A triumvirate of Capitol Hill theater groups has won the bid to become resident companies in the performance space of the 12th Ave Arts development planned to replace a police department parking lot.
The big announcement for the organizations came Saturday at the gala fundraiser for the Washington Ensemble Theatre:
WET currently performs in the charming but cramped Little Theater space on 19th Ave E, while Strawberry Theatre Works currently calls the Erickson Theatre home. The New Century Theatre Company’s just wrapped up a show presented at Cornish’s Raisbeck Performance Hall. At least one other theater in the Pike/Pine area is excited about the potential for a concentrated performing arts district in the neighborhood. 12th Ave is already home to the Velocity Dance Center while smaller entities like Odd Duck Studio hold fort in the recesses on the edge of Pike/Pine.
The new 29,000 square-foot 12th Ave Arts building is a Capitol Hill Housing project and will include around 80 apartments, office space, parking for the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct, and 6,000 square feet of theater space described as “a proposed 149-seat raked theater with fixed sets, and an 80-seat flexible black box space.”
The organization could soon find itself in need of office space like the facilities also planned for the development — CHH’s current headquarters is slated to be demolished if early plans for this 10th/Union development go forward.
We looked at the financing of the $38 million arts and affordable housing project and the capital campaign to help raise funds from the community for the project last month: What 12th Ave Arts project replacing SPD parking lot will look like (+ how you can help).
Construction is expected to begin this summer with completion of the project in early 2014.
Last we checked, the logistical details of finding a temporary secured parking area for the East Precinct were still being worked out.