UPDATE 6/8/2018: All Seasons is sticking around:
Original report: It’s no Wash Land laundromat but there will be plenty of people across Capitol Hill sad to see a neighborhood dry cleaner make way for a planned E Olive Way development.
All Seasons Cleaners has held a special place in Capitol Hill culture over the years as home to a regular streetside flea market just off Broadway. It’s also a well regarded dry cleaner. According to new plans, the property is being readied for demolition to make way for a planned seven-story mixed-use project.
Designed by NK Architects, The Euclid Olive is in the earliest phases of planning to create a 45-unit building with 3,200 square feet of ground floor commercial space and a 16-vehicle underground parking garage on E Olive Way just west of Broadway across from Capitol Hill Station.
According to county records, the old “drive thru”-style dry cleaners building dates to 1932. All Seasons ownership acquired the property in 2007 for $1.8 million. For now, they continue to hold it and the dry cleaner shop continues its business.
The new project is a long time from construction. There is no design review session yet scheduled for the building. The property does not appear to be subject to any covenants regarding soil contamination that has sometimes been a factor in development involving other dry cleaner properties in the area.
The new project comes as construction is finally set to begin this spring on more than 400 apartment units, community plaza space, and retail above Broadway’s Capitol Hill Station and in the midst of a general slowdown of development activity in the neighborhood.
As for the neighborhood flea market that pops up outside All Seasons, there should still be a few years of thrifting ahead for you to enjoy before Euclid Olive rises.
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