Big development may force small Capitol Hill businesses to move

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 11, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 12 at 7:28 AM

SEATTLE - Bauhaus Books and Coffee is already selling t-shirts that remind customers their days in the Capitol Hill location are numbered.

The coffee house and a handful of other small businesses will have to close their doors to make room for a mixed-use apartment building on East Pine Street between Bellevue and Melrose Avenues.

Customer Kim Stedman has been a regular for a decade.

"Honestly, I am trying not to read the news about it because it bothers me that much," said Stedman."My fear is that it is a sign that the neighborhood is permanently changing."

A manager at Bauhaus said their move out date has been pushed back. They will stay in the space at least until the end of September.

Next door, at Love City Love there is concern because the business brings artists into the neighborhood. People are able to showcase their work as well as hosts Jazz nights and community gatherings. Owner Lucien Pellegrin has mixed feelings about moving out for the building project.

"I think it is incredible to see all this new energy in our city. The downfall is usually with a lot of development, artists and lower class people get pushed out of the neighborhood," said Pellegrin.

The Capitol Hill Blog reports that the developer is planning an eight-story, 180-unit apartment building with retail space. Businesses, like Bauhaus, are planning on moving to a new location.

 

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