Eugene Cho

neighborhood goodfellas

Not many people know about the Interbay neighborhood in Seattle.  You have to basically mention Ballard in order for people to have an idea where it’s located in Seattle.  But soon – everyone will have heard of Interbay.  It’s been in the news and will continue to be in the news in the upcoming years.  It’s one of the few “neighborhoods” that have yet to be developed in Seattle. 

Interbay is 35 acres situated to the east of BNSF railroad tracks and to the west of 15th Ave. West,  Interbay straddles West Dravus Street bounded by Emerson Street to the north and by the Interbay Golf Course to the south.  West Dravus Street serves to connect  the hills of Magnolia and Queen Anne. Interbay sits adjacent to the Salmon Bay Marina and 44 acres of existing public playfields, golf course, P-patch and green space.

Supposedly, there are only five homes in the the 35 acres and the plans are to create mix-used housing so that about 2000+ residents will likely be moving into the neighbordhood through apartments, condos, etc.  But slowly, the neighborhood is changing.  Developers and businesses are moving in anticipating that there will be a radical transformation from an industrial zone to a mix-usage urban neighborhood.

We’ve had the following businesses in the area:  QFC, Starbucks, Pagliacci, Red Mill Burgers, Interbay Golf Course, and a few other small businesses.  Recently, the following folks have moved in:  Denali Fitness, Pop Multimedia, Dusty Strings, and the Omni Group.  Even Whole Foods is moving into the neighborhood.  And what would a neighorhood be without a Sex Club. 

It’s changing fast and Quest has the unique privilege of actually playing a substantive role in helping create the neighborhood.  One of our associate pastors, Ray Bartel, has served the neighborhood as the co-chair of the Interbay Neighborhood Association and been in regular dialogue with the City of Seattle in regards to the future development of the neighborhood.

Here’s a recent picture of Ray [middle person] posing with couple other neighbhorhood folks doing their best impression of  Gangstas or Goodfellas.  Dang, they look intimidating!

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Here’s a recent article about what’s going on in the Interbay neighborhood [Seattle Times].

Each day hundreds of cars bound for Magnolia or Queen Anne drive past the restaurants and markets that line West Dravus Street. But to the north and south of Dravus, the area is a jumble of squat industrial and office buildings, fenced-off storage yards and a handful of old houses, most of them empty.

“It is fairly run-down. It hasn’t been cared for,” says Steve Coffin, a veterinarian who practices in the area.

A radical makeover could be in store for the Dravus neighborhood. A group of business and property owners has proposed up to 1,400 apartments or condos — affordable units, supporters insist — in towers up to 125 feet tall, with shops at street level. [read full article]

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3 Responses

  1. Randall says:

    I say we try to be good neighbors to local businesses by sending teams to visit.

    I volunteer myself to visit the sex club.

  2. […] ‘No Man’s Land’ to Urban Village.  On Saturday, I posted an entry about the changes in the neighborhood and some of our older and newer neighbors: We’ve had the following businesses in the area:  QFC, […]

  3. Pat says:

    Very cool story. I used to work in Interbay – at Quardev Labs, which shares the building with POP. In fact I was at Mulleady’s for lunch Sunday also. It’s good to see Interbay developing, and Quest involved.

    And I didn’t realize that OmniGroup was there – they make BEAUTIFUL software!!

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