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Mar 09, 2023

Alaska expands presence in Renton

The Longacres Campus is what owner Unico calls its 158-acre former Boeing campus in Renton. The south building is being glamorously transformed into the Sounders FC Center, with new soccer fields and various amenities. (That should open next year.) The larger, humbler north building, closest to Interstate 405, had counted Alaska Airlines as one of its tenants, with 38,000 square feet. Now Unico says that Alaska has upped its presence to 107,000 square feet, and signed a new 20-year lease. Its broker was JLL, whose Kris Richey Curtis said in a statement, “This project could not have been a better fit for Alaska's specialized use and continued commitment to flight safety.” Alaska will use the space both for offices and flight simulation equipment. Of the entire 962,800-square-foot campus, Unico's Liz Thorson said, “While much of the Puget Sound Region's leasing activity has slowed, Renton has been a bright spot. We're seeing a lot of momentum for this state-of-the-art campus, and for the Renton market.”

New retail tenants at Kirkland Urban

Google owns and occupies most of Kirkland Urban, with two office buildings completed, one nearing the finish line and a fourth on the drawing board. The north and central buildings are now home to a dozen-odd retail and commercial tenants. Now adding to their number are Citrus in June and Rare Tea. The latter's Veary Heng said in a statement, “My family loves spending time at Kirkland Urban. It's truly an all-inclusive location, and Rare Tea is thrilled to be joining such a unique mix of retailers.” Citrus in June, offering flowers and gifts, actually opened in December. It's a sister operation to Columbia City Bouquet and SLU Bouquet, also run by Emily Kopca.

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