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Boutique Hotel with Pickleball Courts Planned for Vacant Site in Interbay

A developer is looking to capitalize on the nation’s pickleball craze and has signaled plans to build a boutique hotel complete with rooftop pickleball courts in a currently vacant site once designated for a Chick-fil-A.

Hummel Architects filed plans for a five-floor hotel in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood. The proposed project is for the site at 1551 W. Armory Way, and plans call for 22 suites and 19 pickleball courts, reported the Puget Sound Business Journal. The preliminary project cost estimate is $7 million.

The 144,000-square-foot building would also feature 3,000-square-foot restaurant and bar spaces. The property is owned by Interbay Urban Investors, which is led by Wathen & Associates Ltd., a Honolulu- and Denver-based developer.

The vacant site is located between the Interbay Whole Foods and Interbay Self Storage, per the outlet. In 2023, Chick-fil-A had planned to open a restaurant on the site, but those negotiations fell through.

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Jasmine Kilman is Content Director of Connect Commercial Real Estate, covering Chicago and greater Chicagoland, the Midwest, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest. She covers industry trends, transaction deals, market research, and produces daily news stories. With experience in marketing and communications for academic nonprofits and corporate clients, including Hearst Media, Hilton, and Coldwell Banker, Kilman has written about commercial real estate, environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), technology, healthcare, and philanthropy. She was born and raised in California and graduated with a degree in public relations. In her spare time, Kilman enjoys hiking and traveling to new locations with her family.