Luxury Apartment Building Awarded LEED Silver

By Anca Gaguic

Modera South Lake Union, a 294-unit community located at 435 Dexter Ave. North near Seattle’s downtown, was awarded LEED Silver by the USGBC. The seven-story luxury apartment community is the first Mill Creek Residential property in Seattle to achieve the distinction.

The property was awarded the certification due to a series of green features such as:

  • the use of locally sourced materials
  • reduced construction waste
  • recycled content in materials
  • high-efficiency lighting and plumbing fixtures
  • enhanced waste management system
  • a healthy indoor environment, deemed healthy due to the use of low volatile Organic compounds (VOC) paints, coatings, sealants and adhesives, as well as a continuous, silent ventilation system and safe, formaldehyde-free wall insulation.

To achieve the LEED Silver status the community’s location was factored in too, as it has convenient access to public transit options, several community resources, eateries, job centers and nearby attractions that help limit commute times, thus cutting down on the community’s carbon footprint. In addition, from the early stages of construction, the community has been verified by an independent third-party affiliated with the USGBC.


The unit mix at Modera South Lake Union includes one- to three-bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 444 to 1,144 square feet. Common area amenities include controlled-access garage parking, self-serve package lockers, a pet spa, 24-hour fitness center, clubhouse, game room, rooftop deck, theater and coffee bar. Unit interiors feature air conditioning; wood plank-style flooring; nine-foot ceilings; stainless Energy Star appliances including gas ranges; quartz countertops; USB ports; large closets and full-size washers and dryers.

The community offers easy access to Highway 99 and Interstate 5, and is adjacent to public transit options including the South Lake Union Streetcar, several bus lines and connections to the light rail. Major employers in the area include Amazon, Microsoft, University of Washington Medicine, Gates Foundation and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

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Lake Union Events: Things to Do in September

Summer may be coming to a close, but there are still plenty of things to do in Lake Union coming up in September…

September 7: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, September 7th, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

September 8 & 9: Cider Summit
3pm – 8pm Saturday, 12pm – 5pm Saturday | SLU Discovery Center
The largest hard cider tasting festival in the Pacific Northwest is coming back September 8th and 9th! Cider Summit SEA features more than 150 artisanal hard ciders from around the globe. Tickets are $25-$45.

September 9: Pink Boat Regatta
12pm | Lake Union Park
Get your sailboats ready to race in the Pink Boat Regatta to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! On September 9th starting at noon, the Regatta event includes a 3-hour race followed by an awards party at MOHAI with live music, beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres and an awards ceremony.

September 9: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, September 9th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

September 12: MOHAI Fashion Lecture – Style and Spectacle in Seattle
7pm – 9pm | MOHAI
Seattle has its own unique approach to fashion, which will be explored at MOHAI on September 12th with a special fashion lecture with the museum’s clothing and textiles specialist Clara Berg. The cost is $15 for the public and $10 for students and members.

September 20: Bourbon Heritage Dinner
6:30pm | Daniel’s Broiler Lake Union
Reserve your space for a wonderful evening featuring fine bourbon at Daniel’s Broiler this month! Look for a delicious pairing menu coming soon. The featured bourbons include Willet Distillery Noah’s Mill, Michter’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Russell’s Reserve 10 Year, Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Cask and Booker’s Blue Knights Batch. The cost is $100/person and includes valet.  

September 22: Pinknic on the Patio
4pm – 7pm | Cuoco
Cuoco is hosting a patio party on Friday, September 22nd to feature the delicious pink wine of the summer: Rosé! The September Pinknic on the Patio Rosé Party will include snacks, summer music and plenty of rosé samples to enjoy. Wear pink and white! Tickets are $20 per person in advance, or $25 per person at the door and include five tastings and snacks.

September 30: Gin – Origins & Evolutions
1pm – 3pm | Serafina
Learn about the history of gin and try some unique uses of this spirit in a fun cocktail class entitled “Gin: Origins & Evolutions” at Serafina on September 30th. The restaurant’s chefs will create a food pairing to go with each cocktail. Tickets are $80/person and include the beverages and bites.


Crosswalk and Light Added to Much-Used Pedestrian Spot on Denny

by Christine Clarridge

Some brazen South Lake Union pedestrians who have felt the urge to cross Denny Way in the middle of a perilous block have a small but significant reason to celebrate.

The installation of a new traffic light and crosswalk was completed Tuesday morning (August 15th) at Terry Avenue North, meaning pedestrians will no longer have the temptation to take their lives in their hands to cross an unprotected intersection on Denny Way between Boren and Westlake avenues.

Many people would cross the intersection, which separates much of the South Lake Union workforce from public-transit options just to the south, mid-block to avoid walking down to Westlake or up to Fairview.

People so used to crossing the unprotected intersection didn’t seem to even notice the new traffic feature as they loped across Denny, just feet away from the white crosswalk lines, according to Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) spokeswoman Mafara Hobson. But those who noticed have been pleased, she said.

“Everybody has been saying ‘Thank God you did it,’” Hobson said, moments after the traffic light — a project costing the city about $100,000 — was turned on for the first time.

The impetus for the new crossing came from the state’s former secretary of transportation, Douglas MacDonald, who has been on a personal mission to walk many of the city’s streets looking for improvements, according to SDOT Director Scott Kubly. MacDonald reported to the city in January what many South Lake Union employees have been privately griping about for a few years, as the volume of pedestrian traffic in the area has increased dramatically in the booming neighborhood home to Amazon’s urban campus.

Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen said he’s pleased and relieved by the new crosswalk, which can be seen from the company’s newsroom windows just up the hill.

“I’m shocked we haven’t had an employee that’s been hurt because it’s just too enticing to cross without going up or down the hill,” he said. “This just makes a lot of sense.”
Syndicated from the Seattle Times. Photo credit: Christine Clarridge / The Seattle Times. 

Hey Everybody, Shake Shack is Coming to SLU!

Shake Shack is a much-loved burger and shake joint in New York City, and Seattleites are about to get their very first location in Washington State! Last week, the company announced that a Shake Shack will be opening in Seattle in mid-2018 at 2115 Westlake Avenue.

Get ready for some delicious burgers (made with 100% Angus beef) topped with the Shack’s proprietary ShackSauce, as well as hot dogs, frozen custard and crinkle-cut fries. Craft beers and wine will also be on the menu.

According to CEO Randy Garutti, who used to be a manager at Canlis, “It’s a dream come true to bring Shake Shack to Seattle! This city has held a special place in my heart since the early days of my career living here and working as the General Manager of Canlis”, he said. “I love coming back here and seeing the continued growth of the city and its dynamic food scene. We look forward to building a community gathering place for this great city.”

The “modern day roadside burger stand” (as the company refers to its restaurants) will be constructed using sustainable and recycled materials. For example, they plan to make the table tops out of reclaimed wood from bowling alley lanes.

Shake Shack was founded in 2004 in New York City by popular restaurateur Danny Meyer, with its first (food cart) location in Madison Park. They have since expanded in New York and beyond, with 136 locations in 12 countries. West Coast locations include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

Sail the Lake with Lake Union Charters and Adventures This Summer

By Michael King

Lake Union Charters and Adventures offers guests with the opportunity to hop aboard one of their many sailboats for lessons or sightseeing.

One of the boats available is the Schooner Lavengro which was built in 1926.

It was the luxury yacht of its day. The Lavengro was built in Mississippi and 91 years later, finds itself in Seattle’s waters. You can take her for a sunset sail, a family sail, or even date night sail!

“I moved out to Seattle about 10 years ago and wanted to share that experience with other people,” said Marine Service Center’s Geoff Gamsby.

If you’re looking to learn the ropes of boating, Captain Geoff can show you how. And he’ll do it with patience, so you can stay relaxed.

But the beauty of Lake Union Charters and Adventures is that you can do all or nothing.

“We take care of handling the boats,” said Gamsby. “And it’s really low stress. If you want to actually drive the boat, we welcome that. So, you can get an experience of what it’s like driving a 27-ton boat.”

Your experienced captain will be standing by if needed, but you can man, or woman, the helm!

And you never know what you’re going to see.  The lake is teeming with rich history.

“One of the reasons we like sailing Lake Union a lot, there are so many stories with shipwrecks, the floating homes, prohibition, the rum runners,” said Gamsby.

The Lavengro is just one of Lake Union Charters and Adventures’ 14 boats. You can also hop aboard a racing yacht, adventure ferry, floating atrium, and more!

The adventures range from short day trips to multi-day trips to the San Juan Islands, and they also accommodate groups and corporate outings. Learn more about the adventures here.

Lake Union Charters and Adventures
(360) 399-6490
2420 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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