“There was a house there this morning.” That’s how user radiogibbons introduces his Instagram video of the cleared lot at 10th and John where a single-family home has stood since 1905. Such is the pace of change around Capitol Hill — especially in the core near the coming Capitol Hill Station.
The project replacing the demolished house isn’t large enough to qualify for the city’s full design review process. “Establish use as three unit rowhouse and construct new boarding house structure, and occupy per plans,” the permit reads.
Developer Murray Kahn, by the way, has worked in the past with Hill developer Scott Shapiro who is also currently financing a microhousing and restaurant project of his own on 12th Ave.
Kahn’s project at 10th and John doesn’t appear to have a restaurant included in the plans — but it does have a Capitol Hill food and drink connection. Galerias restaurant owner Ramiro Rubio once owned the property but was forced to sell after his Broadway eatery was gutted in a November 2011 arson fire. Kahn has named the company behind the development Ramiro’s Place, LLC, by the way.
Rubio also once owned the cutie-pie little pink house to the east of the now cleared lot. It still stands in all of its 700-square-foot glory. But with the changes underway within walking distance of the coming light rail station, the little pink house could also soon find its days numbered.