Last year, Seattle got bumped down from its throne as the US city with the most cranes — but based on all the ongoing development, we’re having a hard time really believing it. Put on your hard hat + let’s talk about 2022’s most anticipated builds.
Waterfront Seattle | Includes the Piers, Pioneer Square + Pike/Pine 🌊
While this $728 million city project won’t be fully completed until 2024, a few key components like the Overlook Walk — an elevated public park with a scenic promenade — are scheduled for construction this spring. Others, like the new Union Street Pedestrian Bridge, which includes a new elevator and artwork by Norie Sato, are expected to open later this year.
Harvest | Woodinville 🍷
Wine not take a trip to the Eastside? A 20-acre Woodinville “wine village” will begin construction in 2022i, creating a mix of restaurants, bars, tasting rooms, shops, and townhouses near NE. 145th St. and Redmond-Woodinville Rd. Visitors will find a hotel + spa called the Somm, and a central gathering space called the Yard that has restaurants + outdoor seating with views of Mt. Rainier. No opening date has been announced yet.
Midtown Square | Central District 🏢
In a rapidly growing neighborhood, this major retail + residential complex is about to sprout. In addition to the 428 apartments for lease in 2022, popular Jamaican restaurant Jerk Shack, and dive bar The Neighbor Lady will also be moving in. Plus, it looks like the arts will be a big component, with colorful murals already up and nonprofit Arté Noir planning a creative space.
Washington State Convention Center Addition | Downtown 🏗️
After securing the last bit of financing in 2021, the highly anticipated $1.9 billion addition (known as the Summit) is headed toward a 2022 opening. When finished, the expansion will more than double the convention center capacity with around 570,000 sqft of usable space that includes 62 new meeting rooms, more ballrooms, and views west to Pike Place Market.
1200 Stewart St. | South Lake Union ✈️
Here’s a project that’s really taking off. Vancouver-based developer Westbank is working on an SLU apartment tower that includes the refurbished fuselage of a Boeing 747. The airplane will be moved over in 39 pieces, eventually becoming office space — although there may be a public preview as early as the spring. The complex itself is scheduled to open in the fall.
Capitol Hill Station | Near the Light Rail 🚊
The retail-residential development going on around the main transit hub on Capitol Hill is already open to the public. But there’s much more on the way, including a new location for hugely popular diner Glo’s + the neighborhood’s first-ever H Mart.
Evolution Projects | Fremont 💪
Real estate developer Evolution Projects — which runs outdoor retailer evo — purchased a site north of the Fremont shop in late 2021, essentially taking over that whole stretch of buildings along Stone Way N. So far, the plan calls for a mixed-use office campus that will include action sports amenities.