ULI Spring Meeting in Seattle (May 2017)
Lower Bar Ferdinand in Melrose Market, redeveloped by Dunn & Hobbes, was the venue for wines from family-owned, small-production bodegas from around the world, a wine presentation from local woman-owned and women-partnered wine producers, and light fare to kickoff our time in the Emerald City. Liz Dunn, principal of Dunn & Hobbes, led us through innovative retail and mixed-use projects in downtown Seattle and the Capitol Hill neighborhoods, including her transformative, ULI Global Award for Excellence-nominated Chophouse Row. Maria Barrentios, principal of Barrientos RYAN, toured us through Hollywood Lofts—an adaptive reuse development—as well as other historic renovations that she has developed in Capital Hill. Our tour continued to Seattle waterfront to meet with Heidi Hughes, executive director of Friends of Waterfront Seattle and Midge McCauley, principal of Downtown Works, who shared insights of downtown’s retail renaissance and Seattle’s ambitious waterfront revitalization efforts.