Updated Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:10 PM
PCC Natural Markets has agreed to lease most of the retail space in a proposed apartment complex in Seattle’s historic Columbia City, and construction could start around midyear, developer Security Properties said Thursday.
The six-story project, called Angeline, would be built on 1.5 acres fronting Rainier Avenue South and South Edmunds Street. It’s now the site of Columbia Plaza, a retail mall built as a supermarket in the 1950s.
Angeline would contain 193 apartments and about 30,000 square feet of retail, with PCC’s grocery occupying 25,000.
Seattle-based Security said it expects Angeline will open in 2015.
The grocery will be PCC’s tenth. The cooperative’s Fremont store is in another Security apartment project, Epicenter.
City planners approved Angeline in August, but since it’s within the borders of the Columbia City Landmark District it also must be approved by city historic-preservation officials.
The Landmarks Preservation Board gave its blessing to the preliminary design last fall, said Rebecca Frestedt of the city’s historic-preservation office.
The developer presented the proposed final design — materials, finishes, colors — to the advisory Columbia City Review Committee last week.
The property, in the middle of the rejuvenated Columbia City business district and about four blocks from the Columbia City light-rail station, has been targeted for redevelopment for more than five years.
HAL Real Estate bought it in 2007 and proposed a 306-unit apartment complex. But the landmarks board rejected that project, concluding its bulk and scale didn’t fit the neighborhood’s character.
Other apartment developers also have shown interest in Columbia City.
Last fall Harbor Urban completed 124-unit Green House, the neighborhood’s first market-rate complex in more than 40 years.
And late last month Arizona-based apartment developer The Wolff Company purchased the 6-acre Zion Preparatory Academy campus for $11 million. The seller, a group headed by Seattle developer Jim Mueller, had bought the property from the Christian school in 2009.
Wolff representatives did not return calls seeking information about their plans for the site, where Zion Prep still is a tenant.
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