Seattle Times: NOAA property is for sale; price to be determined

The Seattle Times is reporting this morning that the NOAA property on Lake Union is being offered for sale. No asking price has been set.

NOAA, which has used the space for almost 50 years, is leaving in June for a new base in Newport, Oregon.

The Times quotes a representative of one of the brokers working on the sale as to what uses the property might be put:

Biotech and office buildings are among the development possibilities, said Jason Rosauer of GVA Kidder Mathews, one of the brokers marketing the property. “A Carillon Point or an Elliott Bay Marina would be an option,” he added, referring to waterfront developments in Kirkland and Seattle, respectively.

According to the Times, the 8.5 acres of land at the site (1801 Fairview) has been owned by seven families since the 1920s.

GVA Kidder Mathews has a website devoted to the property which includes details on what you’ll be buying if you purchase it: 2 acres on land, 6.4 acres underwater; 870 linear feet of waterfront; 2,500 linear feet of commercial piers and 370 linear feet of commercial wharf; and a 17,000-square-foot office building and 12,000-square-foot wharehouse; and more.

4 thoughts on “Seattle Times: NOAA property is for sale; price to be determined

  1. Alan

    Has anyone considered proposing that the city in conjunction with public funding purchase this land for use as a park or community space?

  2. bill

    “Has anyone considered proposing that the city in conjunction with public funding purchase this land for use as a park or community space?”

    I hope so–personally, I’d love to see my taxes increased. Or let’s make all Eastlake street parking paid-only–use that revenue to buy the land. Think of the jobs created, the economic activity, created by the installation of 4-5 parking meter stations on every Eastlake block.

    Maybe better: let’s pave Rogers Playfield and turn it into a paid parking lot. Use that revenue to buy another park.

  3. willy

    This is a good discussion to have. It would be very beneficial for Eastlake to have a vision for the potential future uses of the property. That could range from commercial uses to a public services (community center, park, ferry docks); lots of options! I am not sure why that has anything to do with Roger’s playfield, which is a perfectly functioning park in the middle of our neighborhood, used by many locals.

  4. jonathan

    I infer that the above poster was joking about the original post:

    “…proposing that the city in conjunction with public funding purchase this land…”

    …maybe suggesting there’s a limit to the source of “public funding.”

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