PSBJ's Crane Watch Tool
Late last month the Puget Sound Business Journal unveiled an interactive, mobile-friendly tool for the curious public to learn more about all the buildings under construction in the Puget Sound region.
Dubbed "Crane Watch", the tool features a map with icons pinpointing each large project where a crane is situated. Clicking on the icon reals the project address, description, name of the owner/developer, project cost, status, estimated completion date, and links to stories that have been published by PSBJ.
Currently, Crane Watch encompasses downtown Seattle and Bellevue, but the weekly publication plans to expand to include most Seattle neighborhoods plus other "development hot spots" on the Eastside. The focus is on the largest commercial, industrial, and multi-family projects.
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