As we first reported a month ago, Oddfellows Hall—the Capitol Hill home to the Velocity dance studio, Century ballroom, and a number of other arts organizations—has been sold, and there's been much anxious murmuring since about what the plans might be. Well, the buyer, Ted Schroth of GTS Development (which also did Trace Lofts), tells me he plans to send out a press release on Monday outlining his plans.
Some insight can already be gleaned from the permit status report
for the project on the Seattle DPD Web site. As our Sandi Kurtz observes, it proproses changes to the 1st and 4th floors of the four-story building.
Specifically, the developers (via their architects) are proposing to change the usage of some spaces from "assembly" (theater, meeting space, etc.) to B (business use, usually offices).
Says Sandi: "The changes that are germane to the arts use of the
building are the ones on the 4th floor, where Velocity operates the old Seattle Mime Theater space, now called the Chamber Theater. [It's where Ghost Light is putting on Rosencrantz right now.] It's been a relatively popular space for artists who self-produce — it was fairly inexpensive, both as a theater and as a rehearsal space, it came with a lighting set-up in place, it's in a well-know building.It looks from the job description that the new owners would be closing that space if they follow through with their proposed remodel."
Also, more at The Stranger.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Sad Nostalgia for My Essayons Brothers and Sisters
This from the Seattle Weekly Blog: