Business & Community Development Update: August 2015

As summer winds down, businesses are ramping up to begin build-outs for their spaces.

  • Flatstick Pub is bringing an indoor mini golf course with a fabulous selection of locally-sourced beers to the basement of the Pacific Commercial Building (aka Furuya Building) at 2nd Ave S & S Main St.
  • Gary Manuel Salon is moving from Belltown to Pioneer Square! They’ve leased the long-vacant space at 2nd Ave & James St in the Collins Building. They plan to open in early 2016.
  • The Estate Wine Room will bring a collection of fine Washington wines to their tasting room at 307 Occidental Ave S. They hope to be open before the end of the year. More details to come.
  • The Pioneer Square Post Office will be moving from their space on S Jackson to 217 1st Ave S before the end of the year.

The ribbon cutting for Galvanize, the tech-education company at 111 S Jackson, is scheduled for Friday, August 7 at 4:30 PM. Stop by if you’re in the vicinity. We’re delighted they’re part of the neighborhood.

The Mayor is seeking candidates to fill four vacancies on the Pioneer Square Preservation Board. The four positions available are for a historian or architectural historian, human services representative, district property owner, and architect. The deadline is Friday, August 7. More information available here.

Have you heard that the first Seahawks preseason game against the Denver Broncos will be at CenturyLink Field on August 14? Curious about upcoming stadium events so you can make decisions about staffing, parking, or planning your own event? Bookmark both the CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field event calendars so you’re always in the know.


See you in the neighborhood!

Tunnel Project Update

BerthaWSDOT and Seattle Tunnel Partners conducted additional survey work early Sunday morning (12/7/2014) to further assess the amount and extent of settlement that recently occurred on and near the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Some of the data was inconclusive and analysis is still underway; however, WSDOT observed that a small amount of differential settlement is occurring near the access pit. Differential settlement is when the ground settles unevenly over an area. When the ground settles evenly or uniformly over an area, there is less risk of damage.

The additional survey work did not find that the differential settlement has caused any new damage to the viaduct nor have we observed any damage to buildings or utilities in the surrounding area. On-the-ground surveys will continue this week by historic architects and structural engineers.

Public safety is our top priority and while we have not seen any damage, Seattle Tunnel Partners is taking the prudent step to stop dewatering. The contractor will work with its geostructural designer to stop the dewatering in a deliberate manner in order to ensure worker safety and the structural integrity of the access pit and surrounding structures.

Data analysis, collection and monitoring will continue and we will provide updates as we have new information to share.

Drop-in info sessions on Yesler Way Bridge rehab project

The Yesler Way Bridge, located over 4th Avenue South at the intersection of Yesler Way and Terrace Street.
The Yesler Way Bridge, located over 4th Avenue South at the intersection of Yesler Way and Terrace Street.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be holding drop-in information sessions regarding the Yesler Way Bridge rehabilitation project for the Pioneer Square community in November. The Yesler Way Bridge was built in 1910 and must now be renovated to meet safety and historic preservation guidelines. The project is at the 60% design stage and SDOT is reaching out to property owners, businesses, and residents to share information and discuss potential impacts to the community.

Join us at the following community drop-in sessions:

November 12, 3-6 pm – Union Station (401 S Jackson St)

November 13, 11 am – 1 pm – Prefontaine Building (110 Prefontaine Pl S)

See a fact sheet about the project here (PDF). See also SDOT’s project webpage and contact to submit questions or comments.

Business & Community Development Update – October 2014

Velouria's ribbon cuttingThe doors to Velouria opened last Friday in their beautiful space at Stadium Place. Cat and Chika, Velouria owners, borrowed our big scissors and ribbon to do a proper ribbon cutting. When you stop by to introduce yourself and check out their gorgeous clothes, you’ll also notice the interior door connecting them to Cone & Steiner. Such fun.

ribbon cuttingOther recent openings include Fleurt (Sam and the gang used our scissors, too), Drygoods Design, and Quality Athletics. Rumor has it that Clementines might be open in time for tonight’s Art Walk. We’re thrilled about the direction of retail in our neighborhood. And work continues behind those papered windows at Sprout (nice looking menu), Good Bar, and Elm Coffee, as well as the Nordo Culinarium.

Ward Van Allen, one of the partners at Altstadt, is teaming up with Paul and Tom Lyman and Chef Rodolfo Riveron to bring a new Mexican restaurant to Pioneer Square. Not only will Casco Antiguo be a welcome addition to Occidental Ave between Yesler and Washington, but their plan includes activation of the space in Pioneer Passage Alley, too. What?! Stay tuned!

We’re honored to welcome two new venues to today’s First Thursday art walk. Pilchuck Glass School will feature a preview of select items from their upcoming annual auction gala in their new office and exhibition space in the Pacific Commercial Building at 2nd Ave S & S Washington. One block south, The New Foundation will be welcoming all to visit their new Foundation HQ. While they await the construction of their permanent home in the JANDS Center, the space will house their growing periodical library and presentation space.

To many, it feels like the return of an old friend. Jeff Schoenfeld, owner of the Duncan Building on 2nd Ave S, searched for over a year to find a replacement for the statue that once graced the entrance of his building. Duncan & Sons Saddlery installed the original statue in the 1920s and left it in place even after the business moved to another location sometime in the late seventies. It disappeared during rehabilitation work after the 2001 Nisqually earthquake. The Duncan Building is now home to 88 Keys – and one handsome horse.

DuncanBuildingHorseBeen wondering about the plan for the spaces on Occidental Ave between Rain Shadow Meats and Taylor Shellfish? Seattle Sounders FC will convert the spaces into a fan friendly Clubhouse early next year. The Clubhouse will feature events, player appearances, live broadcasts, team interactive displays, historic artifacts, fan polling and viewing parties, all free to the public. Watch for more information on

Don’t let the cooler days keep you inside. Get out for a walk. Visit old friends and businesses. Discover new ones, too. And perhaps this is the year you experience “Thrill the World“, the eighth annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, in Occidental Park on October 25 at 3:00 PM. (Check out a video of last year’s event here.)