Tons of out-of-towners, shoppers and tourists come to Fremont every year to check out our wares. They stay a while but eventually they have to leave for other parts of town when they want to bunk down for the night (unless you’re renting out your sofa). That might be about to change as an application was recently filed to turn the 23-apartment complex at 3515 Fremont Ave. into an upscale hostel.
The apartments above the Dubliner, Frame Up and the soon-to-be-open Pie are the ones in question. Currently in use as short-term apartments, the building owners are not renewing leases and only a handful of tenants still remain. Once they have moved out and, assuming the Department of Neighborhoods approves the application, the hostel will move in. Residents received notice about the building’s sale back in May.
The folks behind the Fremont hostel project are the same ones behind the extremely-popular City Hostel Seattle in Belltown. Hostel owner Lee Kindell and Gibraltar Capital are hoping to bring the same kind of inexpensive, stylish and fun environment to Fremont. Boxwood is handling the design planning.
Plans call for a bed and breakfast-style, 23-room, upscale hostel with shared bathrooms. Along with enticing people to stay in Fremont, it will also act as an overflow for the Belltown location, which is often booked up.
Expectations are to have the place open in the Spring or Summer but no later than Fall 2011.