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It's hard to stand out when you're a new apartment complex in Seattle. Mack Urban thinks they've got a good angle for the creative residents of Wallingford with their five-story, 150-unit building at 4455 Interlake Ave. N. which will feature a 660-square-foot hobby room/studio art lounge on the ground floor. Inside that room will be a sewing area with sewing machine, rolling work tables, lockers and cabinets for tool storage, an industrial-sized sink and a demonstration kitchen. When you're done working on your craft, step directly out onto the 5,000 square-foot outdoor terrace or go up to the rooftop deck, where the developer suggested residents could grow hops to brew their own beer. Named Smith & Burns, the project will also include an exercise room, library, 5,796 square feet of retail space, 157 parking spaces and 150 bike storage spaces. The building itself is made up of materials from around Wallingford, including a wall of salvaged brick, floor paneling made of cedar planks from a barn, and carpets are made from scrap mill yarns. NK Architects and Bartlett Design Co. are the architects on the project, which is set to open February 15 and already 25 percent leased.
· Wallingford project appeals to hobbyists, history buffs [DJC]
· Smith & Burns [MU]