A month ago, Eater got word from Puget Sound Business Journal that there were plans to put a 124-apartment building on the site that currently houses Shorty's, Rocco's, and Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club on Second Ave in Belltown. The news was a massive blow for the city, but loads of supporters for these businesses spoke out at a preservation board meeting in early September, and The Wayne Apartments building next to Shorty's was officially been nominated for landmark status. If it gets it, that "could scuttle the entire land deal in question," says Crosscut.
Eater covered this development, along with the new campaign to declare the building historic last month. Since it's been a while, though, we wanted to send out a reminder that the public meeting in which all are invited to voice their opinions as to why they think this plot is important to preserve is this afternoon at 3:30 in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue).
Per the City of Seattle:
"Verbal comment will be limited to thirty (30) minutes total, with one (1) minute allotted to each speaker. Please sign in when you arrive at the meeting and indicate yourself as a speaker, if you wish to speak . . . Please remember that the Board's purview at this meeting is to assess the Wayne Apartments property only, and that public comment should focus on the potential significance of the Wayne Apartments relating to the six designation standards . . . and the subject property's integrity or ability to convey its significance."
Check out those six standards in the full meeting agenda here.