With several offers to buy their 10th and Aloha “garden apartment” complex, the longtime owners of the Aloha Terrace apartments pulled their landmark nomination for the property on Tuesday, one day before its nomination hearing.
Property manager Michael Denning withdrew the nomination ahead of the Landmark Preservation Board’s Wednesday afternoon meeting, which CHS previewed earlier in the week. Denning told CHS that he originally nominated the 1943-built complex because he thought confirming the property did not qualify for landmark status would increase its value. “That’s a matter of debate now,” he said.
Denning said the 36-unit building and adjacent single family house have been in his family since his grandmother purchased the property in 1954. Denning said he’s currently speaking with several interested buyers and a deal could be reached to sell the property this year.
“It’s probably not going to stay in the family for very long,” he said. “We’d like to find somebody to keep Aloha Terrace Aloha Terrace, but once it’s not yours it’s hard to know.”
According to the nominating documents, the 902 E Aloha complex is a “modest” example of Seattle’s garden apartments, which feature “a large master planned site, internal streets and pathways, groupings of one-, two- and three-story buildings, and landscaped courtyards.”