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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Design Reviews: Knocked Down Downtown

posted by on May 6 at 15:04 PM

Third Avenue and Cedar Street

The end is near for the one-story, wooden building owned by the Musicians Union of Seattle since 1948 on the southeast corner of Third and Cedar. Harbor Properties plans to demolish and replace it with a 17-story, 185-unit apartment building with 3,000 square feet of retail at street level. According to the city’s recent notice, parking would be provided for 86 vehicles—egads, that’s less that one car per unit! How will the city function? Ahem. Here’s the design:



Hewitt Architects

The Musicians Union will be displaced during construction, which they expect to commence this fall, but plans to return after construction is completed. The meeting is at 7:00 p.m. in room 1600 of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue.

Eighth Avenue and Stewart Street

The intersection will be unrecognizable in a few years. The old Greyhound Bus station will be replaced by this, up the block to the east is this, and to the north will be this. And on the corner, Schnitzer West will demolish the 5-story Watermark Credit Union building and replace it with a 14-story office building with 10,000 square feet of ground-level retail.


The downtown design-review board will hold a guidance meeting for the project—no images yet—at 5:30 p.m. in room 1600 of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue. This is a very different (that is, smaller) project that originally proposed for the site in 2006.

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Awesome, these all sound much better than a parking lot. I'm calling you out, Clise family!

Posted by Westlake, son! | May 6, 2008 3:44 PM

I'm alarmed at the prospect of displaced, drunken musicians roaming the streets of Seattle...

Posted by michael strangeways | May 6, 2008 3:46 PM

I am so sad our Brutalist History will be gone.


Sayonara, Greyhound!

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 6, 2008 3:56 PM

@3: have you LOOKED at the greyhound building? it'd DECO.

nice work, Hewitt. i can barely keep my eyes open looking at that.

Posted by max solomon | May 6, 2008 4:05 PM

Yeah, I parked next to it last week.

Bygones. Glad to see it go.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 6, 2008 4:56 PM

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