Thornton Place is a mixed-use development located just south of the Northgate Mall within the Northgate neighborhood of North Seattle.
This revitalization project filled eight acres with more than 500 units of housing and three acres of open space, becoming a model for sustainable, transit-oriented development. The development was strategically planned to accommodate a wide range of uses as well as users. Designed from the inside out, Thornton Creek contains its anchor tenants in the center of the development around a public square to maximize tenant and visitor interaction as well as emphasize the community feel of the project. Historically, the Northgate neighborhood is an auto-dependent area which drove the idea of creating an urban center that is less auto-centric and compliments the park and ride as well as the planned light-rail extension.
Thornton Place was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver Certification for the Neighborhood Development Program. As part of the program, the Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel was re-created where Thornton Creek formerly ran. The water from the creek, buried underneath the asphalt of Northgate Mall’s south parking lot for the last 50 years was restructured to flow through the greenbelt as a manmade stream. It naturally filters watershed drainage as it passes through vegetation in the streambed ultimately reducing pollution in Thornton Creek. Hal Ferris led the development team while at Lorig.
Project highlights include:
387 affordable and market rate, LEED silver-certified apartments
14-screen Regal Cinema including IMAX
20,000 SF University of Washington Medicine Neighborhood Clinic
30,000 SF of retail space
2.9-acre senior housing development