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Two South Lake Union neighbor towers look for recommendation

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The big residential towers at 1001 John and 121 Boren look for approval

Two South Lake Union developments are hoping to get final approval tonight from the design review board so they can begin making the neighborhood that much taller.

First up, H5 Capital and VIA Architecture are going back before the design review board tonight for a second recommendation on their plans to build a 41-story residential tower at 121 Boren Avenue in South Lake Union.

The site is currently occupied by two structures, the 87-year-old Seattle Times building, an 8-story concrete commercial service building, and a single-story concrete structure that contains the 248,000-square-foot office building 13 Coins Restaurant. The Seattle Times structure will remain on the site; the smaller restaurant building will be demolished.

The project will include 433 residential apartments, 244 parking stalls in 7 levels of below-grade parking, approximately 1,800 sq. ft. of retail space at the ground level, and residential amenities within the podium and at the roof.

Meanwhile, Developer Mack Urban and architect CollinsWoerman are bringing revised plans for their 43-story tower at 1001 John Street back for a second recommendation as well.

You might remember this as the project with a 53-foot grade change from John Street to Terry Avenue which includes a hillclimb built into the property. There will also be a 24/7 public elevator next to the hillclimb that takes people from street level to an overlook plaza with sitting areas that has been revised in the updated plan.

Residential changes aren’t noted in the packet but the previous version called for 404 apartments, 1,200 square feet of retail, and 300 parking spaces.