You’ll need to act quickly to save one of the last (kinda) surface parking lots in Pike/Pine.
The paperwork has been filed to “demolish” the lot on the Tetris-shaped parcel of land destined to squeeze in the Modera project just south of Pike, a sixth new building planned or under construction in three blocks of 11th Ave. Barring some sort of last minute activist intervention, the pay lot between 10th and 11th Avenues will be destroyed to make way for the six-story, 135-unit mixed-use development.
Wednesday, activists, neighbors and concerned citizens will have their opportunity to speak up in person on the potential to protect the White Motor Company building at 11th and Pine as an official Seattle landmark. You can also send your thoughts via email but need to get them in ASAP if you want your remarks to be part of the record.
There will be no such hearing for the parking lot behind the Winston Apartments — home to residential tenants above, longtime lesbian bar the Wildrose, the Hot House spa, and, soon, a Castle Megastore below. The below-present-day-grade lot is a goner. Maybe you’ll want to fire up your old auto row-era jalopy for one final chance to pay $18 per hour to park under the stars of Pike/Pine. (Beats parking at the Broadway/Pike gas station, though…)
But do not despair, lover of the automobile. Like so much change on Capitol Hill, the demolition of the parking lot clears the way for new things. Included in the proposal for Mill Creek Residential’s Modera along with its 6,000 square feet of retail space is a massive underground parking lot with room for more than 120 motor vehicles and 40 or so bikes.