Another multi-year construction project is ready to begin in the heart of Broadway. According to a letter posted at the site by the project developers, Monday is the start of demolition on the buildings — and the parking lot that used to host the weekly farmers market — that will be cleared away for the 230 Broadway development. That letter and details of the project that will raze a block of Broadway to create a 234-unit mixed-use development, below.
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According to the letter, developers expect the project to be completed in fall 2013. The letter also says there will be a public meeting to discuss the impact of the construction on those living and working in the area. That meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th at 10 AM at the project’s office on 10th Ave E. Thanks to Andrea for the tip about the appearance of the fence and the letter. Though the posted letter notes the “Capital Hill Blog” was CC’d we have not yet received a physical copy.
CHS reported in March that SRM Development was finalizing its permits to demolish the buildings along Broadway from Thomas to mid-block. The building that houses the Highline, the Subway sandwich shop, the Castle sex store, and the apartment building with American Apparel at ground floor will be sandwiched between the 230 Broadway work and the construction of the Broadway light rail station, scheduled to be completed by 2016.
Meanwhile, construction of the streetcar that will travel to and from Union Station up Broadway will begin in 2012 with a goal of being operational in 2013. The route is currently planned to end at Denny but an effort to find budget to extend the line to north Broadway was not off the table the last time we talked with SDOT planners.
The fence is also a reminder of a new world for the Broadway farmers market. Starting next month with the beginning of our market season on the Hill, the farmers market will move to the open square near Pine and Broadway on the Seattle Central Community College campus. We’ll have more details on the move as SCCC and the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance makes them available but we’re told that organizers expect room for as many vendors as ever and perhaps even more space depending on how things can be laid out.
When the 230 Broadway development is complete in
2013 2012, Noah’s Bagels and Bank of America will return to the block. Some like Septieme closed down while others like the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce have found new homes. In coming days, the Chamber’s former office in a 1901 house at the corner of Thomas and 10th will be demolished.