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January 12, 2018

Amazon leases new office building in South Lake Union

Puget Sound Business Journal

Marc Stiles

Amazon.com Inc. has leased the office space in a new mixed-use building in South Lake Union.

Sellen Construction President Scott Redman, the developer of the 12-story 9th & Thomas building, confirmed the lease Thursday.

Before that, commercial real estate company Kidder Mathews wrote in its fourth-quarter report that Amazon was rumored to be leasing the office portion of the 162,000-square-foot building.

The deal shows Amazon still has an appetite for office space in Seattle as it decides where to build a second headquarters somewhere in North America. Amazon has said it will have 13 million square feet of space in the region by 2021 when the headquarters campus is scheduled to be fully built out.

The 9th & Thomas is a legacy project for the Redman family. The site is where John Sellen started Sellen Construction, the Puget Sound region's largest general contractor. Scott Redman is John Sellen's grandson.

The property is next to Sellen's headquarters. The family didn't want to sell and lose control over what would be built, Redman said.

Designed by noted Seattle architect Tom Kundig, the first floor will have a community "living room" lined by retail and restaurant space featuring "a collection of local, national and international retailers, rocking from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.," the project website says.

Each of the office floors, from two through 11, will be unique, some with balconies and others with cantilevered spaces hanging outside over the rest of the building. It is this type of space that Amazon sometimes seeks or develops on its own, like the new Spheres building that is the centerpiece of the company's high-rise campus.

The top floor is an apartment where Redman and his family plan to live.

Amazon is a major client of Sellen, which built two of the tech company's new Seattle high-rises and is the general contractor on the third one rising at Seventh Avenue and Lenora Street.

Sellen reported revenue of $947 million in 2016, when it had 1,084 full-time employees.

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