Built for Success

The investments developers make are a barometer of confidence in the local economy. Since 2005, DSA has tracked downtown development, and we publish an annual development guide to quantify activity taking place downtown. Included in the report are projects with construction costs of $1 million or more. Transportation projects are only included if they involve a building structure. Infrastructure such as rail and roads are not included.

The geography used for this analysis is the area within downtown Seattle. We use the following boundaries for downtown: South Lake Union to the north to South Lander Street to the south; Elliott Bay to the west and Broadway to the east.

2021 Mid-year Development Guide

Where Are They Building?

The map below shows information about development projects in downtown Seattle as of Summer 2021. This includes new construction and notable remodels/renovations involving major building structure changes. “Completed” projects refer to those completed since January 2020.

Note: data for the map were last updated in August 2021. The mid-year development report reflects project status as of June 2021.   

Definitions of Development Project Status

  • Predevelopment: Project has no land-use or construction permits issued related to planned new building construction.
  • Land-use Issued: Project has land-use permits issued but not building construction permits.
  • Demolition, Shoring and Excavation: Project has construction permits issued related to demolition or shoring and excavation to prepare for construction of a new building.
  • Currently Under Construction: Project has building construction permits issued and passed preconstruction and first ground disturbance inspections.
  • Completed: Final inspections related to the building permits are completed.