Tonight the staff at Seattle Central Community College’s woodworking school held an open house to show off their plans for redevelopment of their campus on 23rd Ave.
It’s a large project. The whole campus will be changed, with all but one of the existing buildings torn down, several new buildings erected, and a large new parking lot with about 50 spaces added on the south side of the property.
For those concerned about the mural that currently lives on one of the buildings along 23rd, a staff member I talked said they’re open to saving it if the community wants to. Although he said that it can’t stay where it is now – its building will be torn down to make way for the new parking lot – they have researched ways to cut the concrete wall it’s painted on and move the mural to a new location. One option may be on the eastern edge of the new parking lot to form a retaining wall. The choice there may come down to whether the community wants new art or repositioned old art, since the state requires public projects to devote 1% of construction funds to the arts. That will produce around $250,000 for art in this project.
Here’s the overall layout, showing that the CORE building on the northwest corner of the block will stay, and where all the new facilities will go:
And finally, the views from 24th and S. Lane streets:
There will be phases to the project, with the north half of the block going under construction while the large southern building stays to allow classes to continue. It will then be torn down once the new buildings are finished and open for use. The school is getting close to entering the permitting process, and hopes to start construction before the end of this year.