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DEI Creative, a Capitol Hill-based design firm, is working to help local businesses across Seattle connect with their “stay home” customers in the wake of virus-related closures. The websites are a bit like a virtual shopping mall, featuring at least a few products from dozens of different stores in the neighborhood. You can buy things from them at the support local site Supportcapitolhill.com. Without a source of revenue, DEI partnered with Capitol Hill based developers Dunn and Hobbes, and Hunters Capital to pay for the site.
A proposal for a five-story, 70 or so unit mixed used building to replace the Hilltop Service Station along Capitol Hill’s 15th Ave E is moving forward. The project passed its first round of design review in June with unanimous support from the review board. “We are now awaiting the EDG letter from the city which will have quite a bit of feedback from both the board and the community to consider,” Michael Oaksmith of Capitol Hill-based developer Hunters Capital said. “Valuable feedback that we will give close attention to during our preparations for a DRB meeting later this year.”
A multi-million, just before Christmas real estate deal will put the 15th Ave E land home to Hilltop Service Station in the hands of a Capitol Hill developer, Hunters Capital. “We’re big fans of 15th,” Hunters Capital’s Mike Oaksmith tells CHS about the deal. “We love that neighborhood feel.” The Broadway-headquartered development and real estate firm had better — it now owns a big chunk of 15th Ave E’s future. Oaksmith said Hunters Capital also plans a methodical approach to its new acquisition of the service station property at the corner of 15th and E Mercer — but for a different reason. The property’s many years as a service station will likely mean a long process of testing and decontamination, a common element on Capitol Hill given the neighborhood’s auto row past.
Over 350 regional leaders in high-performance building development and management gathered at the W Hotel in Seattle for Seattle 2030 District’s 2017 Vision Awards. The Vision Awards honor local leaders who are transforming Seattle’s urban environment into a city that is resilient, vibrant and sustainable through design and construction.
Vision Award for Energy – Dunn Motors Building, Hunters Capital
The Dunn Motors Building has reduced its energy use while preserving a 1920’s building that was part of Seattle’s Auto Row along the Pike/Pine corridor. District member Hunters Capital wanted to preserve much of the look and feel of this iconic structure and by doing so, create a connection to the past. The building opened in 2016 and is achieving a 55% reduction in energy from national baseline. One of the first buildings to go through the new 2015 energy code, they voluntarily installed a 5.4kWh solar system on the roof. The system will produce 5,500 kWh annually and save $3,493.00/year in energy costs. The building was also included in the Seattle City Light Build Smart program.
US architecture firm GoCstudio has created a stunning open floor plan office for Substantial, a fast growing tech company. The space features original brick and timber elements, along with new enclosures made of ebony-stained plywood. Substantial had occupied a portion of the floor since 2013, and decided to take over the full top story when its neighboring tenant moved out. Hunters Capital charged GoCstudio with overhauling the entire floor, so it reads as one unified space.
"The challenge was to create a cohesive open-plan workspace which retained the feel of the original Substantial space and would maximize the existing character of the building – exposed brick walls, old-growth Douglas Fir beams and roof decking, and warehouse-style window walls," said the studio, which is led by architects Jon Gentry and Aimée O'Carroll.
The “big property deal set to reshape Capitol Hill’s somewhat sleepy 15th Ave E” has gone down. For now, the quiet-er stretch of Capitol Hill commerce will stay as somewhat sleepy as ever. “We look forward to becoming a part of this vibrant street as we value the unique retail and residential mix,” Jill Cronauer, chief operating officer at Hunters Capital said in an announcement Monday morning that the Capitol Hill-focused real estate development and property management firm has acquired the block of 15th Ave E home to QFC and a stretch of local businesses for $11.25 million.
The annual party from the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce recaps the year, looks ahead, and recognizes some of the neighborhood’s important and inspiring characters. This year, the business organization announced the launch of is campaign to wrangle enough support from landowners to create a $1.6 million Business Improvement Area stretching across Capitol Hill.
The chamber also split its votes for the annual Spirit Award, recognizing Liz Dunn of Dunn + Hobbes and Hunters Capital’s own Jill Cronauer.