Ace Hardware to Move into the Securities Building Downtown

If you live in and around downtown, you’ll be thankful to hear that the city is finally getting a downtown hardware store. The Myers Group announced that they will be opening an Ace Hardware in the Securities building on 4th and Stewart in the first quarter of 2013. The store will be spread across 7,500 sf of retail space, catering to the ever growing population of city dwellers as well as businesses, creating a convenient place to grab your essentials such as hammers, fasteners and tools on the fly.

The Myers Group has said they’ve been looking for the right location for years, and they’re pleased a hardware store will now be able to assist the downtown population.  “The location adjacent to Bed, Bath & Beyond is a very complimentary fit for a hardware store and the Myers Group and Clise Properties were equally eager to make the terms of the lease work,” said Tom Graff, president of commercial at Ewing & Clark, who leased the space to the Myers Group. “When Richard Stevenson came to me to seek a quality retailer of the space, Tyler Myers was one of my first calls. His store will be a tremendous asset to the area and satisfy a steady request from downtown residential focus groups.” For more information and updates about the space, visit the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Federal Reserve Bank Ready to Ditch the Old Downtown Building

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco was ready to sell it’s old Downtown Seattle office space back when they closed in 2008, but their intentions were halted by historic-preservation advocates who demanded the building stand as is. The Bank has now found an outlet to dispose of the building by transferring the property to the General Service Administration, another federal agency to take care of the building. The Federal Reserve decided to move it’s office to Renton in 2008, and agreed to sell the building to a developer after city officials decided it didn’t qualify as a historic landmark. But just because the Bank is transferring the building over to GSA doesn’t mean the building will be preserved. According to the Seattle Times, a GSA spokeswoman agreed that “at this point there are no restrictions on the disposal of the property.” The building could be sold if no government agency wants it. Historic advocates could also challenge the use of the building and it seems they are already taking steps to make sure the building is in tact, as the building was recently nominated for the National Register of Historic Places by the state Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. For more information on the status of the building, visit the Seattle Times.