The Seattle barstool urban environment theory of Liz Dunn and her Melrose Market as catalyst for development and reshaping Capitol Hill might have something to it. Or maybe Dunn just went first. The early work to create a new 115-unit apartment building with 1,100 square feet of retail behind Melrose Market got started Friday at the base of Capitol Hill.
With construction underway at Bellevue and Pine, and the process starting on the plan to develop Melrose and Pine, the 2010-born Melrose Market will be at the center of a rapidly changing lower Pike/Pine.
Add to that mix the mixed-use 1519 Minor project the demolition is creating space for. The developers behind the seven-story mixed-use building planned to tower above PIllars dog park started filing paperwork on the project way back in 2005. With the economic ups and downs, a plan to “revitalize” the existing office building was scrapped and developer Gerding Edlen moved forward with the project designed by Perkins Will architects. The project will have parking for 30 vehicles, a “green” roof and is targeting LEED Gold certification.
Following demolition, expect construction of the new project to begin in about a month with at least a year of construction time to complete the dramatically colored building.