As with many of our projects, we took on the task of being the first developer to build new apartments in the Pike/Pine micro-neighborhood of Capitol Hill. In addition, we partnered with the Heath family, a long-time property owner and hands-on landlord in the corridor, for this project. And it was important to the family members that they maintain their solid relationships in the community, as well as leave a legacy.
Working with neighborhood stakeholders, we led community members through an envisioning process. The result was a project design and name that would honor both the history of the area as well as the family contributing the land. Large roll-up doors were a nod to the neighborhood’s past as a car dealership destination. The floor plate of the building was designed to allow for a publicly available pocket-park, creating green space in the midst of the city. The project was named “Press” after the family that invented the printing press used for printing checks. Press opened as a tremendous success and the Heath family opted to redevelop another piece of land just next door — Press II.