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December 11, 2017
Think of it as a reverse face-lift: Demolition equipment is taking down the two-story Kelly-Springfield building on Capitol Hill to make way for a new office project, but crews won't touch the century-old building's brick facade.
Bellevue-based Legacy Commercial is building five stories of office and retail space at 1525 11th Ave. — behind and beside the facade, which will get a good cleaning before the complex opens in May 2019.
According to the project website, the design respects Capitol Hill's automotive history by complementing the historic facade without distracting from it.
The new building will total 86,000 square feet, with 73,000 square feet of office space on the upper floors and 13,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor. A 2,000-square-foot balcony will be on the third floor, at the old facade's roofline, and the office building will have a rooftop deck with a dog walking area.
Underground parking will be provided for 35 cars, and a storage room for 35 bikes can be expanded to hold more than 80 bikes.
The retail space will use the building's original heavy timber framing, which is being removed during demolition. Monica Aydelotte, Legacy property and construction manager, said beams and posts will be soda blasted and reconstructed in their original configuration.
Ceilings in the retail areas will be nearly 17 feet high.
Aydelotte said Rhine Demolition should be finished on Dec. 22. The facade has been fitted with steel braces to protect it while the building behind is removed.
Civil construction will start early next year. Aydelotte said the civil phase will include some remediation work due to an old underground tank found on the site.
“We're clicking right along. It's definitely an exciting project for us,” she said.
Aydelotte said no leases have been signed yet, but the team is talking with several interested parties.
Tom Graff, president of commercial operations at broker Ewing & Clark, told the DJC last year that it could be difficult for Legacy to lease that much office space on Capitol Hill.
Graff said demand for office space on Capitol Hill is small because there isn't much there, except for medical offices. He said most office tenants in the neighborhood are creative firms such as architects and designers who want less than 2,000 square feet.
Kelly-Springfield is just south of Cal Anderson Park. It was home to REI for many years, then Value Village.
The project is owned by Tom Ellison of Legacy Companies, who also is an owner of Value Village. Legacy Companies is comprised of Legacy Capital and Legacy Commercial, which is the property management division. Legacy's website says that it owns a number of Value Village stores in Canada, as well as office and retail properties in Bellevue, Redmond, Everett, Portland, Colorado and California.
Here is the team: Ankrom Moisan Architects, architect; Sellen Construction, general contractor; Overcap LLC, owner's representative; Glumac, MEP design assist and energy compliance; Coughlin Porter Lundeen, structural engineer; DCI, civil engineer; Place, landscape architect; RDH, envelope consultant; Prime, electrical; and MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, plumbing and mechanical.
Benjamin Minnick can be reached by email or by phone at (206) 622-8272.