catering more directly to the Amazonia lunch and happy-hour crowds.

Now, Henderson has also closed high-end, highly-regarded, wood-fired Vestal and plans to reopen it in late April or early May with the same name but a pared-down concept: counter service, lower-priced comfort food in the $10 to $20 range, quicker turnaround, and — you guessed it — a renewed focus on lunch and happy hour, plus brunch this summer. “I think we were doing good stuff but I honestly think people want a little bit easier, they want casual,” Henderson told Eater, echoing a comment he made about opening Kiki Ramen “to do what the neighborhood wants.”

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Eastlake Community Council events March/April 2017

The Eastlake Community Council offers notice of the following events and opportunities. Background is in the links and also the winter Eastlake News—on-line by clicking here

Tomorrow’s City Council public workshop soliciting public comment on the Mayor’s proposed one-story plus increase in allowable height for all residential and commercial lots in Eastlake —  Mon., March 13, 6-8:45 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. (in cafeteria). Childcare, snacks, and drinks are all provided. Official announcement is here.  

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Taller buildings proposed for South Lake Union

Downtown Seattle and South Lake Union are the next neighborhoods where Mayor Ed Murray wants to allow taller buildings in exchange for help with affordable housing.

Under the proposed upzone, new projects would be allowed to climb one or several stories higher, depending on location. In some cases, projects would be allowed more floor area.

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Capital One moving Seattle team to South Lake Union as it boosts tech hiring

Capital One is developing a digital-innovation hub, similar to this one in San Francisco, in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. (Courtesy of Capital One/Courtesy of Capital One)

Capital One is developing a digital-innovation hub, similar to this one in San Francisco, in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. (Courtesy of Capital One/Courtesy of Capital One)

Capital One is moving its Seattle team to a new space in South Lake Union as the bank plans to boost its tech hiring in the area.

The company finalized a lease Tuesday at 501 Eastlake Ave. E. for 40,000 square feet in the building’s top two floors.

Capital One plans to hire between 50 and 75 employees this year in its Seattle office, which now has about 150 workers, said Sunjay Pandey, the Seattle site lead. The new positions will be almost entirely technical: data scientists, software engineers, designers and the like.

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Vulcan sells Pan Pacific Hotel in South Lake Union

Paul Allen’s development firm built the 153-room hotel, which is part of a condo, retail and Whole Foods complex, at the prominent corner of Denny Way and Westlake Avenue, in 2006 at the start of the South Lake Union neighborhood’s transformation. (DEAN RUTZ/The Seattle Times)

The latest deal means Vulcan has now sold its full development project at the corner of Denny Way and Westlake Avenue for $144 million.

Vulcan has unloaded the luxury Pan Pacific Hotel for $79 million, its latest sell-off in South Lake Union.

Paul Allen’s development firm built the 153-room hotel, which is part of a condo, retail and Whole Foods complex, at the prominent corner of Denny Way and Westlake Avenue, in 2006 at the start of the South Lake Union neighborhood’s transformation. Vulcan sold the other parts of the complex for $65 million a year ago.

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South Lake Union Seattle’s hottest spot for rising wages

Among Seattle neighborhoods, median wages of residents are predictably rising fastest in South Lake Union. But the 10 neighborhoods showing the biggest income gains are spread all around the city, from Rainier Beach to Matthews Beach.

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Eastlake Community Council Newsletter Feb 2017

The Eastlake Community Council offers notice of the following neighborhood events and opportunities. Background is in the links and also the winter Eastlake News—on-line by clicking here.

Public meeting with open mike to dream about and discuss neighborhood projects, needs, and priorities Tues., Feb. 7, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. In this popular format, all comers have some time at the “open mike” to discuss their preferred neighborhood needs/issues/questions, or react to others. Please speak out, or hear your neighbors out, on [your topic, or theirs, here].  Can’t come?  Please send your questions and thoughts to ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org.

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