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Onni's Seattle Times Project Trades Preservation for Height


Onni Group introduced their plans for a two-block development at the site of the former Seattle Times Building back in April. Based on recommendations by the design review board, they're back with plans that are even bigger.

New plans for the land between Denny Way and Thomas Street & Boren and Fairview Avenues call for a pair of 400-foot towers on the south block and a 325-foot tower & 275-foot tower on the north block. The towers will include 1,950 total residential units, 43K sq. ft. of street-level retail and underground parking for 1,950 vehicles.

So what changed? Some of the building heights are taller, there's more retail and there is more preservation. Seattle Times Park, a small park on the southwest corner of Fairview and John, will be saved. Also, plans for a pedestrian walkway along John St. have been scrapped, though pedestrian improvements will be made.

The taller, north block towers are the trade-off for agreeing to preserve the park, according to DJC. Another request from the design review board that's been implemented is the inclusion of a large-enough retail space for a grocery store.

Onni will take their revised plans in front of the board tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Queen Anne Community Center.
· For the birds: Seattle's biggest project gets even taller [PSBJ]
· Onni revises mega-project design [DJC]
· 1st Look At Residential Towers On Seattle Times Building Spot [CS]