Mayor Durkan’s $143M ‘Mercer Mega Block’ deal: Tons of new development, some affordable housing, and a new South Lake Union community center

Mayor Jenny Durkan has a $143 million deal in place that will create 175 affordable apartments and a new 30,000-square-foot community center as part of a massive sale of city property in South Lake Union:

Mayor Durkan has transmitted legislation to the City Council to move ahead on the agreement with potential buyer Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.,  the first and longest-tenured which owner, operator, and developer of collaborative life sciences campuses in key urban innovation clusters. Alexandria has supported the Seattle life science cluster for more than 20 years with a number of notable office/laboratory properties, including the Lake Union Steam Plant at 1201 Eastlake Avenue East, the Juno Building at 400 Dexter Avenue North, and its most recently completed development at 188 East Blaine Street.

The nearly $300 million in public benefits that the City of Seattle would receive from Alexandria include: Continue reading

CHS Pics | A Capitol Hill vacation to lovely South Lake Union for 4th of July fireworks

New CHS summer intern Nick decided to take a holiday at the shore this Independence Day, joining the massive crowd at South Lake Union Park for Seattle’s big fireworks show. CHS usually visits with the crowds that gather along Capitol Hill’s I-5 Shores but new reporters at CHS sometimes bring new ways and it is probably telling that the Capitol Hill-South Lake Union border means less and less as Seattle’s central core grows. Nick found an excellent view and probably more than a few Capitol Hill faces in the crowd. Maybe CHS will make a 4th of July vacation an annual thing. If you have some Independence Day fireworks pictures to share — from Capitol Hill.. or beyond —  let us know in comments. Continue reading

News helicopter crashes near Seattle Center

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 9.18.30 AMA news helicopter crashed onto vehicles driving below on Broad St Tuesday morning in a fiery tragedy that killed two people and sent one man to the hospital with burns over 50% 15 to 20% of his body.

The 7:40 AM crash near KOMO TV’s Fisher Plaza left the charred wreckage of three vehicles and the new copter strewn in the middle of Broad Street following a large response by Seattle Fire.

The two occupants of the helicopter are confirmed dead. The 38-year-old male burn victim who was inside one of the cars engulfed by the ignited helicopter fuel was rushed to the hospital.

Federal investigators are working to determine the sequence of events that lead to the crash. Eyewitnesses have said the helicopter was attempting to take off, then appeared to malfunction before falling sideways and crashing.

While news copters have been a staple of TV and radio news for decades, their use has declined as costs rise and operations are optimized. The helicopter that crashed Tuesday is reportedly a leased vehicle that is shared by KOMO and KING television stations.

Video of the crash scene is below. Continue reading