I realize that the WS Senior Center in the Junction just remodeled a couple of years ago, but let¹s consider the possibility of having the Senior Center as
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, Mar 2 2:06 PM
Re: [ourtown_westseattle] Looks like we're moving on to Chapter 2!I realize that the WS Senior Center in the Junction just remodeled a couple of years ago, but let’s consider the possibility of having the Senior Center as part of the new development. There’s plenty of parking (currently), more than what is available to the Center, and it’s as conveniently located. It would have to be upstairs, but so is the current Center. I don’t know if the Senior Center owns where they are now (I doubt it), but if they do, given its prime location, it would sell for quite a bit. If they don’t, their rent is probably pretty high. Might be less were they to move. And if the Senior Center should move to the CSF site, we’ll have an amazingly strong and vocal advocacy group for the café!
On 2/27/08 11:40 PM, "Mark Wainwright" <mwainwright@...> wrote:
Hello all -
A source in the local real estate biz has confirmed with me that the
Petco deal is officially dead. They have abandoned their project and
have moved on to more welcoming places.
Make no mistake about it - the efforts of the community directly
affected this action. Everyone who participated in any part of the
process is to be congratulated. That said, I won't call this a "win" for
anybody quite yet.
Regarding the subject line of this message - we are indeed moving on to
the next chapter of this saga...
The property owner, through my real estate contact, is basically asking
"so what does the community want to see happen on that site?" So it's
our turn to let them know our vision for the Charlestown Cafe site.
And yes, the irony of the fire at the Charlestown Cafe is quite crazy.
But it does point to the fact that the building is close to, or at the
end, of its "life", and that changes on the site are inevitable. I don't
believe that the status quo is a long-term option.
So that said, what should happen there?
We've maintained from the very beginning that we want the best thing for
our neighborhood. What does that look like? To me, a new home for the
Cafe, along with some other cool neighborhood retail, and possibly some
affordable housing options would be great. Others may feel differently.
Yes, there is the potential of affecting views of some neighboring
homes, so that is definitely a consideration. And there are plenty of
other things to consider.
I'd love to hear your thoughts. This is, after all, what we've all been
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