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Last week Bellevue-based Fana Group of Companies received approval at its latest design review for their 55-story mixed-use tower development, 802 Pine, in downtown Seattle. The project is located at 8th & Pine in the Denny Triangle neighborhood; It is half a block west of the Paramount Theatre, two blocks from the Washington State Convention Center, and a block east from the planned WSCC addition.
Designed by Weber Thompson, the proposed 539-foot tower will include 494 residential units and 203 hotel rooms. The hotel will be located in the tower’s podium level. The residential units will either be condos or market-rate apartments. The development also includes eight levels of below grade parking with 415 parking stalls.
Although separate, both the hotel and residential entrances will be located along 8th Avenue. According to plans, the lobby for the hotel and lobby for residential are open to each other, but at different elevations, allowing for residential guests to access the hotel bar.
The ground floor also features 9,300 square feet of retail space that runs along Pine Street. Residential amenities (both interior and exterior) will be located at Level 10 and the rooftop level. The hotel “offers ballroom and meeting facilities that can support and complement the convention activities in the area.”
According to current plans, the development’s gross building area is 887,871 square feet. The project has grown since a previous design meeting in November 2016 where plans called for 395 residential units and 178 hotel rooms. There is a possibility of even more growth according to project plans submitted. They are exploring the possibility of a potential 50 foot height increase due to the HALA upzoning regulations occurring in Seattle.
Fana acquired the 27,950 square foot property located on the northeast corner of 8th Avenue and Pine Street in 2006 for $20.6 million. Ensuing plans for a condominium tower (the AVA Tower) were stopped by the great recession. The property currently has a small four-story building, which will be demolished, but is mostly used for parking.
The 802 Pine team now awaits a decision on their submitted Master Use Permit.