OK. Well, I’m confused. Here are what I’m guessing will soon be the former Rocket Apartments in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Not just chain link, but Honey Bucket chain link, for added appeal. I wrote here less than two months ago about the recent “rebranding” of The Rocket Apartments in Fremont, complete with new sign, new name, and some colorful paint, not to mention some new windows on the building closest to the Red Door Ale House. The sign is gone; the new posts remain. (Compare with the picture here.)
In my earlier post I noted that “The Rocket Apartments likely owe their continued existence to the current economic downturn.” That wasn’t too hard to figure out based on the change in ownership back in 2007 and the land use permit issued May 7, 2008, which is summarized on the DPD web site as follows:
Land Use Application to allow a 5-story building containing 7,832 sq. ft. of retail, 39,126 sq. ft. of office and 2,188 sq. ft. of restaurant space. Parking for 114 vehicles to be provided below and at grade. Existing 17 unit apartment building to be demolished. Project includes 10,764 cu. yds. of grading.
Type in the address and it turns up this web site, which consists of the below picture and one other view, presumably from behind the lot. The name is Evanston Space Project, a new project from the developer who brought us the Fremont Space Project, the multi-use building across the street from Lenin.
Fast forward a few years and a demolition permit for the site was issued on February 7, 2011, as well as a permit to “Construct a new 5-story office retail structure and basement garage and occupy per plan.” The old permit from May 2008 was set to expire on April 11, 2011. The new ones expire August 7, 2012.
OK. Back to my confusion. Two things:
First, I don’t understand why the property owner/developer bothered to make the half-hearted updates to The Rocket Apartments when they had already filed for a demolition permit or were at least planning to apply for one.
Second, I’m surprised at this report from the Fremont Universe blog, which states:
According to minutes from a Fremont Neighborhood Council meeting last August, developer Brian Regan discussed plans for a hotel at 35th and Evanston, which would be the site of the Rocket Apartments.
Their link is actually to the agenda, not the minutes. There don’t appear to be any minutes from that meeting online. But clearly a hotel doesn’t jive with the February 7, 2011 permit for a new 5-story office retail structure listed on the DPD site (see above). The Fremont Universe blog concludes:
We’ll know more about the specific plans when they’re discussed at a Land Use Committee meeting on Thursday, April 14, 10am at History House.
Assuming that’s correct, we’ll be interested to see their report. And even more interested to see what actually happens at the site.
UPDATE April 14, 2011: Yep. It’s currently planned to be office/retail. Developer Regan posted this comment in response to the Fremont Universe’s post:
Forget the hotel!
I’m going back to original office/retail building. Check out the Google Sketchup concept drawing at http://www.espspace.com
UPDATE June 22, 2011: Yep. The R.I.P part of this post’s title is now official: the Rocket Apartments have been demolished. Here’s a picture of the demolition in progress from last week. I passed by last night and the buildings are now completely gone, the site is cleared, and excavation appears to have begun. It’s hard to get too misty eyed about this one. Let’s hope the developer does a good job with the new project.