Things are shaking in the Showbox world! The city is negotiating a possible standstill agreement with the owner, Roger Forbes. A standstill would pause the lawsuit and landmark proceedings (if agreement is entered into before the first landmark meeting on June 5, 2019). The standstill would give the city time to find an alternate buyer of the property- a buyer who wants to keep the venue in place and active.
City Council has also asked for a 6-month extension of the temporary Pike Place Market Historic District inclusion. If granted, this would put a final decision into the next City Council. Educate your district candidates on the importance of saving the Showbox!
The Landmarks Preservation Board will be meeting on June 5th at 3:30pm to consider the landmark nomination for the Showbox.
We need you to show up! The events below are public, and it is important to show continued public support for saving the venue.
Important dates to know:
May 22, 2019, 5pm, The Showbox: Public advocacy event hosted by Historic Seattle and Friends of the Showbox to educate and coach the public on effective comments and testimony for upcoming hearings.
June 4, 2019, 5:30pm, City Hall chambers: City Council public meeting to consider 6-month expansion
June 5, 2019, 3:30pm, City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room: Landmark Nomination hearing
June 10, 2019, 2pm, City Hall chambers: Full council vote on 6-month expansion of temporary ordinance
For the June 4th hearing: For those unable to attend the public hearing, written comments may be sent by email to: Councilmember Lisa Herbold, firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on June 3.
Guidelines for the Landmark nomination comments will be posted soon.