In a sign of the times (and I refer to our building boom, not our COVID-19 situation), Caron Architecture of Seattle has filed a site plan with the city to redevelop the space currently occupied by Murphy’s Pub at 1928 N 45th St. The 5-story, mixed-use, retail and apartment complex would occupy a large footprint comprised not just of Murphy’s, but the spaces occupied by the defunct Cutz Hair Salon, Fat Cat Records, Sushi and Amigo Ramen and the two-story building behind Sushi and Amigo which abuts 46th St.
The parcels are all held by Costas Antonopoulos, who has owned them since the turn of the century. Antonopoulos also owns the building occupied by Rugs of the World (they of the perpetual huge sale), but this parcel would not be included in the redevelopment. Rugs of the World is beside Harold’s Lamps and Shades, whose building is under different ownership.
While our area’s building boom has certainly been well underway for several years, it was fueled by the City Council’s passage of zoning changes in support of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) in March of 2019. Last December, we reported that the Bartell Building was sold to a developer who plans to build to the 75-foot limit now allowed. If the Murphy’s development does end up being built to its planned 5-story height, it will tower rather oddly over the surrounding structures at 45th and Meridian — at least until they are all demolished and built up as well. The adjacent Rugs of the World, the CVS across the street, the Chase Bank and the buildings from Silver Tray Thai eastward are all low rise.
Caron Architecture is behind an expansive portfolio of buildings—both large and small—in Seattle. On the large side are the 8 Tower, a 42-story building currently under construction in the Denny Triangle that is devoted largely to residential units, and a proposed 18-story hotel at 2121 5th Ave in Belltown. This latter project was brought through the initial stages of development by Caron before being offered for sale in the middle of last year. The Murphy’s development could well follow this same course.
I reached out to Caron to try to find out more about the plans and timeline. After initially being told by their point person that he would have to “check with the client,” I was later told that there would be more information in “maybe a couple of weeks.” The project is still in very early stages. Among the steps that the developer will need to go through are community engagement leading up to formal Design Review. So think years not months before the dust flies.