Ten years is a long time—except when it’s not. Looking back a decade to what was happening locally in 2005, you might be surprised at how swiftly things blipped past. In 2005, Greg Nickels was mayor of Seattle, the Seahawks won their first conference championship, real estate was rock-and-rolling, and on April 30 of that year, the South Lake Union Discovery Center opened its doors.
To commemorate that history (and the future it inspired), a festive open house will be held on April 30 of this year—and you’re invited to help celebrate.
Back story: The Discovery Center was established by Vulcan Real Estate as a sales center to market new condos it was building (2200, Enso and Veer); to court commercial and retail tenants that would share Paul Allen’s new vision for South Lake Union; and to acquaint visitors with the history and evolving character of the neighborhood.
Over the course of ten years, “SLU” became shorthand for “local success story.” More than 15,000 people now live here, alongside a host of businesses, restaurants, retailers, life science and nonprofit organizations that set up shop. The arts are thriving, lovely Lake Union Park welcomes thousands of visitors each year, and the Seattle Streetcar connects SLU with the rest of the city and beyond. Ten years hardly seems long enough for it all.
Discovery Center—Cool Event and Meeting Space
The Discovery Center itself has evolved a great deal in the last decade, too. While still functioning as a full-tilt marketing space for potential businesses, it also serves as a stylish venue for meetings and special events. Whether used for team-building, fundraisers, networking, community-building or celebrating, the Discovery Center is the go-to rental facility in this live-wire section of the city.
The Center features two technology-laden conference rooms; a sleek gallery space with a scale model of SLU, illuminating video about South Lake Union, and comfortable, mod furniture; and an adjoining lawn for warm-weather overflow or fun activities. Centrally located at the corner of Denny Way and Westlake Ave, it’s at the heart of the thriving neighborhood.
“The Discovery Center has gone through many transitions over the years, but it has always been a great place for the community to come together,” said Megan Murphy, residential marketing manager of Vulcan Real Estate.
Never visited? Take a virtual tour here.
A Decade of Discovery—Join Us!
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Discovery Center’s presence in South Lake Union, an open house on April 30 will give you the chance to explore this attractive space, mingle, check out the amenities, examine the journey this area has taken over time, and enjoy refreshments from some fine SLU restaurants, like:
• Top Pot Doughnuts
• Cactus – South Lake Union
• Brave Horse Tavern
• Whole Foods Market – South Lake Union
• Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
• La-Toscanella Italian restaurant and bakery
• Lunchbox Laboratory
• Seattle Espresso Cart
If you’re reading this newsletter, you’re part of what makes South Lake Union the exciting place it’s grown to be – so please drop by the open house and let us thank you in person. It’s been an incredible Decade of Discovery and we can’t wait to see what the next ten years has in store—how about you?
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To schedule a walk-through, check availability, or learn more about renting the Discovery Center, call 206.342.5900 or follow this link.