Demolition season continues around Capitol Hill. Here is the apocalyptic scene currently underway where First Hill meets Capitol Hill and the 16-story Whole Foods mixed-use apartment building is slated to rise.
Crews have spent the week tearing down the 1928-built, three-story masonry medical building at the tri-corner of Harvard, Broadway, and Madison. They have plenty more to go. The work at the corner is heavy with the smell of mildewy dust and the satisfying thuds of large vehicles of destruction laying waste to decades-old infrastructure.
Unlike two other major demolitions wrapping up on the Hill, the removal of the brick building at Broadway and Madison didn’t provide many opportunities for reclamation and revealed no charming hints of the area’s auto row past. But recycling and reuse is underway. The rest is landfill.
By 2018, 265 residential units will rise above and 358 parking spaces will sink below a giant, nearly 50,000 square foot, two-story Whole Foods market. The First Hill Streetcar line will pass directly by, and First Hill’s hospitals and Seattle University will be the project’s neighbors.