A crew member carries lumber during early construction of the Alexan Gateway Apartments Feb. 9 along Military Road South in Kent near Veterans Drive. STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter

A crew member carries lumber during early construction of the Alexan Gateway Apartments Feb. 9 along Military Road South in Kent near Veterans Drive. STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter

Apartments rise on Kent’s West Hill

285-unit complex under construction at Military Road South and Veterans Drive

The walls are going up at yet another new Kent apartment complex.

The 285-unit Alexan Gateway Apartments mark the sixth major project in the last few years that will bring nearly 1,800 units to a 3.5-mile stretch between Military Road South on the West Hill to 623 W. Meeker St., near downtown.

Construction continues this month at Alexan Gateway, 23000 Military Road S., with sweeping views of the Kent Valley and Mount Rainier.

Crews are building three separate four-story, 45-foot-tall buildings with associated parking, amenities, landscaping and utilities on the 6.64-acre site. The development will be accessed via driveways from both Military Road and Veterans Drive. Three single-family homes were demolished to make room for the project.

Alexan Gateway, developed by Dallas-based Trammell Crow Residential, sits just west of the Grandview Apartments, which opened a few years ago on an 11-acre site and feature 261 units along Veterans Drive.

Here are the other major apartment projects along the 3.5-mile stretch between the West Hill and downtown:

■ Ethos

The developer has started phase II of constructing approximately 492 apartment units and 12,000 square feet of commercial retail and restaurant space in 23 separate buildings with associated parking areas and amenities.

Location: 2200 W. Meeker St.

■ Midtown 64

Apartments built on the southwest corner of West Meeker Street and 64th Avenue South in Kent that feature 308 units. Seattle-based Goodman Real Estate is the developer, the same company that built The Platform Apartments in downtown Kent across from Kent Station.

■ Madison Plaza

Madison Plaza is a seven-story, 157-unit urban style apartment building under construction that will include five stories of residential units built atop a two-story parking garage and a ground floor retail space. The project is on a 0.79 acre site located west of the Uplands Playfield Park and the Interurban Trail.

Location: 102 Madison Ave. N.

■ Ovation at Meeker

A five-story, 218-unit, senior apartment building planned with associated parking and landscaping on a vacant lot behind KeyBank. The project was formerly known as the Reserve at Kent.

Location: 623 W. Meeker St.


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The first walls of the Alexan Gateway Apartments go up Feb. 9 on Kent’s West Hill along Military Road South near Veterans Drive. STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter

The first walls of the Alexan Gateway Apartments go up Feb. 9 on Kent’s West Hill along Military Road South near Veterans Drive. STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter

A rendering of the Alexan Gateway Apartments under construction on Military Road South on Kent’s West Hill. COURTESY GRAPHIC, City of Kent

A rendering of the Alexan Gateway Apartments under construction on Military Road South on Kent’s West Hill. COURTESY GRAPHIC, City of Kent

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