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Monday, March 24, 2008

Building for a Better Taco

posted by on March 24 at 13:29 PM

Salvador Sahagun may be the most endearing developer ever. Happy to hear from a stranger who found his number on the city’s Web site, it turns out he is the primary owner of Tacos Guaymas, the taqueria and cantina chain serving delicious authentic-ish Mexican food around Seattle. Tonight he meets with a design-review board to discuss the redevelopment of his Fremont property at 100 N 36th Street.


Sahagun wants to demolish the existing (cantina-less) Tacos Guaymas and its one-story building, which was previously used as a church. It was later covered in stucco “to give it the look of Mexican restaurant,” he says. He has proposed a three-story building on the site, with about 5000 square feet of retail for a new restaurant (and possibly a cantina) on the ground floor and residential units above. The outdoor seating would remain.

“We’re intending to put in six condos,” says Sahagun. “One of those I intend to use for myself, one for my in-laws, and maybe rent the other ones.” He’s building condos for his in-laws from a taco empire. I love him.

Tonight a design-review board will review his current proposal—which responds to design guidance (.pdf) provided last fall, such as maximizing the height of the retail level—at 6:30 p.m. in the library at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street. Go. Vote cantina!

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Hey Dominic-

Just a quick word to say that I love these posts. You do a great job and I really enjoy finding out about the development stuff going on around town. Thanks!

Posted by John | March 24, 2008 1:52 PM


Too bad you never cover Wallingford or Fremont or Greenwood or ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 24, 2008 2:06 PM

(besides, with all the condos we have, everything's going three to four stories)

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 24, 2008 2:31 PM

It's the American Dream in action!

Posted by Hernandez | March 24, 2008 2:39 PM

@1) Thanks, John!

@2 & 3) Will, your comments don't make a lick of sense.

Posted by Dominic Holden | March 24, 2008 2:58 PM

Sorry, I forgot to enable the /sarcasm tag. But we used to mostly be two-story houses in the area and went to three-to-four story condos over the past decade.

It was a roundabout way of saying thanks for getting off the Hill.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 24, 2008 3:16 PM

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