More Major Housing Developments Planned for Columbia City

Digging into some public records, it looks like there is the possibility of even more major building projects coming to Columbia City.

Screenshot 2014-08-20 at 9.21.35 AMOne is 5201 Rainier Ave South, a triangle-shaped lot currently home to a tire/auto yard at 39th and Rainier, just south of Columbia City’s main business district. While there are some initial plans for this site dating back to 2007 (click here for an old PI article outlining those initial (and abandoned?) plans), it looks like there’s a new proposal that’s getting planned for a mixed use building (with a possible 6-story rezone). Besides this new site plan posted to’s Permit and Property records, there’s not much to report. But, a major development between Columbia City and Hillman City is sure to attract a lot of attention and comment.

For the other project, two separate mixed-use apartments on the empty corners of of Alaska and MLK, there’s a bit more info. Nat Levy, at the Daily Journal of Commerce, reports:

200 Apartments Near Columbia City Rail Stop

Another transit-oriented project could be coming to the Rainier Valley.BDR_Sonata_Streetscape_big

Permit records show that Bellevue-based BDR Capital Partners is planning two buildings on either side of Martin Luther King Junior Way South at South Alaska Street. The site is near the Columbia City Link light rail stop.

The four-story buildings would be on the northeast and northwest corners of the intersection, with a total of about 200 apartments. The project also includes 12,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor and about 165 underground parking spaces.

NK Architects is designing the buildings. BDR has not picked a general contractor.

Seattle Housing Authority owns the land and plans to sell it to BDR. Todd Bennett, president of BDR, said the sale will close early next year but he declined to give the price.

BDR wants to start construction in 2015. The eastern building would start in June and the western building in December. Each should take about a year.

Bennett said BDR is planning to have market-rate units only but hasn’t made a final decision.

BDR has done numerous housing projects in Columbia City, Mount Baker and Rainier Vista. Bennett said buyers like living near rail stations and the proximity to downtown Seattle…

Click here for the full article (requires subscription).

As always, consult Scott’s incredibly thorough Project and Development Map to see what’s planned for the greater Columbia City area.

One thought on “More Major Housing Developments Planned for Columbia City

  1. […] two empty lots just north of Columbia City Station to host apartments, opening […]

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