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CHS Pics: 8 projects underway in spring of demolition, construction on the Hill

There’s an incredible amount of construction — and destruction — activity on the Hill this spring. Here’s a photographic tour of the Hill’s in-progress developments. Most images are CHS but we’ve also included some pictures from the crowd. Have some of your own to share? Let us know in comments or send a mail to We’ve labeled each set of photos with project information and included a link to CHS coverage on the planned developments.



Image: Micah Kurth

Image: Sugarcollider



Red Steps

Drive Through Closed


  • Broadway at Denny — Broadway light rail station project



Emergence, originally uploaded by Blinking Charlie.




Munch, originally uploaded by Blinking Charlie.





Image: @pval





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15 thoughts on “CHS Pics: 8 projects underway in spring of demolition, construction on the Hill

  1. Unprecedented, no? Great photo essay, thanks for compiling all this. Some of these photos have some pretty fun composition; love the radio towers, crane and cement boom. Living round here will be like being in a home under remodel for a year or four.

  2. Its going to be interesting to see how things progress on the hill during the next decade. We are fortunate to have great, and soon to be better (well, 5 years from now) transit connections. With gas prices being so unstable lately, I think more people will gravitate to areas where they will not be so auto dependent. If Seattle Schools could get their act together, we may even see families move back in.

  3. …but yeah, there’s a lot. And, unlike most bitter hill-ites, I’m glad it’s happening. I would rather see new stuff than the old crappy buildings or the empty lots!

  4. Funnily enough, I was just looking at some census 2010 data on kids. Apologies for the statistic-speak, but Capitol Hill census tracts are actually in the top quartile of population under 18 per area. And I mean all over, including the densest tracts like 74.02 (north half of Pike/Pine). Let me just reiterate here, there are more families per acre in Capitol Hill than on the east side, just fewer 5000 sq ft McMansions. Expect to see a less technical writeup sometime in the next week or two.

    And honestly, while SPS has problems at some levels, Capitol Hill schools like Lowell or Garfield are top-performing, especially the APP.

  5. Are you guys aware that 230 Broadway will have a 354 car parking garage? One of the largest residential garages ever built in Seattle. This is the “transit-oriented development” Seattle gets in its highest density, most location efficient urban area? What a joke.

  6. The garage is actually 362 spaces according to the construction permit from DPD:

    The point is that’s going to add about $10,000,000 dollars to construction costs and in all likelihood be subsidized with higher rent for tenants regardless of whether or not they own a car.

    Supposedly we care about affordable housing and limiting auto trips – well to hell with that, we’ve got fuel to burn, got roads to drive. Nevermind that transportation is the sector where WA State can reduce CO2 emissions the most, or that locations like this are the best opportunity to do so. LETS BURN MORE OIL AND DECREASE APARTMENT AFFORDABILITY.

    This is outrageous, but the developer/investors will be the one paying the biggest price. The parking cost overhead is a drag on the financial performance. I bet now they cannot fill the garage because its in about the most location efficient area of Seattle, next to a light rail station and several bus stops and walking distance from downtown. And with median wages mostly continuing to be flat or declining thanks to 30 years of right-wing madness, few in Gen Y want to pay an extra $100/month for parking, or pay higher rent with bundled parking overhead.


  7. It’s not very realistic to oppose parking in this development…a limit of 1 space per unit would be a reasonable compromise, but it’s obviously too late to make that change as the permit has already been approved by DPD.

    So, it is inevitable that a number of residents there will have cars. Where do you expect them to park? On-street parking in this area is already very tight, and most of the streets surrounding 230 Broadway are either metered parking or 2-hour maximum. The developer must provide onsite parking for the tenants’ convenience, and also because the apartments (? condos) would not be marketable without it.

  8. Maybe not the most on topic post, but does anyone have any infofrmation on the three cranes that we can see from Capitol Hill in the Denny Triangle area? I’ve been searching online without much luck. I’m going to make a pilgrimage after work to see if I can figure out what they are about.