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Sunday, March 13th - Saturday, March 19th, 2022
In brief: A condo developer announced plans to finally break ground on a 422-unit condo tower across the street from City Hall; the Teamsters offered to send some of their concrete drivers back to work before a deal is reached on a new contract; there were many wrap-ups written about this year's state legislative session; a Pierce County deputy was shot and killed during a SWAT operation in Spanaway; and the state announced its "WA Forward" COVID-19 initiative. 
Editor's note: This week's newsletter has been heavily triaged due to time constraints. Click here for the most recent Seattle Times COVID infographic. 
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A condo developer announced plans to finally break ground on a 57-story, 422-unit condo tower across the street from City Hall, in what's been a city-block-sized open pit for more than a decade now after a construction project that was planned for the site stalled out during the Great Recession. [Seattle Times]

The Teamsters offered to send some of their concrete drivers back to work before a deal is reached on a new contract, in order to keep important public infrastructure projects like the West Seattle Bridge repair moving forward. [Seattle Times, KING 5, The Urbanist, Seattle Times]

If you want to catch up on what happened in this year's legislative session in Olympia, you can read wrap-ups by Josh Feit at Publicola, Rich Smith at The Stranger, and Futurewise staffer Jamie Ptacek at The Urbanist. 

As the even-more-transmissible Omicron BA.2 sub-variant began rapidly spreading across America following the relaxation of virtually all pandemic restrictions nationwide, Washington state public health leaders unveiled their new "WA Forward" plan for the rest of 2022, which consists mostly of making vaccines, tests, and masks available to those who want them. [Seattle Times, MyNorthwest]

The City Attorney's office rolled out a new plan to more closely track the people who have been arrested most often in recent years and address their individual needs on a case-by-case basis, referring them for case management services and treatment as needed. [Publicola, KING 5]

One Pierce County deputy was killed and another was injured in a SWAT raid in Spanaway. [KING 5, KING 5]

Amazon partnered with Sound Transit to provided low-interest-rate financing for the construction of 318 affordable housing units near light rail stations in Angle Lake and Bellevue. [GeekWire, Seattle Times]

And accused domestic terrorist and former far-right state Representative Matt Shea turned up in eastern Poland trying to commandeer a group of 60 Ukrainian children on behalf of a non-accredited and very sketchy-sounding religious adoption agency. [Seattle Times
Ending on a high note
If you can't make it to the UW campus to frolic through the blooming cherry trees in person to celebrate the official start of spring today, you can always watch the UW's cherry blossom livestream from the comfort of your own home instead. 

And, just so you know, Crosscut has a podcast that's all about famous dogs of the Pacific Northwest.

Sol Villarreal
Broker, Windermere Real Estate
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