Mack Urban is starting Cyrene apartment complex this month


The south side of the complex will be shorter with a green roof.

Mack Urban said it will start construction this month on Cyrene, a 16-story, 160-unit apartment project at 50 University St. on the waterfront.

The project will be the first one to come out of the ground while the city is redesigning the waterfront.

The building will have 120 parking spaces and 3,900 square feet of retail along Alaskan Way.

The south side of the complex will be shorter with a green roof, creating a view corridor of Elliott Bay.

It will include 17-foot-wide sidewalks along University Street that will be fully landscaped to create a “green street” feel from Harbor Steps to the piers.

The name Cyrene refers to an old steam-powered passenger ferry that once operated near the site.

Ankrom Moisan Architects designed the project, and Exxel Pacific is the general contractor. Other team members include Hewitt and Mercedes Fernandez Interior Design.

The site now is a parking lot next to a Seattle Steam Co. plant. It is across the street from Harbor Steps, which was built by Mack Urban’s predecessor company, Harbor Properties.

Martha Barkman, the project manager for Harbor Steps, is the project manager for Cyrene.

Mack Urban is holding a groundbreaking event at 11 a.m. today at the Waterfront Space showroom, 1400 Western Ave., curated by the Friends of Waterfront Seattle.