The prospect of taking vacant office buildings and transforming them into housing has its first taker in Seattle.
Stream Real Estate recently purchased a five-story former office building at 201 Queen Anne Ave. N with plans for 68 apartments, 66 parking spaces, and indoor + outdoor community spaces. Design company Board & Vellum has been hired as the architect, but no timeline was given for construction.
Office-to-housing projects can be a logistical challenge due to factors like a lack of rooms with windows. Seattle organized a competition last year for local design firms to think about those obstacles. The Queen Anne building may be prime real estate to give actual conversion a whirl since it has a small floor plan.
ICYMI, we also asked you to weigh in on the hot topic: Which local office buildings do you think might be best converted into residences? There might be more attempts soon.