Z Block Alley Vacation

Review Status

on July 20, 2023 The SDC voted 7 to 0 to approve the Public Trust phase of the vacation.

Project Description

BioMed Realty (BMR) is proposing the vacation of an alley that connects Bell Street to the south and the intersection of Denny Way and Dexter Avenue to the north. The vacation would allow the construction of approximately 600,000 square feet (sf) of office and lab spaces distributed in 2 towers. The towers will share a podium with 4 levels of below grade parking that will include approximately 621 stalls. Vehicular access to parking is proposed from 8th Avenue, to be shared with the building loading dock and building services. The north tower is planned for 17 floors and the south tower for 11 floors. Approximately 2,000 sf of retail is proposed on 8th Avenue near its intersection with Bell Street. Two plazas, one along 7th Avenue and the other on 8th Avenue, will provide a mid-block connection with pedestrian routes. The plazas and pedestrian routes will include landscaped areas that relate to Denny Park to the north.

July 20, 2023 Meeting

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