Community & Business Development Update – July 2013

Kristen Honeycutt Photo Co.-038While it’s always fun to report on new businesses, we thought you might like an update about a few of the buildings in Pioneer Square.  These are the places that are attracting the attention of businesses interested in setting up shop in Pioneer Square, as well as expanding businesses already in the neighborhood.

Restoration of the Scheuerman Building at 1st Avenue & Cherry Street is scheduled to begin soon, thanks in part to a 2013 Landmarks Capital award from 4Culture.  The building is owned by the Aegis Group whose offices are on the third floor along with the Borgen Project.   Other building tenants include Easy Joe’s, Café Bengodi, Spooked in Seattle, and 57 Biscayne.  Two restaurant spaces on Cherry Street are currently vacant and available for lease.

The gorgeous Pacific Commercial Building (on 2nd Avenue S & S Main Street) is now actively marketing its street level retail space and four floors of office space.  Prospective retailers and restaurateurs have been eyeing the retail space, complete with massive bank vaults, for a long time.

Down the block at 2nd Ave Extension S & S Main, Main St. Gyros is rebuilding after the fire that caused such havoc in May.

Owners of the Heritage Building at 1st Avenue S & S Jackson are putting final touches on the vacant office spaces once leased by Microsoft.  The spaces include many of the amenities one would expect in a former Microsoft space, as well as a jaw-dropping rooftop deck.  Dry Soda is a current Heritage Building tenant.  Plans are to expose more brick in the now vacant corner retail space sitting at one of the Square’s most prominent intersections.

Though renovation continues, office and retail spaces at the historic 619 Western Building are leasing with expected occupancy next year.  The building exudes charm and character with intricately restored windows and views that will stagger once the viaduct comes down.

The neglected property at 304 Alaskan Way S has a new local owner, someone passionate about historic preservation, and is finally getting the attention that’s so long overdue.  Once current work is complete, the building will be available for lease as office and warehouse space.

The work done behind the papered windows of the Travelers Hotel Building on Yesler, once home to Mitchelli’s Trattoria, has been dramaticInterior walls were removed, bricks revealed, and natural light from the myriad windows fills the large open space, complete with the horseshoe-shaped bar.  It’s no wonder so many prospective restaurateurs are dreaming about this space.

Of course, all the news isn’t about historic buildings.  Construction at Stadium Place continues and the anticipation builds.  (Check out the video about the project here.)   More residents – a welcome addition to Pioneer Square – will be moving into the loft apartments at The NOLO in September.


Many more buildings are in the midst of renovations and tenant improvements.  As always, give me a shout if you’d like to learn more.  It’s an exciting time in Pioneer Square.

Alliance for Pioneer Square Receives Community Advocacy Award

Historic Seattle Community Advocacy AwardYesterday evening on May 14, 2013, local preservationists gathered for Historic Seattle’s Fifth Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. The Alliance for Pioneer Square staff and two board members were in attendance to receive Historic Seattle’s 2013 Community Advocacy Award.

From the Preservation Awards program:

The Community Advocacy Award goes to the Alliance for Pioneer Square for its leadership in revitalizing Seattle’s first neighborhood. […] The Alliance’s broad and holistic approach to enhancing Pioneer Square allows the organization to draw upon the many inherent assets of the neighborhood to create a better and more vibrant place for everyone to work, live, and visit. The Alliance embraces Pioneer Square’s cultural heritage and historic buildings, recognizing the value of historic preservation and how it aids economic development, not hinder it.

Alliance board co-chair Kevin Daniels was also presented with the Community Investment Award for his work in preserving and reviving Seattle landmarks. In his acceptance speech, Kevin stated that when he and the Alliance board hired Leslie Smith to be the executive director of the organization, he worried about Leslie’s emphasis on community. Not sure if Leslie’s philosophy would be a good fit at first, Kevin said he later realized that community is the heart of preservation.

We are extremely proud to be presented with the Community Advocacy Award, and we congratulate our co-chair Kevin Daniels on his preservation achievements. Our work to connect the community and other key partners in reviving Pioneer Square is built on a solid foundation thanks to Leslie Smith’s advocacy for the community and the neighborhood.


Community & Business Development Update – May 2013

Shopping in Pioneer Square

It’s springtime in Pioneer Square and more than flowers are popping up…

  • Cherry Street Coffee is opening their new location in Pioneer Square at 528 First Avenue South on Monday, May 6. They may not be ready to serve breakfast or lunch, but they will definitely be serving coffee.
  • The Lodge Sports Grille invites everyone in the neighborhood to come by on Friday, May 10 for their “official” Grand Opening at 4:00 and the kickoff for Seattle Beer Week.  (Who knew?)  We’ll even do a ribbon cutting.  In addition – because you’re part of the inner Pioneer Square circle – mention “Seattle Beer Week” to any of their bartenders and you’ll get happy hour prices on all beers all week!
  • Kevin and Julie Law, owners of Urban Light Studios in Greenwood, will be opening the doors of Axis Pioneer Square soon.  They’ll be in the beautifully renovated southern bay of the Globe Building, (still referred to as the old Elliott Bay Books space by many.)  Their new website isn’t up yet, but you can see why everyone is so excited by taking a peek at a post by a client here.
  • Did you hear that the Roq La Rue moved their gallery to 532 1st Ave S?  AND they are part of tonight’s First Thursday fun!  Stop by to meet Kirsten Anderson soon and welcome her to the neighborhood.
  • Tonight is opening night for Café Nordo’s SMOKED at The Kitchen by Delicatus.  “Hungry theater-goers are in for an evening of dirty dealings and heartsick cowboys… where the only thing comforting is the food.” Get your tickets now.  They won’t be here long.
  • Good news spreads fast.  Little Uncle is coming to Pioneer Square.  Seattle Magazine named them one of the Best New Restaurants of 2012.  Soon they’ll be at the corner of Yesler & Post Alley. Check out their website for updates.
  • Matt Dillon and Katherine Anderson’s London Plane spaces – both the one next to Caffe Umbria and the one at the northeast corner of Occidental Mall – are coming along nicely.
  • Tuesday Lunch at the Dock” at the loading dock behind 505 1st Ave S welcomes a different food truck every Tuesday from 11:00 to 2:00. The lineup for the weeks to come will feature Skillet, Where Ya At Matt, Falafel Salom, Jerk Station, and Monte Cristo.
  • And the Pike Place Farmers Market will be here on Wednesdays, starting June 19.

Stay posted as news unfolds via our Facebook and Twitter posts.  It’s going to be such a great summer in the neighborhood!


Karen True

Community & Business Development Specialist