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Skanska releases plans for apartment tower on Fourth Avenue in Belltown

The 30-story tower will include 307 apartments

Courtesy of VIA Architecture

Back in October, Skanska announced it had purchased a 19,440-square-foot parcel of land on Fourth Avenue in Belltown, previously called the 2200 Block. Last week, the company announced more details on the project design by Grzywinski + Pons and VIA Architecture, including some early renderings, as it gets ready to present plans at a May 15 Early Design Guidance meeting.

According to current plans, 30-story tower will include 307 apartments, most ranging in size from studio to two-bedroom, plus parking for 153 vehicles below. On the third level—still in the wider footprint provided by the podium—10 three-bedroom units will be grouped around outdoor amenities geared toward families, according to plans in the design review packet.

In the preferred design, the fourth and fifth floors will also include outdoor amenity areas, resulting in a design that shows pockets of green within the building’s mass. A rooftop deck will also have an outdoor amenity area for tenants.

The Fourth Avenue site sits mid-block between Bell and Blanchard Streets, in between the Otis Building and Charlesgate Apartments. Because it’s sitting among shorter buildings, Skanska hopes to build a lower building podium to be “more sympathetic to the adjacent character buildings.”

Skanska’s preferred massing alternative has a low, slightly modulated podium.
Courtesy of VIA Architecture

Skanska also hopes to create connections to both the street and alley for multiple points of activation, including sightlines through the building—demonstrated in conceptual sketches with an arched passageway.

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The site is currently occupied by three separate one-story buildings—largely home to offices, although the middle building holds the Bad Animals recording studio.

This is Skanska’s first residential project in the Seattle city limits, although the company previously built Alley111 in Bellevue. Skanska has built plenty of commercial properties around the city, though, including Brooks’s headquarters in the Fremont and Wallingford area and 400 Fairview in South Lake Union. An office tower downtown, 2+U, is currently under construction.