Over the years, Dunn Lumber, Seattle, Wa., has gradually been buying up the property across from its headquarters store in the city’s Wallingford neighborhood, and one year ago acquired the last piece of the puzzle, paying about $5.9 million to complete the 1.5-acre block.
The chain is now ready to begin redeveloping the property, which currently includes its ancillary warehouse and yard, an artists’ workspace, closed offices, and a former pipe storage yard.
The project would replace all existing buildings on the east block with a 20,000-sq. ft. lumber warehouse and 10,000 sq. ft. of ground-level retail and restaurant space, underneath and surrounded by 190,000 sq. ft. of offices and woodsy walkways. A tri-level, 160-space parking structure would sit underground. The main store and yard across the street should remain.
Architect Weber Thompson describes its design as “mortise and tenon,” to accentuate the lumberyard’s heritage. It is also referring to the project as a “headquarters expansion,”although it will not move its offices from across the street.
Dunn Lumber purchased the Wallingford store in 1931 and currently operates nine area locations.