The 17-story Broadway apartment tower set to bring Amazon’s grocery chain Whole Foods to the border of Capitol Hill and First Hill has set a July opening. But you will have to wait until the fall to do your grocery shopping at the base of The Danforth.
The developer of the project is beginning the process of recruiting residents to fill its 260 or so units complete with “smart, sophisticated design,” “well-appointed” and “clean, contemporary aesthetic,” “A/C in all homes, USB outlets and pantries in every kitchen,” and where even the bathrooms “make a statement.”
Rates for the “spacious one, two and three-bedroom plans” have not been publicly announced but a spokesperson tells CHS that pricing will start at $2,200.
“We would like The Danforth to not only be a great place to live, but also be a tangible supporter of the organizations and businesses that make the local neighborhood such a vibrant place to live,” Todd Seneker, managing director of real estate investment strategies at Danforth developer Columbia Pacific Advisors. “It’s important to us that we are a good neighbor, and we are committed to giving back to the community in which we also live, work, and play.”
To drum up some buzz — and live up to the lofty community goals — the company is donating $10,000 to three area nonprofits:
All three help make the neighborhood The Danforth is joining more vibrant and livable. Artist Trust, dedicated to providing funding and resources to local artists, Seattle Humane, saving and serving pets in need, and Country Doctor/Carolyn Downs Community Health Centers, ensuring that everyone has access to affordable healthcare regardless of income. Each nonprofit will receive a minimum of $2,500. Contest entrants can vote for the nonprofit of their choice. The organization with the most votes will receive an additional $2,500.
You can vote here. To sweeten the deal, The Danforth is also giving away some prize packages with local connections:
Frye After Dark Party, a gallery tour and art creation workshop at the Frye on First Hill.
/ OOLA Distillery Experience, a bespoke whiskey blending session at OOLA Distillery near Seattle University. / Northwest Film Forum Package, a private film screening at the Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill. / Classic Northwest Escape, culinary delight, luxury stay, spa experience and Moondance Sea Kayaking Adventures at the Willows Inn on Lummi Island.
The presence of the Amazon grocery chain is, of course, a defining element of the building described as “New apartments atop Whole Foods” in marketing materials. Despite stormy economic times for the chain, its acquisition by Amazon, and Amazon’s alternative grocery ventures, the project to bring the new store to Broadway and Madison has pushed forward since construction began in the summer of 2016. Even the name of the building is a nod to the grocery store. ““A Danforth is a style of anchor. The Danforth anchor was developed in the 1940s for use with landing craft,” a PR rep told us that summer. “Today, the anchor is widely used with a variety of vessels seeking to have security when in a harbor.”
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