I lived in First Hill a few blocks south of the Pike/Pine Corridor from 1996 to 2006. There was development in the neighborhood over that period. Harvard Market, the Elysian, and the Break Room opened. New shiny mixed-use buildings anchored by Madison Market and Trader Joe’s opened on Madison, and another highly visible mixed-use block appeared at the north end of Broadway. Moe’s became ARO space became Neumos. Other businesses—record stores, bookstores, bars, restaurants—came and went. Things changed in other words. But that all seems like nothing compared to the onslaught of development that has happened since around 2005.
Visiting Capitol Hill these days is a disorienting experience. Pike/Pine north of Broadway and Broadway itself have been radically remade. And more large-scale development appears like it might be on the way. I’ve written here about two of the potential developments: the Undre Arms and Sun Electric projects. Another that appears to actually be under way is the Bullitt Foundation’s Cascadia Center on the former site of C.C. Attles.
I mention all this because CHS Capitol Hill has a useful summary of the Capitol Hill development year in review (as well as a review of the Capitol Hill year in food and drink). They also appear to be trying to break a story about a potential landmark nomination for the Bank of America building on Broadway at least temporarily derailing 230 Broadway, one of the other massive projects expected to move forward in the new year.