Proposed Construction to Reshape Little Saigon
A new project might be coming to the Little Saigon Area of the International District soon. According to an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal. The plans call for major redevelopment of the Asian Plaza retail center into an eight-story complex with apartment, condos, shops, restaurants, a theater and even a hotel.
The site, at Jackson Street, between 10th and 12th Avenue South, currently houses a variety of businesses, most notably the Viet-Wah Market, its anchor, and the Tamarind Tree restaurant. It is owned by the Bellevue-based Chinn family and has been in the family since shortly after World War II. Native Seattleites might remember that the site originally housed the Connors furniture store, which the family ran for over forty years.
The redevelopment would bring 240 apartments, 35 condominiums, a hotel with almost 200 rooms and 600 parking spaces to the area, which is a popular destination for many. The project is designed by the Hewitt Company, and would be built by the Redmond-based Chinn Construction.
While some are concerned about how construction of this magnitude would affect the area, many are excited about the prospect of modernizing the block. The construction might benefit the residents of condominium buildings such as Welch Plaza, located just .8 miles away from the site. Welch Plaza is an 80-unit building located on the corner of Jackson Street and 23rd Avenue, in the heart of the Central Area. Constructed in 2005, the project is popular due not only to its location but also to the variety of floor plans available. Homes in Welch Plaza range in size from 500 square feet to large, approximately 1000 square foot units. The condos are full of upgrades: stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and in-unit washers and dryers. In addition, some of the homes feature private patios – a luxury in Seattle! The building amenities include a secure entrance, a fitness room and a community terrace, complete with BBQs. Click here to see our exclusive Welch Plaza building profile.Email