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Giants to invade South Lake Union

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Block Approved for New Height Restrictions


I’ve been reading a lot today on the height restriction that was raised from 65 feet to 120 feet for three bio-tech buildings in South Lake Union.  The block is bordered by Dexter, Mercer, 8th and Republican.  There is quite the controversy over this new council approval.   Many want the neighborhood to stay as it is.  Other are excited about the changes happening.  One comment wanted to know if this will affect the sea planes.  I’ve been following this development of South Lake Union and belong to some organizations that have allowed me to be able to sit in on many presentations explaining the plans for this area.  I do know that last I heard, Vulcan (Paul Allen’s real estate company that owns about 60% of the land in South Lake Union) was working hand in hand with Kenmore Air to allow the expansion of these taller bio-tech and residential buildings and yet keep our sea planes flying!  One commented that the sea planes should be the least of our concerns and perhaps there are other issues more pressing but I for one would be very upset if they took my sea planes away.  I feel they are as “Seattle” as Pike Place Market and the Space Needle.  One concern was if it would block the view of the Space Needle from I-5.  They were told that since both the Space Needle base and I-5 were elevated that we were not to worry.  I also read that bio-tech firms need these taller stories for their business.  I thought that was an interesting fact but couldn’t quite figure out why.  I’ll be researching that further or it will drive me nuts.  Or, I could ask my broker, John Deely.  He knows everything!  But that’s a whole other blog.  I’m going to head down to this block and see if I can imagine the height.  Supposedly it will take seven years until we will be blessed with their presence.  I’m sorry for the people that don’t want the change.  I’m struggling a bit with it myself but part of living in the city is the changes that take place.  Can you imagine the changes our senior citizens have seen since they were young?

Why not mine?

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AGC Building on Lake Union – 1200 Westlake Ave N Photo courtesy of Linda Aaron

Today I was thinking about what inspiration I could write about tonight. Since my blog last night was about a business around Lake Union, I thought I might highlight another one.  So, guess what?  I’m going to tell you about my company, Coldwell Banker Bain and our office on Lake Union.  I’m pretty proud of my company.  Well I don’t own it, but I do feel like it’s my company.  Kind of like I feel Lake Union is my lake 🙂

Coldwell Banker Bain’s Lake Union office, located at the south end of Lake Union in the AGC building, opened in 1972 as William A. Bain Associates.  From the beginning, the focus of the company was to market Seattle’s finer homes.  When Coldwell Banker decided to enter the Seattle market, they wanted a company that had the same business model as they did across the United States… an emphasis of luxury homes.  They felt it was a good match and Coldwell Banker Bain Associates was born.  Based on the fact that single office on Lake Union has now grown to a company with 22 offices throughout Puget Sound I’d say it was a match made in heaven.   William A. Bain has since retired.  I was privileged enough to work at the office while Mr. Bain (yes, I call him that to this day) was still in the office.  Because I can’t think of a better way to put it I’ll just say he is one class act and has been an incredible inspiration to me.   His office is now a conference room that I still call Mr. Bain’s office where I meet with clients.  I make sure that I sit with my back to the window so my clients can face me yet still enjoy the views of the lake.   Just between you and me there is an interior window that I face so I can watch all of the reflections of the boats and planes but my clients don’t know it.  The company still has a single owner, William (Bill) Riss, who has continued the legacy established over a quarter of a century ago.   Our Managing Broker at the Lake Union office is John Deely who is known as a leader throughout the industry in the Puget Sound area and a great leader/mentor to me.  People often kid me saying the reason I chose this office is because of the views.  However, it’s because of the solid leadership and strong community involvement (Habitat for Humanity, adopting families at Christmas, rehabing unused/unwanted musical instruments and distributing them back out into the schools in need, delivering food to the needy, Toys for Tots and my favorite, Dress for Success that accepts donations of interview appropriate clothing for low-income women trying to get employment. 

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John Deely, Managing Broker Coldwell Banker - Lake Union Office