Boom The Grim Ripper
posted by February 23 at 19:29 PMon
Next on the chopping block—B&O Espresso:
Some of you may not know this yet, but a developer has proposed razing the landmark B&O Espresso on Capitol Hill.
The proposed project would result in a 65’ tall, 75-unit apartment complex with retail below. This would eliminate the existing businesses, including the B&O Espresso, as well as the two-fourplex apartments to the north of the B&O. To what degree is redevelopment appropriate and best for the community if it eliminates historical, architectural or cultural connections to our past? How much is enough when it directly jeopardizes and impacts the very core a neighborhood identifies with? Worthy of note is the B & O Espresso and Café, which was one of the first establishments offering espresso in Seattle, and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary at this location. This in itself establishes deep cultural ties to the neighborhood. Eliminating this building would destroy the unique character and cultural identity of this retail core.
And if we keep destroying what makes Seattle unique, we might as well replace the Space Needle with huge golden arches, and a sign reading, “Over 1,000,000 displaced.” Some of us do not want this to happen!
Here’s a link to a web page devoted to saving the B&O. There’s a petition you can sign, and the info where to write DPD Land Use Planner Bruce Rips. (I’m not kidding — that’s really his name.)