Seattle Daily Journal Of Commerce
December 21, 2010
Western Building to be rehabbed or demolished for tunnel project
Tenants have been told they must vacate the building at 619 Western Ave. by March of 2012.
By KATIE ZEMTSEFF
Journal Staff Reporter
The Western Building at 619 Western Ave. will either get a thorough structural rehab or be demolished as crews prepare to bore an almost two-mile tunnel under downtown to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The building’s fate will likely be decided by the end of January.
With a 57-foot diameter, the machine needed to dig the proposed tunnel would be the largest boring machine in the world.