Seattle University has paid a hefty $9.2 million sum for the former hospital laundry facility
at 13th and Columbia, reports the Puget Sound Business Journal. When we reported it was for sale back in July, we noted it sat in Seattle U’s overlay and that the school might be interested in the purchase.
The PSBJ has more details:
The 1.4 acres, where a commercial laundry operated for many years, is one of the last big development sites left near downtown Seattle. Current zoning would allow construction of a five-story residential project.
Seattle University, whose 7,500-student campus is just west and south of the property, is growing. According to the university’s 20-year master plan, new facilities need to be added to accommodate an expected 36 percent increase in the school’s student population.
The university has no specific plans for the property on Columbia, Associate Vice President of Facilities Robert P. Schwartz said Monday. “We are reviewing our options, which will take some time.”
The building was long occupied by the Hospital Central Services Administration (HCSA), which serves Swedish, Virginia Mason, Overlake Medical Center, Providence Health & Services and Seattle Children’s. They shuttered the laundry facility that had operated at 1300 E. Columbia St. since 1966.