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March 5, 2013 at 10:14 AM

City Council green lights 40-story towers in South Lake Union

The Seattle City Council signaled their intention Monday to allow new buildings up to 240 feet tall through most of South Lake Union, and towers up to 400 feet tall, or roughly 40 stories, near Denny Way. While no formal votes were taken by the council Monday, its nine members identified issues for coming debate as they try to wrap-up…

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February 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Debate about South Lake Union affordable housing heats up

The City Council and Mayor Mike McGinn agree, Seattle needs to get more benefits when it creates wealth for property owners through upzones allowing taller buildings. The questions now are “how much” and “when”? The consensus for increased benefits emerged after a council consultant’s report said the city could seek more benefits, such as affordable housing, and developers…

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February 27, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Robo calls on City Council, South Lake Union rezone

CORRECTED VERSION: This post was corrected Feb. 28, 2013. A previous version said Peter Steinbrueck currently worked a a lobbyist for two groups opposing 40-story buildings in South Lake Union. Two new sets of campaign robo calls are lighting up home answering machines in Seattle. One seems to be gauging public familiarity with current city council…

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February 14, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Three City Councilmembers want shorter Vulcan towers

Vulcan towers near Lake Union should be shorter and slimmer than proposed, said three Seattle City Council members in a joint statement today. Nick Licata, Tom Rasmussen and Sally Bagshaw said they want Vulcan’s three proposed towers limited to 160 feet, or roughly 16 stories, not the 240 feet, or 24 stories, proposed by Mayor Mike McGinn. Licata…

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