The midrise tower with more than 200 condominiums is planned at the corner of South Main Street and Fifth Avenue.
SEATTLE — A neighborhood open house and design preview event is planned this weekend for KODA Condominiums, a midrise community planned at the corner of South Main Street and Fifth Avenue in the city’s International District.
The event takes place July 22–23 from noon to 5 p.m. at Hirabayashi Place, a community center located at 442 S. Main St.
The proposed project by Da-Li Development is currently designed as an 18-story tower with more than 200 condominiums. The targeted groundbreaking date is in early 2018, with occupancy by 2020, pending entitlements by the city of Seattle.
The city’s planning department observes an International District Special Review process as part of the Master Use Permit application process, which approves the building’s overall architecture, exterior finishing and landscaping plan. The open-house event will provide visitors with an update on the design progress, as well as an opportunity for prospective homebuyers and brokers to secure priority sales information.
“We are exploring several design alternatives pursuant to comments received by the Special Review Board and seek opinions from the community as well,” says Yang Lee, a director of Seattle-based KMD Architects, which is designing KODA.
“We have an opportunity to further anchor Japantown and its contribution within the International District. We are paying homage to a historic past while participating in the renaissance taking place in the International District.”
Japantown, or “Nihonmachi,” is a defined area bound by Fourth Avenue South, Yesler Way, Interstate 5 and South Jackson Street. To its immediate north is the Central Business District, to the west is Pioneer Square, to the east is Little Saigon and to the south is Chinatown.
KODA will offer efficiently scaled homes that are expected to be priced from the low $300,000s, targeting the region’s expanding workforce. It will offer just 77 parking stalls, as urban residents increasingly observe downtown lifestyles without the hassle or expense of an automobile. KODA is located just a block and a half from King Street Station to help connect future residents to employment centers throughout central Puget Sound.