18 July 2017

First Hill Church announces 30-story residential redevelopment

Australian developers on Monday announced a a 30-story mixed-use residential tower in Seattle as their first West Coast project.

Caydon Property Group, one of Melbourne’s leading property developers, will build 200 housing units and new church facilities on three of the floors at Eighth Avenue and Cherry Street, next to the historic Trinity Parish Church on Seattle’s First Hill. The church will have a parish hall, assembly room, offices and space for nonprofits in the building.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and the project timeline has not yet been set.

The historic sanctuary of the church, which was founded in 1865 as the first Episcopal Church in Seattle, will not be redeveloped. Trinity will retain ownership of the land and sell development air rights to Caydon for the northern half of the site, where Northwest Harvest has operated the Cherry Street Food Bank for decades.

“The redevelopment of our First Hill location will help us expand our parish, extend our church mission’s reach and will have long lasting positive impact on how we are able to support our neighbors and thrive in Seattle,” Trinity Senior Warden Hillary St. John said in a prepared statement.

Trinity Church spent two years evaluating its real estate options with lead consultant Darel Grothaus, Clint Pehrson from Clint Pehrson Architects of Seattle.

The old church buildings need to be updated, but the upgrades were too costly for the church to undertake, so the congregation decided to work with Caydon.

Caydon selected Chicago-based SCB Architects to design the tower using staff in the firm’s San Francisco office. The developer will decide later whether the residences will be condos or apartments.

Northwest Harvest operates the Cherry Street Food Bank and will have to relocate once construction begins. Trinity has provided free space for the nonprofit for more than 35 years.

The move from Cherry Street opens the door for Northwest Harvest to find a new home that will be more efficient to operate and offer additional services to food bank clients.

“Northwest Harvest is very excited about the opportunity this move presents,” Northwest Harvest Board Chair Diana Axness said in a prepared statement.

(Originally published in Puget Sound Business Journal, 10 July, 2017)