Vulcan Real Estate is in the midst of developing plans for two six-story office buildings at 300 8th Ave N & 333 8th Ave N. In between those two complexes is a stretch of 8th Avenue that the developer would like to turn into a street park not unlike Bell Street Park in Belltown. The park would include a one-way lane for cars, space for bikes & pedestrians and greenery all around. The catch? Vulcan wants Seattle to waive a half million dollar permitting fee. As you can imagine, opinions vary on whether or not it would be worth it for South Lake Union residents. Seattle City Council-member Jean Godden told King5 "this is an opportunity for us to have this new facility for people who live the neighborhood." Meanwhile, council-member Mike O'Brien is wary. "If it's a corporate office park, a single tenant in each building, it feels like a benefit to that one corporate entity." The city council will vote on the consideration in two weeks.
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