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• The Seattle Times reports that "it looks like the mysterious construction going on at the site of a former Chinese restaurant in Ballard might be an Amazon.com project after all.

"An application filed with the city of Seattle for work at 5100 15th Ave. N.W., the home of Louie’s Cuisine of China until it closed in 2014, describes 'storage racks insulation plans on main floor for Amazon'."

The filing adds to the speculation that Amazon may be ready to build a small grocery store - or grocery delivery depot - there.

"The site plan filed with the city, titled 'Project X,' shows a 9,860-square-foot structure with eight parking spots for cars," the Times writes. "It doesn’t seem to be a walk-in store: only 415 square feet are classified under 'retail' in city documents, while most of the rest is storage."
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