In a move that will delight lovers of a good Capitol Hill cup of coffee and more thoroughly complicate the situation around a planned development set to transform a block of E Pine into a new mixed-use development, the owner of Bauhaus tells CHS he has a deal worked out to return the nearly two decade-old cafe to the preserved portion of the Melrose Building when the new project is complete.
“It looks like Bauhaus will be back,” Joel Radin tells CHS. “The building is going to look the same when it’s all said in done.”
Radin said it’s too early to say what the plan for Bauhaus will be once construction begins on the project in the coming year or so but he confirms that the Melrose Building’s new owners have made a place for Bauhaus in their plans for the new mixed-use development.
In early April, CHS reported on the acquisition of a half-block of parcels between Bellevue and Melrose along E Pine by the Madison Development Group. Merchants and residential tenants in the buildings were told they had until summer 2013 to find new places to live and do business. The news sent a shockwave through many in the Hill — that original CHS post generated more than 200 comments and coverage in citywide media. In the intervening weeks, many have asked what can be done to better shape development of the Hill’s remaining old buildings even as city officials have said they are waiting to learn more about Madison’s plans for the property.
Radin declined to comment on whether similar deals had been struck by any other businesses involved with the development and said he could not discuss any changes in rent the new building will bring.
The Bauhaus co-founder did say he was happy with the community support people have shown for the cafe. “It’s really cool. It’s great to see,” Radin said of the massive show of support people have shown for Bauhaus.
How that support translates to what comes next with the development process remains to be seen. Bauhaus is saved. The Melrose Building and the Pinevue Apartments? That remains to be seen. Now, one representative of what was being lost with the development has a changed position in the argument.
“It’s my baby since 1993,” Radin said. “But it’s going to come back.”