City approves agreement for 17-story complex

The Tukwila City Council approved an ordinance to authorize a development agreement to allow a proposed 17-story hotel and apartment complex to exceed the current zoning heights and to feature residential units, which are not allowed under existing zoning.

The Tukwila City Council approved an ordinance to authorize a development agreement to allow a proposed 17-story hotel and apartment complex to exceed the current zoning heights and to feature residential units, which are not allowed under existing zoning.

The building would be the highest in the city at about 180 feet tall and comprise approximately 170 hotel rooms and 280 residential units, according to city documents. The developer wants to build the towers at 223 Andover Park E., the former Circuit City site. The current zoning limit is 115 feet tall.

Mercer Island developer Omar Lee told the council at a March 11 public hearing that his team is in the very early stages of preliminary design. With the zoning change, Lee said he can move forward with a feasibility study. He added that similar mixed-use developments close to shopping and transportation have been successful in downtown Bellevue and Seattle.

The council voted 6-0 on March 18 to approve the ordinance. The agreement includes a minimum of 250 residential units and a maximum of 450 residential units, according to city documents.

The apartments must be designed to easily convert to condos. Developers plan to build one building with two, 17-story towers, one for the hotel and one for apartments.

Lee must submit building permits by Dec. 31, 2015, or the development rights expire.

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