Amazon Phase VIII
Amazon Phase VIII will be built on the west side of 9th Ave. N. between Harrison Street and Thomas Street. is expanding its Seattle footprint yet again.

The proposed locations for Amazon’s new buildings. “Amazon Phase VII” is in blue, while “Amazon Phase VIII” is in yellow.

Vulcan, the investment arm of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is planning to build two 12-story office buildings for Amazon’s South Lake Union headquarters.

The first building, which Vulcan calls “Amazon Phase VII,” will be 301,000 square-feet on the east side of 9th Ave. N. between Republican Street and Harrison Street. The 312,000 square-foot “Phase VIII” building will be just south of Phase VII on the west side of 9th Ave. N. between Harrison Street and Thomas Street.

The map to the right shows the locations, with Phase VII in blue and Phase VIII in yellow.

“Amazon’s continued growth in South Lake Union is a testament to its continued commitment to our city, helping create more jobs and contributing to the positive transformation of the neighborhood into one of our region’s most vibrant and exciting communities,” said Ada M. Healey, vice president of real estate at Vulcan.

Vulcan led development of Amazon’s first six phases, selling the campus for $1.1 billion to the online retailer last October.  These new buildings, which will cost $266 million to put up, will have approximately 4,000-to-4,500 square feet of retail space along with around 435 underground parking spots each. Construction will begin in January of next year and end sometime in late 2015, with Amazon signing a 16-year lease.

Amazon Phase VII
Amazon Phase VII will be on east side of 9th Ave. N. between Republican Street and Harrison Street.

Amazon is more or less taking over the South Lake Union area, a once gritty section of the city north of the downtown core. The new buildings would be in addition to Amazon’s plans for the Denny Triangle neighborhood, which would include three skyscrapers totaling some 3.3 million square feet. As part of that development, Amazon is looking to build a massive spherical greenhouse-like structure.

Amazon also recently expanded with a new 10-year lease for about 140,000 square feet at the Metropolitan Park North building. And it has begun work on the 380,000-square-foot project of two connected buildings and open space along Westlake and 9th Avenues, between Mercer and Republican Streets.

The company continues to expand as its worldwide headcount is on the rise, as the chart below shows. The company actually topped 91,000 employees at the end of the first quarter, and likely will top Microsoft in worldwide headcount this quarter, though a large percentage of that employee base works in fulfillment.


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  • Ghost

    Ugh. I think I speak for everyone in Seattle when I say, “Another office building?! Really?”

    If Amazon wants to endear itself to the community, and my sources indicate it must, she should build structures we really need. A Trader Joe’s, a fish hatchery, a marijuana dispensary, just anything besides office buildings. #amazonfail

    • calzoneous

      Yes! why can’t all those workers simply walk around Trader Joe’s searching for a Wifi signal? #GhostBozo

      • Goose

        The Trader Joe’s is for the community. I think we’re entitled to something more than gridlock and rising rents in South Lake Union. I don’t know what exactly, but something.

        • margaretbartley

          If you can’t afford the rent, do what everyone else on the planet does, and move to a place you can afford. There are lots of other places to live in the Seattle area, and plenty of people to take your place when you’re gone.

          • Guest

            Nonsense. I’ve lived here for a long time and that gives me the right to control my neighborhood. These newcomers must engage the community before they do things I don’t like.

            The community. Think of the community!

          • margaretbartley

            “..that gives me the right to control my neighborhood..”

            No, living there for a long time does not give you the right to control the neighborhood. If you owned all the property, that would give you a lot of power over the neighborhood. If you had been working with community organizations for all those years, and/or bribing – I mean contributing to campaign funds for – elected officials, those also would give you more power. But control? Nope. Not gonna happen. Grow up.

          • Guest

            Actually, it does. I have forged bonds that are larger than “bribing elected officials.” You might notice, for example, that I have a vote and my neighbors do too. If an elected official kowtows to special interests, then “pow-pow!” he’s gone, thanks to my community. We, the people, control our government. That’s why we’ve decided to reject these office buildings and to demand that more community-functional structures be constructed. We will not stand idly by as these erections ruin our once-proud community.

            Property ownership conveys rights in a country club or a corporation, not in a city. I live in a community that does things a certain way, Johnny-come-lately interlopers be darned!

        • calzoneous

          Have you really not noticed all the new stores and services that have opened up in SLU in the past two years? A dead zone in the city has been revitalized yet all you can do is complain. If you want to remember, go walk up Dexter.

          • Guest

            Those are good and all, but they don’t really benefit the community. Look at Microsoft. Look at Boeing. They’ve literally poured millions of dollars into local arts and charitable organizations, none of which are in SLU in the past two years. It makes me sad to see the kind of progress that doesn’t benefit the community. I speak for everyone in Seattle when I say I want to see a company’s success reverberate throughout an entire culture.

          • Guest

            No, you don’t speak for everyone in Seattle. So please stop trying.

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