Times: Filling downtown Seattle skyscrapers a tall order

Times: Filling downtown Seattle skyscrapers a tall order

Credit: Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times

The traditional tenants in downtown Seattle are getting by with less space because of technology and slower growth while technology firms that have driven the area’s office boom haven’t been as drawn to the city’s core.

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by Sanjay Bhatt / Seattle Times business reporter

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Posted on August 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM

From his office in Seattle’s Columbia Center, Todd Summerfelt can see through nearby skyscrapers. Many of their floors are empty.

As chief operating officer for Carney Badley Spellman, Summerfelt is exploring whether the law firm should stay or move to a nearby tower when its lease expires in 2016.

He won’t be looking for the most prestigious address or the best view — “it’s going to be where we perceive the best value.”

Like the law firm, many traditional downtown tenants are getting by with less space due to technology and slower growth, while the tech firms that have driven Seattle’s office boom haven’t shown much affinity for the central business district.

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