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Public Risks Being Left Behind as Downtown Seattle Land Runs Out

At 6th and Jackson the two-story Washington Federal building sits on a 0.3 acre-site; and

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A 0.5-acre Seattle City Light substation at Western and Union could be relocated fully underground with public uses above

The federal post office at 3rd and Union sits on about 0.7 acres. Though not historically landmarked, it is a sturdy 1959 concrete building and the airspace above it might be utilized like how the old Federal Reserve building is being expanded.

A full-block, 0.8-acre parking lot on the waterfront at Western and Spring;

0.2-acre parking area and a narrow 0.2 vacant lot on the waterfront at Alaskan and Yesler;

0.5-acre parking lot at 7th and Stewart;

0.5-acre surface lot at Western and Bell;

0.3-acre parking lot at 1st and Blanchard;

0.3-acre parking lot on 3rd near Blanchard; and

...a 48-story apartment tower at 3rd and Virginia, a 54-story residential building at 5th and Stewart, and a 55-story apartment and hotel tower at 8th and Pine. The pattern is...

...residential building at 5th and Stewart, and a 55-story apartment and hotel tower at 8th and Pine. The pattern is focused on upper Belltown and Denny Triangle but it is likely to...

The Swiftsure Garage sits on 0.5 acres at 2nd and Union and opened in 1969. It is nine floors with 509 parking spaces.

A block away the West Edge Garage is on 0.3 acres at 2nd and Pike. It opened in 1963. It is seven floors with 335 parking spaces.

The Elliot Parking Garage on Western and Vine opened in 1979 on 0.7 acres with five floors and 593 spaces.

The Olympic Garage is on a 0.6-acre site at 5th and Spring and opened in 1964. It is nine floors with 640 parking spaces and a small...

The Washington Garage at 3rd and University. It sits on a 0.3-acre site, opened in 1966, and has seven stories with 316 parking spaces. The Swiftsure Garage at 2nd and Union. (Photo by author) The Olympic Garage owned by the University of Washington at 5th and Seneca. (Photo by author)

At 2nd and Clay is a one-story retail store on a 0.3-acre site;

At 2nd and Seneca the five-story Security Pacific office building is on a 0.3-acre site. A one-story retail building in Belltown that currently has no redevelopment plans. (Photo by author) A two-story commercial building in Chinatown-International District. (Photo by author)

The four-story Chromer Building and an parking lot at 2nd and Pine will be redeveloped with a 15-story office tower;

    Public Risks Being Left Behind as Downtown Seattle Land Runs Out " The Urbanist
    "Buy land, they're not making it anymore." - Mark Twain As Seattle's development boom continues without any sign of stopping, the city is rapidly approaching a point where Downtown is completely built out and there is no land left to build on. In many ways this is a desirable situation.

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