SECO Development was responsible for master planning more than 60 acres of urban downtown "core" properties.
The projects were developed and built in highly visible "gateway locations" and those locations required special sensitivity to strong neighborhood interests and complied with intensive zoning requirements. SECO Development aligned their development objectives with the desired goals identified in the City's comprehensive plan.
SECO Development has a unique ability to identify opportunities and formulate a vision which is consistent with municipalities, neighbors and finance institutions, and obtain vesting approvals in record time. While other projects have had lengthy approval periods, SECO Development is proud to have received approvals for projects in less than one year.
SOUTHPORT IN RENTON
SECO Development master planned 17.1 acres in Renton, Washington. By working closely with the City of Renton Planning Department, SECO Development was able to complete a rezone from Industrial to COR-3 (a Comprehensive Plan Amendment). In addition, SECO Development received a No Further Action letter from the Department of Ecology on the clean up of contaminated soils at the site within a year.
Southport is located on the shores of Lake Washington at the site of the old Shuffleton Steam Plant. The project is designed as a vibrant mixed-use development, becoming the new waterfront gateway to the City of Renton.
The project is comprised of three Class "A" Corporate Campus buildings totaling over 765,023 GSF, a 347-room luxury waterfront hotel - Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle's Southport and The Bristol apartments which is comprised of 383 high-end residential units housed in two separate buildings.
The Southport promenade is a direct link to the neighboring 57-acre Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. This beautiful park offers a mile and a half of waterfront pathways as well as restaurants and a marina.
SECO Development master planned 17.5 acres in the Central Business District in Bellevue, Washington. The site was a "Super-Block" between NE 8th Street and NE 10th Street and NE 110th Street and NE 112th Street.
The site was extremely sensitive to the City of Bellevue as it is located across from Bellevue's regional library and Bellevue’s Ashwood Park. SECO Development worked with the city's transportation and planning department to develop the location and design of the streets, sidewalks, pedestrian pathways, and utility requirements.
SECO Development also provided the engineering, obtained the permits, and subsequently built the roads and utilities servicing the entire Super Block.
SECO Development developed and built the northwesterly portion of the site with 368 residential units; The Oakwood Apartments above structured parking and retail, and The Gardens at Town Square, a luxury senior’s retirement assisted living community with an Alzheimers wing.
SECO Development planned and built the "Gateway" to downtown Kirkland at 6th and Central Way. The development occurred in the middle of a moratorium in the downtown and required the participation of special task forces and atypical coordination with the Council and Mayor together with the Planning Commission and Planning Department.
The site occurred in the most intensively zoned area yet most restrictive in terms of pedestrian pathways and retail requirements. The site plan required the vacation and moving of an alleyway, the building of a new road, the development of a major pedestrian pathway, as well as the creation of ground level retail along Central Way.
The development is a rich compilation of architectural styles, which blend together in this extremely sensitive site. Due to the successful development of Tera, SECO Development has been asked to participate in the long range planning of the City of Kirkland's downtown.
Juanita Village is a mixed-use development on 11.4 acres in Kirkland, Washington. The development is a luxury, European-style, pedestrian oriented village. The village hosts a variety of neighborhood retail uses such as shops, restaurants, a drug store and bank surrounded by various types of housing including town homes, apartments, live/work lofts, studios, and lake-view flats.
Juanita Village includes a total of 459 housing units and approximately 63,000 square feet of various neighborhood retail uses.
The site benefits from its central location within the I-405 'Technology Corridor' and its highly desirable location adjacent to Juanita Beach Park and Lake Washington. The site falls within the City of Kirkland limits which is often compared to Sausalito, California due to its beautiful shoreline setting.
Kirkland has historically been the strongest housing market on Seattle's eastside, consistently creating some of the highest sales prices and rental rates, and lowest vacancy rates in the Greater Seattle area. In addition, two of the site's borders are defined by high-traffic arterials, giving it excellent drive-by visibility and accessibility.
Island Square is a re-development of the existing Island Market Square Shopping Center that was originally built in the 1950s. The new Island Square is best described as a neo traditional pedestrian-oriented village, combining retail and office space with residential uses above, similar to popular European destinations which encourage people to live, work, shop and play without ever having to utilize an automobile.
Island Square consists of five buildings totaling 300,000 square feet over a two level parking structure with approximately 500 parking stalls. The community hosts 235 luxury apartments as well as 40,000 sf retail/business.
Completed in 2009, 77 Central is SECO Development’s second project in downtown Mercer Island, just minutes from Seattle and Bellevue. This 1.6-acre full-block redevelopment replaces a series of one-story strip malls and surface parking lots with a multi-story mixed-use development that features locally owned retail and restaurants and several courtyards and plazas. Despite the physical challenge of more than 20 feet of continuous grade change surrounding the site, the design creates active street fronts on all four sides, encouraging pedestrian activity and a sense of urban vitality where none existed previously.
One of few rental-housing communities in the area, this project serves as the front porch for the nearby sculpture park, encouraging movement and interaction with residents, guests, and retail patrons while providing much-needed housing options for young professionals. The mixed-use development features 171 luxury residential units, more than 14,000 square feet of retail, and a two-level parking structure.