Harvest development ramps up in Hollywood District

by Kevin Teeter | kevin@nwnews.com

The 20-acre Harvest Woodinville development is accelerating construction in Woodinville’s Hollywood District at the intersection of Northeast 145th Street and Woodinville-Redmond Road.

The upscale hub will feature various retail businesses, a hotel and hundreds of apartment, townhome and luxury farmhouse residential units, according to a press release by Gallatin Public Affairs, a public relations firm working with Harvest developers.

River Rock Seafood and Spirits, Elm Candle Bar and Ethan Stowell’s How to Cook a Wolf and Bombo Pizza are confirmed to be opening in the district, with others likely to be confirmed soon.

“It's incredibly exciting,” said Jim Tosti, a managing member and co-owner of the development. “It's a 20-acre project in the city limits, so it's one of the largest that's been done there in a number of years.”

The 164-room Somm. Hotel and Spa will feature 164 guest rooms and suites, a fitness center, a restaurant, wine tasting, a rooftop bar and over 10,000 square feet of event space. Tosti said he expects the hotel to open in late 2024 or early 2025.

The River Run Woodinville residential development will include 31 townhomes along the Sammamish River and is expected to become available late this year or early next.

Alexan Woodinville, developed by Trammel Crow, will feature 250 high-end apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and wine tasting space. Alexan is anticipated to be complete in summer 2025.

Bellevue-based Terrene Homes is also building around 230 apartments and 45 luxury farmhouses.

“There's a tremendous amount of construction that's gonna be going on this summer,” Tosti said. “I think by mid summer you're going to see about five cranes in the sky, which will be really interesting for Woodinville.”

Construction for some of the retail space has already begun, as well as a large, 650-stall parking garage.

Tosti said that Harvest has had a tumultuous past. The project was first conceived in the early 2000s, but stalled after the bank involved went under in the 2007-08 financial crisis. The current group of owners signed on for the project in 2018.

He said that the development will be built to LEED standards, but does not yet know which of the four certification levels it will achieve.

The press release quotes Mayor Mike Millman saying, “Harvest meets the City’s need for a wine-adjacent sector, such as hotels, restaurant options, and other amenities commensurate with the breadth, scale, and renown of the local wine industry.”

“Harvest’s residential units will meet another key development need of Woodinville by increasing overall housing density in residential and mixed-use areas, particularly those closest to amenities, transit, and employment opportunities,” Millman continued.

Tosti said he wants to attract young people to live and own homes in Harvest.

But the high-end quality of the development will likely price out most.

No plans for low- and moderate-income affordable or subsidized housing currently exist for the development, but Tosti said Harvest will follow any new ordinances the Woodinville City Council creates. The council is currently drafting its Housing Action Plan (HAP), which may create new requirements and incentives for developers to make a certain percentage of new dwellings affordable.

The HAP is planned to be finalized in the next few months, but the plan itself will not include new laws. The council will likely adopt new legislation based on the HAP, which may or may not lead to affordable housing in Harvest Woodinville.