DEVELOPERS TEST MINI-SUITE APARTMENTS IN WEDGWOOD
Over the past several years tiny rooming house-style apartments have opened in the University District and Capitol Hill neighborhoods, offering tenants a chance to live cheaply near restaurants, shops and transit. Now Jim Potter, a local developer at the forefront of that trend, and his partner Robert Pantley, plan to build 80 of the popular mini-suites with about 280 square feet, in the Wedgwood neighborhood. Each suite has a bathroom, and comes furnished with a microwave, mini fridge and sink. Residents will share common living areas, kitchens and a deck. The complex, titled Sedona, will likely rent for $600 to $700, including Internet and utilities.
INSCAPE BUILDING LEAVES DARK SHADOWS BEHIND
The Inscape arts center once handled thousands of immigrants looking for a better life, and served as the Treasury Department’s last assay office for analyzing and purifying precious metals. For decades, 815 Seattle Boulevard South transformed immigrants into legal residents, while, on the top floor, metallurgists melted ore from Alaska and Canada into sleek gold bars. But many immigrants were detained as part of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and kept away from other detainees. Closed in 2004, then renovated and reopened in 2010, its 77,000 square feet now house 108 artist studios and office spaces for sculptors, photographers, performance artists, and even a tiny paranormal museum. The Office of Economic Development has invested $10 million in New Markets Tax Credits through Seattle Investment Fund LLC resulted in $1.9 million in equity and $7.2 million in debt financing to assist the redevelopment of this historic building.
FIVE RULES TO TRAIN EMPLOYEES TO BE EXCEPTIONAL
Companies spend billions of dollars a year on training, and unfortunately, a lot of that is simply wasted effort according to sales guru Duane Sparks. When training employees, Sparks says teaching appropriate and tangible skills, not traits, will be much more effective. Be sure to reinforce and support these skills by implementing metrics and measurements to track progress. If you do all the above, it should be easier to track improvement and evaluate if the right skill has been taught.
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