In the post I mentioned before, Frank at Ophran Road wrote “I guess I didn’t realize that the station is going to take over the lots on both sides of Denny Way”. Not just Denny Way, but on both sides of Broadway. Yeah it’s going to be huge underground. If you look at the image above, the blue part is the platform and the red parts are entrances. Yellow is what is being destroyed for the creation of the tunnel. The red section on the left side is the old Chang’s Mongolian Grill and the red section on the top is about where the print shop and Twice Sold Tales are. The bottom right red spot is where the Godfather’s Pizza was back in the day but nothing is there at the moment. Now, if we could just get rid of that blasted Jack in the Box, we’d have something going.
How about a six-story building with a the food court on the ground floor, Karaoke Box/izakaya thing on the second floor, a pool hall on the third floor, an independent multiplex cinema on top three floors and underground parking. Anyone want to invest with me? Better ideas for what to put there?

6 Replies to “More Capitol Hill Station”

  1. Seems like a lot of surface level real estate needed for an underground tunnel. I hope they plan on re-developing the land afterwards with mid-rise and not just make it a giant plaza/subway entrance.

  2. I think it will be some mid-rises. Land on Broadway is really valuable and with a subway station it’ll only go up in value

  3. It’ll definitely be redeveloped with mid-rise — that’s what the rezone to 6 stories is all about. ST has a department devoted to transit-oriented development that’s working on it.

  4. It won’t be taking both sides of Broadway. The road on which the station is centered on the map shown is Nagle Place. The Chang’s Mongolian Grill building is coming down, but nothing else west of Broadway.

    Two organizations with which I am affiliated, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and Capitol Hill Neighborhood Plan Stewardship Council, have arranged for a public meeting with Sound Transit next week so that everyone can find out what they’ve been up to in recent years and what current plans look like. I’ve e-mailed notices to several other local transit-oriented blogs, but can’t seem to find contact information for Daimajin.

    I’ll try to include the notice here. Daimajin, please contact me for more information (it looks like I’m logging in with my Google account, so I assume you’ll get contact information).


    Tuesday, June 12, 2007
    6:00 – 8:00 PM

    Seattle Central Community College Room 1110


    The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Capitol Hill Neighborhood Plan Stewardship Council are hosting a meeting regarding the planned Capitol Hill station for Sound Transit’s regional light rail. Sound Transit will present its current plans for the station entrances, property acquisition and relocation, and construction timeline. The Chamber and Stewardship Council will outline community driven principles for the station, related construction impacts, and subsequent redevelopment.

    In late 2006, the Sound Transit Board authorized work to design and construct the “University Link” which extends light rail from Downtown to the University of Washington including a station in the heart of Capitol Hill. This station, located on the east side of Broadway between John and Denny, is projected to have 12,000 boardings a day. Since the first of the year Sound Transit has been working on their plans for the Capitol Hill station and has initiated land acquisition and relocation. Their current timeframe calls for a seven year construction period.

    Sound Transit is now coming. The Chamber and the Stewardship Council recognize the benefits to the neighborhood and Broadway of improving connections to Downtown, the UW and the region as well as the potential for regional light rail to improve transportation mobility. However, it is also recognized that the station and subsequent redevelopment on Sound Transit land is a “hundred year” decision for the Capitol Hill community. From a neighborhood perspective it is critical the station entrances are appropriately designed and located, construction period impacts are addressed, and subsequent redevelopment supports mixed use buildings with strong retail on Broadway and housing that serves a mix of incomes. This is the critical decision making period.

    The meeting will have a short presentation, question and answer period, and an open house component for your questions and comments.

  5. The buzz in the architecture community is that we’ll be seeing some kind of co-development on the site that will ultimately result in the same kind of 5 over 1 developemnt that’s happening elsewhere on Broadway etc.

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