5 noteworthy multifamily developments


Photo: Aaron Locke Photography

Columbia Pacific Advisors’ project team for The Danforth, a 16-story tower in Seattle, had barely 22,000 sf of site in which to squeeze in 265 apartments, a 53,000-sf Whole Foods grocery, and five levels of below-grade parking. Tiscareno Associates (architect) led the team of DCI (structural engineer), GGLO (interiors), and Howard S. Wright (GC), a Balfour Beatty US company.

Photo: Aaron Locke Photography
Photo: Aaron Locke Photography

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Dominium, a developer of affordable housing based in the Twin Cities, has turned the 90-year-old Lake Street Sash & Door Company property into Millworks Lofts, 78 one-, two-, and three-bedroom lofts, some with 12-foot ceilings. Rents range from $1,003 to $1,387; residents’ income is restricted to 60% of AMI. The property, in South Minneapolis, was placed on the National Register in 2016, enabling Dominium to capitalize on historic tax credits. Ninety-six wells were drilled 225 feet deep to create a geothermal heating/cooling system. BKV Group was the architect; Weis Builders was the GC.

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West Hollywood (Calif.) Community Housing Corp. anticipates LEED Platinum certification for Blue Hibiscus, a four-story, 22-unit community for low-income (30% of AMI) households with special needs. Residents receive Section 8 rental assistance and support services. Architecture firm KFA, working with Dreyfuss Construction (GC), designed 21 of the one-bedroom apartments to be fully adaptable for the sensory-impaired; five of these have been set aside for homeless youth emerging from foster care.

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International property and infrastructure group Lendlease has built and developed The Cooper at Southbank, a 29-story, 452-unit tower, the first in a set of five structures that will form Southbank, a seven-acre neighborhood along the South Branch of the Chicago River. The Cooper offers studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, penthouses (1,124 to 1,997 sf), and 26 rental townhomes at the base, 11 of which are tri-levels. A sixth-floor amenity space has a pizza oven, Namaste Nook, and virtual sports simulator. Coming soon: a two-acre park connecting to the Riverwalk, with kayak launch and water taxi stop.

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VTBS Architects (designer), Nadia Geller Designs (interiors), and CBG Building Co. have completed The Pearl on Wilshire, a 346-unit apartment community in Los Angeles’s Koreatown neighborhood for developer Cityview. Studios and one-and two-bedroom residences in 17 floor plans sit atop 8,300 sf of retail space. Amenities: bocce court, Korean BBQ grills, fitness center with yoga room and Fitness On-Demand, Uber/Lyft waiting area, charging stations, and dry cleaning, housekeeping, and dog walking services. The Pearl is a three-block walk from the Wilshire/Western rail stop.

Photo: David GuettlerPhoto: David Guettler