Brittain Ashford at Healthy Times Fun Club (Seattle WA),
originally uploaded by Invisible Hour.
Neighbours and HG Lodge aren’t the only Pike/Pine clubs facing issues with the Department of Planning and Development. “Secret” all-ages music, dance and arts space Healthy Times Fun Club is apparently facing eviction from its 11th and Pike location as an inspection revealed the club’s basement home was never permitted for modifications made over the years — including the addition of a kitchen and a bath — and can’t continue as a “gathering space” without costly modifications to the building. The un-fun news from DPD:
At this address, there used to be bicycle shop on the first floor of the building (now is a skate boarding shop – 35th North). The bicycle shop converted a small portion of the basement into a bicycle repair shop and used the rest of the basement as storage via a permit. After being made aware of the issue by the Fire Department, we found that over time, the basement was converted to artist studio spaces. A kitchen and bath were installed and the basement was partitioned into smaller rooms. We have no permit records for the conversion from a storage space.
The manager stated that the tenants (the Healthy Times Fun Club) do not stay overnight and only use the basement for their business. Given the size and layout of the space, the basement could not be used for sleeping or as a gathering space without obtaining a permit to upgrade the space with proper exiting and other life safety requirements. The owner has given the tenants a notice to vacate by the end of the month and will use the basement as storage. Our notice of violation was issued on 10/12/11 with a compliance date of 11/14/11.
Mika Miko @ Healthy Times Fun Club, Capitol Hill Block Party, 7/25/2008, originally uploaded by iamdonte.
CHS has learned that the 1100 E PIke building is owned by 1100 East Pike LLC, a corporation owned by Anne Michelson who also owns other Pike/Pine property including the Winston building that the Wildrose calls home. Anne Michelson Properties representative Michelle Cotton declined to comment about the situation but did say there is hope of working out a solution for the club. Earlier this week, CHS reported that Michelson’s Crescent Down Works was moving out of the neighborhood to Pioneer Square.
We’ve also reached out to the Healthy Fun Times Club but that’s a bigger challenge as part of the group’s ethos is to pretty much not be a group.
Original HFTCers Rebecca and Jake are long gone but the club has continued with a mix of secrecy and come-as-you-are enthusiasm that might not mesh well with DPD permits and the fire code. The tenants may not be permitted to “stay overnight” and “sleeping” at the location may be prohibited, but come November, the Healthy Fun Times gang will likely be without more than just a club.