A development project in motion since 2009 finally saw the start this week of a two-year construction process to transform an E Pike auto-row era building into a 260-unit mixed-use apartment project. Demolition — and partial preservation — of the former Capitol Hill BMW dealership began in earnest Wednesday.
A spokesperson for Phoenix-based developer Wolff Company said the demolition work will be wrapped up well before projects begin at the adjacent Bill’s building project and nearby projects at the former Mercedes dealership and its garage. Still, residents and businesses in the area should get ready for busy days on nearby streets. The spokesperson said projects are coordinating elements as much as possible with utility work and the logistics of constructing the three seven-story buildings and one six-story structure.
Linda’s Tavern, a neighbor to the massive Pike Motorworks project’s planned housing, restaurants and shops replacing the BMW campus, has already rolled out a “hard hat” special including an earlier opening and specials designed for the construction crew crowd:
During construction, Linda’s Tavern will be open at 3pm daily until every last nail is hammered or until you are. And if that doesn’t tickle your sawhorse/traffic cone
and/or steel-toes, we’re running a Hardhat
Special from 3pm-4pm:
• Plain cheeseburger and a small fry – $6
• Pint of Olympia and a side of fries – $5
• Sliders – $2 each
Bill’s Off Broadway, we know you will be back soon but don’t think we won’t be dreaming of that breakfast pizza.
In all, the four projects are slated to add more than 600 apartment units and thousands of square feet of retail and restaurant space to a few blocks of Pike/Pine.
Meanwhile, Wolff’s development and preservation project on 11th at E Pine is nearing completion. The Sunset Electric building should be finished later this year and ready to make new homes for 100 or so Capitol Hill residents and a few new Capitol Hill businesses.