Wow! Lots of progress since my last update.
Thornton Place is really a breath-taking, beautiful 5 acre village with walkways meandering through green spaces and across the exposed Thornton Creek. The creek has been under cover for over 40 years and the developer, Lorig, worked with the City to improve and naturally filter storm-water runoff bound for Lake Washington. The newly designed Thornton Creek serves as an improved filtering system for drainage often polluted by oil and pesticides.
This photograph shows the Thornton Place Condominiums on the right and the Aljoya Senior Housing Community on the left.
121 Condos have been built at Thornton Place and move in dates are currently set for June. The preview center is located just off of NE 103rd and is open 11am - 6pm daily. The MLS currently lists studios (600 square feet) at $300,000. One-bedrooms start at $370,000 and two-bedrooms start at $466,000. Recent new incentives have just been added!
Aljoya is the ERA Living senior housing building. 143 units are slated to open this summer as well. Their preview center is located south of the project on NE 100th Street.
And the big building with no windows?
This is the highly anticipated new 14 screen cinema and IMAX theater due to open this MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND! Seattle north-enders have been without a nearby movie theater (besides the deteriorating Oak Tree) for decades. This is exciting! The cinema will include stadium seating, high-back rocking seats, and digital surround sound in all 14 auditoriums, as well as an IMAX screen with digital projection and the IMAX sound system.
In addition, there are two apartment buildings with 266 units available for rent beginning in July. Retail and restaurant space is available on the ground floor.
This lovely community is Green focused and LEED Certified. LEED Certification Has requirements in various areas of design and construction, including storm water design, water efficient landscaping, daylighting, indoor chemical & pollutant source control, ventilation levels, recycled content levels, and use of regionally-produced materials. During construction, air quality is consistently monitored and waste items are recycled. This rating will result in lower operating costs and a healthier environment for residents. Also, the residences feature water efficient fixtures and Energy Star appliances. Interiors are finished with low-emitting paints, adhesives, and carpets.
All of this is surrounded by three acres of green space to be enjoyed by the residents and the general public. It is a welcome sight to have the Northgate area revitalized!