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Originally published Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 5:48 PM

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Amazon lays out design proposals for Denny Triangle complex

Documents reveal that fast-growing Amazon is considering several "public benefits" in exchange for permission to dramatically transform three blocks in the Denny Triangle.

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If all goes as planned,'s proposed new downtown office complex will have a large meeting room that seats as many as 2,000 people, more than 3,000 underground-parking stalls and three towers totaling nearly 3.3 million square feet.

Amazon representatives disclosed those and other details in preliminary paperwork filed with city planners Tuesday, a week before the Downtown Design Review Board is scheduled to discuss the Internet retailer's proposal.

The documents reveal that fast-growing Amazon is considering several "public benefits" in exchange for permission to dramatically transform three blocks in the Denny Triangle. They include situating the buildings for better views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains and providing small open spaces accessible to the public.

Next week's Design Review Board meeting marks the beginning of a months-long permitting process that likely won't be completed until November or December, said Bryan Stevens, spokesman for Seattle's Department of Planning and Development.

The purpose is to give Amazon's design team an opportunity to present several possible scenarios for the site and to let members of the public provide feedback, he said.

Seattle-based Amazon tentatively has agreed to buy the three blocks — bounded roughly by Westlake Avenue, Sixth Avenue and Blanchard Street — from their longtime owner, Seattle's Clise family. The company expects to decide by the end of June whether it will proceed with the purchase, John Schoettler, Amazon's director of global real-estate facilities, said earlier this month.

To make room for Amazon, several buildings will have to be demolished, including the four-story 6th Avenue Inn, King Cat Theater and a low-rise structure occupied by Toyota of Seattle.

Amazon's office complex, to be built in three phases, could have one tall building on each block or two shorter buildings on each block, plus underground parking, ground-floor retail and open spaces.

While the new filing lays out four possible design schemes, Amazon's preference is for a total of three buildings rather than six; the tallest one would be 37 stories.

The preferred scheme calls for ground-floor retail facing Seventh Avenue and a meeting room adjacent to Lenora Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues. Small open spaces also are planned on each block, including one adjacent to an improved South Lake Union Trolley stop at Seventh and Westlake.

Amazon already has outgrown its new headquarters campus in South Lake Union, where it occupies more than 1 million square feet. Since moving there nearly two years ago, it also has leased about 1 million square feet nearby.

Amazon representatives will discuss their proposal at a Design Review Board meeting at 6 p.m. next Tuesday in the Bertha Knight Landes Room of City Hall. The room location and start time differ slightly from when the meeting previously was announced.

Amy Martinez: 206-464-2923 or This story includes information previously published in The Seattle Times.

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