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The Best Buildings Are Already Built?

The Best Buildings Are Already Built?
When it comes to building on Capitol Hill, Alliance Residential thinks the best building facades are already there. The firm's new development director for the Pacific Northwest Suzi Morris tells us Alliance's goal is to "build buildings from the inside out." (We have a similar approach to eating Oreos.)
Alliance Residential Development Director for the Pacific Northwest Suzi Morris at her office.
Alliance likes the look of the Hill so much that it's incorporating three facades from existing buildings into its new Broadstone Capitol Hill project, a 250-unit building on 10th Avenue and East Union. The Broadstone Capitol Hill project will reuse the old, heavy timbers in new and creative ways, while the new innards will have all the things today's tenants want, like fiber optic cable and a bike repair room. Part of Alliance's process, Suzi tells us, has been reaching out to neighbors to reassure them that the ultimate look and character of Capitol Hill won't change too much.

An architectural rendering of Broadstone Capitol Hill in Seattle.
Although Alliance is focusing on its two Capitol Hill projects (there's also a 105-unit under construction at 11th and Madison) and Broadstone Koi, a 166-unit apartment in Ballard due in February, Suzi, a Schnitzer West alum, feels bullish about condos. "I definitely think there's a place for condos," she tells us. "It's just when all the stars will align." (By "stars," we assume she means "financing.") Suzi may work in Seattle now, but she also believes Bellevue is overlooked: "Its fundamentals are very good."