Tower Steps Approved

october 10, 2017

Team shows design for 325 units next to Pacific Tower on Beacon Hill


Journal staff reporter

Two apartment buildings — with 325 market-rate and affordable units — are now planned for the north parking lot at Pacific Tower on Beacon Hill.

Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority owns the 9.5-acre campus at 1200 12th Ave. S. Barrientos + Ryan is developing the three-acre north lot, and the architects are Weber Thompson and Northwest Studio.

The first design review meeting isn't until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska St. However, early plans filed with the city provide some details.

The preferred scheme involves two seven-story buildings. The first, Building B, would have 175 market-rate units on the northeast side of the property, along Golf Drive South. The second, Building A, would have 150 affordable units, some of it designated for seniors, plus a senior care center and child care center. That building would be on the south side of the site, closer to the landmarked 16-story Pacific Tower.

A shared parking garage on three levels would accommodate about 225 vehicles, and be accessed from 12th.

The new buildings would be arranged in a V-shape that opens to a northwest-facing view corridor. A large landscaped courtyard between the two buildings would likely have terraces descending the slope. Hewitt is the landscape architect for the project.

Project partners include International Community Health Services, Kin On and the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority, who will run the 22,000-square-foot senior care facility. The child care facility will occupy about 10,000 square feet. No operator has been named.