That building will need millions of dollars of rehab work before it is suitable for any use..... I believe that is why the city balked at the easy artistic angle.
Didn't KUOW say that the City of Seattle is already converting a much larger building at Sand Point that they already own into artist lofts?
And isn't this a much wiser use of our limited resources than this other building?
I think it was Nick Licata who announced the Sand Point artist lofts.
The big expense here is seismic, which is required. Many arts organizations have looked at this and come close to having it pencil out.
Arts organizations don't need this BUILDING to be free, they need free structural steel and free structural engineers.
This is sort of the same process that ABC NO Rio, the long-running cultural center in manhattan's lower east side got to buy their building for a dollar.
of course they didn't have the seismic stuff to deal with.
The other challenge is that the building has a historic landmark designation, which limits how much the structure can be changed. Working around that designation can be even more costly for a nonprofit arts or community organization.
that building is in the dog end of the ID, hard by a tangle of expressway ramps & the skeevyest shell station in the city (which i patronize frequently).
seeing how its seattle arts orgs you're proposing to use it, what are we going to fill it with, fibreglass nutcrackers & cows?
Jesus! It's got its own parking lot in back (and my favorite grocery store in the city, as well)- & the parking lot, taken to 3 stories, next to the bus tunnel, close to trains, stadia, etc could make all the money it needs to fix up, without even bothering the rest of the site (go to 4 stories, and paint a mural behind the old beauty, to frame it nicely). But if we gotta tear it down, O pragmatists, all I want is the wrought iron transom guards over the doorways... ^..^
ps I'll volunteer time to make this work... however... as a useful & restored site. ^..^
I did research out of curiosity and according to an article in february 2007 in nw asian weekly it sounds like plans are already underway for this building.
here's the url for the article:
anyway I'm interested to hear what happens. Hey also why is the visual art scene that knows about this but not the performing arts scene which is in crisis with the recent selling of the oddfellows building on cap hill?
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