After Callahan’s Auto shop left Capitol Hill in January, the 14th and Madison building appeared to be a prime candidate for Capitol Hill’s next auto-row era redevelopment project. But for the time being, it looks like the building will stay true to its auto roots.
CHS has learned that Ferrari and Maserati of Seattle has purchased the longtime automobile garage for $2.25 million. Ferrari’s general manager Tino Perrina tells CHS he is still exploring his options for the space, which could include a new showroom or a service area. He also said a major redevelopment project — like the ones underway throughout Pike/Pine including across the street from the 12th Ave Ferrari showroom — was probably not in the cards.
“We want to keep the look and feel of the building how it is now,” he said.
Callahan’s owner Kevin Callahan had told CHS that he relocated to Snohomish County ahead of an expected ordinance that would require owners of old brick buildings to install expensive anti-earthquake renovations. Perrina said he has a structural engineer taking stock of the building now but couldn’t comment further on seismic work may have to be done and how that could effect future plans for the building.
CHS wrote about the building’s development potential last spring based on the FEMA survey ranking and the highest-risk properties slowly being ticked off the list as part of planned developments. CHS also reported last year on the concentrations of unreinforced masonry structures on Capitol Hill and created this map showing the extent of their presence.
Perrina said he’s currently having the building’s interior thoroughly cleaned after it withstood decades of abuse as an auto repair shop.
The Callahan’s purchase marks another significant investment in Capitol Hill for the luxury dealership, as other auto-related businesses have mostly exited the neighborhood. In March CHS reported on a significant renovation at the dealership’s current location. Perrina said that work is still ongoing and won’t wrap up for at least another 10 months.