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New Capitol Hill spaces: Broadway Building preview, Everyday Music opens on 10th Ave

Tuesday saw the activation of two new Pike/Pine spaces developed by the same Capitol Hill mover and shaker.

A gathering of the Capitol Hill development power class celebrated the imminent opening of the new Broadway Building Tuesday night with a reception for artist Dale Chihuly’s Kaleidoscope Drawing Suite. The massive paneled painting fills a giant wall in an east lobby entrance to the new mixed use building. Hunters Capital developer Michael Malone described this project — which combines office space, retail, condos and student housing — as “very mixed use” in a conversation with CHS tonight. He also said he was Chihuly’s frat brother. Local luminaries in attendance — besides Malone, Chihuly and, yes, CHS — included Linda Derschang, Molly Moon Neitzel, a pack from Capitol Hill Housing and Madison Park Chihuly buddy, actor Tom Skerritt. Here’s a statement from Malone about the unveiling and the project.

I have owned real estate on Capitol Hill for more than 30 years and have supported its growth and development during that time. I believe in the preservation of buildings that give it character. The Broadway Building was developed with a community vision in mind.  This mixed-use building offers spectacular view apartments, a separate tower for international students attending Seattle Central Community College, designated affordable housing units, parking and a mix of retailers to serve the needs of the tenants and the neighborhood. Thanks to Studio Meng Strazzara and WG Clark Construction we are certified Built Green.  We are also pleased that the lobby will feature Chihuly Kaleidoscope Drawing Suite from my old friend Dale Chihuly.

Few areas in greater Seattle offer the social, economic and entertainment diversity found in Pike/Pine: a vibrant art scene, eclectic retail, transit near your door and Cal Anderson Park as your backyard. I have wanted to build this for a long time — come and see it. The Broadway Building sits in the center of it all.

As for the painting, we mentioned it’s big, right? One attendee helpfully pointed out shoe prints where Chihuly walked on the work as he created it. The Slog’s Jen Graves is not a fan. Also, remember the Elvis statue we found being wheeled to the Broadway Building from Malone’s Pike street office? We found Elvis trapped in the hallway on the top floor of the building. Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix get to play outside. For more on the Broadway Building, here’s our coverage of the hardhat tour CHS took earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Tuesday saw the opening of Everyday Music in its new 10th Ave home inside another Hunters Capital project. Its big buddy and new neighbor Elliott Bay Book Co. isn’t slated to open its doors until mid-April. Boxes are still being unpacked and the walls are mostly bare, but the bins are packed and ready for flipping. It’s a big, crowded space with a set of upstairs vinyl platforms that feel like treasure-filled attics. CHS got lost trying to find the stairs back down. By the way, Capitol Hill’s other new music retailing space, Sonic Boom, is having an in-store this weekend. Cymbals Eat Guitars plays Sunday at 3 PM. According to the SB e-mail newsletter, they’re also closing early on Saturday night for a “Sonic Boom wedding event” — guess that means Velouria will be closed, too. Congrats, SB.

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