With a boost from a neighborhood community group dedicated to Pike/Pine preservation and development issues, the auto row-era building home to Capitol Hill’s Value Village was deemed worthy of consideration for Seattle landmark protection.
The Seattle Landmarks Board voted last week to move the 1917-built Kelly-Springfield Motor Truck Company building to the next phase in the process. The members of the Ellison family behind Value Village and real estate developer Legacy Commercial are planning a 75-foot tall office building above street-level commercial space that would incorporate elements of the old structure and the neighboring White Motor Company building at the corner in exchange for development incentives in the Pike/Pine Conservation Overlay District. “We are hoping that the site is not determined to be a landmark to provide us the opportunity to realize our vision and the neighborhood’s vision for the block,” a spokesperson for the developer told CHS before last week’s vote.
You can read our full report on the nomination and history of the building here.
The board’s decision means a busy next month for Legacy and the two old buildings home to the second-hand chain, the Rhino Room club and The Stranger alternative weekly newspaper. In December, the board was already slated to hear the preliminary discussion of landmarks eligibility for the White Motor Company component of the project. Now the board will also be considering granting full landmarks protection to the Kelly-Springfield building, a move that could force significant changes to any planned redevelopment.
In its decision, the landmarks board also considered public statements including a letter in support of protections for the property sent by the Pike Pine Urban Neighborhood Council, an influential community group made up mostly of area architects, designers, and developers. “It is an excellent and in-tact example of Pike Pine’s renowned Auto-row architecture,” the group wrote. “The interior is well preserved and the exterior condition and design is among the finest of any historic building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.”