SEATTLE-Korr Development of Hong Kong has reinitiated its effort to develop Boylston Tower, a 13-story mixed-use tower on a 7,200-sf lot at the intersection of Spring Street and Boylston Avenue in the First Hill neighborhood.

Korr acquired the property in 1999 and submitted an application shortly thereafter. “Another planner had it, it went dead for a while and then they reinitiated it and got a new number,” city planner Bruce Rips tells Other sources say the project stalled because Sound Transit was at one point interested in the property.

Regardless, the project at 1401 Spring St. is apparently back on track. According to project architect Heather Mertes of CDA, the top 10 floors of the building are being designed as condominiums. Below that are planned two floors of office space. The ground floor will hold the building’s lobby and about 3,500 sf of retail space.

Mertes is headed to a an early design review meeting next week, where she will present information about the site and vicinity and the public and the Design Review Board members can offer comments and identify those Citywide Design Guidelines of highest priority in developing the site.

From this stage, assuming the approval process goes relatively smoothly, city planners say it takes approximately six to eight months before a master use permit is issued and building permits can be issued.

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