Seattle Central's South Annex/International Programs building.
Seattle Central's South Annex/International Programs building.

Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nominations for two Broadway properties owned by Seattle Central College on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Seattle Central is seeking to redevelop the properties by selling or leasing them to a developer. The request for a landmarks hearing was made to determine if the properties might have any limitations, according to Seattle Central spokesman David Sandler.

The sites under review for potential landmark status are 1515 Broadway (Atlas Building) and 1519 Broadway (Eldridge Tire). The Seattle Landmarks preservation Board will consider these nominations at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Seattle City Hal, 600 Fourth Ave., Floor L2, in the Boards and Commissions Room L2-80.

Seattle Central has issued a Request for Letters of Interest from developers that could repurpose these sites, and its South Annex/International Programs building at 907-909 Pine Street up the street, which is comprised of two buildings and an adjoining parking lot. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.

“The College intends to make both sites available for development under a long-term ground lease or sale,” the RFI states. “Responses to this request will be used to select a short list of developers to be invited to submit more detailed development proposals.”

Seattle Central’s request states the college is amenable to both sites being developed together, separately, in phases, or with mixed uses, and is also open to proposals to repurpose three additional parcels it owns on the east side of Harvard Avenue between Pike and Pine.

The college has the right of first refusal to purchase Sound Transit’s Site D, a surplus property north of the campus on Broadway that was acquired when the Capitol Hill light rail extension was being developed.

Seattle Centrals RFI states a condition of acquiring Site D may result in the construction of 44 affordable housing units (38,000 square feet) at either the Atlas Building or South Annex sites.

Seattle Central president Sheila Edwards Lange told the Capitol Hill Times when she took the position permanently last May that the Sound Transit property could be used to expand academic programs, and even a technology education center. She said at the time a public-private partnership would likely be needed.

She also said she would be focusing on demand for more affordable student and faculty housing options near campus.

As Seattle Central goes through the landmarks process on the Broadway sites, its RFI states only the South Annex, constructed in 1906 as a design school and boarding house for Broadway High School, “is deemed likely by the college’s architects to be designated for historic preservation.”

A short history

The first portion of the 1515 Broadway property was constructed in 1911, and addressed as 1513 Broadway in 1913. H.L. Keats Auto Company operated there from 1914-16, followed by a series of automotive companies. The address changed to 1515 Broadway in 1920, and the original tenant, Scott E. Bird, was listed for Republic Trucks. Stewart-Warner Products Service Station was the sole tenant by 1922, according to the landmarks report, staying until possibly the early 1930s. During that time, the southern bay of the building was divided into a separate retail space and the structure was 1513 and 1515 Broadway.

The building underwent significant repairs following a fire in 1942, according to the landmark nomination report composed for Seattle Central.

It was vacant in 1944, before the two spaces were combined and occupied by Arnold’s Auto Upholstery until 1969. Capitol Hill Automotive was granted a change-of-use permit to run an auto service garage there, until the building was divided and renovated in 1993. An unknown restaurant took the 1513 side while Atlas Clothing took the 1515 Broadway space until closing in 2011. Seattle Central uses the space for storage, while the 1513 Broadway space is now occupied by burger spot Freddy Junior’s.

Eldridge Buick Company constructed the 1519 Broadway building in 1925 for a tire and service shop, operating there for a decade, before leasing the property to Broadway Tire Service. Davies Chevrolet Company located its repair shop there in 1944. A taxi service purchased the building in 1963. Hasson Shoe Repair used the southern portion in 1966 and Mel’s Barber Shop used the northern side. Follicle Hair Design now occupies the northern side, while Tacos Guaymas is in the southern portion, which was first converted to a restaurant by the Broadway Café in 2010.

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