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‘The Pit’ development gets green light

November 29th, 2008 by master

The city’s planning department has given the preliminary go-ahead for Prescott Development to build a five-story apartment building at “The Pit,” the ugly empty lot that used to be home to Safeway at Stone Way and 39th.

Prescott is finalizing the purchase of the land from QFC, which backed out it its plans to develop the lot over rising costs. The new development calls for 150-units of apartments, underground parking and street-level retail.

Here’s an earlier sketch of the project.

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Give your opinion on upcoming development

September 30th, 2008 by master

Plans to demolish the current Tacos Guaymas and build a residential building on top of a new Tacos Guaymas is moving ahead. Plans call for six units to sit atop the restaurant with parking for 14 cars below-grade.

At an upcoming meeting, the developer will present its plans for the development to the Design Review Board. There will also be an opportunity at this meeting for the public to weigh in on the project. The meeting is Monday, Oct. 13th at 8 p.m. at the Ballard High School Library (1418 NW 65th St.)

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House demolished for townhomes

September 10th, 2008 by master

In what’s becoming a common sight in the neighborhood, workers have torn down a home on 46th and Evanston to make room for townhomes.

The 3-bedroom townhomes will sell for $459,000 each.

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Two-story house moves across Fremont

September 7th, 2008 by master

Updated: A little after 2 a.m. Sunday, a house pulled out of its parking spot on Palatine and headed to its new home ten blocks away. Literally.

As you might imagine, it was a slow, painstaking process. The truck moved only a couple miles per hour, and it stopped every few feet as crews checked the house, surrounding trees and overhanging wires from every angle.

Dozens of neighbors gathered to watch the event.

One man even played “The Saints go Marching in” on his trumpet.

As the home creeped toward intersections, like here on Palatine and 36th St., utility crews removed overhanging wires. In some cases, they had to hold up the wires while the house squeezed underneath.

New owner Steven Flynn (on the right) watched as the house made its way up steep Phinney Ave. to its new parking spot at 4020 Evanston. “It all started with the rug in my dining room,” he jokes. “One thing led to another.” Flynn said he was growing tired of his small, flimsy house when he saw the two-story home on Palatine. It was scheduled for demolition, but Flynn worked fast to line up the arrangements to buy the home and move it to his property.

While the move was scheduled to be completed at 7 a.m., crews were just backing the house into its new lot at 11 a.m.

The transport took longer than expected, as the house’s height combined with steep streets had line crews scrambling at every intersection. When asked if this would cost him a lot more, Flynn replied, “Yes, yes it does,” before running over to help crews move a board into position.

It was also a little tricky backing the home down the incline into the lot.

But the house’s new neighbors were happy to see the new addition. “I’m glad you saved that old house,” one woman told Flynn. An amazing thing to watch.

Update: Fremont Universe reader David has video. Thanks David!

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House ready for big move this weekend

September 4th, 2008 by master

The house on Palatine that’s moving to a new lot a few blocks away is jacked up and ready to go. You may remember that musician Steven Flynn swooped in at the last moment to save the home from demolition crews. He worked with the developers to hatch a plan to move it ten blocks away.

Crews are scheduled to move the home at 2 a.m. this Sunday, and we’ll have coverage of the big event right here on Fremont Universe.

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Fremont house saved, to be moved 10 blocks

August 24th, 2008 by master

That former bed-and-breakfast on Palatine in Fremont will be saved from demolition crews and moved to a new lot. Musician Steven Flynn scrambled to secure the financing and permits to move the home to his own lot 10 blocks away. He’s also tearing down his small, flimsy home to make room for the new arrival. The developers were scheduled to demolish the home a week and a half ago, but they cooperated with Flynn to make it happen. The move will take place 2 a.m. on September 7th.

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Musician trying to save Fremont house

August 11th, 2008 by master

A keyboardist for the Seattle band Jr. Cadillac, Steven Flynn is working against the clock to save a house in Fremont from the wrecking ball.

Developers are slated to demolish the home as early as Wednesday, and Flynn is trying to secure enough financing to move it ten blocks away, reports the PI. The house is 100 years old and has an interesting history: it was recently Gypsy Arms, a bed-and-breakfast complete with an S&M dungeon in the basement.

The plot of land along Palatine just up from 36th is sandwiched between townhouses, and that’s exactly what developers are planning to build there. In fact, there are new townhouses springing up all over this part of Fremont. We’ll update you on what happens in Flynn’s quest to save the home.

Related: Ballard woman’s efforts to recycle a house

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