Theundrearms.com web site is succinct and to the point, and simply states:
We, the residents of the charmingly ratty Undre Arms, are not responsible for the opinions held by our landlord, who is the one with “the sign” in Apt.1.
The Undre Arms apartments are located at 11th and Union in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. I used to live nearby and must have passed that building literally hundreds of times. In fact, I’m pretty sure the tire of my car picked up a nail from the street out front one time. I made it less than a block before I had to pull over, and remembered with a sinking feeling that my spare was also flat. And so began a saga I won’t repeat here.
I noticed the dot.com added to the name above the door, the infamous sign in the first floor window, and the fact that the building looked like it was falling down. But the Undre Arms/Under Arms thing didn’t really occur to me. I guess I usually had other things on my mind. Faced with the news of the building’s demolition for a mixed use residential development, the puns quickly flowed. The worst I saw alluded to the building meeting “that big deodorant stick in the sky.” Ouch.
Like so many proposed developments in Seattle and elsewhere, plans were shelved in the wake of the great real estate crash or downturn, depending on your perspective. At least in this case the building wasn’t razed or boarded-up in the meantime. But as I noted here, the project proposed for this location back in 2007 (see below) looks like it might get underway again.
The news broke just a week after the Seattle Weekly published The Pit That Won’t Quit, a lengthy article about the place and it’s various tenants. The article, which might, as the CHS Capital Hill blog suggests, end up being a requiem for the place, is quite entertaining and worth a quick look if you’ve ever wondered what the slacker other half does with their time.
And here to justify the headline is a clip of The Church playing Undre.. sorry Under… the Milky Way. See if you can guess the decade.