Have you been wondering what the big hole is they've been digging at 820 Market Street? Wonder no more. My hole investigation is complete. It used to be a beautiful pale yellow eyesore 4-plex hogging up the corner of Market and 9th. Now 1st Rate Insurance is building a new structure that will be 1300 sf of office space for their agency (upstairs) and two 2BR/2BA luxury apartments below (heated floors, granite, FP, pet-friendly). There will also be 518 sf of commercial space available. 1st Rate is ten person insurance brokerage firm that offers auto, home and life insurance through over twenty reputable companies. The Kirkland Reporter gave them the "Best of Kirkland" award for 2012-2013. It is owned by Ken and Diane Martin, both active parents in the Kirkland community. They've been in business 20+ years and their company has been in Kirkland since 2005, so they really wanted to stay local after the Ford dealership in Totem Lake bought their property on Slater Ave.
4D Architects designed the building (rendering above) and Stark Construction is the General Contractor on the job. The Martins donated the old building to the Kirkland Fire Department for them to do a training exercises before it got torn down. Now it's a patient...very patient... wait on building permits, but hopefully they will have everything complete by August if things go according to plan. Questions/inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org .425-821-1000 ~j