Historic Preservation

A city board will decide next month whether to designate an apartment building on California Avenue Southwest a city landmark, which could stop construction plans for a four story mixed-use building there.

Built in 1927, Charlestown Court at 3811 California Ave. S.W.

03/17/2008

CHARLESTOWN COURT COULD BE HISTORICAL. The city will decide next month whether to designate an apartment building on California Avenue Southwest a city landmark, which could stop construction plans for a four story mixed-use building there at 3811 California Ave. S.W.
Photo by Steve Shay

The owners of the Manning's/Denny's building, which was designated a Seattle landmark last month, have filed suit in King County Superior Court to officially challenge the action.

A development entity of The Benaroya Company, Mikie Ballard LLC, which owns the old diner and surrounding property, argue that landmark status prohibits them from making any money off their property.

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board voted 6-3 on Feb. 20 to designate the exterior of the old diner at 5501 15th Ave. N.W.

03/17/2008

The Alki Homestead Restaurant owners, Tom Lin and Patrick Henley, have put the business back on the market two years after purchasing it.

"Restaurants aren't really our forte," said Henley. "We are better at other things. It's time for us to move on."

Lin and Henley said they wanted to assuage any fears the beloved 58-year-old restaurant might drastically change under new ownership. That was a worry among some in the community when the two took it over in 2006.

"We really (have been) stewards for this place and we want it to stay the same," said Henley.

03/17/2008
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OWNERS WANT TO KEEP THE SAME AMBIANCE. "Restaurants aren't really our forte," says a co-owner of the historic Homestead Restaurant on Alki. "We are better at other things. It's time for us to move on."
Photo by Steve Shay

The owners of the Manning's/Denny's building, which was designated a Seattle landmark last month, have filed suit in King County Superior Court to officially challenge the action.

BCC Mikie Ballard LLC, a development entity of The Benaroya Company, which owns the old diner and surrounding property, argue that landmark status prohibits them from making any money off their property.

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board voted 6-3 on Feb. 20 to designate the exterior of the old diner at 5501 15th Ave. N.W.

03/13/2008

The recent designation of the old John B. Allen School as a city landmark could make it fiscally easier for the Phinney Neighborhood Association to purchase it from the Seattle School District.

The Phinney Association has leased the school from the district since 1981 and plans to purchase it for an undisclosed amount. The non-profit is almost ready to make an offer, said Ed Medeiros, executive director of the Phinney group.

The district plans to sell several of its surplus school facilities that won't be needed in the future to house students.

03/03/2008
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SCHOOL A LANDMARK. Designation as a landmark could ease the way for the Phinney Neighborhood Association to buy the building is has leased from the school district for 27 years.

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Working together is a tradition

By Kay F. Reinartz

February 20, 2008, was a red letter day in contempory Ballard history because it represents the people once again coming together fighting for Ballard. This time the fight is over preserving Ballard's architectural and business history.

Downtown, on the 40th floor of the City Municipal Tower building, the Seattle Landmark Preservation Board voted 6 to 3 to designate the old Manning's Cafeteria, a.k.a.

02/25/2008

Hiawatha Playfield is scheduled to have artificial turf installed on its main playing surface in front of the Hiawatha Community Center.

The new field is being designed to accommodate baseball, football and soccer on one field. It will be encircled by a three-lane, 400-meter, rubberized running track.

There are also plans to replace Hiawatha's field lights with more slender poles and compact electrical fixtures.

12/24/2007
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RUG FOR HIAWATHA. Hiawatha Playfield is scheduled to have artificial turf installed on its main playing surface in front of the Hiawatha Community Center. The new field is being designed to accommodate baseball, football and soccer on one field. It will be encircled by a three-lane, 400-meter, rubberized running track.

About 60 area residents attended the Crown Hill Project community meeting to hear three speakers spell out the preliminary financial realities of the purchase and maintenance of that 3.4-acre lot, proposed playground, and school buildings.

Financial data was broken down in an "acquisition/restoration study" handed out to the audience.

12/17/2007

CROWN HILL SCHOOL ACQUISION MEETING. Dennis Gavin, a neighbor of the Crown Hill School property offered for sale, participates in the acquisition meeting by writing suggestions of future property uses. The audience was invited to brainstorm ideas by writing feedback on posters that hung on the gymnasium's walls. Steve Shay

Ladies and gentlemen: Introducing... live entertainment at the Admiral Theater. Once part of the Oasis Entertainment cinema chain, the Admiral has broken that shackle to become a "stand-alone" theater. With renovation almost complete, and manager, Steve Garrett, back from a three-year stint setting up theaters in China, the planets have aligned, sending a series of live shows into orbit.

"There were some chaotic misunderstandings with management," said Garrett, who now lives in West Seattle.

11/20/2007
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LIVE AT ADMIRAL THEATER. Appreciative audience members applaud one of 16 stand-up comedians to compete at the Admiral Theatre recently. The comedy show kicked off a series of live events at the theater. Nearly 150 attended.

The proposed 2008 King County budget abandons the county's long-standing support for historic preservation by cutting funding for preservation and heritage support programs by 50 percent or more. It is also patently unfair to Seattle-based heritage organizations.

The Seattle Heritage Coalition, a citywide group of preservation and heritage supporters who are closely following historic preservation and heritage policy, has analyzed the 2008 budget proposal and we are shocked to find preservation funding slashed.

10/29/2007