(This post has been updated since its original posting)
With the news that QFC will be leaving Wedgwood in April, interest in the future of our 35th Ave NE business district has understandably increased. Our land use committee has been proactively monitoring potential land use changes in our neighborhood and advocating on behalf of the Future 35th Ave NE plan, which was completed in 2015 by a community-led planning committee.
Back in October 2020, US Bank announced plans to permanently close 15% of its branches (about 400 branches) nationwide, but details of which branches weren’t specified. Announcements were made in cities across the country as these closures were made, but we never saw a confirmed list that included our branch at 8702 35th Ave NE. However, around November 2020, we noticed the sign on the door which announced it had closed temporarily due to COVID-19 was changed to a sign that announced the branch was permanently closed. While we anticipated the store would be listed for sale soon, it wasn’t until within the last week that the property was listed For Sale. Then, over this past weekend, a shiny new For Sale sign went up.
Other properties available For Sale (or may have sold recently) include:
- Thai of Wedgwood property at 7520 35th Ave NE. This is a mixed-use property with residences above the Thai of Wedgwood property and has been listed since September.
- Wong’s property at 9400 35th Ave NE. This property was under the design review phase for 14 townhomes. But, it appears that the owner has put the property back on the market.
- Wedgwood Apartments and Veraci Pizza at 7320 35th Ave NE. This multi-family property with detached commercial space was recently listed (February 2020) and has been off- and on- the market in recent years. Note that this property is located within Ravenna-Bryant Community Association’s boundary, with whom we work together on land use issues along 35th Ave NE south of NE 75th Street.
In addition to these properties, we proactively reach out to property owners to establish productive and collaborative relationships prior to changes where possible and advocate on behalf of the Future 35th Ave NE Plan.
Interested in getting involved and helping to play a role in advocating for a more vibrant and walkable business district along 35th Ave NE that supports both our local businesses and the residential community that surrounds it? If so, then reach out! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.