Starbucks Center, Seattle, WA
Starbucks Center is a nationally recognized redevelopment of a large, functionally obsolescent warehouse building, serving as a catalyst for the revitalization of the SODO District neighborhood. At just over 2,100,000 square feet on 17 acres of urban industrial land, Starbucks Center is a one-of-a-kind mixed-use facility, which blends retail, office, warehousing, light-manufacturing and distribution functions. Nitze-Stagen manages the day-to-day operations.
Built in 1912 by the Union Pacific Railroad to lure Sears, Roebuck & Co. to Seattle, the original building was constructed of heavy timbers sourced from the historic Yesler Mill. Emboldened by the sale of lady’s undergarments to Alaska, Sears built an 800,000 square foot addition in 1914 which, at the time of its completion, created the largest structure west of Chicago. In 1925 Sears opened a retail store at the site which, until it closed its doors in 2014, was the oldest continuously operating Sears store in the world. With building additions in 1945, 1956, 1965, 1974 and 2001, the complex is thought to be the largest multi-tenanted building west of the Mississippi.
Nitze-Stagen has renovated the building and preserved its historical heritage while adding modern technology and structural upgrades. It completed a full seismic upgrade of the building in 2003. The building is currently home to numerous tenants, and serves as the world headquarters for the Starbucks Coffee Company.
Canton Lofts, Seattle
Designed by architect Ed Weinstein, Canton Lofts is a multifamily Opportunity Zone LEED Silver development that will include 80 units of workforce housing and a ground floor retail space in the heart of Pioneer Square. London Plane trees will be planted along its front and sides. Canton Lofts’ smart design emphasizes affordability and livability, two critical components in providing socially responsible rental housing. The 35,000 square foot project will produce desirable studio loft apartments which provide direct access to the vibrant Pioneer Square neighborhood and are within easy walking distance to the central business district.
The building will feature superior build quality, premium finishes and appealing amenities including a community co-working lounge, secured bike storage, a rooftop terrace with barbecues, a fire pit, dog run and expansive views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. The Canton Lofts location features a 98 Walk Score, an 80 Bike Score and a 100 Transit Score.
The building’s loft-style apartments are thoughtfully designed with flexible floor plans to accommodate singles as well as couples. Each apartment will feature large windows and 14-foot ceilings. Layouts include built-in cabinetry, elevated sleeping lofts, a high-quality en suite bath with large walk-in tiled showers and modern kitchens with ranges, microwaves, refrigerators, quartz countertops, sinks and garbage disposals.
Canton Loft’s residents will be able to access most points in Seattle without owning a car. If parking is needed, there is an adjacent parking lot with stalls for rent on a monthly basis. The project’s affordability and rich amenities will have an immediate positive social impact on the neighborhood, further supporting Pioneer Square’s ongoing revitalization into a healthy and vibrant place to live, work and visit. Nitze-Stagen has a long history of investing in Pioneer Square through Merrill Place, The Cadillac Hotel, Union Station and the Union Station Garage.
The Canton Loft’s apartments will be ready for occupancy in Fall 2020.
760 Aloha Street, Seattle, WA
Nitze-Stagen’s 760 Aloha Street is in Seattle’s thriving South Lake Union submarket. Originally built to accommodate a paint manufacturing operation, the mid-century warehouse has been converted to office space. The building has a distinct warehouse appearance common to its era and represents one of the few remaining properties in South Lake Union with authentic character and charm.
Nitze-Stagen will redevelop the building by using the existing structure as a base for four additional floors of office space including an office penthouse. In all, the project has a total redevelopment potential of approximately 41,500 square feet. Much of the authentic character of the existing structure will be maintained and highlighted in juxtaposition with the new, modern structure above.
The South Lake Union submarket has strong fundamentals with growing rents and very low vacancy. The 760 Aloha property is surrounded by an abundance of recently constructed apartment buildings and major technology and bio-technology campuses including Amazon, Google and Facebook. Over the past ten years, $4.8B has been invested in the submarket in the form of development projects and public infrastructure, transforming the neighborhood into a critical economic engine for the Puget Sound region.
650 South Industrial Way, Seattle
650 South Industrial Way is an example of Nitze-Stagen’s commitment to delivering flexible warehouse and maker space in Seattle’s bustling SODO industrial district. Situated in a densely clustered industrial and manufacturing zone, the property has immediate proximity to the Seattle and Bellevue population centers. As small-format facilities in the area continue to be consolidated, the availability of facilities like 650 South Industrial Way is growing ever more scarce and Nitze-Stagen is proud to provide flexible space suitable for a variety of users.
Built in 1964, the facility has ready access to the region’s largest transportation routes, ports and airports while offering tenants abundant parking and load-in/load-out options. The 38,000 square foot facility has eleven dock-high loading doors accessing the warehouse and industrial spaces as well as a significant amount of high-quality, on-site office space.
As SODO continues to change and grow, 650 South Industrial Way will be well positioned to accommodate the region’s evolving economic landscape
Momentum Climbing, Seattle, WA
The Momentum Building, located just a block from the Starbucks Center in SODO, is a 19,200 square foot warehouse building that was converted to a bouldering gym for Momentum Indoor Climbing in 2018. The remodeled Sears Auto Center boasts 20 foot high climbing walls, elevated ceilings and an updated exterior façade that improves not only the look of the building but the look and feel of the neighborhood surrounding it. The decision to update the building exemplifies Nitze-Stagen’s commitment to promoting the vibrancy of SODO and the neighborhood around the Starbucks Center.
Ellis Building, Seattle, WA
The Ellis Building is one of the newest additions to Nitze-Stagen’s portfolio. The property includes three parcels totaling approximately .75 acres on commercially-zoned land in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. Nitze-Stagen purchased the properties in June 2018 and has been implementing a building and site safety and aesthetic upgrade, including removal of hazardous materials and installation of a fire sprinkler system.
The existing 18,000 SF warehouse building was constructed in 1967 and has served as a plant nursery, Acme Foods wholesaling warehouse, and most recently as Bowman-Morton Manufacturing & Machinery. The site is blocks from the main commercial core of Georgetown, and directly east of the Charles Smith Jet City winery and Boeing Field. The commercial zoning and open space on the parcels flanking the warehouse provide numerous opportunities for redevelopment. Nitze-Stagen has brought in a community-focused tenant while evaluating the best long-term plan for the property.
Georgetown has a rich diversity of building types, tenants, retail amenities and experiential opportunities, and is characterized by its gritty authenticity. It offers a contrast to traditional downtown office buildings and provides small tenants with affordable and flexible commercial space. Georgetown offers an array of amenities in a vibrant neighborhood setting, and the flexibility to think creatively about the way that buildings are used to benefit the changing needs of office, retail, and light industrial users. Georgetown is in the path of progress for Seattle’s rapidly evolving economy, and Nitze-Stagen is committed to investing in the history of the neighborhood and its bright future.
SODO Home Depot, Seattle, WA
The Home Depot Building, located across the street from the Starbucks Center in SODO, is a 108,000 square foot retail that is occupied by The Home Depot Company. The building, a former horse barn and then Sears Auto Center, was slated for demolition in 1992. The Home Depot Company, one of the fastest-growing corporations in the U.S. at that time, expressed interest in the property. After thoughtful review, Nitze-Stagen and its partners invested in the necessary site improvements to accommodate warehouse/retail use. Home Depot opened on the former Sears Auto Center site in 1993 where it continues to operate today.
Union Station Parking, Seattle, WA
Built in 1911, Seattle’s Union Station served as a major gateway to the Puget Sound until its closure in 1971 when the Union Pacific discontinued passenger rail service. Some thirty years later, Nitze-Stagen identified the potential of the languishing historic building and recognized that the building’s restoration could provide the necessary catalyst for a redevelopment project that incorporated multiple adjacent parcels. While the rehabilitation of the Station had long been planned by public agencies, the financial uncertainty, environmental concerns and development complexity of such a project proved too onerous. Recognizing the untapped potential of the site and neighborhood, Nitze-Stagen, along with our Joint Venture Partners, purchased the property and adjacent parcels and then supervised the Station’s extensive renovation. Upon completion, the Station was donated to the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority in exchange for reimbursement of the renovation cost.
Located at the junction of three neighborhoods, the Union Station redevelopment project helped to weave the International District, Pioneer Square and SODO Business District together and provided a catalyst for the development of approximately one million square feet of Class A office space on the adjacent parcels. Occupied upon completion by Amazon.com, Vulcan NW, Accenture Consulting, and Sound Transit (among others), this development was the first high-technology urban office campus in one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods.
The Union Station renovation was the winner of the 2000 National Historic Preservation Award and continues to serve as the headquarters of Seattle’s Sound Transit while its grand hall is rented to the public for events. Nitze-Stagen retains ownership of more than 1,200 parking stalls on the site.
Stack Family Properties Seattle, WA
The history of the Stack Family Portfolio of SODO properties began when the teenage German immigrant, Eugene Stack, jumped ship while anchored off San Pedro Harbor, California in about 1902. Hungry and with nothing to his name, he and a buddy worked their way to San Francisco where they got better established with help from another German immigrant family. Eugene worked there for a contractor, razing buildings damaged during the 1906 earthquake. Then he got a job with a steel sales and machinery manufacturer named Vulcan. That company sent Eugene to Seattle as Superintendent for the Structural Steel yard situated at the site of the current Fourth Ave. S and Royal Brougham Ryerson Bus Base.
Strong-minded determination soon sent him off to be his own man and Eugene bought a flatbed truck to do jobs like hauling dry cement to be mixed for constructing the Stevens Pass Highway and a Libby fruit packing plant in Yakima. Further ambitions, and a gamble, drove him to rent yard space at Stacy and Utah streets in SODO for the first Stack Steel & Supply Co. location. That site is now covered by the Starbucks Center parking garage, of which Nitze-Stagen is an owner.
Growing a business during the Depression was tough, but Mr. Stack worked and saved to buy some swampy lots on Lander Street in SODO, intending to build a metal fabrication shop. Over the next 40 years, those lots grew to 6 acres in size and housed what became 156,000 SF of Stack Steel distribution and heat-treating facilities. Eugene’s son, Harold Stack, got more involved in the business after his service in the Navy in WWII and grew the business to 4 locations in SODO occupying 300,000 SF of owned steel distribution space. Sale of the steel business in 1977 allowed Harold to explore other real estate opportunities which 3rd generation off-spring, Robb Stack, managed for 42 years before entrusting Nitze- Stagen to manage its properties and tenants and, in doing so, to support market-driven growth in the SODO neighborhood.