It’s been a long time coming, but the slow path to the development set to replace First Hill’s most well-known fast food restaurant will reach a sad milestone for Big Mac fans in coming weeks.
The City of Seattle has approved the demolition permit for 1122 Madison — the Madison McDonald’s. The plan is for the nearest Capitol Hill-elevation location for the global fast food franchise to be razed in April. “Assuming acquisition of the appropriate permits in a timely manner,” the construction report filed for the address reads, “demolition of the existing structure is expected to begin April, 2017 and continue through April, 2017, at which point shoring wall and excavation will begin.”
In its place will rise a 17-story mixed-use building with 5,200 square feet of commercial space:
The updated scheme included a 17-story residential building with retail at street level and three levels of below grade parking. The retail was primarily oriented towards Madison St. and the primary residential entry and parking access was located on Minor Ave.
The property is being developed by Holland Partners Group and is designed by Ankrom Moisan on land owned by longtime real estate investors the Robison family.
As for McDonald‘s’s’s’s’s imminent demolition and removal from your walking radius, we are reaching out to the franchise owner who has operated the restaurant at the site for decades. David Santillanes owns McDonald’s restaurants around the region including the Madison and the downtown 3rd and Pine location but he’s not an easy man to track down. Phone numbers on his business permits ring accountants and companies that do work for his franchise corporation. In 2015, Santillanes, who also operates franchise locations on the Eastside, talked about “an increase in overtime costs” and higher prices at his restaurants because of Seattle labor laws.
“It’s a delicate balance, but our customers notice,” Santillanes told the Tacoma News Tribune. “For the most part in Seattle, when they understand the reason behind (the price increase), most of them have supported it. Obviously we’ve lost some customers, but most feel they have to do their part too.”
CHS first reported on the First Hill McD’s project way back in December of 2014. A representative for franchisees in the region told CHS at the time that the Madison McDonalds has been open for about at least 17 years — but CHS commenters shared memories of this location going back to the 1970s.
If you’re hoping McDonald’s might return to the corner when the construction is complete, you’ll have a bit of a wait for your next burger. First tenant occupancy is expected in September 2018, according to the plan filed with the city. Indie joint 206 Burger, meanwhile, will open soon in the former Madison Corner Cafe location.