13th and Pike is located in the vibrant Pike-Pine corridor of Seattle’s bustling Capitol Hill neighborhood. Previously the site of the Fran’s Chocolate factory (now located in Georgetown), the project presents a new opportunity to enliven an underutilized block in the heart of a busy area. The six-story apartment building designed by Weber Thompson is targeting Passive House certification, consuming up to 90% less energy for heating and cooling than standard buildings and using durable materials and construction techniques that will last for future generations. Distinctive features such as a rooftop garden, and an elevator and exterior walkways that look out on to the neighborhood are combined with unconventional elements like strategically placed decks to provide shade during hot, summer months and a ground-level transparent wall to create curiosity and connectivity to the community. 13th and Pike will have 48 units, including market rate studios, open one and one bedrooms, two bedrooms and live/work units to cater to individuals, couples, young professionals and families. The project will also feature 2400 sq. ft. of retail space below, thoughtfully designed for two or three small businesses to create a special connection between residents and retail customers. The project is being developed by Cascade Built, The Bigelow Family of Fran’s Chocolates and Maria Barrientos. Construction begins spring 2017.