A BRIEF HISTORY
A ROSTER OF SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS
Incorporated in 1989, SECO Development has successfully developed more than 75 acres of urban-core mixed-use projects. With special attention to detail, SECO Development has built 3,500 apartments, two hotels, a senior living facility, and over 800,000 SF of Class “A” office space. In 2019, SECO Development was named a finalist by NAIOP for the prestigious Night of the Stars Awards in two categories: Developer of the Year, and Office Development of the Year.
SECO Development began in Seattle, but recognizing the corporate growth on the Eastside with employers such as Microsoft, owner of SECO Development, Michael Christ, turned his focus to Bellevue’s Central Business District. He developed residential apartments and hotel suites from 1990 to 2000 on more than 15 acres of mixed-use developments. The following decade, SECO Development expanded their development into Kirkland, Downtown Seattle, Mercer Island, and Renton. With enormous growth in both medical facilities and high-tech, SECO Development continued to develop Southport in north Renton, completing more than 1.4 Million Square feet at Southport (Phase I), and is planning Southport Phase II for 2021, with an additional 1.5 million SF of office and retail. SECO is perfectly situated with close-in tracts of land ideal for the enormous continued growth of high-tech companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Providence Medical and Valley Medical on the Eastside.
Southport is a 17.1-acre site that has been master planned and entitled. Within one year, SECO Development completed the Environmental Impact Statement, concluded the environmental assessments, and commenced construction on the first phase, a mixed-use residential project.
The first two phases of the residential component—including 383 luxury waterfront apartments are completed. The Bristol has 24,138 square feet of commercial space and 653 parking spaces. In 2014 Bristol I underwent a $5.5m renovation. The luxurious Bristol Apartments offers exceptional lifestyle amenities including an onsite café, a 24-hour waterfront fitness center, a business center, and a Residents’ Club with billiards and full kitchen for entertaining.
The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle's Southport is a 347-room luxury waterfront hotel that includes a full-service restaurant and bar, a spa, executive meeting rooms, VIP lounge, and 65,500 SF of interior and exterior meeting and event space. Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle's Southport has won numerous awards including being named Best Hotel, Best Cocktail (Water's Table), Best Event Space and Best Corporate Party Space by 425 Magazine.
Currently under construction, the Waterfront Corporate Campus is the final phase of the 2.4 million square foot Southport mixed-use tech-forward waterfront development. The Waterfront Corporate Campus includes three nine-story buildings consisting of 712,752 square feet of Class "A" office space. Construction on the office campus began in January 2016, with occupancy in 2019. The campus is located equidistant from Seattle and Bellevue with easy access to I-405 and Sea-Tac International Airport.
The newly revitalized property will be a source of pride for the company and an important waterfront showpiece for the City of Renton when it is successfully transformed into a brand new mixed-use office, hotel, residential and retail destination.
SECO Development’s first project on Mercer Island was an award-winning mixed-use complex called Island Square. A pioneering effort, the 2.61-acre development transformed what was once a series of strip malls into a pedestrian friendly town center replete with shops, restaurants, businesses, and residences. The development features five courtyards, access to public transit, and architecture with a focus on abundant natural light as well as public art. Island Square was developed by SECO Development with Mithun serving as the architect. The project comprises five buildings totaling more than 300,000 square feet including a two-level parking structure, approximately 40,000 square feet of retail, and 235 luxury apartments.
Completed in 2006, the development received multiple awards including the Golden Nugget Award of Merit: Residential Project of the Year, the Multi-Family Executive Best Re-use of Land Award, and the Golden Nugget Grand Award for Best Mid to High Rise Apartment Project. When sold, Island Square ranked #1 as the highest property sale in King County in 2008 with a selling price of $112,000,000.
In 2008, SECO Development completed the Bristol II, which included 195 units of housing, 14,081 square feet of retail, and 324 parking spaces in Renton on the shores of Lake Washington. In 2014 Bristol I underwent a $5.5m renovation.
Bristol II features panoramic views of the 57-acre Gene Coulon Memorial Park. This community benefits from the existing amenities of the adjacent Bristol Apartments, which offers an on-site cafe, 24-hour waterfront fitness center, business center, and Residents’ Club with billiards. Bristol II was the winner of the 2008 Multifamily Executive National Merit Award for Best Mid-Rise Apartment Building.
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. The development features a Residents’ Club that offers a 24-hour fitness facility, a business center, billiards, a multimedia center, and a kitchen. The residences feature granite counters in the kitchen, marble in the bathrooms, and double wall construction. The residential area is even curated by Martin-Zambio Fine Art – ensuring the community is inundated with fabulous Northwest paintings and sculptures.
SECO Development received the BuiltGreen™ Green Hammer Award for 77 Central, the highest award for multi-family housing communities of 5-stories and larger. Additionally, 77 Central is honored to be a finalist in the NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards in the Best Mid-Rise Apartment category. Sold in 2016, the sale was a record high per-unit price for a mid-rise building in the Puget Sound area.
Located in Seattle's hip Belltown neighborhood, this luxurious residential building has 98 units above structured parking and 5,000 square feet of prime street-front retail. The building was designed in concert with the Seattle Design Commission's vision for the Belltown Neighborhood.
The Shelby draws significantly from the historic architectural precedents in the area with its scale and architectural treatment. The streetscape is enhanced with the elegant brick retail facades and the development of a street park on Blanchard Street and metal bays break down the scale of the building, creating distinctive unit plans on the residential floors.
The location is ideal — close to downtown and just a short walk to the Seattle Center, the Seattle Symphony, and Key Arena. The Shelby is near major employers such as Amazon, The Gates Foundation, Google, and Microsoft. There are panoramic views of Lake Union, Elliott Bay, and the downtown city lights. In 2016 the Shelby was voted "One of the Best Places to Live" in Seattle by Curbed.