If you are reading this and happen to be an animal, now would be a very good time to consider moving to Capitol Hill.
The vacated Blockbuster building on Broadway between Pike and Pine is under construction to become a new Mud Bay location, the popular pet food and health chain that currently has a location on Pine Street.
Keeping with the new pet-friendly vibe on Broadway, a new veterinarian office is also under construction in an area normally associated with improving the health of two-legged animals.
Having shut its doors in February of this year, the old Blockbuster will see light again as the home of a new Mud Bay location, according to posters in the window of the space. The new location is opening following the announcement of plans to redevelop the block the current Mud Bay location calls home on E Pine.
According to Charlene Hassencahl of Mud Bay,
the company plans to continue operating both locations with employees from E Pine moving up to the Broadway store. UPDATE: Mud Bay’s E Thomas store will also continue to operate. UPDATEx2: Hassencahl clarified that Mud Bay does intend to close its E Pine location once the Broadway store opens. By 2013, Mud Bay will continue to operate two Capitol Hill locations: the new space on Broadway and the long-time space on E Thomas. Clarity!
will take up two-thirds of the space, Hassencahl said, and is expected to be open by the end of the year.
In a neighborhood with a relatively small percentage of households with children in a city with a relatively small percentage of households with children, it’s likely a fair bet that Capitol Hill spends an inordinate amount of time and money caring for cats, dogs, fish, snakes, pigs, ferrets, warthogs, rats, sugar gliders, turtles and tarantulas. Long-time Hill businesses like The Feed Bag and relative newcomers such as Happy Endings cater to pets while the Downtown Doggy Lounge and Rex make sure canine companions are well cared for and groomed. The Pillars Park off-leash area is a community gathering place and the Capitol Hill Animal Clinic on 15th Ave E and 12th Ave’s Broadway Veterinary Clinic see a steady stream of cats mewing in protest of their protective cages.
Another clinic is set to join the ranks. Construction crews confirmed that a former medical office in the 1001 Broadway Building near Madison and Broadway is currently being converted into a new veterinarian office.
According to the DPD permit, the new tenant will be called, and is linked to a veterinarian at a clinic on Lake City Way. Attempts to reach the group opening the veterinarian office have not yet been successful. CHS will update as more details come in but, yes, we get a small kick out of the idea that Pill Hill will also now have a facility to treat fuzzy buddies.
UPDATE: Urban Animal is expected to open at the end of October. Cherri Trusheim, who currently works at Animal Critical Care & Emergency Service, is opening the practice. “I chose Capitol Hill because it’s my favorite neighborhood and when I did relief several years ago I worked a ton on the hill. Favorite clients were there!” Trusheim said.