The next great redevelopment project in the heart of Capitol Hill is finally about to get underway as the last retail tenants make way way for the 230 Broadway project. Hungry breakfast goers stopping by Broadway’s Noah’s Bagels will find the shop closed as of Monday.
SRM Development’s Andy Loos tells us the project is about to get its building permit and should have permits to demolish the buildings along Broadway from Thomas to mid-block where the construction lot will abut the building that houses the Highline, Subway sandwich shop and the Castle sex store. Demolition is expected to begin by the end of the month.
Cafe Septieme shut down months ago. Africa Mama, the never-say-die shop that moved into empty spaces in the soon-to-be demolished Broadway storefront, has gone into limbo again. Bank of America and Noah’s will return to the block when the project completed some time in 2013. In the meantime, B of A operates in its new temporary home near Poppy on north Broadway while Noah’s Capitol Hill will be on hiatus.
Loos says after the few weeks it takes to rip down and remove the old home that used to be the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, the Bank of America building — not a landmark, by the way, and the old Noah’s and Septieme structures, construction of the 7-story mixed-use project should begin immediately. “We’re off to the races,” Loos said.
Loos said projects getting going after a long period of down economy are finding abundant contractors looking for work helping to ease the process forward.
With construction also underway on the Capitol Hill light rail station and University Link tunnels, the central stretch of Broadway is undergoing more transformation — an environment that is likely to further stress some area merchants. Sound Transit has set up a business mitigation effort with the chamber of commerce that has provided classes, training and marketing opportunities like YourCapitolHill.com, a CHS partner.