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Thursday, November 17, 2011

12th Avenue Arts Building Coming!

Posted by on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 8:27 AM

No more ugly fenced-in parking lot!
  • No more ugly fenced-in parking lot!
It will be six stories tall, with room for ground-floor retail, nonprofit arts offices, two small theaters, 88 affordable apartments (calculated based on a percentage of median King County income), and a police parking garage underground—and it will be called 12th Avenue Arts, Capitol Hill Housing has finally announced. We've been hearing word of the project for months but now it's official: The building will take the place of the current police parking lot, and it is scheduled to be finished by the first quarter of 2014. Total project cost is $38 million, and of that, only $3.2 million is a capital campaign that needs to be raised (the rest will be financed and public-funded). The capital campaign is almost 40 percent complete already—it's happening!

More in next week's paper.


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Ugh. 'affordable apartments' means government subsidy, which means poor people, which means CRIME. Awesome. More barely not vagrants sucking at the government tit letting their kids run around robbing people in the neighborhood while they hustle block to block.
Posted by sonder on November 17, 2011 at 8:52 AM · Report this
bearseatbeats 2
First of all, fuck you. Second of all, how much crime do you think is going to happen right above a POLICE PARKING GARAGE?
Posted by bearseatbeats on November 17, 2011 at 9:08 AM · Report this
@1 That is a spot on impression of an ignorant sensationalist moron. Good show!
Posted by Devin on November 17, 2011 at 9:15 AM · Report this
Any word on who will be handling the artist housing? Would love to get a space in there.
Posted by dry dock on November 17, 2011 at 9:17 AM · Report this
@4, it's CHHP. One link Jen might have included (if she weren't too busy taking sideways photos to link stuff) is Capitol Hill Blog's complete coverage - from five months ago.…
Posted by gloomy gus on November 17, 2011 at 9:31 AM · Report this
Vince 6
The Pike/Pine corridor is a building boom town. The new Zoe's is a beehive of activity, with drilling and sawing and whatever is making the most obnoxious noises. It's just amazing to watch all the changes in my neighborhood.
Posted by Vince on November 17, 2011 at 9:36 AM · Report this
This is fantastic. I used to live just down the street from that pointless chunk of tarmac. Glad to see it's finally becoming something worth a damn.
Posted by anon_1967 on November 17, 2011 at 10:21 AM · Report this
@1 you know if you actually read as much as you ran your moron hole you might just occasionally say something of interest to anybody with an IQ above 3.

As a business owner on 12th this is great news. I can't wait.

PS. Speaking of local changes - The Stranger has yet to note that Gallerias had a huge fire last night and likely gone for good. Unless insurance comes through.…
Posted by tkc on November 17, 2011 at 11:11 AM · Report this
Ugh. 'affordable apartments' means government subsidy, which means poor people, which means CRIME. Awesome. More barely not vagrants sucking at the government tit letting their kids run around robbing people in the neighborhood while they hustle block to block.

Posted by sonder on November 17, 2011 at 12:37 PM · Report this
@1 & 9.
Capitol Hill Housing has a long proud history of cleaning up problem properties in the neighborhood, working on crime prevention AND providing affordable housing.
I would be happy to take your to coffee, show you one of our buildings, talk about our community work and hear your thoughts.

Feel free to contact me offline to schedule:

Michael Seiwerath
Capitol Hill Housing
Posted by MichaelSeiwerath on November 17, 2011 at 1:21 PM · Report this
Gurldoggie 11
Yea. 'affordable apartments' means teachers, nurses and restaurant workers, which means our friends and families, which means HEALTHY COMMUNITIES. More hard working people barely making ends meet at their poorly compensated jobs, finally being able to afford a safe and healthy home in which to live their lives raise their kids.
Posted by Gurldoggie on November 17, 2011 at 1:23 PM · Report this
The happy face progressive movement has learned to feed its emotional need to believe its upper bourgeois angsts and vision is solving the problems of the world and, as a bonus, it's guaranteed to be green! There is a huge group of progressive folks close to the mayor and county government that has come to believe it has solved the problem of street people. This extremely expensive project is not a part of real art caring or income stressed folks caring approach to the community but a development oriented project that is part of the nationwide urban improvement movement. One can't do these things these days without huge capital costs so who's going to believe such projects serve the disenfranchised? Only the rich who can't stand the poor. This is, most likely, a Trojan Horse of a project designed to enhance property value. Historically, the poor and artists will be priced out of the reality and the property will become available to the privileged.
Posted by GFinholt on November 17, 2011 at 5:05 PM · Report this
@8 & @9

How comfortable you both are in your robe of capitalist need for more profits and capital improvements. Leaders of capitalism have described it as a natural need for greed. I'm thinking your pie holes are seriously vulnerable to important questions that don't make your approach look so good. How sadly the capitalist régime continues to bury the idea that there are serious limits to growth. Why can't you guys get it? The earth's resources are not endless. If you want to pretend you care you may have to review your frame. Your tendency to solve problems is build, build, build. This may, unfortunately, speed us to the end. What makes your concepts of growth sustainable? I’m thinking you guys are in it for short profits.
Posted by GFinholt on November 17, 2011 at 5:59 PM · Report this
9. Yeah, because when I think vagrants I think of people who make between $21K and $30K per year, which would make up the likely population of the new complex (50% of median max).

... wait, you sure about that?
Posted by Gomez on November 18, 2011 at 3:11 PM · Report this
Sounds better than a parking lot. I would like to know more about what capitol hill housing is or isn' t. Some actual experiences and (non-didactic) thoughtful thoughts would be helpful.
Posted by jasmond g. jahoosafartz on November 19, 2011 at 2:26 PM · Report this

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