Work has begun to remove from the earth any traces that the Redwood ever stood on E Howell.
Thanks to a CHS reader for a picture of the demolition in progress. We might not have believed the news without it.
The neighborhood bar was notorious for inspiring nearly annual fits of sadness over its pending displacement. The owners and the Redwood’s patrons knew redevelopment was coming and made quiet plans for dealing with and moving on. Six years of inevitable doom came to a close this week.
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We last checked in on the property a year ago as owners Mat and Lisa Brooke had just found out the bar needed to be moved out by November 1st, 2017.
They said they planned to take some of the old guts of the Redwood to the Olympic Peninsula to open up a new project in Port Angeles. The Spruce — featuring “locally-sourced comfort food and beer from the Pacific Northwest” — is now open on E Front Street.
The Redwood, meanwhile, is being torn down to make way for a seven-story apartment building containing 67 small efficiency dwelling units, three efficiency dwelling units, and six apartments. The past won’t be left completely behind. The project’s ground floor is being designed to make a new space for a neighborhood restaurant.