The neighbors around E Republican between 10th Ave E and Federal Ave have been gathering together for Night Out block parties for a few years now. Tuesday night, CHS stopped by the party. Next year, there will be even more neighbors to join in.
“We need to have more housing but development in a way that kind of fits the neighborhood,” neighbor John Stuntebaeck told CHS about the four-story, 36-unit apartment building under construction on the block.
“It’s great that they’re building more housing but it’s a little odd they’re not trying to make it aesthetically appealing as well.”
It’s not easy to live up to Stuntebaeck’s expectations — he purchased the adorably classic Capitol Hill pink house at the corner neighboring the new apartment building in 2014. He knew the development was coming next door so it’s not a case of sour grapes — only a hope for good neighbors after a disruptive demolition and construction phase in the neighborhood.
When it opens for new residents, the four-story building from Seattle developer Taylor Noren and Capitol Hill architecture firm S+H Works will add more multifamily housing to the neighborhood mix of single family-style homes and small apartment buildings surrounding Broadway Hill Park.
The land below the new apartment building used to hold two old houses similar to Stuntebaeck’s. Soon there will be 36 new homes where there used to be room for two. The process could have gone better and the building may not be the prettiest on the block but with more and more neighbors wanting to live on Capitol Hill, it’s the kind of trade neighborhoods like this are learning to live with. And, as far as having fun at neighborhood block parties goes, it might even be the kind of trade they’ll eventually love.
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