Wedgwood Center Dashboard

Welcome to the Wedgwood Community Council’s centralized dashboard where we intend to share information on the redevelopment of the Wedgwood Center – the single parcel extending from NE 85th Street (former QFC) to NE 82nd Street (Homestreet Bank). Below is a simple timeline of events followed by links to other posts and videos with more detailed information.

The WCC had been meeting with Wedgwood Center property owner prior to QFC’s announcement to close its store, and so had already established a constructive and honest relationship with the owner. We have appreciated the owner’s willingness to keep us aprised of their intentions for the property has it evolved. We further appreciate the relationship we have built with Security Properties, the prospective developer, who has been engaged with the community via the WCC much earlier than required as reflected in the timeline and past meetings listed below. We appreciate Security Properties’ wilingness to be genuinely engaged and work with the community to date to find a mutually agreeable plan for the Wedgwood Center property.

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Timeline

  • 1952 – Tradewell opens in Wedgwood at the current Rite Aid location, NE of 35th Ave NE and NE 85th St. (read Valarie’s excellent history on grocery in Wedgwood)
  • 1959 –¬†Tradewell moves to a larger store at the SE corner of 35th Ave NE and NE 85th St.
  • 1989 – Matthews Red Apple replaces Tradewell, relocating from the site of the current Jasper Apartments.
  • 1999 – QFC replaces Matthews Red Apple
  • February 2021 – Kroger announces its intent to close the Wedgwood QFC as well as its Capitol Hill location in April 2021.
  • April 2021 – Wedgwood community says goodbye to the QFC employees.
  • June 2022 – Security Properties submits a pre-application to redevelop the Wedgwood Center property.
  • March 2023 – Security Properties creates a website (www.spwedgwood.com) and sends a letter to existing tenants (link).
  • April 2023 – Security Properties meets with the WCC for the first time to share their plans. They have met numerous times since. Videos of meetings linked below.
  • March 25, 2024 – The first Early Design Guidance (EDG-1) meeting occurred on March 25, 2024. Security Properties presented 3 “massing concepts” as shown in their plans (link).
    The Northeast Design Review Board preferred Concept C, Security Properties’ preferred site plan, which the WCC also preferred, although did not approve all of the 4 requested departures.¬† The Northeast Design Review Board also requested Security Properties perform additional studies around specific topics, particularly how vehicles enter/exit the site, and present them at a future design review board meeting which will be scheduled in the future.
  • April 1, 2024 – A jokester posted a sign on-site declaring that Trader Joes would soon be coming in April 1, 2025. Hahaha!

Past Meetings with Security Properties (with videos)

  • April 4, 2023 – Security Properties’ first presentation to the WCC board (video)
  • November 7, 2023 – Security Properties meets with the WCC board (video)
  • December 5, 2023 – Security Properties provides an update to the WCC board meeting (video)
  • Devember 13, 2023 – The WCC co-hosted a public meeting with Security Properties at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church. Unfortunately, it was the first time we tested hybrid meetings and we had challenges with streaming it and recording it.¬† More than 100 people attended the meeting, including Janet Gibson (owner of Van Gough Coffeehouse) and Kip Caputo (owner of the Wedgwood Alehouse). Security Properties presented the 3 site plans to the community, answered questions, and recieved feedback from the community.
  • February 2024 – Security Properties provides an update to the community at the WCC board meeting (video).
  • March 5, 2024 – Security Properties presented at the WCC board meeting and were joined by their transportation consultant to address questions (video).