Seattle Immersive Theatre moving into old Silver Platters building
After sitting vacant for two and a half years, the Silver Platters/Tower Records spot on the corner of 5th Ave N and Roy St is the new home of Seattle Immersive Theatre. The theatre has signed a one-year lease for the location, with an option to extend their stay on Queen Anne.
As reported in June, the building at 701 5th Ave N and the adjacent parking lot are slotted for a 5-story, 97 unit development, and according to the development company, the project is still “in progress” – but with a tenant secured for the building and no activity since the Land Use application in May 2015, the project may be slow in breaking ground.
Meanwhile, Seattle Immersive Theatre is moving in and opening its 2016 run with Romeo & Juliet, opening February 18th – coincidentally, the same classic story that Pacific Northwest Ballet performs at McCaw Hall starting February 5th through the 14th.
Seattle Immersive Theatre has an interactive approach to theatre, with the audience participating in the performance. Romeo & Juliet is a “new, edgier interpretation that invites our guests to take part in the Capulet’s masquerade ball as both revelers and witnesses to the tragedy.”
Seattle Immersive Theatre describes their approach as follows:
“An immersive theatre experience is a play where an audience member can hang a hat on the fourth wall. You might be assuming the role of a student receiving a lecture on the paranormal, or a tourist being guided through a steam power plant. Throughout the course of a production, you might converse directly with cast members, handle props, or even have to wonder where the play ends and reality begins. There are no spotlights to tell you what you’re supposed to be looking at, no musical cues to tell you what to feel, and no dimming lights to tell you when the play has started; your individual experience will be a wholly unique thing.”
Seattle Immersive Theatre plans to stage 2-3 shows in their new Queen Anne home in 2016. You can read more about the company here and buy your tickets for Romeo & Juliet here. The first few weekend performances are already sold out, and to preserve the intimacy of the performance, only 40 tickets are available for each show.
According to Seattle Immersive Theatre’s Arts & Media Liaison, the company plans “to become a destination spot for the neighborhood.” Get ready to welcome another performing arts organization to the neighborhood!
Eight story hotel & residential building proposed at Mercer & Aurora
A proposed eight-story hotel on the the corner of Mercer St and Aurora Ave N will change the landscape on the edge of Queen Anne.
No design documents are available yet for 601 Aurora Ave N, but the building will house 130 hotel rooms along with 126 residential units. This particular building will have parking for 195 vehicles in an underground parking garage.
Currently, a low two-story brick building sits on the site (it’ll be demolished). The neighboring Sheraton hotel is 4 stories, for reference. The new 8-story building will sit on a .61 acre parcel. In the screen shot below, the hotel/residential combo building will on the left, at the intersection of the bridge (Aurora) and Mercer St:
A review meeting will be held on January 6th at 6:30pm, at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W). All are welcome to attend, but at this point, there are no sketches or plans for review.
Aurora nighttime lane closures start Monday, plus full closure next weekend
WSDOT will be closing one lane of Southbound 99/Aurora for tunnel work next week, Monday through Thursday nights. Then, next Friday, both Northbound and Southbound 99/Aurora will be completely closed between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street. The following weekend brings more nightly lane closures. From WSDOT:
Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19 – SR 99 will be closed between the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday. Details below:
– All northbound lanes of SR 99 will be closed during this time
– All southbound will be closed from 9pm Friday to 7am Saturday
– One southbound SR 99 lane will remain closed between Valley and Thomas from 9pm Friday until 1pm Saturday
Monday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 22 – One lane of southbound SR 99 will be closed between Roy and Mercer streets from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly.
Think of these mini-closures as preparation for 7 weeks of lane closures that begins in mid-January. Between the Aurora Bridge and Highland Dr, one lane in each direction will be closed around the clock for approximately seven weeks. An additional lane will be closed at night when there is less traffic on the road and on some weekends to provide additional work zone for the contractor. One lane will remain open during this work.
Plan ahead, for next week, and stay tuned for a January reminder about the extended January closure.
Interbay Place affordable housing opens next week
The construction on the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) 97-unit affordable housing project in Interbay is complete, and the doors will open next Tuesday, December 15th. The project provides housing and supportive services for homeless men and women with serious mental and addictive illnesses or other disabling conditions.
The housing complex at 2208 15th Ave W is DESC’s latest Housing First location. DESC will host a grand opening of the new building on Tuesday, December 15th with Mayor Ed Murray and DESC Executive Director Daniel Malone.
The mission of DESC’s Interbay Place is providing “97 men and women who have been homeless for long periods of time and living with mental illness, substance use disorders, and other disabilities an opportunity to reclaim their lives through safe, affordable housing, onsite clinical services, and even employment support.”
Residents of Interbay Place will be selected based upon their individual vulnerabilities and needs. DESC staff will work with residents to address the issues that contributed to their homelessness.
Bank of America is opening an Upper Queen Anne location
For the past month, we’ve had readers and business owners alike tip us that they heard rumors about the prime street-level corner spot at 1501 Queen Anne Ave N. They all said the same thing: it’s going to be a Bank of America.
Located directly across the street from Chase Bank, on the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and W Galer St, the storefront used to house a salon/spa. Per the City of Seattle permit records, the use has been changed to “commercial” for a “Bank of America Express Store” – a type of Bank of America launched in 2013, described as follows:
“Express banking centers offer a more flexible schedule than a full-service branch, while integrating more benefits of technology with onsite associates who can assist customers with their financial needs. Customers can use new, advanced technology to perform the most common transactions. Associates are also available to answer customers’ questions, open new accounts and guide them on convenient self-service banking options including Online Banking and Mobile Banking.”
The new Bank of America location will have plenty of company/competition, as it will join Chase, Wells Fargo, Umpqua, Homestreet, Union, Umpqua, and Key, all with locations on a less than half-a-mile stretch on Queen Anne Ave N.
Uptown Planning Open House is Thursday at McCaw Hall
This Thursday, October 8th, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is hosting an open house and scoping meeting for the Uptown Urban Center. The meeting will run from 5:30pm to 8pm at McCaw Hall (Allen Foundation for the Arts Room)
Planning for the Uptown Urban Design Framework has been underway with community stakeholders, DPD, and the Seattle Center. The Framework provides a vision for the development of Uptown, and includes the following issues:
- Establishing Uptown as an Arts and Culture District
- Increasing housing diversity (housing type and affordability)
- Development of a multi-modal transportation system that includes high capacity transit, bike, and pedestrian facilities
- Addressing a complex parking situation
- Zoning for open spaces, affordable housing, and cultural spaces
- Advocating for a school and community center
The meeting also signals the kickoff of two actions in the Urban Design Framework:
1) DPD environmental impact statement to evaluate building height increases
2) Seattle Center and Uptown Strategic Parking study
If you’re interested in any of the above issues or the two actions being kicked off on Thursday, attend the meeting at McCaw Hall. All interested residents and business owners are welcome to attend.