Rendering: KMD Architects

Koda, a 200-unit condo tower designed by Seattle firm KMD Architects and developed by Taiwan-based Da-Li Development, has begun the design review process. The tower will be located in Seattle’s International District and developers expect to break ground in spring of 2018. The 200 new units will start in the low-$300,000s, and the building will range from studios to two bedrooms.

The International District location at Fifth Avenue and Main Street is currently a parking lot. The building plan calls for 18 stories, but that number is dependent upon the passage of the HALA-recommended rezones to exchange mandatory housing affordability for extra height. If it does not pass, the building will be 16 stories.

The City of Seattle planning department employs an International District Special Review process as part of the Master Use Permit application process, which approves the building’s overall architecture, exterior finishing and landscaping plan.

“We are exploring several design alternatives pursuant to comments received by the Special Review Board and we seek opinions from the community as well,” said Yang Lee, a Director with KMD Architects in a statement. “We have an opportunity to further anchor Japantown and its contribution within the International District. We are paying homage to a historic past while participating in the renaissance taking place in the International District.”

Developers anticipate that with the proximity to public transportation, tenants of Koda won’t be needing parking spots for cars. There will only be 77 stalls in the garage, which also contributes to the lower price of the condos.

Koda plans to break ground in early 2018 and start filling occupancy by 2020, pending entitlements by The City of Seattle. RSIR and KMD Architects are hosting an open house and design preview this weekend at Hirabayashi Place, which is next door to the site, from 12 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23.

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