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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

April 16, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Belltown high-rise tenant ready to leave doomed building

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April 15, 12:56 p.m. [Click on sketches to view larger]
mcguire041510m.jpgThe scaffolding covering the McGuire Apartments building didn’t stop Denny Lee from moving here 18 months ago. “They discounted $285 a month out of the rate because of that,” said Lee, who thought they were just doing things to the outside.
But as it turns out, the 272-unit apartment tower, built in 2001, needs more than touch ups to the exterior. The building’s owner announced last week that it should be demolished due to serious construction defects. Tenants have been asked to vacate as soon as possible and are being compensated for the inconvenience. “If you move out by May 15, you get three times your rent,” said Lee.
Far from being upset, the 29 year-old IT recruiter is looking forward to a new start at an apartment with even better views. “I’m moving to the Aspira, with an unobstructed view of the Space Needle and Lake Union,” said Lee. “For 4th of July I can sit on my couch and watch all the fireworks.”
Maybe I should pay Lee another visit then and sketch that view.

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