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New 7-story building planned on Northgate Way

Posted by Mai Ling on March 10th, 2013

Before you head out the door in search of a few of Northgate’s favorite ethnic restaurants, you should take stock of what’s closed as plans develop for a seven-story building just east of the 24 Hour Fitness at the corner of Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northgate Way.

Of the businesses shown above, we know that Espresso Repair Experts has moved to Maple Leaf at 9522 Roosevelt Way N.E., Northgate Rare Coins & Precious Metals relocated to 11319 Pinehurst Way N.E., and Frame It also moved nearby to what is apparently now called the BevMo! Plaza at 10712 Fifth Ave. N.E. Masala of India Cuisine is still open for now, and isn’t moving far with a sign already up underneath the 24 Hour Fitness next door.

As for Kim Nails and Pho in the USA, the buildings are simply empty and vacant.

The situation is even more grim on the eastern half of the development. Although a sign at Indo Cafe indicates its moved to 13754 Aurora Ave. N.E., and that the Sprint has moved next to Masala, there are no moving signs at Scorecard Bar & Grill (which actually closed its doors in August), Sunny’s Hair Design, Cigar Land, International Salon, Savvy Mattress Outlet or Countryside Donut House, which we should note had boasted the No. 1 spot on our restaurants list.

As of Sunday, Supercuts at 543 N.E. Northgate Way was the only business still open, although the year-old BECU branch and SleepCountry in a separate building just to the north appear to be staying.

And what did all of these businesses close or move for? A seven-story building with 22,967-square-feet of commercial space, 262 residential units and 270 underground parking spaces.

As you can see above, if you don’t like it, it’s too late to say anything because the comment period ended nearly a year ago.

But you’ll have other opportunities as there are likely even more developments planned since the Gene Juarez Academy just south of that retail area also has relocated to 6007 A – 244th St. S.W. in Mountlake Terrace.

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16 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Diyseattle // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Northgate can’t handle the traffic it already has. At peak times its a nightmare with neighborhood cut throughs. Are they planning to do anything with traffic?

  • 2 lite // Mar 10, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    @Diyseattle, even easier would be to just limit the amount of parking developments provide. 270 parking stalls means a lot of extra cars!

  • 3 Grib // Mar 11, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Wow! Lite it’s rare to read such a logical responses. It amazes me how so many people can’t seem to understand that the reason our traffic is so bad is because we’ve built cities that encourage us to drive for every little two block trip we make.

  • 4 NIMBY // Mar 11, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Sniff sniff another worn down strip mall bites the dust

  • 5 cincin // Mar 11, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Sunny’s Hair moved to a strip mall at about 105th & Aurora.

  • 6 harlow farnsworth // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:57 am

    anyone know where pho in the usa moved? they were the best pho in the area, by far.

  • 7 Soox // Mar 11, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Fix the timing of the Northgate traffic lights, problem solved.

  • 8 Anita // Mar 11, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Try Family Donuts on Northgate Way and Meridian – if you are missing Countryside Donut House. Family donuts has won “Best of Seattle” awards several times and in my opinion they are the best donuts.

  • 9 Ed // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Trader Joe’s finally?!

  • 10 An Observer // Mar 12, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I agree with Ed, a Trader Joe’s would be a great addition to the area. I gave Trader Joe’s contact information for Wallace Properties several years ago, maybe it is gonna happen?

    I agree with DIYSeattle, maybe we should see if NE 105th can be made a One Way street eastbound. Or close it completely, add it to the park. It is substandard and dangerous as is.

    Open up NE 103rd to two way traffic, at least to 8th Avenue NE. Why a perfectly good street, wide enough for two lane, two way traffic, with a traffic signal at 5th NE is closed eastbound, and a ten foot wide NE 105th, with no guardrail adjacent to the creek, with a dangerous sewer pipe bulkhead, with no railing for pedestrians to keep from falling into the creek, and no separation for pedestrians from traffic is expected to take two way traffic. It makes NO SENSE.

    Every street that crosses NE 8th, north of 80th for 25 blocks has either a traffic circle or Do Not Enter signs (NE 103rd has a four way stop), and everybody cuts through on NE 105th because of it.

    Improve NE 105th or close it. Give it sidewalks, guardrails, an improved culvert for the creek and make it meet current regulations for a street carrying this amount of traffic, or close it.

  • 11 Tim // Mar 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    @An Observer I guess you don’t read the blog much:

  • 12 An Observer // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:14 am

    The project Tim mentions is for North 105th over by Aurora.

  • 13 Chris M. // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Problem solved! Move there and stop harassing 103rd….

  • 14 An Observer // Mar 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    If the City commits to bringing NE 105th up to modern standards, fine, no problem.

    If it won’t, the most logical stretch of road to use is NE 103rd. NE 103rd extends from 1st NE all the way to 15th NE. NE 103rd has a traffic light at 5th NE. For the money it is going to take to build NE 105th properly (don’t forget the stream crossing), curbs, sidewalks, drainage improvements can be made to NE 103rd all the way to 15th NE.

    NE 105th is the wrong street to use as a default thruway in its present configuration.

    We shouldn’t mistake an inadequate, substandard stretch of road as a traffic calming methodology, and we shouldn’t restrict use of the most logical thru street to just those residents of that street.

    I welcome a well thought out rebuttal. Come up with a better idea, and I will support it.

    Light rail is going to affect this area in a lot of ways, we need a coherent plan for traffic and pedestrian access to the station. NE 105th ain’t it.

  • 15 An Observer // Mar 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Sound Transit email received today 3/22/2013:

    “The North Link is expected to increase daily ridership by 60,000.”

    The North Link includes three stations, so about 20,000 of these individuals are going to get aboard the train at Northgate.

    The City is not committing to putting in any sidewalks to handle this influx. Sound Transit is not committing to putting any sidewalks in, either.

    A coherent strategy to handle these tens of thousand of pedestrians needs to happen.

    Curbs, sidewalks, planting strips and drainage improvements in North Maple Leaf, from NE 94th through to NE 105th.

    Please visit

    We have a plan for NE 105th that can work as a template for each street, between 5th NE and Roosevelt, and for some, all the way to 15th NE.

  • 16 Terry Parkhurst // Mar 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Another sign has appeared for this same project (#3014776). It extended the period for comments (by phone) to March 20, 2013 and the period can be extended by writing, to April 3, 2013. The number of apartments has been lowed to 266 and the parking spaces to 269.

    Comments can be sent to or to Department of Planning and Development, 700 5th Avenue, suite 2000; P.O. Box 34019, Seattle,WA 98124-4019. Be sure to include the project number: 3014776.