The Seattle landmarks board this week sent a Broadway building home to a longtime neighborhood favorite restaurant to the next step in the process to afford the 1905-built building protections on its historic exterior.
In a 6-2 vote, the board opted to consider the nomination of Broadway’s Capitol Crest building, also once known as the Avon Apartments, and today home to Annapurna and Albacha restaurants, the Ace Barber Shop, as well as 14 apartment units above, that is set to be demolished to make way for a planned mixed-use project from Champion Development.
“The features identified for preservation include the exterior of the building,” a board spokesperson tells CHS.
The possible landmark protections wouldn’t necessarily mean the 1800 block Broadway at Denny building would be saved from the wrecking ball. With landmark status, the property owner would set about a process to determine possible controls on the building. In past instances, that has resulted in new development that has retained historic facades. In other more rare instances, developers have made the case that a landmarked building still should be demolished to make way for new projects.
In the meantime, tenants including Annapurna face the prospect of finding new homes. CHS reported over the summer on Annapurna’s search for a new location.
The board will take up the possible designation of the building February 5, 2020. The meeting begins at 3:30 PM and is held in the Boards and Commissions Room (L2-80) at City Hall. You can also email your comments.
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