New Seattle apartment building catering to cyclists

SEATTLE -- A new apartment building under construction in Seattle is catering specifically to cyclists.

From the outside, it certainly looks like any other apartment or condo building under construction. But the builders of this one say its location is key -- where Downtown, Belltown and South Lake Union meet up, just blocks from the downtown transit hub.

"Our hope is to convince people to not use cars," said Matt Rosauer with Pine Street Group.

Via 6 is designed for the cyclist, with 250 parking stalls just for bikes. There are 434 underground parking spots for cars, but there are 654 apartments.

"Our hope is that we can get people out of cars, get them on the streets, using mass transit and using bikes and create a more vibrant neighborhood and vibrant city," Rosauer said.

Residents will have direct access to Velo Bike, which is relocating from Capitol Hill to the first floor retail space here. And those who don't live here, can join the building's bike club, giving them access to a locker room and lock up for their bikes.

Chef Tom Douglas is taking most of the first floor retail space for a coffee shop, restaurant, bar, game room and market.

The 24-story building includes penthouses with fantastic views, though the largest unit in the building is about 1,000 square feet.

And inside each unit, designers took special care to make sure they maximized the living space with sliding doors closing off bedrooms that open up to large living areas. Each unit gets its own energy dashboard, tracking use of water and electricity, and comparing it to your neighbors, encouraging people to conserve.

Apartment sizes range from studios to 2 bedrooms, with rents ranging from $1,100 to $4,300 a month.