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May 11, 2015

Chophouse Row opens with retail, office and 3 penthouses

Image by SKL Architects and Graham Baba Architects [enlarge]
Developer Liz Dunn said Chophouse Row was the most challenging project her firm has done.

Chophouse Row on Capitol Hill is open for business.

The developer, Dunn & Hobbes, said it has finished construction of the seven-story complex at 1424 11th Ave., between Pike and Union streets.

The building has an “open market” at street level, including in an alley and courtyard, with six retail tenants. Above are four floors of office space and three penthouse apartments on top.

All the retail and office space has been leased.

One of the three apartments is leased, and the others will be available this month. The website lists the rent at $4,800.

Dunn & Hobbes said this is the first new office building in the Pike/Pine corridor in nearly 80 years.

There are four tenants. Mazlo created a mobile app that connects people with coaches who help them change behavioral habits. Glympse lets users share their locations on a map in real time. Tectonic is a software design firm with offices in Seattle and Boston. The Cloud Room is a co-working space that doubles as a social club and event space.

Photo courtesy of Dunn & Hobbes [enlarge]
The retail is designed as an “open market” at street level, including the alley and courtyard.

Dunn & Hobbes said two retailers are already open: a garden store called Niche Outside, and Kurt Farm Shop, which sells ice cream, cheese and plant starts.

Three other retailers will open soon. One is a small-batch bakery called Amandine. Matt Dillon and Marc Papineau are opening a restaurant called Upper Bar Ferd'nand, the sequel to Dillon's Bar Ferd'nand at Melrose Market. It will focuses on dry-aged and cured meats, and local seafood. Ericka Burke is opening Chop Shop Cafe & Bar, which will have a seasonal menu and a juice bar with a grab-and-go section.

Here is the design team: Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects and Graham Baba Architects; MRJ Constructors, general contractor; and MA Wright, structural engineer. Graham Baba and MRJ Constructors also designed and built Melrose Market on Capitol Hill for Dunn & Hobbes.

Lesley Bain of Framework advised on urban design and master planning, and Shannon Loew of FIX was the construction project manager.

Heartland LLC is Dunn & Hobbes' capital partner, and HomeStreet Bank financed the project.

Dunn & Hobbes said the existing auto row-era facade and about 80 percent of the interior were preserved.

Liz Dunn, president of Dunn & Hobbes, said in a press release, “This project was the most challenging we've ever tackled on a number of fronts: the creation of new public space; the challenges of bolting a new loft structure to a historic building; and the stacking of retail, office and residential spaces in one building.”

Dunn & Hobbes co-developed Melrose Market, and developed Agnes Lofts and the Piston & Ring Building. The firm preserved historic features in each of these projects.

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