Taller buildings have come to Seattle. While the debate about density, traffic and height restrictions in South Lake Union continues on, the fourth phase of Amazon.com’s new headquarters construction has been completed, bringing three 12 story buildings with it.
To facilitate the Amazon project, Seattle approved Vulcan’s plan to build three 12-story buildings along Terry and Boren avenues north in December 2007. As part of the deal, Vulcan agreed to put more than $6 million toward affordable housing, build environmentally friendly buildings, include green landscaping and strive to persuade 60 percent of the new employees to get to work by bus, bicycle or car pool.
And it’s great for Seattle, Mayor Mike McGinn said.
“It’s located near transit, housing, in proximity to other innovative companies. That helps create a cluster here, which can create other new opportunities for entrepreneurs and other new businesses as well,” he said. “From a government perspective, it’s a little easier to provide services to a major employer choosing to locate in an urban hub than it is trying to provide services to widely scattered suburban campuses.”