Posted only last week, the Seattle Weekly’s rather nostalgic write-up of Capitol Hill’s Undre Arms Apartments is, it turns out, a requiem. CHS has learned that the development slated to fill the triangular lot stretching from 12th to 11th Ave between Madison and Union is moving forward again and, judging by the paperwork, picking up steam. The writing has been on the wall for the Undre Arms for a long time. Now it appears the change is finally gonna come.
Runberg Architects has begun the filing process for a construction permit to demolish the existing structures including the currently empty drive-up coffee stand, the old paint store that now houses the Cobra Lounge and the Undre Arms — and then begin work on the 1111 East Union project, described in the preliminary filing as a “6-story mixed use building, including 90-100 units of housig, common amenities, retail & underground parking for 18 vehicles.”
We have been told by people familiar with the project that they expect demolition to begin in spring 2011 if the permit process does not drag out.
CHS has followed the public design process of the 1111 East Union Project since the first meetings in spring 2009. Here is our most recent coverage from the final design review meetings last fall. You can find more details about the planned development in the design document attached to that post.
In the go-go past, this kind of paperwork wouldn’t have been notable but with the downturn in the economy and developments moving onto the slow-or-maybe-not-at-all track around the city, the re-start of the development process at 1111 East Union is news on Capitol Hill.
Bryan Stevens, spokesperson for the Department of Planning and Development, confirmed for CHS that the 1111 East Union developers had permits in hand to move forward with the construction process long ago but that nothing has been done to move the project forward until now. Stevens said the construction phase of developments, unlike the design phase, is a much less public affair. Stevens said DPD staff will work with the developers and architects to make sure codes are being applied and that all the paperwork is in order for East Union’s next phase.
As for the Weekly piece, give it a read and learn about the people who live in the apartments. It’s a good enough article even if it inspired only one paltry comment:
Capitol hill is such a shithole.
True, Weekly reader, true — please stay away. Though, come this winter, it now looks like we’ll be a little less shitty.