The two-building plan goes back some five years. SEPA review began about a year ago; a determination of non-significance was issued last month, and the public comment period has now passed.
The city issued its final approval for the six-story, 198-room hotel and seven-story, 182-unit apartment building on International Boulevard. The landowner and developer is Lou Development, which is working with Studio19 Architects on the project. The hotel is flagged a Hyatt Place; no name has emerged for the apartments. Chinn Construction is now listed as the builder. The team also includes Barghausen Consulting Engineers, surveyor; Hart Crowser, SEPA consultant; and AHBL, civil engineer and landscape architect.
The L-shaped site, with some 2.9 acres, wraps around a Denny's to the north. Lou acquired the property in 2016 for nearly $9.3 million. The old Jet Motel and Concourse Inn were razed in recent years.
Lou is based in Tukwila, with an affiliate office in China. No start date has been announced for the project. The land has been divided into condominium parcels, so its two elements could be sold separately — or may proceed under current ownership.
Parking for both buildings total 265 stalls, both structured and surface. Studio19 puts the total project size at 297,000 square feet. Of the apartments, 36 will include be affordable units; and one is designated a low-income unit.