12th Avenue Arts breaks ground!

After 14 years (but who’s counting?) Capitol Hill Housing finally held a groundbreaking ceremony for our monumental and long-awaited project 12th Avenue Arts!

On Thursday afternoon a warm and enthusiastic crowd gathered at Velocity Dance Center across the street from the 12th Avenue Arts site, to hear from Christopher Persons, Mayor Mike McGinn, Deputy Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz, Senator Ed Murray, Councilmember Nick Licata, local business owner Linda Derschang and others as we celebrated the very first day of work on this visionary new building on Capitol Hill.

The Bucharest Drinking Team played Balkan flavored dance music, Via Tribunali made pizzas, Caffe Vita handed out coffee, andĀ Councilmember Licata asked “why not remove a parking lot to build housing above a theater?” Why not indeed.

Thanks to everyone who came to this wonderful party, which reflected the shape of things to come at 12th Avenue Arts!