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We are a private real estate company focused on investment, development and value added opportunities.

Avenue 55 manages all aspects of development from start to finish. Services include market analysis, site acquisition, entitlement, design, planning, financing, construction management, property management and asset management. Core areas of expertise include the following: industrial, industrial build-to-suit, office, retail properties, apartment communities and mixed-use development.



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Joe Blattner  Founder | President

Joe has been investing in and developing commercial and multi-family real estate for over three decades. His development resume includes more than 30 million square feet of industrial, multifamily, retail, and office projects. His creativity, experience and determination have been critical to many successful and diverse projects over the past 30 years throughout the Puget Sound.

Ben Varin  Development Associate

Ben joined Avenue 55 in 2022 as a Development Associate where he handles industrial and mixed-use projects. Prior to joining Avenue 55, Ben spent five years in construction project management with Howard S. Wright, a Seattle based general contractor.  Ben graduated with a B.S. in Construction Management from Washington State University.

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Drew Zaborowski  Senior Development Manager

Drew joined Avenue 55 in 2013 where he oversees and manages new and existing industrial and office projects. Drew has been responsible for various aspects of development including design, construction, leasing and property management. He works closely with architects, construction managers and local municipalities to ensure all projects meet Avenue 55’s standards. 

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Monte Swanson  Controller
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Monte joined Avenue 55 in 2020 as Controller where he is responsible for overall day-to-day leadership and oversight of the accounting practices, policies, procedures, and information systems for the company.   Prior to joining Avenue 55, Monte worked for other privately owned entities that are primarily real estate related. Monte graduated with a B.A. in Accounting from Linfield University.

Nick Yawman  Development Manager

Nick joined Avenue 55 in 2020 where he handles all aspects of the development cycle including feasibility, design, entitlement, and construction of industrial projects, primarily in Northern Nevada. Prior to Avenue 55, Nick spent two years working for a CMBS underwriting and due diligence firm as a Senior Analyst where he underwrote approximately $500 million of first lien mortgage loans across all asset classes. Nick graduated with a B.A. in Finance from Santa Clara University.

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Sam Blattner   Investment Manager

Sam joined Avenue 55 in 2021 where he handles the procurement and management of Debt and Equity partnerships, as well as lifecycle underwriting responsibilities for new and existing projects. Prior to joining Avenue 55, Sam spent four years as an Associate on the Real Estate Investment & Development Team at Columbia Pacific Advisors, a Seattle based alternative asset manager with over $2 billion in AUM, where he assisted in both Acquisitions and Asset Management. Sam graduated with a B.A. in Finance from Santa Clara University.


With 25 years in the industry our reputation has been built on our
success in adding value to the investment: 



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Head Office

601 Union Street, Suite 2930

Seattle, WA 98101

Office: 206.707.9696

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