More lower Pike/Pine demolition as dog park mixed-use project digs in behind Melrose Market

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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.

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13 thoughts on “More lower Pike/Pine demolition as dog park mixed-use project digs in behind Melrose Market

  1. It was tried in the 70’s, but has not been fully embraced in modern architecture and design. Let’s hope the siding doesn’t blind drivers on I-5. Vivid color is counter-intuitive, but can be luscious.

  2. also, will someone please demolish Machiavelli? OK,I know, I can just NOT go there, but you all know its god-awful, right? /troll

  3. If that’s the complete Olivetti Building going down, then this destruction is a service to the community. That parking lot was so awful. I used to live in the building behind the Olivetti for years and more than once they found dead bodies down there. There were always drunks, people selling drugs and cars being broken into. That is good riddance it’s gone. So if anyone says that people want to save everything, the answer is that that is not true.

  4. The drawing makes it look like they will be preserving the architectural remnants (Urns) on that corner. I hope they keep to that plan. The building proposal looks very cool as well. A refreshing change of pace in the bland and generic facades that have been the face of new development on Capitol Hill. I especially love the colour and the double-height glass lobby enclosure.

  5. What’s wrong with Machiavelli? Good food & efficient service at reasonable prices?

    I’m missing what the issue is here and I ate there just last week.

  6. The most visual interest I’ve seen in new Capitol Hill construction in quite some time. Great positioning, angles, and unique color scheme.

    Bring it.