OK, so I just looked up the sales records and DPD permits for that address, and here's what I found.
The property, which also includes the little shop next door, was sold last summer to Rudeen Development LLC, of Spokane, Washington. Their website explains the project this way:
Beacon Hill Mixed-Use:
This project is located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA, just minutes from the downtown are. Currently in the planning stages, this project will be a mix of 30 studio, one and two bedroom condominiums, with over 6,000 sq ft of retail and two level's of garage parking. Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2008
Project Manager: Kyle Kappen
Construction Period: Summer 2008
Size/SF/Units: 30 condominiums and 6,000 sq ft retail space
Location: Beacon Hill in Seattle, WA
I'm not super-impressed with their other projects. Here's a commercial project from 2006:
And a residential one from 2007:
Oh, God, you guys, I think I am going to cry. I hate to think of the site-appropriate Roman brick building getting replaced with a monstrosity like that.
Of course, they don't really sound like the type of company whose main objective is to improve the communities they enter:
Rudeen Development, LLC. specializes in multi-family housing unit development, and management. We also conceive light commercial, light industrial properties in the northwest. Now in our twentieth year, we seek to further characterize our illustrious endeavors in the development industry. Finally, our ability to streamline the construction industry through vertical integration permits us the capacity to facilitate cost-effective building solutions.
("Cost-effective building solutions" do not sound that pretty to me. Eek.)
No one has filed any permits with the DPD yet. The last permits for this property date back to 2003, when the space was remodeled to house the church.
Since they're out-of-town developers, they probably don't know what an eyesore their building is becoming. Does someone want to file a graffiti complaint on them and get that process started? Let me know in the comments; otherwise, I'll do it.
Are you community activist folks ready to deal with this? I know you had some luck influencing the design of the Delite Bakery. The magnitude of this project is much larger; we'll definitely need to let them know we don't want to see the images above in our neighborhood.
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