SLU To Gain 28-Story Apartment Building And…Church?

Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood is home to many things- fabulous restaurants, tech giants and soon, a new church?

You read that right. According to the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, the part of town affectionately known as “Amazonia” (remember that part about tech giants?) may soon be getting some new residents, but these residents won’t all necessarily have laptops and badges with them.  Some may have a Bible or hymnal in tow.

But, it’s not a done deal yet.

Preliminary plans have been filed with the city by Greystar Real Estate Management for a proposed 348-unit apartment tower and church. The site for the possible construction is adjacent to Denny Park at 200 8th Avenue North and covers an impressive 29,000 square feet.

The hitch in their giddy-up at the moment is that the property is yet to be sold, but the current owners identity sheds some light on why there is a church component in this proposed deal.

The property has been owned for nearly 60 years by Seattle Unity Church.  The sale of this land would help fund the building of a new church for a congregation whose current place of worship is “wearing out” according to church staff.

The prospective plans for the site include a 28-story mixed use apartment building, and a new church of unspecified size. The apartment building would include decks, setbacks and 4 levels of underground parking.

It’s no secret that South Lake Union’s popularity has exploded in recent years, as has development in the area, with numerous other projects in talks or already in progress right near this proposed site. Seattle Unity Church’s founders were forward thinking to have bought the expansive piece of property back in the 1960’s when SLU was called the Cascade neighborhood and Amazon wasn’t a word used in conversation unless you were naming jungles and rivers of the world.

Since the site is currently only zoned for building up to 240 feet, it would seem that Greystar has their work cut out for them to really get this project off the ground (pun intended) as re-zoning would be a must.

Stay tuned for more information and to see if this project officially gets the green-light.

After all, miracles do happen.

Amazon Employee Jumps from Building, Survives

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An Amazon employee jumped off one of the company’s South Lake Union buildings at around 8:45 a.m. the morning of Monday, November 28th, surviving with non-life-threatening injuries. He jumped from the a rooftop about four stories high in the 12-story building at 9th Avenue North and Thomas Street, landing on a balcony approximately 20 feet below.

He was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

In a statement, Amazon said, “Our thoughts are with our colleague as he continues to recover … He’s receiving some of the best care possible and we will be there to support him throughout the recovery process.”

According to Bloomberg, the man had sent an email that was visible to hundreds of fellow Amazon employees (including CEO Jeff Bezos). In the email, he criticized how the company handled a request he made for transfer to another department (they allegedly placed him on an employee improvement plan, which could lead to termination). He also hinted that he may harm himself.

Lake Union Events: Things to Do in December

screen-shot-2016-11-25-at-10-57-07-amHappy Holidays! There are lots of Lake Union events to mark on your calendar to enjoy the holidays in your neighborhood…

All December: Christmas Ships Festival
7pm – 10pm | South Lake Union
The Christmas Ships Festival, presented by Argosy Cruises, offers nightly cruises around Lake Union! Enjoy holiday beverages and snacks, plus live performances from Dickens Carolers. Click here to book your evening.

December 3: Stews, Braises and Soups Cooking Class
1pm – 4pm | Serafina
Learn how to properly braise meat and the appropriate cuts of meat to use for braising, and make a soup and a stew and different methods for the two techniques in the Stews, Braises and Soups cooking class at Serafina on December 3rd. Hone your comfort food-making skills and learn recipes to impress your holiday guests! The price is $75/person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

December 9: Storefronts Art Walk
5pm – 7pm | South Lake Union
Join in on a free artwalk to view the current Storefronts art installations around South Lake Union on December 9th. Led by Shunpike’s Storefront Coordinator, Morgan Cahn, this art walk will provide the opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy their work. Meet at the intersection of John and Boren streets at 5 p.m. Registration isn’t required.

December 10: Happy Hour at Winston Wachter Fine Art
3pm – 5pm | Winston Wachter
On the second Saturday of each month, visit Winston Wachter Fine Art for an early happy hour, with wine, cheese and art exhibits to enjoy.

December 11: 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar
1pm – 4pm | Serafina
Stock up on holiday gifts, and enjoy some seasonal shopping at Serafina on Sunday, December 11th for their second annual Holiday Bazaar. There will be infused olive oil, spice blends, pickled items, tomato sauce, pre-made gift baskets, specialty truffle products, handmade jewelry, paintings and more! Enjoy bites from Serafina’s sister restaurant, Cicchetti, and small wine tasting.

December 11: Arte & Vino at Caffe Torino
2pm – 5pm | Caffe Torino
Caffe Torino’s monthly art happy hour is on December 11th, featuring Pauline White’s “Flying Through” collection of butterflies and terrariums.

December 14-16: The Line: A Cabaret
8pm – 10pm | Raisbeck Hall
Cornish College of the Arts’ musical theater program presents an evening of song and dance, centered this year around the theme of The Line — crossing it, drawing one in the sand, or coloring outside of them. Click here to purchase tickets.

December 16: 2nd Annual Parade of Boats Night
7pm – 9:45pm | AGC Marina
Argosy Cruises’ 2nd Annual Parade of Boats Night with the Christmas Ship Festival is on December 16th, with three primary boats and live music performances. There will be two performances, first at 7:40 p.m. at Westward and Little Gull, and second at 8:40 p.m. at the Fremont Cut.

December 23: Christmas Ships Festival Grand Finale
7pm – 10:05pm | Kirkland City Dock
Argosy Cruises’ Christmas Ship Festival comes to a close on Friday, December 23rd, with spaces still available on the second follow boat for the Grand Finale event. Performances will be held at Gas Works Park and Portage Bay.

Christmas Ships!


Ready or not, hear Christmas Ships come! Pun intended. Next Friday is the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival kick-off! For all of our new Seattleites, this holiday celebration has been a holiday tradition since 1949. The Argosy Christmas Ship sails around 65 different Puget Sound waterfront communities bringing holiday cheer. Join your community around a warm bonfire and listen for the arrival of the Christmas Ship!

Next Friday, November 25th, a Lead Boat will be performing from 7:30pm-7:50pm at the Seattle Tennis Club. The 2nd performance will be held from 8pm-8:20pm at the Park Shore Retirement Home. Although these may be private, check out the schedule for the rest of the holiday season!

New Indian Pub from Nirmal’s Planned to Open Next Summer

Originally published on Eater Seattle


Nirmal’s, Pioneer Square’s upscale Indian restaurant, is closing in on its first year anniversary. Now, the team behind the restaurant is planning to branch out with an Indian pub concept for South Lake Union, which it hopes to open next summer — critic Providence Cicero broke the news in last week’s three-star review of the restaurant.

Nirmal’s co-owner Oliver Bangera told Eater that he’s in talks to secure a lease for the space formerly home to Paddy Coyne at 1190 Thomas St. Nirmal Monteiro, the restaurant’s chef and namesake, has a widely-praised pub in Bombay called The Elbo Room, and Bangera said the team hopes to recreate that experience in Seattle, albeit under a different name that’s still being considered.

“We hope to create something we don’t yet see in Seattle,” Bangera said. “An Indian pub with good cocktails, good beer, and good Indian food.”

Bangera alluded to the failure of top-notch SLU Indian restaurant Shanik, which closed in March 2015 despite the serious firepower behind it in the form of owner Meeru Dhalwala, who co-owns Vancouver’s wildly successful Vij’s with her husband Vikram Vij. But the neighborhood has grown since Shanik folded, and Bangera is hoping a casual pub is a better fit for the after-work crowd than an upscale restaurant.

So what can Seattle expect of the new venture? Small plates at low prices, rather than the more elaborate cuisine of Nirmal’s, for starters. The experience will be centered around the Indian concept of chaat, which refers to savory snacks available at roadside stalls and food carts. You’ll be able to drop in for a post-work bite, say, or a low-cost dinner of tandoori chicken and a beer. “But we’ll continue the culture of service and hospitality from Nirmal’s,” Bangera said.