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Archive for April, 2011

Always a welcome sight

I don’t read Seattle’s free alternative weekly The Stranger much these days.  I did, however, pick up the latest edition while waiting for a takeout order the other day.  And it seems much the same as when I first picked it up back in 1995: same style, thematic content, and even some of the same writers.  My waning interest in The Stranger, then, is definitely a case of it’s not you, it’s me.  I mention this because this week The Stranger actually did peak my interest with an Ode to Manny’s.

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Target: The Point at Salmon Bay
Address: Shilshole Avenue
Status: Pending Foreclosure

Proposed Land Use -- Cancelled

The Seattle Times reported last week that Columbia State Bank has filed notice that it intends to foreclose on the site of a proposed six-story, 170-room hotel in Ballard.  The site in question is the parking lot of the former Yankee Grill.  The Notice of Proposed Land Use Action for the project, like plenty of others in the neighborhood, is well past its sell-by date.

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Target: Hjarta Part Deux
Address: 1537 NW 56th Street, Seattle
Status: Proposed

Notice of Proposed Land Use Action

It took me a moment to figure out the target of this Notice of Application when I first saw it here online.  The Ballard News Tribune, which reported the application last Friday, still doesn’t appear to have figured it out.  Can’t really blame them I suppose.  It does seem a bit hard to believe given what certainly still appear to be sluggish sales at the Hjarta (and elsewhere).  We wrote here last year on the Hjarta’s move downtown, its dramatic re-branding (capitalize that H), and also presented a nifty “stopmotion” view of the Hjarta being built.

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Omaha - Kansas City - Denver - Seattle

Omaha, Kansas City, Denver, Seattle: Beebe and Runyan Furniture hit all the high spots.  According to the City of Seattle, they likely occupied this location in what was formerly known as the Denny Triangle from the mid-1950s to the 1970s, which might explain why the red paint still looks relatively fresh.  The building itself was built in 1910 as a warehouse with ground floor storefronts beneath an “overhanging classical cornice” since “lost.”  From about 1936 to at least 1955, the building was occupied by the Northwestern Furniture Sales Company.

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Back in the day

The New York Times Magazine had an article on the New York Cosmos last Sunday — The Ruler of the Cosmos — with this subtitle:

Can a former real estate magnate from the U.K. revive the storied New York soccer team and turn it into the sport’s biggest club in the world?

Not surprisingly, the article, written by a business reporter, is more about Paul Kemsley, the “real estate magnate” in question, than the MLS.  But the MLS and Commissioner Don Garber, in particular, do get some play.  According to the NYT:

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Colorado Rapids 0, Seattle Sounders 1

Zak in happier circumstances

My god.  That was just horrific.  I was at the Market Arms watching and I initially thought it was my impaired vision, but—aaggh—no, that really was Zak’s leg flopping around.  The rest of the game, all 87 minutes, was largely irrelevant.  We won and that’s great.  But the price was much too high.  Latest news from the Sounders is that Zakuani underwent successful surgery late Friday night to repair a fractured right tibia and fibula.    

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Target: 5 Corner Market Bar & Kitchen
Address: 2200 NW Market Street, Seattle
Status: Closed

Closed.

This is a relatively high profile closure and after just 4 months, perhaps some kind of a record.  The creatively named 5 Corner Market Bar & Kitchen occupied the space that was formerly Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian at the messy meeting of 22nd Ave NW, NW Market, and Leary Way.  Earlier this week, 5 Corner owner, Steve Hayter, quoted in a press release, said “the concept received an enthusiastic reception in Ballard, but there ultimately wasn’t enough patronage to sustain the business.” 

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