In August the Seattle City Council fast-tracked an ordinance to temporarily include the Showbox building in the Pike Place Market Historic District for 10 months. Including the site in the historic district gives the Pike Place Market Historical Commission authority over how the building is used, in addition to structural or cosmetic changes. The city’s move was designed to block a proposed a 442-unit apartment building with the ground floor tenants being retailers by Vancouver, B.C., developer Onni Group that could result in the demolition of the Showbox, while exploring ways to preserve the music venue long-term. Since them a lawsuit has been filed that aims to invalidate the ordinance and failing that, lawyers will seek approximately $40 million in damages, based upon the property’s “fair and reasonable” market value. Also, in August Historic Seattle started a movement to nominate the Showbox for landmark status. A trial date has been set for Jan. 28, 2019.
We’ll continue to track what is happening with the fate of the Showbox and how we can assist in its preservation.Tags: advocacy, preservation, Showbox