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SolTerra pays $7.3M on Capitol Hill lot for Esker project

Plans for the unique mixed-use development called Esker moved one step closer to happening

Green developer SolTerra has some very cool plans for the triangular lot at 1208 Pine Street in Capitol Hill. Monday, they moved one step closer to making them happen by purchasing the 10,000 square-foot site for $7.25 million.

Plans call for an eight-story, mixed-use complex that includes 72 residential units, 15,000 square-feet of ground level retail space, below-grade parking for 35 vehicles, storage for 25 bikes and rooftop restaurant/amenity space. There also appear to be plans for a ground floor "marketplace" of some kind.

But what really makes the complex stand out are the "living wall terraces"that resemble a winding ridge of stratified green hills (which is exactly what Esker means).

The environmentally-friendly building also plans to include a green roof, solar panels, rainwater collection cistern, and rooftop garden designed as part of a "pollinator pathway."

SolTerra will design and build the structure itself and construction is scheduled to start in 2017. It’s expected to take 15 months to complete.