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The Ruins: Possible Closure In January, Listed for Sale

By Sarah Anne Lloyd

A two-story commercial building in Uptown (or lower Queen Anne, depending on your preference) is for sale. Built in 1928, it stands out for that classic warehouse style, with huge, multi-paned windows and an ornamented roofline. But what really makes it stand out is inside: The bottom floor is home to the event space and members-only dining club The Ruins.

Both the building and the business are for sale. A representative for the Ruins told us that without a buyer, the business will close in January after their annual January 1 member dinner.

The elaborately-designed space features four separate event venues: The Ballroom, with hand-painted murals; reception space the Chocolate Room; and both a large and small dining room.

All of them are eclectically decorated, from an outdoor courtyard covered in ferns to large animal statues—including a commanding life-size elephant—to commanding formal chandeliers. The walls are painted in bold, bright colors under high ceilings. French doors can either open up the space or create more intimate gatherings.

Even more behind-the-scenes spaces, like kitchens, are colorful and offbeat.

Upstairs, two vacant office suites provide more space, but aren’t quite as exciting-looking (yet).

When it was first built, according to its historic designation, the building was home to an auto body-building plant for Tricoach Manufacturing Company. Later, it became a drafting office and then a pottery manufacturer. The Ruins moved in and remodeled in the early 1990s.

The building’s listed for $4.3 million.

Syndicated from Seattle Curbed

For the Health of it! The Seattle/King County Clinic is on now.  

 

In this day and age, medical care can be tricky.

Whether you have insurance or you don’t, there are many factors that can make getting the regular exams and care you need a challenge or at least, really expensive.

Luckily, thanks to the Seattle/King County Clinic, you can receive the care you need FOR FREE.

That’s right, you have from now until this Sunday, October 29th to go to Key Arena and seek out the medical care or examinations you may need, at no cost to you.

The services provided at this clinic include medical care, vision care and dental care, all provided by a caring staff of professionals volunteering their time and skills to help people within the community.

From the website-

Seattle/King County Clinic brings together healthcare organizations, civic agencies, non-profits, private businesses and volunteers from across the State of Washington to produce a giant free health clinic in KeyArena at Seattle Center.  The four-day volunteer-driven clinic provides a full range of free dental, vision and medical care to underserved and vulnerable populations in the region. The next Clinic is scheduled for October 26 – 29, 2017.

If you or someone you know is in need of a routine checkup or has more serious concerns for their vision, dental or general medical health, now is your chance to receive excellent care from highly trained and generous professionals, for free.

This amazing event is brought to the community by the Seattle Center Foundation and supported by donations from community members like you.

To learn more about getting involved or donating to help to keep this event going, please visit their website or click here.

 

Keeping our community healthy is of the utmost importance and events like this make that possible. Thank you to all of the volunteers, professional and community donations that make this event possible, and our community a better place to live!

Queen Anne Real Estate Report – Half of Year

We are halfway through the year and the real estate market is still in an all-time frenzy. There still isn’t much relief for buyers in the Seattle area, with low inventory and prices still climbing high. There were 164 single-family homes sold in Queen Anne between January & June, which is 18 more than we saw this time last year. The median sales price took a small jump from $986,000 (2016) to $989,950 (2017). The lowest price for a home has seen an increase from $182,000 (2016) to $379,000 (2017). There are currently 33 listings active and 48 pending.

Condominium sales in Queen Anne showed some strength these last 6 months. The median cost has gone up from $390,000 (2016) to $475,000 (2017). The average list price has also seen a small jump from $436,804 (2016) to $502,376 (2017). There are currently 21 active and 40 condos pending, one of which listed by Ewing and Clark for $3,985,000.

Completing the Aurora Bridge Repainting Project – Open House Next Week

By Joe Veyera

The second and final phase of repainting the Aurora Bridge is scheduled to begin next spring, but before the Washington State Department of Transportation finalizes its construction plan, the public will have a chance to learn more about the project and provide feedback later this month.

The Upper Gwinn Commons at Seattle Pacific University (3310 6th Ave. W.) will host an open house from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 13, on work expected to wrap up in the fall of 2019.

Last year, contractor crews painted the bridge’s floor beams and stringers — sections of steels directly under the concrete bridge deck — after sandblasting the old lead-based paint off of them. The plan for stage two is more sandblasting and repainting, this time of the bridge’s trusses. Crews are also expected to grind and repave the driving surface of the bridge, and repair one and reseal six expansion joints.

The work will be done in sections, with crews encasing separate portions of the bridge one at a time to protect surrounding areas from the construction activities.

The repainting comes at a time when the last coat is peeling and flaking off the bridge, falling onto homes and into Lake Union, while exposing the steel, leading to rust and corrosion. The bridge was last painted in the mid-1980s.

The cost for the entire project is estimated at just over $28 million, with the work broken into two stages to best make use of available funding. It’s scheduled to go out for bidding in October.

Syndicated from QueenAnneNews.com. Photo source: WSDOT