‘Saved’ from microhousing plan, Capitol Hill’s Roy Vue Apartments to be considered as Seattle landmark

A coalition led by Historic Seattle and residents of Capitol Hill’s Roy Vue Apartments has put the Bellevue Ave E building up for consideration for Seattle landmarks protections.

A plan for to convert the building to microhousing was stopped by a campaign led by building tenants, neighbors, and preservation advocates earlier this year.

A second report on the 94-year-old “eclectic Tudor Revival” structure was prepared at the request of property owner Alliance Multifamily Investments, according to the document (PDF) posted to the Department of Neighborhoods landmarks site. That report from July is now labeled as a “Historic Resource Report.”


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In early April, CHS reported on plans filed with the city that would have built over the Royvue’s garden and overhauled the three-story building and to create 147 small efficiency dwelling units in the structure. The Save the Royvue effort was formed to organize a way to thwart the sale and stop the project.

The report doesn’t clarify why Alliance was seeking the nomination. Property owners typically begin the process as part of the early stages of sale and development involving possibly historic structures.

The Historic Seattle nomination (PDF) for the for the Roy Vue Garden Apartments building is described as “a collective effort of Historic Seattle, the Capitol Hill Historical Society, and Save the Roy Vue, a community-based advocacy group consisting of Roy Vue residents, neighbors, business owners, and property owners throughout Capitol Hill.”

The first hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (PDF), at 3:30 PM in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Floor L2, Room L2-80 “Boards & Commissions.”

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