There are signs that a hookah lounge, Dominic Holden’s favorite walk-up curry window and people living in 11 apartment units will soon be looking for new homes. There are no approved demolition or construction permits yet but the first physical manifestations of the 1111 East Union redevelopment project are appearing in the peculiar triangle lot at the intersection of Union, Madison and 12th Ave.
We reported back in August on the re-birth of the project that will replace the legendary but dilapidated Undre Arms Apartments building, the former paint store-turned smoking club Cobra Lounge and the Thai Curry Simple walk-up that filled in the shuttered coffee hutch on the lot last fall.
Tuesday morning, a crew began drilling bores at the site for soil samples as part of the process for determining if construction of the 6-story, 105-unit mixed-used development including two levels of underground parking can move forward, according to one of the workers. The underground parking, by the way, is the biggest change in the construction permit application from the design process when the developer was only talking fewer than 20 parking spots. The new plan calls for nearly 80.
Meanwhile, last week, a memorial to a slain SPD officer was removed from the site. In 1984, officer Nick Davis was killed on duty and a memorial was created near the spot where he died. The East Precinct command tells us the 1000-pound memorial is safely stored away and will be on display at the SPD museum and that Davis’s son was on hand to help with the move. According to a representative from Washington State Concerns of Police Survivors, a group for families of slain Washington law enforcement officers, the Davis family decided to have the memorial moved due to uncertainty about returning the stones and placard to the site after construction.
For residents of the Undre Arms, 11 of the 14 apartment units are currently inhabited according to filings with the city. The permits to move the tenants and begin demolition have not yet been approved.
Erin Cobb of the Cobra Lounge says the buildings are slated to be torn down “in a few months.” We asked him what he plans to do with the Cobra with the impending demolition approaching. “Just trying to move somewhere on the hill,” Cobb wrote.
Also no word on where the Stranger’s Dominic Holden will get his lunch once work on the site begins.