Location: 521 S Weller Street, Seattle
Size: 176 residential units + 70,000 SF commercial
Completion: 2001

Uwajimaya Village combines apartments, retail, restaurants and parking, all in one unique two-block development in the heart of Seattle’s International District. The famous Uwajimaya Asian grocery store anchors the site and is surrounded by a multi-ethnic food court, a Chase Bank branch and several small retailers including the Kinokuniya Bookstore. 176 apartments sit atop the retail center, surrounding a serene, landscaped courtyard. This project was the largest new multi-family housing development to be built in this neighborhood and it has been integral to the resurgence of new development activity in the area.

Maria Barrientos, while a partner at Lorig Associates, guided this project through the initial deal making, market and financial feasibility analysis, neighborhood acceptance, permit process, historic district approvals, financing and design. Maria remains a partner in the project. Laura Bachman, also while at Lorig Associates, arranged the permanent financing for the residential portion and was actively involved in the marketing of the apartments.

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