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Vulcan begins new 384-apartment project in South Lake Union

The LEED Platinum project will also include ground-floor retail and below-grade parking for 317 cars

After spending years buying up South Lake Union land and turning it into apartments, offices, and commercial real estate, Vulcan Real Estate sold off many of their residential listings in order to free up cash to do other things. That doesn’t mean they’re done with SLU housing, however.

Vulcan bought the property at 1255 Harrison Street in 2006 and demolished the warehouse sitting there earlier this year. Now they’ll begin building three seven-story mixed-use structures on that lot that will eventually include 384 apartments.

The designer, Runberg Architecture Group, told DJC that the "three angled ‘cabin-like' buildings (will) create a concave backdrop to the adjacent historic Cascade Park."

The LEED Platinum project will also include ground-floor retail and below-grade parking for 317 cars. Each of the buildings will include tree-filled courtyards while a green roof on the south wing will help provide natural light.

An interesting addition to the project will be the second half of the "Swale on Yale," a collection of biofiltration marshes and other treatment facilities to help improve the quality of stormwater runoff entering South Lake Union. The first half of the project was completed in 2013 alongside Vulcan's Stack House development.

Excavation is underway on the project and construction is expected to take around 22 months.
· Vulcan starting 3 ‘cabin-like' apartment buildings in SLU [DJC]
· Swale on Yale – Capitol Hill Water Quality [SPU]