Seattle Gets Approval to Design First Hill Street Car Extension

Yesterday afternoon, Seattle Major Mike McGinn said that the City of Seattle has gathered enough funds to begin the design and planning process for the First Hill Streetcar line’s Broadway extension. According to the City of Seattle, $850,000 of federal funding have already been secured, and another $900,000 are pending final approval, in which case the City will have enough funding to design a half mile line extension, requested by the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The line would then extend into Broadway’s Retail District, and be able to support residents by moving the terminus from Denny Way to Roy Street.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is currently constructing the First Hill street car line, and ever since the project’s first stages of planning, the Capitol Hill community has been very vocal about obtaining an extension to the North End of Broadway, instead of it’s currently final stop at the Capitol Hill Link light rail station. The extension project would continue the double track street car installation, with two or three additional stops, and the total extension project is estimated to be around $25 million. For more information on the project, visit the Seattle Streetcar’s website.

Art Institute of Seattle Building Sold

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, The Art Institute of Seattle Building on 2323 Elliot Ave has been purchased by a company affiliated with Unico Properties. The Art Institute was actually the seller in the transaction, and the building sold for just under $15.88 Million; a step up from the $11.5 million the property was purchased for in 1998.

Photo Courtesy of the Seattle Art Institute

There has not been discussion of what this means for the Institute, which was founded back in 1946, and offers an array of creative degrees from culinary to advertising and web design. For follow up information involving the building’s use, visit the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Longshore Union Files Suit Against the Sodo Arena Site

Yesterday afternoon the Longshore Union who depend on the the Port of Seattle cargo traffic filed a suit against plans to build the new sports arena a few blocks from the main shipping terminal. The suit states that the city and county officials approved the agreement with Chris Hansen before completing an environmental review, which is required by state law.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union workers have announced that they plan to challenge the Memorandum of Understanding that was approved on Monday by Seattle and King County councils. The lawsuit suggests that the court should invalidate the MOU and ensure that  environmental process doesn’t secure the Sodo location. A city Attorney has stated that in the MOU, the location of the arena is not set in stone in Sodo, and it also mandates an environmental review of the area. For updates on the suit filed, visit the Seattle Times.

Seattle Home Show This Weekend

Are you thinking about updating your home, but having a difficult time coming up with savvy ideas for improvements? The Seattle Home Show is in town this weekend, and is the perfect place to gain inspiration for new home projects. The Home Show is the Northwest’s largest consumer home show with everything indoor and outdoor home related.

Photo Courtesy of the Seattle Home Show

The expo begins tomorrow at the Century Link Field Event Center, and will showcase hundreds of exhibits from builders, developers and re-modelers, with the latest models of new appliances, fixtures, and landscaping. There will be seminars throughout the weekend, and special events such as wine tasting to boot! Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door for adults,  and $7 in advance for seniors. All ticket pricing includes free parking at Century Link Field Event Center, and a free cup of F.X. McRory’s chowder. For more information on the Seattle Home Show, visit their website.

Apartments Sold on Greyhound Station Block to Become Mega Hotel

Last week there were some notable commercial sales in and around Seattle, including one in the Denny Triangle that is staged to make way for a Mega Hotel downtown!

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle based R.C. Hedreen Co. purchased two high rise apartment buildings on the same block as the Greyhound bus terminal for $7 million, and they have plans to build a 1,200 room hotel. Hedreen hopes  to get traffic from the convention center, and has since met with city officials to discuss early design guidance, and a possible office tower could be constructed on 8th and 9th Streets along Howell & Stewart. For more information on this project, follow the Puget Sound Business Journal.