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Developer to renovate old Ballard building

Posted by Geeky Swedes on June 29th, 2011

This old, worn down 1927 building at 5309 22nd Avenue NW is about to get a new life.

Over the next six months, the Henry Whyte Building will be transformed into a multi-use retail and restaurant space.

Randi Suetens, daughter of developer Phil Suetens, tells us that the space will be divided into four to eight retail and restaurant spaces.

During the work, the building will be structurally updated and earthquake retrofitted, but the integrity of the building will remain.

“While we will be doing a lot of work to the building, it is important to us to keep the original look of the building,” Randi tells us.

Here is more about the history of the building:

Ballard Millwork Co. Inc. first occupied the building, as you can see in the photographs. Around the year 1937 Union Wines Inc. moved in. It is unclear when they moved out, but their name has remained on the building over the years. Until recently, the building has been used as warehouse space for Olsen Furniture.

For more renderings and future plans for this building, click here.

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