Developer acquires Bauhaus building, plans half-block of Pike/Pine mixed-use

E Pine from Bellevue to Melrose (Image: CHS)

Another half-block of Pike/Pine has been purchased by an Eastside developer with plans to create a new mixed-use development that will likely push out several long-running commercial tenants and residents of the apartments currently part of the old buildings along E Pine and Melrose.

Bookshop Spine and Crown posted about the project to its Facebook page this morning:

Yep. They sold the building out from under us. June 2013, the whole block closes. That’s Mud Bay, Edies, Le Frock, Wall of Sound, Spine and Crown, Scout, Vutique, and Bauhaus. Our spaces will be a hole in the ground thereafter.

A person with knowledge of the deal said the developer acquired the parcels at Pine and Melrose with an eye toward leveling all of the buildings and starting fresh but has had second thoughts after witnessing the backlash against the lack of preservation in this development at 10th and Union.

(Image: John Feit with permission to CHS)

Details of the sale of the six parcels owned since 2006 by an entity called M&P Partnership are not yet available via county records. It appears the developer is the Madison Development Group. You can see their mixed-use projects in the area here. On that page, Madison lists a ‘Melrose & Pine’ project including 16,240 square-feet of retail and 98,794 square-feet of residential space. In the background lurks a full slate of development incentives in place to encourage the developer to include character preservation in their Pike/Pine plans.

It appears the developer intends to put some of that incentive opportunity to work. Here’s the project description from an early filing with the Department of Planning and Development:

Construct new 7-story mixed use building apartment and commercial with 2 floors of underground parking in conjunction with identified character structures in the Pike/Pine Overlay District.

The filing lists Hewitt Architects as the firm working on the project’s design.

Our attempts to reach Madison Development representatives have not yet been successful.

CHS has learned that the sale and the project plan was announced to commercial tenants this morning and that stores in the area were told they could face closure by June 13th if the planned development goes forward. “The developers want to keep the facades, but the interiors will be gutted and an underground parking garage added, so basically, the block will be a hole in the ground for 18 months following the June closure,” one store owner told CHS.

Smaller structures will also likely be lost including 1524 Melrose, one of the last mound-mounted houses in the area. 

The deal is likely to be one of the most expensive real estate transactions in Capitol Hill history. Late last month, an investor swept in with $14.9 million to buy the large BMW campus of buildings between Pike and Pine with plans to develop a mixed-use building at the site of the former auto showroom. Another sale is expected soon for the Sunset Electric auto row-era building at 11th and Pine. Meanwhile, another showroom is on the market as E Pike’s Mercedes dealership will be on the move by 2013. 

Not every project includes demolishing the old buildings that come along with the Capitol Hill land. Hunters Capital this week announced it had acquired the building home to Area 51 for $3.85 million. Hunters has said its plans are to restore the building’s facade and preserve the building’s character.

Nearby, work is underway on a mixed-use development at Pine and Bellevue.

Included in the Melrose and Pine acquisition is the 1916 masonry building currently home to Mud Bay, Edie’s, Le Frock, Vutique, Scout, Wall of Sound, and Spine and Crown as well as residents of the upper floor apartments, the mound house, the 1917 Dirty Jane’s building home to Warren Knapp Gallery, the 1915 Melrose Building that houses Bauhaus, the worn Emerald City Inn apartments and a Bellevue Ave parking lot.

248 thoughts on “Developer acquires Bauhaus building, plans half-block of Pike/Pine mixed-use

  1. This is sad to read. I hope they have a public hearing for the review of the development and I hope the neighborhood comes out to support keeping the existing space.

  2. *dies inside*

    Bauhaus should be a historic site – it really is part of Capitol Hill’s identity. The thought of it being gone with the rest of the wonderful businesses on the block in June is deeply unsettling.

  3. These guys are, hands down, one of the worst developers in the area. Everything they’ve done is a total shitshow of low quality, cookie-cutter architectural vomit. They seriously should just fuck off and die.

  4. I’m generally pro-development, but this is heartbreaking. I can think of no better way to strip the soul from that part of Capitol Hill. I really hope something can be done to preserve these businesses in their current form … especially Bauhaus.

  5. Seriously. The more I think about this the more upset I get. Please let us know what we can do, I’ve never been involved in the process of fighting these things, but this block is one I’d fight for.

  6. I’m not surprised it’s an east side developer. They could care less about how the outcome affects our neighborhood.
    This is Capitol Hill’s heritage being destroyed so some douchbag in Bellevue can buy a new Humvee for his son who destroyed the last two. Truly awful!

  7. Time to fight back!

    We don’t need this block turned into condos/tanning salons/dry cleaners and likely, empty retail space.

    OR, another goddamned, gulag designed watering hole for Eastside twats and assholes to puke in.

  8. I consider myself an advocate for density and walkable, transit friendly communities, but this is absurd!

    This development would cannibalized the exact type of dense, walkable development that makes this neighborhood so great. They would tear down a small apartment building with a great mix of small independent shops and offices. This area is already the exact definition of mixed used development that density advocates argue for. No need to tear it down.

    The fact that the developer is planning to keep the old, Auto row style facades is a complete perversion of the Pike/Pine overlay zone intent. The focus of density on Capitol Hill should be on infill (parking lots, run down and underused structures, old auto oriented low-rise development) not evicting and destroying the existing development that defines the density and character of the neighborhood that the developers find so alluring in the first place.

    This is a complete disaster of urban planning and should be opposed in the strongest sense. I only hope that the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce has something to say about this.

  9. These folks are the team behind one of the worst projects I’ve seen in town, the 23rd and Madison debacle of a complex housing Safeway. Actually, it’s one of the worst mixed use projects I have ever seen.

    Hopefully CHS will work hard to keep us all up to date on the public design review meeting for this project. Maybe this developer can hire Liz Dunn to consult? This is a high profile location, hope they realize this and aim hire and maybe hire a very good architect and surprise us all

  10. Terrible! So, so, so terrible.
    In addition to losing architectural character in favor of what I assume will be an ass ugly cube, we are also losing some really great businesses! Rent in new construction isn’t cheap – so I really worry about if these businesses will be able to relocate?

    If this does indeed go through – GO TO THE DESIGN REVIEW BOARD MEETINGS!!!! Developers need to get the message that the residents of Cap Hill are not ok with losing beloved businesses and gaining 6 story eyesores.

    This is bullshit.

  11. to say these buildings are part of capitol hills identity means you dont know the heck youre talking about. the buildings are old, they smell inside and out. nothing is meant to last forever. the character of capitol hill is not in the buildings but in the people. i been here on this hill since the 70s. i watched it change from mostly gay to mostly punk rock to mostly microsoft employees. all i can say is most of the newer buildings are a nice change from the slummy nastiness that is the pike pine cooridor. i can understand that business owners would be upset but they all had the oppurtunity to band together and buy the buildings they are in and didnt.

  12. This is suuuuuccchhh BULLSHIT! I am actually finally really disgusted by this, that corner or Bellevue and Pine was a god send this is a travesty. Where can we sign a petition to keep this from being a complete destruction and rape of such a wonderful building and series of shops?

  13. uhh as someone who works for one of these businesses I can tell you the owners did not “havethe oppurtunity to band together and buy the buildings they are in and didnt.”

  14. I’m not reflexively not anti-development: for instance, it was sad to see the 500 block of Pine razed, but I could understand that those buildings looked like collapsing deathtraps. This block, though, seems solidly constructed and vibrantly occupied. Bauhaus, in particular, should be a citywide treasure and the thought of it being gutted is really too much to contemplate.

  15. Like everyone else, I certainly don’t want to see these very important building destroyed.
    But the silver lining is that P/PUNC and others were able to get the Overlay District in place before this project started. If they hadn’t this would probably already be the next People’s Parking Lot.
    We all need to put some SERIOUS community pressure and scrutiny on this project to make sure it fits in our neighborhood.

    To be honest, buying a huge site that is almost entirely covered in character buildings right after the Overlay district is implemented is pretty ballsy. Either the developer really thinks they can negotiate a successful new/old project, or they are completely out of touch.

  16. They are going to take a building which currently houses several businesses on the ground floor, and apartments above, and replace it with one of these new-fangled “mixed use developments”?

    Other project ideas:

    Tear down a school, and replace it with an “educational center”.

    Tear down a church, and replace it with a “community spiritual gathering space”

    Tear down house, and replace it with a “single-family domicile”

  17. +1

    This is not really new density. I would be shocked if the new Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of the planned new development would be much better than what already exists here. With two stories of underground parking, and the larger apartment sizes favored by developers, this might not be much more density than we already have now.

  18. exactly. preserving the facade while gutting the interior and adding another 4 floors of aesthetically incongruent architechture is NOT preservation. This hacks me off, big time.

  19. Just tried the email and it bounced back saying I don’t have permission. Can you repost another way to get on that mailing list? This development must be stopped.

  20. This makes me feel so sad inside. I feel like a piece of my upbringing is being washed away by greed and disrespect for the places we come from. Preservation brings richness to many while developments like this benefit only a greedy few.

  21. as a non-employee of any business except my own, i can assure you the buildings for sale were available to be sold and as a result of their availability, were sold to the highest bidder. it has been known since 2006 that m&p was looking to get rid of their new aquisition. so thats 6 years to get your ducks in a row. acting like this is a surprise is silly. look around you and see that you are surrounded by ugly old nasty stinky disgusting buildings that should have been razed decades ago. cudos that someone is going to remedy that to some small extent.

  22. Ive been going to bauhaus since before I moved here! I love all the neighborhood stores that surround the block. they are probably going to make hideous buildings with through the roof rent. Theres already so many vacant cookie cutter buildings! They need to stop tearing down beautiful buildings and get out of here.

  23. hey dude, that is a seattlite and not a transplant idiot like most of you complaining here. freddy copula from beacon hill. he is my friend and he is from here and raised here and went to asa mercer jr high school. al you out of staters who presume to be seattle folks are out of line. go back to oklahoma if you dont like the vision for the future here. pike pine is not a historic area, the only thing historic is kurt cobain scoring smack at the corner of pike and bellevue.

  24. I think this is good news. Half the people posting here don’t seem to understand what this will do for the overall value of real estate and the business’ long term in our neighborhood. This is good news!

  25. One clarification, the businesses will be open at least another year, when they talk about “June 13th” I believe they mean 2013.

    However, this is your chance to step up and support these small businesses! You want your fav record/book store to stay in business? Can’t imagine shoe shopping without Edie’s? Can’t imagine Capitol Hill without Bauhaus? Then support them in this coming year so they can afford to relocate! Staying in business means a never ending list of costs… blerg.

    What a sad, sad day.

  26. Hey jseattle,

    This is all very upsetting for a number of reasons, the simplest of which is that I live in one of the sold buildings and I’m reading about this for the first time here. Can you say more about this line in your post: “Smaller structures will also likely be lost including 1524 Melrose, one of the last mound-mounted houses in the area.” Are you just speculating, or is that in a plan you’ve seen?

    Many thanks.

  27. What exactly is ugly and stinky about this building?? Have you been inside? As someone who frequents Mud Bay, Bauhaus, and Eddies, I can vouch that these are well maintained and successful spaces. I’ve been in dump coffee shops, I assure you that Bauhaus is not one of them, and that the character of the building directly contributes to the success of their business. As many others have said, this is not an argument for saving everything that is old, truly there are some buildings on the hill that could go and the character of the neighborhood would not be affected, but this is surely not one of them.

  28. I really love some of the development i am seeing in my Hood. The Melrose market is a great example of development with style, and class, along with preservation of wonderful buildings. This however, is an example of Gentrification, and i hope they do not level this iconic spot on the Hill!

  29. I’m sorry, but your ignorance is laughable. You clearly have never been outside of the US…..go to Europe, and you will find many “old and dirty” buildings that have been restored and bought back to their former glory…..and they are are wonderfull. Look at Melrose Market….classic example…and i’m glad that building was not turned into an ugly condo building…

  30. As a member of P/PUNC, I remember a simular project proposed several years ago by the family that had long owned the Bauhaus building and the mound-house behind it. That project was much smaller and it never made it to the EDG. This new project is twice the size and needs close community review.

    I own a small business in upper Pike/Pine. A neighboring developer (based on Capitol Hill) has an option to buy my 1905 building from my elderly landlord. My understanding is that he hopes to redevelope my end of the block after he finishes another project going through EDG this month. Will this happen and if so when? Who knows, time will tell. This is a known business risk that I must live with.

  31. Sadly it probably can’t be saved. There’s several different ways it needs to qualify as a historical landmark, which is the only real way you could stop things like this from happening.

  32. yes i have been in bauhaus. im not saying that the businesses arent doing there best to keep their stores looking neat and tidy. what im saying is the buildings are old and ugly and should have been torn down long before bauhaus and the rest were even in business. the idea that a building is somehow important is nuts. just because europe is filled with old decrepit buildings is no reason we should be. a lot of our ancestors left europe for good reasons and that may just be one of them.

  33. DISlike. Grr. This from the Madison Development site: “We value results: Madison has completed over 50 projects with a combined asset value of over $400 million.” What kind of soulless jackal writes a sentence like that? The same kind who replaces interesting and worthwhile urban tapestry with chipboard rabbit warrens modeled in Excel, apparently.

  34. by the way… the plan is to keep the facade and replace the insides with much needed parking for residents and modern apartments. im looking forward to it. i was hoping against hope that they would be condos and i could buy one and have a place to park my car without having to go to the police station to get a sticker for my window or worrying that i may get towed away, as has happened on too many occasions to mention.

  35. How can we make this stop? Is there a town meeting that we can express how retarded this is? Someone we can yell at? possibly sabotage the project?

  36. Not in my backyard! Keep housing supply low, keep the environment classic. That will keep rents down and turn people away when landlords run out of room, no matter how much money they have!

    We were here first.

  37. Homie, what are you talking about re: smelly? What does it smell like? Doody diapers? Rotten food? Old fish? I smell none of those things inside or outside this building. Bauhaus smells like coffee. WOS smells like records. Mudbay kind of smells like wet dog, but, that’s the closest thing to “smelly” that I can identify. And what band of small business owners has the money, or the credit, to buy a building? And why is the onus on them to incorporate buying a building into their business plan? GTFOH! Why have you been living here since the ’70s if you think everything is shit and needs to be razed? Shenanigans on that claim.

  38. Slumy nastyness? That stretch of businesses capped by Bauhaus is one of the nicest places on the hill. I but all my pet supplies from Mud Bay…nothing smelling about that building, Wall of Sound OR Bauhaus.

  39. It’s this complete takeover of the character and cultural integrity that gives me one more reason to leave Seattle. This is a huge disappointment to not only me, but anyone who actually cares about our neighborhood. I am not opposed to growth or development, but this is ridiculous.

  40. Omg. I hate this. I’m abandoning ship. Goodbye lovely barista, and the only cafe in town with such amazing light you can sit anywhere and doodle from day to night.

  41. Europe has far more stringent laws about protecting historic buildings and preserving the character of neighbourhoods. It is also worth noting that small independent shops are far more common in European cities, from corner shops selling milk, newspapers etc to small independent pharmacies, boutiques, butchers and bakeries. As a native Londoner it is incredible to me that Seattle, which has so few historic buildings and such a short history, can be so cavalier about tearing down those that it does have. Has it occurred to you that if all the 500 year old buildings in Europe had been torn down by greedy developers after 100 years there wouldn’t actually be any 500 year old buildings now?

  42. My heart just drooped to the floor. WTF! I am considering to move far away from all of the BS. I loved many places and now they are gone. This town useto be great. Now it is just a fraction of what it use-to be. I have been patient with the progress. Now it has gone too far. I am just hoping that some day the diverse people and artists that made Seattle great can come back. I do not see that happening. Rents go up and hubs of great minds that get together go away. This is Bauhaus. I have seen many people start there craft there and go places with it. Seattle please stop messing up good things and leave Seattle alone. Gir, I am mad, and =( ! HOW CAN WE MAKE THIS STOP? Any suggestions? <3

  43. Maybe not dead…but this won’t be the last of these developments I’m sure. We’re on a slow road to gentrification. It makes me think of the north end of Broadway and how the development up there has pretty much killed the spirit that place had when Minnies was still around. Once Bauhaus is gone I think the area will probably feel the same. I guess the area around Neumos is still alive?

  44. obvioulsly you werent here before bauhaus. im born and raised. lived here all my life. that street was junkie heaven in the 70s and 80s and even into the 90s. old trolls cruised there looking for what old trolls look for. most of the apartments in the area were shooting galleries. there was one building that the door was always opened and you could go into most any of the apartments and score. you dont know what history is. most of us moved away from there and sold our houses so we wouldnt have to put up with the crime that is the result of heroine junkies and speed freaks.

  45. Unlike most of the posters, I am no fan of Bauhaus but am glad it exists for the others who frequent it. I am sad to see that more of my neighborhood is being taken over by cookie–cutter developers who want to make everything as bland as the neighborhoods they’re from. Independents won’t be able to afford shops in a new building, middle and low-income people won’t be able to afford to live there. They are taking over the neighborhood we worked so hard to make special.

    Most likely, if it’s not chain clothing stores et al., it will be new bars, and I’m so tired of everyone coming from far and wide just to get trashed on Capitol Hill and misbehave. People LIVE here, it’s not just a place for you morons to throw up and to go to gay bars to gawk. Ruin your own places, and please stay out of ours.

  46. This strikes a major blow to the awesomeness of Capitol Hill. That building, those businesses, they have always added a LOT of character to the Hill. Now to be replaced by probably *another* fucking wine bar, and boutique, and perhaps a Baby Gap. I wish the community could block this, convince the city to deem this building as a historical monument or something, but the city seems increasingly unwilling to work with us on saving our vibrant community from the monoculture of yuppie hell.

  47. is charley tuna a PR shill for the developer? christ! look, smart guy, some businesses, which are completely viable as businesses, still don’t make very much money. and often, their owners are cool with that. but those kinds of businesses (often the best part of the character of the neighborhood) can’t play this “survival of the richest” game. if you want a town filled with nothing but coffee shops, salons, and insurance offices designed by and for yuppies, then hang out with charley tuna! hooray for public relations!

  48. This particular block of businesses is what makes my neighborhood walkable and liveable. If Wall of Sound, Spine and Crown, Edies, Scout, Vutique leave the neighborhood or go out of business, I will have to to to Ballard, West Seattle, Georgetown to patronize similar businesses. and I will have to drive in my car to get there in any reasonable amount of time. Independent local retail and iconic community gathering spot – interesting and affordable clothes and shoes, recycled and re-purposed goods – can’t get the same experience shopping on the Internet….If I have to leave Capitol Hill to find this sort of experience, my neighborhood fails to serve me and I get back into my automobile…..

  49. I love my neighborhood, and many things make this so. I LOVE BAUHAUS,It is unique to the hill and I consider the city and it’s residents lucky to have such a place to go. The idea that a developer is planning to DEMOLISH IT is a CRIME. People do not want strip mall storefronts and Chain stores, if we wanted that, we would live in the suburbs. Demolishing that building would be taking a wrecking ball to the city’s character and I hope the neighborhood doesn’t have to suffer such an event. Losing the strip that housed the CHA CHA, Bimbo’s, Kincora Pub etc. is a permanent scar to the area and if the new owner submits the Bauhaus building to a similar fate, the damage will irreversible to the area and the residents.

  50. Not everything has to have the sterility of a medical center. We love what we have, we don’t need another fake upscale coffee shop. I understand that you may like the sterile sheen of a plastic surface, but as a human with a soul, I prefer what my Bauhaus provides. A HUMAN experience. It’s filled with love. You can pump as much heat as you want into one of those new developments, but they always feel cold. Because they have no soul, and no life. They are made of metal and plastic with no intentions but to be filled and profited off. Claiming someone is ignorant because they aren’t rich is disgusting. I hope you can see past your money some day, it will lead you no where in life.

  51. charley tuna says, “most of us moved away from there and sold our houses so we wouldnt have to put up with the crime that is the result of heroine junkies and speed freaks. “

    That’s great! You solved your problem.

    Luckily some enlightened property owner solved the problem for the rest of us and turned this into one of the best blocks on Capitol Hill. I’m sorry that you’re stuck in the past — we’re talking about the present here!

    We want to keep the best block so that it doesn’t turn into a hellhole again and convince us to move away like you did.

  52. This is the new face of Capitol Hill. Sadly. I almost forgot about the building with Man Ray etc. It’s just moving down the hill…Press, Terra Platta…and now whatever turd of a building that’s going to plop itself inside the facade of the Bauhaus building. I guess it’s not moving down, it’s downtown moving up…sad.

  53. Waking up from my cold for the first extended period in days just to read this news?

    Eastisde developers do not care about neighborhoods. They do not care about character. They do not care about institutions (see B&O). They care about money. They don’t understand urban design or planning. They understand building parking structures with large scale chain restaurants on top of them. These shit holes are turning our neighborhood into a carbon copy of their blighted downtown.

    I’d like to think that the community could stop this, but it would take a hell of a lot of effort. It’s doable, but it would take a lot of work. These “people” have money and resources and do not care about anything but dollar signs. If a neighborhood rallies and steps between these greedy drones and their money, then they’ll work even harder to destroy the neighborhood.

    Jesus christ, why don’t they ruin their cities? There is a shit ton ripe for horrible re-development all over the Eastside.

  54. Your logic doesn’t make sense my friend. Why are you talking about what that block or what Capitol Hill was like in the ’70s? People here are concerned about losing the space and beloved business it “currently” houses to unnecessary development. This block is not “currently” a magnet for junkies, trolls, crime etc. In fact, this block as it currently is, as the last comment above describes, is the type of development that keeps crime out of our neighborhoods.

    And besides, junkies have the same right to be here that you do. If you live on the hill, you live amongst them, and you cope. They’re just as much a part of the hill’s identity as the gays, punks and microsoft employees.

  55. To all out of towners visiting Seattle I would tell them. “Go to Bauhaus get a cup of coffee and sit there for a while. That’s Seattle.”

    Sad news.

  56. I feel sorry for you Charley. You’re excited to have more parking spaces? You’d rather lose great small businesses and a hub for the local community so you can park your Bentley? That’s just a lack of soul all around and it doesn’t surprise me that you lack empathy. What this will do is help make Capitol Hill more generic and less special.

    And why do I get the feeling that you’d be happy if they replace Bauhaus with a Starbucks?

  57. Not yet. Those European buildings were 100 years old once too, and those spaces were repurposed and rennovated. Most European cities not affected by WWII resemble what they looked like hundreds of years ago because generation after generation realized that these buildings didn’t need to be torn down (400 year old apartments are non-surprisingly amazing! They make any that I’ve seen in America look like shit).

    European cities are naturally dense and vibrant because they were built for people and never meddled with much after that. Small scale rules the retail and restaurant atmosphere. Apartments of varying sizes sit atop or beside those establishments. Now, yes of course there are new developments, but only if those developments fall within specific parameters. A new block of apartments in many cities these days can blend in seamlessly with a block that’s 400 years old. We’ll never get that chance, because our historic and character structures will all be torn down before we will realize the benefit of keeping them around (see: Hotel Seattle – now a parking garage).

  58. Hopefully Mudbay will stay nearby – right around the corner from me and the employees there are the greatest!
    The shops there are what everybody wants all of Capitol Hill to be, but, alas, that is not to be. Just can’t wait to see what retail shops I’ll probably never shop at move into the Terracrapshack up the street.
    I guess this Eastside clod can’t wait for the Mercedes property to come up for sale. More overbearing buildings built out to the sidewalks with no style.

  59. To me it is not just the loss of old buildings that look neat to some of us because they are vintage (and the newer buildings are ugly and made poorly in many cases, they will be rotting and smelly in a few years too, haven’t they arleady torn down some condos from 10 years ago?), but it is the fact that businesses like Bauhaus will be forced to move out, then given the chance to move back into the new space, but at a 20-70% rent hike, which places like that can’t afford, because they won’t have that much new business, so the only places that can afford to move in will be Starbucks or some other crap, and even then some of those will go out of business in a couple years, that has already been happening to some of the newer spaces from the last 5-6 years. The point is, we lose the character of the neighborhood on several levels. And it would be fine if it’s a building here and there, but it’s freakin’ everywhere, we are losing everything eventually.

  60. As you can see from the outpouring above, there is a great deal of community concern regarding your plans. The businesses that exist there now have enriched the neighborhood and have helped create the Capitol Hill that we’ve all grown to love. It’s unlikely that we can force you to stop development plans entirely. Moreover, few are likely eager to step on your property rights without cause.

    That being said, I strongly urge you to consider moving carefully. On reviewing the properties you’ve developed elsewhere, I don’t believe that style would be appropriate here. Please approach this development with an eye toward preservation of not just the facade, but the heart of the building. If there is any way you can help some of these businesses remain or return, it would be greatly appreciated.

    You are joining a neighborhood. Please be a good neighbor and make preservation a real priority.

    A neighbor

  61. Looks like we have a contender for top comments on a news story for 2012! Glad to see everyone is already up in arms right off. This news sux and it will hopefully not happen!

  62. Bitter that Kurt Cobain, dead, remains more relevant to our culture than you can hope to be?

    Your know-nothing “transplant” and love-it-or-leave-it arguments are not only weak and fallacious, but pretty ironic since you seem to be the one standing alone on this. At least you have Freddy, I guess.

  63. We pretty much all agree that it is a really shitty proposal. How do we stop it from becoming a reality? I’m looking for constructive answers please.

  64. Let me get this straight. Finally, finally we are getting some density that preserves at least some of the existing character. And everybody is whining about it????? Have you not seen the alternate? The entire block of buildings is torn down and a monstrosity is put up in its place. I get that this is disruptive to some well loved establishments. I really do. But please keep this in context of losing entire blocks of character buildings.

  65. Thanks SR, well put. Hey all, someone on facebook posted the developer’s email:

    Let’s put this into early action and email some version of SR’s letter to the above email address. I’m sure this is overlapping several community groups’ efforts, but it can’t hurt?

  66. Vivace was great by Cal Anderson, up on north broadway? ~fart noise~ Might as well be in Redmond. The same will probably be true for Bauhaus if they move back into the new building. Which I wouldn’t count on…

  67. I’m moving off the Hill this weekend (in the works for months). Redevelopment like this and the kind of people it brings to the neighborhood I’ve come to love is the main reason I am not as sad as I thought I would be. The alleys, streets and buildings where I have so many memories are disappearing one at a time and sometimes faster. I’ll still come back to retrace those steps, but it won’t be the same.

  68. I think with all the proposed development it would be interesting to have some sort of art installment to voice community disatisfaction by neighborhood residents in the form of something like “city projects” so people have easy and visible ways to voice their opinions and give coverage to opinionsn of specific change going on in their neighborhoods that are site related which could act as additional feedback for developers and community stakeholders and hopefully make people think more about what they are doing.

  69. We walk by crumbling old people who sleep in the streets and die under bridges every day. Never have I seen so many responses to stories about their demise. I guess it’s all about what or who you put value on based on how one benefits personally.

  70. so charley tuna said… “i was hoping against hope that they would be condos and i could buy one and have a place to park my car without having to go to the police station to get a sticker for my window or worrying that i may get towed away, as has happened on too many occasions to mention. “
    If you really lived in this neighborhood, first off: then you would know that parking stickers are not purchased at the police station. And if you think that you can afford one of these new condos going up on the hill, then you would certainly be able to afford those stickers, which are very reasonably priced. If you’ve gotten towed on “too many occasions to mention”, then you probably cannot afford to buy one of these condos.
    You’re just baiting actual residents, stinky tuna man.

  71. I really wonder what sort of collective action we could do. It’d have to be something that’s easy (and fun?) enough for people to want to participate, big enough to actually get attention, and smart enough that the developers actually pay attention. I feel like something more than letter writing should be possible, right?

  72. What a pointless thing to say in this forum. I think that you’d find a majority of the people who are up in arms about this building are the same people who care a great deal about the homeless community. Why? We aren’t the ones who chose to move to the suburbs to escape the problem. I believe you’d find that those of us who live on the hill donate our money and/or our time to organizations that work to provide help with mental disabilities, housing, rehabilitation, etc. If you chose to live on the hill you generally aren’t pretending that it isn’t an issue, maybe you aren’t able to mourn each person lost to homelessness or addiction in a public forum, but would that really help the situation? This discussion is about preserving the community aspect of our neighborhood.

  73. I’m bummed about the building going down- for the same reasons as everyone else and a few of my own, unemployment being high up on my list. Just want to make sure that if you’re going to put up a debate that you know some more facts. The whole building from Mud Bay to Bauhaus needs to be earthquake proofed and the project was going to be very expensive. It’s a large part of why it was sold. I also can assure you that Bauhaus was never approached about buying the block- nor could we afford to. i don’t know, maybe if we had hit last weeks powerball. It was an inside sales job between familiar families.

  74. all you out of staters who presume to be seattle folks are out of line. go back to oklahoma if you dont like the vision for the future here

    I was here 20 years ago, scoring heroin with Kurt Cobain, except it was at the Ambassador at Denny & Summit, not Pike & Bellevue, so don’t act like you have history up here just because you can name two random streets ya poser. I don’t remember seeing your boy around here either.

    Face it, the current residents, who are all that matter now, do not want either of you here. We may not be able to stop you, after all, you’ve got more money, but then again, maybe we can. You’d be surprised what a bunch of motivated poor folks can do.

    And props to our new neighbors from Oklahoma. Everybody’s from somewhere, but all that matters is where you’re at. If you put your money where your mouth was, and plunked down the cash to make a home for yourself here, then guess what? You are now a Seattleite.

    If you pulled up and moved to Bellevue, then you no longer are. One can make the argument that you never truly were. What kind of Seattleite moves to Bellevue, except those who were never Seattleites to begin with? At least not in spirit.

  75. MAN! Me too! I was a little grumbly about some of the new apts on Pine but it’s fine. Taking this building down, this block is too much for me though. This is NOT okay. That is my spot and my home.
    Why do people want to fix what isn’t broken? Unless there is something I’m unaware of?

  76. Absolutely. I’m with you. If we don’t want this to happen we need to show up with strong numbers and not be typical passive Seattlites. I’m glad this is making people upset enough. This.. Man. This is so heartbreaking.

  77. Overlay Districts are generally to allow higher density development than would normally be allowed under the zoning code and, thus, concentrate transit services.

    I’m not sure of preservation is ever an explicit objective of overlay districts in Seattle, but it might be.

  78. if what the article says… that the developers didn’t realize there would be a backlash until they heard about the 10th and Union development, is true, then I think ‘out of touch’ is a pretty safe bet.

  79. Simple.

    +Don’t shop at the shops that move in.
    +Don’t purchase a condo if there are condos to be purchased.
    +Don’t rent if they become rentals.

    Turn it into an empty place and hope the developers lose their shirts. Seattle sold out long ago to these types of folks in an effort to be mimic Bellevue. I’m not sure what the drive is to become ultra-generic, but Seattle is well on its way there.

  80. Really? Bauhaus and Wall of Sound? And is there anyone who can caontact the attorneys who have a space there? This is ridiculous. Melrose Market is a brilliant thing, but this is done (as mentioned above) by the people that did the Madison and 23rd Safeway. It’s a terrible design! I lived at Pike and Melrose for YEARS, and I’m thinking about coming up for the design meetings just so I can speak. And BTW, couldn’t they have just torn down CLUB FARKING Z???

  81. I think I actually feel sick to my stomach. To echo everybody else’s reactions, this is absolutely heartbreaking…the loss of a vibrant block such as this can’t possibly be seen as anything but a huge regression to anybody who actually lives on Capitol Hill. I’m not typically one for protesting but I would love to help in any capacity to make known to the developers and the city that this is unacceptable. I would be curious to know the (layman’s) legal details of this and if there are any options for recourse. Does anybody have that information?

  82. That’s one of the more character filled blocks of cap hill from an architectural stand point. I wish Seattle would understand that when you knock down an old historic building you don’t get it back. Portland’s pearl district is an example of preservation and growth mixed beautifully. It’s time we learn from our “little sister city.”

  83. If Bellevue has its way, Cap Hill will look just like it so they can come take it over. As it is, many (not all) Eastsiders see Cap Hill as too gritty to live in but a place with fun bars for the weekends.

  84. Seattle needs to protest this!! They have laws that protect historical structures from being demolished, this building and the Bauhaus specifically IS the SEATTLE culture!! Send the Eastside developers back to the Eastside! Get out of our city!!

  85. Well said. I wrote an email to them as well. A polite one but one that urged them this is not something we want and what we feel is appropriate. Not much we can do about it but please consider the people who live here.

    You said it far better though.

  86. As it stand now Seattle has very little history or flavor left, if this continues we can just call it Belvue! Sad and sickening!

  87. ‘Mixed use’ is code for over priced condos and Starbucks. And one of those shops to get your nails done. Because I live on the hill because I love Federal Way.

  88. No surprise that a tunnel-and-bridge developer wants to bring still more suburban sterility to Cap Hill. Can’t wait for the innovative retail…a Verizon store, tanning salon, and a Subway. Or maybe they’ll mix it up with an AT&T boutique, a nail salon & a Quiznos!

  89. tuna, i have a hard time believing you live here. if you live here AND have a car then you should know, you do not go to the police department to get a zone permit.

  90. So short-sighted… once you sanitize a neighborhood enough that such folks will be willing to move in, all the fun bars and other places that gave it the character they enjoyed slumming in will be gone…

  91. developers like this wanted to get rid of the pike place market in the 1960′s. could you imagine? the city’s biggest draw, good for tourists and residents gone? the community banded together and stopped that development from happening. it can band together and stop this one too.

  92. +Don’t shop at the shops that move in. – We are losing income. We will not be able to afford the shops.
    +Don’t purchase a condo if there are condos to be purchased. – Who can do that anyhow?
    +Don’t rent if they become rentals. – $$$$$

    They can gentrify some buildings and some blocks, but the poor and desperate are getting poorer and more desperate the more they are ignored and scammed. Whose streets. The marginalized’s streets.

  93. A bunch of useless businesses and old buildings torn down and replaced with quality decent housing is a good thing. At some point seattle has to admit capital hill is not a fun place to go to and it needs more decent, new housing to attract more than just street creeps who want to live for cheap.

  94. Same here– it’s a historic building, Bauhaus is a core part of the hill, and (just to rub salt in the wound, I guess) the pictures of the other multi-use projects on the Madison Development Group’s website are highly unimpressive.

    No, that’s an understatement. They’re the kind of cardboard crap I would have stayed in a recently developed suburb for if I liked them. It’ll look awful in 20 years and soulless the whole time.

  95. I’m with you. Im all in favor of redeveloping parking lots, adding density where non existed… but this is tantamount to ripping the heart out of lower pine in a strip that already contains density AND thriving businesses that define the neighborhood.

  96. No!!! This is one of my favorite streetscapes on Capitol Hill. I love the seating area in front of Bahaus Books. I’m for mixed use development when it’s replacing a parking lot, but not an awesome building.

  97. really not stoked on this. closings as early as june? that sounds like a really terrible idea, and why are we all trying to get rid of our capitol hill charm? Thumbs down to this plan.

  98. Sorry, but capitol hill has history. Tearing historical buildings down to create new, modern, ‘sleek’ architecture isn’t anything what we’re about. You don’t move to capitol hill to live in a brand new apartment or visit a corporate store. If you want that shit, go to the eastside.

  99. Yay, more Quizno’s and Subways YAY!

    If Seattle keeps up with this kind of crap, the only thing to distinguish us from the greater Youngstown area will be the weather and the scenery.

  100. The businesses displaced by this latest development makes me sadder than sad. Why does this have to happen? Why can’t development be created in mind with the current businesses that have added so much to our community? I do not want to see these places go, these store front lovelies that we rely on because they are unique and cater to the needs of a particular neighborhood that borders on the one of a kind, the places that have found home in our neighborhood and make it home to us. I do not want to live in the Eastside. I want these businesses to still exist, their loss is our loss and that is total loss.

  101. Why won’t Eastside developers just stay on the Eastside? They’ll take one of the most vibrant blocks on Capitol Hill and turn it into yet another soulless structure that we don’t want in our neighborhood. Instead of painting this one of the hideous Play-Doh colors that are so ubiquitous now, just paper it with fake money. That’s all it’s good for; that and depressing the hell out of those of us who love this city.

  102. Just walked by 13th + Madison where the old car repair station use to be next to Alyisan’s Pub… WOW! very cool with retail + rental apartments above. (The Citizen?) THAT’s the type of re-development we need where there was an eyesore greasy car repair garage & asphalt & now there’s apartments & shops with cool colors! Tear down the Bauhaus building + shops? NO WAY.

    If you must develop on that site, then KEEP the Bauhaus Building & just elevate the apartments over the building’s airspace, then restore the street level building to it’s original beauty & keep the businesses in place…

  103. If they were the “fans” of Capitol Hill they say they are, they wouldn’t demolish multiple establishments that lend the Hill its character. Absolute bullshit.

  104. Sadly, this development will be nothing at all like the Melrose Market. Look at the link to the developer’s website: their work is 95% suburban stip malls, 99% bland, and 100% inappropriate for the neighborhood. If your favorite building on the hill is the Homewood Suites on Pine & Boren – you’ll still probably be disappointed by the lack of character in this project…

  105. Well, this is what you get when you don’t have stricter development laws.
    The small businesses that give the neighborhood character are destroyed because of poor planning and city governments being bought off. We could have a city as beautiful as Paris, and as easy to walk around in, but no. We end up with a city designed rotten, soulless construction, with high prices and ugly designs.
    And where will Spine and Crown and Wall of Sound go, in particular. It is hard to save up first last and deposit for a new place, and these are very small outfits.

    ONE IDEA would be to not pay rent the last six months, (get a cheap lawyer to get away with this), as this filthy rich landlord does not need to squeeze every dime from these commercial tenants as they are driven into the streets.

  106. Real estate value? Really? We are talking about home, neighborhood, family and you are happy your real estate value will be increased? I hope you become very rich and can buy yourself a soul.

  107. It’s a community, it’s a neighborhood, it’s a family. who the F are you anyway to judge? We are all mourning the demise of a community of people who have touched each others lives and enjoyed great experiences together. Sad that it is over, sold to the greedy, sacrificed at the altar of capitalism.

  108. because sometimes it seems like it is all bad. So bad. To watch the character of your home, your neighborhood, get destroyed, bit by bit, block by block in the name of “density” . . . well it makes me sad, very sad. It’s the same people getting richer ruining the whole damn party and by party I mean country, government, neighborhood, workplace. I’m feeling pretty bleak people, bleak.

  109. …but the last thing we need on the Hill is a bunch of Cristalla-esque (see: Belltown facade-ectomy) buildings that destroy the historic essence and character of these structures. That is not preservation.

  110. Really? With the multitude of small, independent shops going under in the last few years, you’re throwing out a block that is actually doing well? Way to look out for the neighborhood you dumb #$%.

  111. Seattle is indeed on the way to becoming the world class city dream of those with money of which is a nightmare for the regular Seattle long-timers.

    So where can these highly regarded business move to? Georgetown is already discovered, soon to be the next ‘Ballard’. Possibly Greenwood, White Center, Burien, or Renton even?

    I should really start my job search in Portland and get the hell outta here. The viaduct’s going bye-bye, and I just know that new Sonics arena in Sodo is already a done deal.

  112. I used to get homesick for Seattle, but this soul-selling just makes me never want to come back. Bauhaus is the one good thing about that damn corner.

  113. we’re all still around while other businesses have fallen to the recession, so it seems someone has a use for us. only a handful of people want this redevelopment and a whole lot of people don’t. in this light, perhaps you can understand the perceived unfairness of, or people’s grief over, the decisions of these powerful few. if you can’t understand this, there’s probably an awful lot of life that also goes over your head.

  114. With this, you will sell the remnants of your city’s soul. For every new box that goes up, there was a local that cashed it in. Preservation laws exist to save the city you loved and care about, but alas, we’ve failed to protect ourselves. This is why you should be involved and demand your government to represent you. The developers do… and did. This is why people war.

  115. Wow! This truly is a knife in the heart of the neighborhood. BUT you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

    On Weds April 11th the City Council and Mayor will be meeting to vote on their new Regulatory Reform proposal which has been covered here in the Blog extensively.

    Three major things are happening in this “reform.” 1) parking requirements for developers will be eliminated altogether meaning it is up to them if and how much parking they will provide in an already tight neighborhood for parking. 2) relaxing SEPA. This will make it much easier for developers to aquire and demolish historic properties all over the neighborhood. Facadeism will go bye bye. They can simply mow it down. 3) commercial uses allowed in traditionally residential neighborhoods up to 2500 square feet. This will change the character of our neighborhoods forever and put incredible pressure on the few remaining houses and even small apartment buildings in favor of large mixed use buildings ANYWHERE within a half mile of the new light rail. ANYWHERE!>

    I would encourage everyone here to write the City Council and Mayor to REJECT these proposals. There will be a public comment period (hopefully) at the meeting before they vote. You can look thru the blog at the proposed legislation and comments from concerned citizens.

    This is a 100 percent developer driven proposal. Our Mayor is in bed with them. We need to stop this so called Regulatory Reform!!! (or we will wind up looking like downtown Bellevue!)

  116. It’s one thing to talk about a piece of land being sold and developed by responsible developers with taste. It’s another to talk about a developer whose taste for the area is completely incongruous not only with the architectural aesthetic, the 100 year design history of the neighborhood, the support of independent business, (this entire area holds nothing but independent business which we highly value), the fabric of what would make any developer want to develop here in the first place, but the entire way this community lives, which is not cookie-cutter and can not be found anywhere else, unlike the buildings this developer develops, which are found literally anywhere and typically in areas that are pedestrian and environmentally unfriendly and are of downward economic transaction. Reason has nothing to do with this. Or ironically everything, but not on your side of the argument. I should say, your idea of reason has nothing to do with this. The reason in my post has everything to do with the situation.

  117. I add my voice to all of those who are outraged about this. I have never been to a design review meeting (shame on me!), but I will certainly be there for this one.

    I’m optimistic that this lovely block can be saved….somehow…because so many people will be saying “NO!!”

  118. You’re talking about ripping out thousands of peoples livelihoods, and replacing it with a big ugly eastside worthy box. Not what people who live here want.

    Money isnt always the best reason to do something, Romney.

    And I would also like to point out, there is zero evidence this thing would improve property values afterwards. Thats just conjecture. Given the area already has pretty high property values, a big ugly retail suburban box right there is going to stand empty fairly long, just like the big ugly suburban boxes recently built in the 500 block of Broadway are standing empty. Then what, the eastside developer gets to write it off as a tax loss, and crime takes back over the area because there’s no people left there who love living near it.

    Take your Republican noise and stuff it up your Republican ass. Thousands of people created culture on that corner over the years, nurtured that corner back from the dregs it was 40 years ago. Now some asshat from miles away wants to colonize and stomp out that culture, because the rules say they can.

    It is a situation that is morally wrong, whether or not it can be stopped remains to be seen.

    But I guess somebody’s got to be the local 1%, congratulations for volunteering your services.

  119. I moved to Capitol Hill almost 2yrs ago and it appears to me city planners and private developers want the streets lined with glassy, impersonal, ground-floor chain-store retail underneath anonymous ‘contemporary’ buildings designed by strip mall architects.

    Hopefully the developers plant lots of trees on the sidewalks now so the facades of these projects are covered by green leaves by the time the cheap materials and kitsch design become obvious. These buildings are all variations of the same theme used in Bellevue, college towns and suburbs across the nation.

  120. Pretty soon all of Capitol Hill will be nearly identical with first floor retail and five floors of residences. Capitol Hill’s heart will be ripped out. And the bummer of it is that all the buildings will pretty much look identical.

  121. Seattle, Seattle, Seattle what is wrong with you? Growth and change are a fact of life. Seattle is a mid-size city growing into a larger city. City planners hope for the day that Seattle while have 1 million residents. This means a great of the old will have to be swept away for the new. The one thing I really love about Capitol Hill is the fact there are buildings from every decade of the 20th century on nearly every single block (this means that we’ll lose earler buildings for newer ones from time to time. Not to mention the owners rights to develop the property as they see fit under the law. Land is so very expensive in Seattle, and Capitol Hill in particular, that one, two or four story buildings are undervalued for the land they sit upon. There’s nothing wrong with a property owner maximizing land values. Also, in America, if noone is building in your area, that means your area is in decline. This is great news for Capitol HIll and property values. I say sit back and relax and encourage new development.

  122. Here’s my letter to them:

    Dear Mr. Gallaugher and Mr. Lee,

    I am writing today in regard to your recent purchase of one of the most vibrant blocks in the Pike/Pine corridor. As an urban planner and someone interesting in promoting livable, urban communities, it was something of a shock to read about your intention to take what is today an active area on the Pike/Pine corridor and mostly raze the buildings while also displacing the businesses that make the community worth living in. Density and redevelopment are meant to augment the community, but not at the cost of key neighborhood institutions. Bauhaus in particular is a focal point of the community, economically successful, and its loss would be a tremendous blow to the community. Even a temporary absence would negatively impact the character of the neighborhood that you are presently trying to capitalize on.

    Realistically, you know that this project will come under severe opposition from the community. Given the wealth of half abandoned buildings and parking lots in the area (1216 Pine St, 1605 Bellevue Ave, the lot around 401-413 E Pike St, the parking lot housing the Honda dealership at 1501-1581 Summit Ave), redeveloping a block that is today well utilized and heavily mixed use (and a clear asset to developers such as yourself) with the idea of building a mixed use development is counterproductive and would have negative impacts on the community. The quality of the mixed use on the block today is not something that can built by design.

    Please reconsider your plans. Bauhaus in particular is important for the social sustainability of the neighborhood and directly contributes to the livability of Capitol Hill. It is the type of “third place” that we should aspire to create, not hope to replace. Bauhaus and the other businesses are important and directly contribute to the local economy and the character of the neighborhood in a way that is more important than the facades of the building alone. What they contribute to the community in their present form is part of why you bought the buildings in the first place and why people are willing to pay to be in the neighborhood. Uprooting them from the community serves no one. Please preserve the Melrose Building as is, complete with a continuous presence of the businesses in the building.


  123. And what is that? A gravel lot with a fence around it? Unaffordable apartments right next to the freeway, and a Starbucks? Even if they keep the facade, even if they keep Bauhaus, I’m seeing some kind of slick recap of what happened to the Crocodile in Belltown.

    I wish there was something I could do.

  124. Everyone commenting here needs to do the same. Write them a well articulated letter stressing your opposition and a coherent argument of why it is a really bad idea. I plan to do the same.

  125. You (and a lot of people) have the IMPRESSION that Seattle is growing into a larger city, but census data doesn’t support that. According to the 2000 census, there were 563,374 people in living in Seattle. According to the Seattle city government website (, as of 2011, there were 612,100 residents. 50,000 extra people over 11 years is a miniscule increase. And no justification for tearing down anything. Or building anything. How are all these new buildings profitable? It’s almost impossible to believe the normal rules of profit and loss are at work here. Not only do we lose the city we love, it happens solely for the enrichment of a few who have rigged the system in their favor.

  126. This news really saddens me. I am the cabinetmaker that built a lot of the interior of Bauhaus. In fact it was my very first commission. I was very grateful to the original owners of Bauhaus for their trust in me. Seems like a hundred years ago now.
    The idea that the space will be gutted feels like they will be removing part of my identity. Thanks in advance to everyone that will put their energy into stopping this inappropriate and unnecessary development.

  127. Finally some progress on the hill. The eradication of these single-story blocks of “culture” is long overdue. I suspect that this one will go down just as effortlessly as the Belmont block went down (fingers crossed). These locals won’t stand in the way for long. They have a real effective presence as far as blog comments go but outside of that they mostly roll over (sometimes I’ll see a vehement opposition articulated in crayon on the wall of a restroom e.g.)—and we can all think of a handful of instances where they’ve even SWEETLY handed the reins of their cute cultural institutions over to developers.. Developers with realistic intentions like building valuable property and housing for people with real futures.

    It’s probably all so effortless because these artsy independent Seattle types deep-down have a clear understanding of how ultimately worthless their cute little blocks are in the scheme of progressive thought and action.. They’re aware that the only value these places hold is in securing the social structure that “independent” Seattlites are unable to sow themselves because it’s easier to show up on a corner and eye-screw eachother than actually interact or come up with common interests let alone original thoughts. The Seattle “arts” and “thinking” “communities” are totally fraudulent and I’d feel guilty about having a hand in it’s destruction if I recognized ANY potential in it whatsoever. Put the dozers on cruise control and take a nap!

    I’ll be stoked to see even further dispersion of these hip do-nothings to make room for all my good guys from the burbs to inhabit reliably built units in good locations so they can get some good ground pounding and merry-making made at the all the great local watering holes that are slowly giving way to real human beings as the sleaze flee for Portland where they still get away with being up to absolutely nothing worthwhile on the cheap.

    And to boot, whenever there’s a hint of struggle we just have to tell these local nitwits that we’ll preserve their facade and they’re on board with their own eradication. Wholesale, baby.

    Sayonora—you were reallllllyyyyy hard to kick out of your own home. ; )

  128. I’m very unhappy where I live now in Sunny south Florida although the weather is warm the people are as cold as ice here. I was thinking about going back to my home of Seattle but there isn’t very much Seattle left at least not the parts that made Seattle what it was. Then as my wave of depression hit after reading a memorial letter of a passed friend and being rejected for an older guy with money by the guy I like a friend from Seattle sent me this link. Really? I mean really? My home has been bought by San Francisco.

  129. Strong remarks from a dude who can’t spell or write grammatically correct sentences. I think you’re just bitter about your own pointless existence.

  130. I don’t often comment online, and I like to think that I’m inured to terrible news online, but here I am. If I had to list the top-five places that represent Capitol Hill, Bauhaus makes the list, hands-down. I sincerely hope that this fails. It’s one thing to “gentrify” a vacant lot or a broken-down area, i.e., to create something from nothing. This, though, is like a shot through the heart of Capitol Hill. If developers can raze Bauhaus, what can’t they raze? Enough already! I’m not the most political person either, but I will protest this inane development to its unsuccessful end.

  131. I don’t often comment online, and I like to think that I’m inured to terrible news, but here I am. If I had to list the top-five places that represent Capitol Hill, Bauhaus makes the list, hands down. I sincerely hope that this fails. It’s one thing to “gentrify” a vacant lot or a broken-down area, i.e., to create something from nothing. This, though, is like a shot through the heart of Capitol Hill. If developers can raze Bauhaus, what can’t they raze? Enough already. I’m not the most political person either, but I will protest this inane development to its pathetic end.

  132. this is terrible, one of my favorite buildings. does anyone remember the name of that little bistro 10 or more years ago, i think where le frock is?

  133. Well said – I’m all for development and density. But this block is precious and absolutely essential for the “Capitol Hill-ness” of Capitol Hill. PLEASE don’t ruin it!!!

  134. Their Madison and 23rd development is atypical of today’s poor design and shotty materials. No character whatsoever. Liz Dunn (Melrose Market, Agnes Lofts, etc.) desperately needs to step in and save this mess.

  135. HOW is the city allowing this to carry on? 23rd + Madison??? Barf. I mean – just LOOK at their work…it’s horrible. The only thing going on in these little minds is money, and money. They LOVE Capital Hill? I’m sure — it’s got the best potential for making…..m-o-n-e-y.
    Such a bummer, and the reason why Seattle is getting played out.

  136. How can these Capital Hill iconographic symbols (both the buildings as well as their commercial tenants) be destroyed…and where can their commercial tenants go?? How will they stay in business? How will the old Bauhaus ever afford to pay rent on an equally spacious and quirky coffeehouse in a posh new place? NO! It will be lost! It will all be lost! Seattle, have you lost your beans? You’re off your nuts!

  137. Bauhaus is an icon! Pushing this place out is basically saying you don’t give a fig about culture, Seattle’s unique character, and many other things that Im too mad to articulate. This is not OK.

    Also, redevelopment in the vein of whats happened with the block (on Broadway) at Dilletante & Vivace? bloody hell. One hopes there’s more than the endless mixed use crap, its becoming as predictable and tiresome as strip malls in the suburbs.

  138. Having been born in Seattle in 1948 and noted in studies of the difference between the plating of longer city blocks in Seattle than in the more store block friendly sizes of Portland so Seattle could be a more attractive contestant for the railroad terminus in the Pacific Northwest, I am saddened with how Portland seems to maintain a sense of historic buildings while we tear ours down.

    Having had coffee at The Bauhaus once per week for years, I understand the structural issues of keeping the building as is. However, preserving the brick facade with new reinforced windows which could be the base of the corner of the new 7 story structure, would add a sense of history to a new more functional structure.

    I do find the tear down because it’s quicker and cheaper understandable for those wanting profit. But it is not necessarily in the best long term values of Seattle in my opinion.

  139. First B&O and now Bauhaus? It is nauseating and maddening that this unique block is in such jeopardy. There are so many parking lots and strip malls and dispiriting places and this is what we as a society are going to tear down? It’s a form of civic theft. Liz Dunn got it just right when she said this block is the gateway to Pike/Pine. This block is a bulwark against the monstrous inhumanity of I-5 and the massive scale of the convention center and all the downtown skyscrapers.

    Bauhaus in particular — a favorite of mine and many others I know, for many years — defines a vital place in the public realm, a sort of shared living room on the edge of the hill. The interior has an organic perfection that cannot be duplicated or replaced. It attracts a clientele whose presence makes me feel at home in this town. I consider it historic — timeless, really — but if the powers that be do not consider it so, there may be some other way to save the day. The city could step in to facilitate a transfer of development rights, which would involve upzoning somewhere else where it wouldn’t take out a treasure. Mere facade preservation is an insult in this case. The facade is just right, but it isn’t the soul of that place.

    The other developments by this firm are ugly and graceless.

  140. As a true Seattle native and a Bauhaus Coffee customer for 20 yrs., it would be essy to leave a long rant about the ‘ good ol’ days ‘ of Capitol Hill. But I’ll just enjoy the crazy, fun and unforgettable memories of this block. Capitol Hill is slowly losing it’s heart and soul.

  141. Awesome,preserve the facade and park a 6 story modern strip mall stack on top! All the businesses will still be lost, but we can preserve a fake antique and have a wall to remind us of our folly!

  142. …is the biggest issue and the most difficult to battle. History and nostalgia are strong reasons we like this area (whether you like it or not) and are the reasons a developer sees an opportunity to make a buck. It is very simple. By parking something inside this valuable and original neighborhood, someone will make a lot of money and conversely can participate in the erosion of that very character of place. Complaining about growth is not a reasonable approach, but raising a voice and being vigilant about the honesty of what will potentially replace a commercially viable grouping of shops, neighborhood character is where this energy needs to go. Preservation is important, but not as a means in itself. The Pike/Pine area has benefited from a planning approach from some very talented people, yielding NEW infill projects along existing ones that help balance a scale and variety of visual styles that we all like, are growing to like, and will add meaningful value to the area.
    Let’s hold this developer’s feet to the fire and push them to do better, and not let them come close to giving us the inappropriate architectural drivel that they have foisted on other neighborhoods around Seattle. Because at the end of the day, the developer walks away and has nothing else to do with this stuff. They are in it for a brief moment, but make a staggering impact.

  143. It is such a shame how Seattle does not have any regard for its historical architecture. What is more, is that neighborhood small businesses are the heart of a thriving community. If it is so necessary to hae more residential units, it would sere best to have them interwoven with what is already established, rather than to be shoved in to the not only occupied, but functioning residences, which are in this case independent businesses. Wake up and smell the coffee!