Renovating a Piece of History

By Urban Villages, Special for  USDR

 Three buildings in Pioneer Square will be significantly renovated to accommodate a new retail, office and residential destination that reinvigorates the entire block. The pedestrian-friendly development within Pioneer Square will be a central part of the reawakening of this vibrant Seattle neighborhood while augmenting its historic character. This transformative project is being developed by Urban Villages Inc. (UVI), together with Manchester Capital Management  (MCM).

The project will retrofit and revitalize three marquee buildings in Pioneer Square: The Manufacturer’s Building at 419 Occidental Ave., the Westland Building at 100 S. King St., and the former Schoenfeld Furniture building at 115 S. Jackson St.

“From unique dining choices to boutique retail to farmers’ markets and festivals, the alley corridor between the buildings will capitalize on the growing energy in Pioneer Square to be more than a thoroughfare, but a true destination,” said Jon Buerge, vice president of UVI. “These buildings, streets and alleys were originally built decades ago to facilitate the transportation of goods, but today we can reactivate them to convene people, ideas and energy while maintaining their historic  appeal.”

In addition to creating a distinctive alley destination, UVI will improve the buildings for Class AA office space with seismic retrofits, refurbished interiors, upgraded mechanical systems and more functional interior spaces for residential, retail and office  tenants.

“Pioneer Square was Seattle’s first neighborhood and remains one of its most historically significant places,” said Leslie Smith, Director of The Alliance for Pioneer Square. “The multimillion-dollar investment in this section of Pioneer Square reinforces our goal of restoring this incredible neighborhood by driving urban revitalization and responsible, place-based  development.”

To date, the Pioneer Square Presentation Board has reviewed and approved the UVI project plan, which calls for extensive historic preservation of the existing buildings. Additionally, since UVI is noted for its highly sustainable solutions, this project will continue Seattle’s long tradition of environmental  leadership.

“This transformative project is one step in the evolution of Seattle’s waterfront,” continued Buerge. “This development’s proximity to existing and planned transportation corridors, innovative business hubs like Galvanize, popular dining locales and CenturyLink Field, make it perfect for new businesses, retail and creative arts. We are excited to collaborate with the neighborhood and help reawaken these historic buildings to ensure that they thrive for the next 100 years while forging a new sense of place in Pioneer  Square.”

UVI has selected several Seattle-based companies to assist with the project’s development including SHED Architecture + Design, MIG|SvR which will lead the landscape and urban design, and Sellen Construction as general  contractor.

Construction is expected to begin in late 2017 and completed by  2019.

Urban  Villages
Urban Villages is a real estate development and property management company that focuses on long-term value generation through place-oriented design and detail-oriented operations. Informed by nature, the firm employs the best practices of traditional urban design and ecological planning to create forward-leaning neighborhoods and communities that support regional planning, balance economic needs with environmental concerns, and are designed for diverse use and transit  methods.

Urban Villages’ projects use less energy, consume fewer natural materials, create long-lasting returns, and evolve harmoniously over time in tandem with their communities.

Manchester Capital  Management
Manchester Capital Management is an independent, multi-client family office dedicated to helping families sustain their wealth, values, and legacy from generation to generation.

SOURCE Urban Villages  Inc.

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