Archive for November, 2012

Find out what happened to the 120 artists displaced from 619 Western

November 30, 2012  |  Art, Event, First Thursday, PI  |  No Comments

Event: Edd Cox Fine Art
313 First Ave South, Pioneer Square Seattle
Thursday, December 6th from 6pm – 10pm

Edd Cox Fine Art will host an exhibition of artworks created by twenty five former artists of the 619 Western Arts Building and premiere an advanced preview of the 619 Western Documentary. An independent documentary on Seattle’s historic 619 Western Building and the Artists that gave it life.

On October 1st of 2011, one hundred and twenty artists left their creative studios, galleries and performance spaces. A notice that they had 60 days to vacate, after they had been told by WSDOT that they had more than a year to prepare, made the transition extremely difficult.

What kind of efforts does it take to move a studio, find a new location and re-establish a new studio in sixty days? If one could actually be found.

When the initial announcement that the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project would close the 619 Arts Building, two filmmakers, Brian Nunes and John Backstrom, began filming for a documentary to record the last months of the building that a had been a creative center of Seattle for thirty years. Filming the unique events at ArtWalk and intimate interviews with artists, press, neighborhood leaders and developers, the film explores the lives of these artists and the endeavors they pursue to find new creative spaces along with city leaders who share their concern in maintaining a vibrant creative city.

The exhibition evening of December 6th will reunite these artist, press, neighborhood and civic leaders in an exhibition of artworks in many disciplines and styles. Artists will speak about the creative experience of 619 and where they are now. Filmmakers Brian Nunes and new collaborator/filmmakers Boaz Ashkenazy and Amy Enser of Studio216 will present a short preview of the film and speak about the forthcoming newly edited 619 Western Documentary.

New parking website to help find cheap rates

November 29, 2012  |  Parking, PI  |  No Comments

With so many great shops and restaurants, Pioneer Square and the Waterfront are the places to be this holiday season. So what’s the best way to find affordable, convenient parking near your favorite holiday hot spot? Easy – visit

There you’ll find reduced rate parking garages, hours and directions, all within a snowball’s throw of holiday excitement. Visit Pioneer Square and the Waterfront to pick up a unique gift or enjoy a celebratory meal, and find thousands of parking spaces exactly where you need to be.

Dogs on Parade in Pioneer Square

November 28, 2012  |  Alley, Event, First Thursday, PI, Residents  |  No Comments

There are a lot of events happening next week at First Thursday (12/6):

5pm: Dog Costume Contest
5:30pm: Music by Sean Bendickson
6pm: Tree Lighting Ceremony
6:15pm: Dog Parade
6:45pm: Caroling by the Beaconettes


All dogs are welcome to join the Dog Parade *registration and costume not required*


Brought to you by the International Sustainability Institute and the Alliance for Pioneer Square with help from the Pioneer Square BIA, Pioneer Pet Feed & Supply, Intrigue Chocolates, Grand Central Bakery, Fireworks, Feet First, NBIS, Back Alley Bike Repair, Metropolitan Improvement District & Waste Management

Pioneer Square in the News

November 27, 2012  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Il Corvo moving to Pioneer Square (Seattle Times)
l Corvo has outgrown its space. The tiny handmade pasta shop on the Pike Place Market Hill Climb, sharing quarters with Procopio Gelateria, is preparing for a move to its own more sizable spot in Pioneer Square. After Friday (Nov. 30), chef-owner Mike Easton will stop serving his $10 and under, “working person’s” lunches like garganelli with braised beef sugo alla toscano, or Yukon potato gnocchi in Parmesan-beef broth reduction. In January, if all goes well, he’ll reopen in an 1,100-square-foot storefront at 217 James St.

Restaurateur, merchants want to revitalize Pioneer Square, one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods (PSBJ)
Chef Matt Dillon and two other merchants from Melrose Market on Seattle’s Capitol Hill are opening four businesses in the heart of Pioneer Square, and boosters of the beleaguered neighborhood say other entrepreneurs are not far behind.

Are These People The Saviors Of Pioneer Square? (Curbed)
While South Lake Union has been remade and there are many plans for SoDo to be reborn, Pioneer Square has always seemed like a Seattle neighborhood with a lot of potential but not much follow through. Chef Matt Dillon wants to help kickstart the next phase in Pioneer Square’s seemingly never-end revitalization as one of a handful of merchants and business owners who hope that their incoming shops will mark the beginning of a new era in Seattle’s first neighborhood.

Police: 2 men wounded by knives at Pioneer Square nightclub (KIRO)
Two men were assaulted with knives early Saturday morning at a Pioneer Square nightclub, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Police have few answers after stabbing at Pioneer Square nightclub (KOMO)
Police have little to go on in their search for whoever stabbed two men, sending one to the hospital, early Saturday at a Pioneer Square nightclub.

Op-ed: A public-safety crisis in Seattle? Homicide statistics provide perspective (Seattle Times)
The rash of shootings in Seattle during the first five months of the year alarmed citizens and officials wanting to respond to the “public-safety emergency.” But the drop-off in shootings suggest the earlier rate was an anomaly.

Viaduct’s pending demise spurs apartment-tower plan (Seattle Times)
Developer Harbor Urban’s site, now in the shadow of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, would have unobstructed views once the highway is demolished.

Pioneer Square in the News

November 20, 2012  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Digital marketing firm Ascentium rebrands as Smith, relocates HQ to Seattle’s Pioneer Square (GeekWire)
The 300-person company also announced that it is moving its headquarters from Bellevue to the Palmer Court Building in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood.

Chef Matt Dillon’s homemade yogurt: You can make it, too! (Seattle Times)
Today the two restaurants turn out big batches of yogurt (from six gallons of milk) twice a week. It also will be a featured item at Dillon’s new venture, Bar Sajor, which is expected to open soon in Pioneer Square.

Seattle Police promise more officers on streets for holiday shopping (MyNorthwest)
Seattle Police Captain James Dermody said they’ll focus on areas between 3rd and 7th Avenues and Union to Olive Streets as well, as select locations within Pioneer Square.

Veterans walk from Kennewick to Seattle in six days (Seattle Times)
Army veterans Stuart McKenzie, 31, of Kennewick and Todd M. Hamilton, 35, now living in Chandler, Arizona walked 45-55 miles each day for six days with 80-pound rucksacks on their backs to raise money and awareness for the Shadow 6 Foundation, an advocacy organization for returning veterans.

The totem pole as art: How they came to be (newsminer)
The first totem pole Jonaitis visits in her book is the famous one situated in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. The one found today is actually a replica of the original, which was taken without permission from the village of Tongass by a group of businessmen touring the Inside Passage in 1899. Treated as a trophy of their travels, the men hauled it back to Seattle and had it erected as a symbol of their city. In keeping with the times no thought was given to the pole’s original owners, who were enraged by its theft.

March to the Match this Sunday + Large Crowds Expected

November 15, 2012  |  Event, PI, Traffic Alert  |  No Comments

Join Sound Wave and the Presidents of the United States of America for live music at the March to the Match this Sunday, 11/18 at 4:30pm at Occidental Square Park.

Also, for residents of the neighborhood — be prepared for some traffic congestion as this is a playoff match and will be drawing very large crowds to the neighborhood.

Positions open on Pioneer Square Preservation Board

November 14, 2012  |  Announcement, Call to Action, PI  |  No Comments

Applications are due by Nov. 30 for two open positions for Seattle residents on the Pioneer Square Preservation Board, one for an attorney and the other for a historian or architectural historian.

The board reviews land use, new construction, changes of use, facade alterations, signs, and street improvements within the Pioneer Square Preservation District.

Email your letter of interest and resume to: (reference Pioneer Square Preservation Board in the subject line). Or mail it to Genna Nashem, Pioneer Square Preservation Board Coordinator, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA, 98124-4649.

Pioneer Square in the News

November 12, 2012  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Chef Matt Dillon’s Pioneer Square restaurant about a month away (PSBJ)
Matt Dillon, winner of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northwest award, hopes for a mid-December opening for his latest venture, a Mediterranean-style bar in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. Construction is under way.

FREE PARKING for First Thursday art patrons (Seattle PI)
The Alliance for Pioneer Square, WSDOT and the City of Seattle are teaming up with Pioneer Square businesses and parking operators to offer free parking during the next six First Thursday art walks. Free parking is available between 5 pm and 10 pm on the following First Thursdays: November 1, December 6, February 7, March 7, April 4, or May 2.

Seattle DJ disappears on Halloween night (KIRO)
A young DJ who works at clubs and teen dances in the Seattle area has not been seen for eight days. Twenty-two-year-old Leon Hall, also known as DJ Blue, was last seen at Club Volume in Pioneer Square late Halloween night. He was kicked out of the club around 12:30 a.m. for being disorderly.

Seattle startups surging, east and west (Seattle Times)
My inbox is filling up with news from Seattle-area startups that are expanding like crazy. For example, Seattle-based SpaceCurve announced that it moved into a larger Pioneer Square office, where it plans to nearly double its development team over the next few months.

FREE PARKING for First Thursday art patrons

November 8, 2012  |  First Thursday, Parking, PI  |  No Comments

The Alliance for Pioneer Square, WSDOT and the City of Seattle are teaming up with Pioneer Square businesses and parking operators to offer free parking during the next six First Thursday art walks. The promotion is one of several steps WSDOT and the SDOT are taking to offset lost on-street parking due to construction of the State Route 99 tunnel and other work along the waterfront.

First Thursday patrons can take advantage of the program by parking in one of three participating parking facilities and receiving a parking voucher from their destination.

Free parking is available between 5 pm and 10 pm on the following First Thursdays: November 1, December 6, February 7, March 7, April 4, or May 2. The parking locations and more information about the free parking promotion are available at (Meghan Shepard, 684-4208).

You can also find more info at this blog post.


The Post: new apartments opening in Pioneer Square

November 7, 2012  |  Announcement, Construction, PI, Residents  |  No Comments

A brand new building is slated to open December 21st at 888 Western Avenue, called The Post:

Warm sustainable and completely contemporary, The Post offers 208 luxury Studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments homes with unique layouts, condo-style finishes and stunning views of the city, waterfront and mountains beyond.

The Post also offers the following amenities:

  • Rooftop reflecting pool – lounge poolside and watch the ferries come and go
  • Terraces to top all terraces for year-round stargazing and fireside socializing
  • Workout + view = viewout. Fitness center and yoga studio
  • Stage your own Top Chef Seattle in the demonstration kitchen with party room
  • Game room complete with pool and poker tables
  • Urban dog meetup — rooftop dog walk with enclosed shelter so you can stay out of the elements
  • Viewing room for movies and must-see TV. Plus old school style popcorn machine
  • Conference space with flexible seating for colleagues and friends. Work, meet, solve, share — distractingly great views included.
  • Business Center with printer

Game Room

Game Room


Sounds amazing, but I’m sure you’re all wondering the prices of these great units.  There is a non-refundable application fee of $40/person, a non-refundable administration fee of $250/$300 and a refundable security deposit of $250/$300.  Pricing for the units is as follows:

Pricing are subject to change without further notice.

  1. Studios
    1. 427 – 542 Sq Ft
    2. $1254 – $1666
  2. Urban 1×1
    1. 590 – 656 Sq Ft
    2. $1603 – $2168
  3. 1×1
    1. 661 – 681 Sq Ft
    2. $1771 – $2066
  4. 2×1
    1. 852 – 872 Sq Ft
    2. $2360 – $2684
  5. 2×2
    1. 1177 – 1293 Sq Ft
    2. $3406 – $4035

2x2 living room + kitchen

Monthly garage parking is $195 and reserved garage parking is $250.  They also have pet fees and deposits for cats and dogs up to 60 lbs.

For more information, check out, call 206-467-POST (7678), or email If you go to the website, you can even live chat with someone.