CHS has learned that the property owners of the corner of Harvard and Pike have plans for a six-story, mixed-use development joining a block already in full construction Beast Mode.
The corner today is home to 95 Slide, local investor and entrepreneur Marcus Lalario’s sports bar born of the former Hunters Gatherers Lodge and the War Room clubs. It will likely be a year or two before construction can begin given the timeline of similar projects in the neighborhood.
The early plans for the development call for construction of a “30,000 sq ft, 6-story, mixed use building with 70 units and no parking spaces.”
The block is already filled with activity as the massive Pike Motorworks building moves into its fourth quarter of construction on an ambitious preservation project and development that will take up most of the surrounding block with spaces for retail, restaurants and hundreds of apartments. Developer Wolff Co. is busy bringing nearly 300 apartments to market and filling 19,000+ square feet of retail in the development:
The Pike Motorworks Building will be built with a diverse array of commercial spaces for lease. Ranging from ~300 s.f. street-front retail nooks to sprawling restaurant and bar areas with +22′ ceilings, timber beams, south-facing patio space and exposed brick, Pike Motorworks will be the hottest retail location on Capitol Hill.
Three underground levels of parking will make room for around 225 cars.
A company backed by the family of Seattle restaurant owner George “Papou” Serpanos owns the 95 Slide property east of the Pike Motorworks project and is currently moving the new project at the corner of Harvard and Pike forward working with Jeannette Architects. We’ll reach out to see if we can learn more about the plans and the timing. Pho Le’s restaurant also calls the corner home.
While Pike Motorworks has taken up most of the block where a BMW dealership once called home, the corners and a few chunks were held onto by landowners. On the northwest corner, the building home to Linda’s Tavern and bodega the Pine Food Store also still stands with no announced plans, yet, for a development to rise in step with the Pike Motorworks walls surrounding it. Tavern owner Linda Derschang recently revealed she negotiated a one-year demolition notice clause in her most recent lease for the space that requires her landlord to give her advanced notice of any sale of the property. Her rent also doubled, she noted.
On the northeast corner, a seven-story project at the corner of Pine and Harvard is also nearing completion. Much-loved pizza and bar spot Bill’s Off Broadway tells CHS it plans to be back at the corner it called home for 39 years before kick-off on the 2015 NFL season. That project, like Pike Motorworks, is also taking advantage of the Pike/Pine program that allows developers to build with extra height in exchange for preserving the look and feel of street level facades.
Though both have hosted thousands of Capitol Hill sports fans over the years, 95 Slide and Bill’s are cut from much different cloth. 95 Slide has managed to hold onto some of its velvet rope and dance club roots with an emphasis on reserving VIP tables for popular events like ultimate fighting that moved beyond the more traditional sports bar fare of the NFL, etc. Over on E Olive Way, Kessler’s has also opened up as a TV sports-focused venue but you probably won’t find any VIP tables at the “catch-all” sports bar. Meanwhile, adding RuPaul Drag Race and reality TV programming to the “sports” mix seems like a sure hit if requests for ideas for places to watch sent to @jseattle are any indication.
With nothing more than early filings in the process, 95 Slide will likely be part of the neighborhood for several more seasons. If you want to plan a bittersweet bar crawl, add it to a night with stops at the Rhino Room — development info here — and the Redwood — here — as you ponder mortality and whether or not to have another beer.