ugg sales Ballard clinics evicted to make room for more apartments
SEATTLE (FROM OUR NEWS PARTNER BALLARD NEWS TRIBUNE) When small business tenants moved into the old Tallman Medical building at 5434 Tallman Ave., they probably had little idea that they would eventually become victims of a heavy handed developer deal.
On April 1, the building was sold for $8.75 million to BT Noble LLC, who then immediately flipped it for $12.705 million to EQR Tallman LLC, according to theKing County Assessor. The building, according to the, will be demolished to make way for two new seven story towers with 17 live work units and 286 residential units called the Ballard Tallman Apartments. It a plan that has been going through the Department of Planning and Development permitting process since April of 2011.
Tenants mostly small businesses providing health services such as acupuncture, medical marijuana, holistic health, skin care, primary care and more ended up with the short end of the stick. Sources said in suits went around to all of the rooms and left a note, either on tenants front desks or on their doors, saying they had to vacate the premises at the end of a 30 day period, ending on May 1, 2013.
was just very abrupt and pretty heartless, said Lorraine Jackson, of Elements Skin Care. big business I guess. We just little people. just a joke honestly, said Christine List, a clinic manager for a primary care physician which had been in the building for seven years. had) a little feeling of the people in the building don matter feels kind of icky. tenants knew the building was for sale for some time, years even, all were surprised to find that they had such short notice to move.
can work and find a place to move in 30 days, it just impossible, said Jackson, who had been in the building for one and one half years and who has yet to find a place.
List, who echoed Jackson statement, said the previous owner who sold the building had promised tenants he would lobby for a longer move out period. However, once the building was flipped for a profit, it was probably out of his hands, she said.
didn have a lot of control when it was sold over what would happen, she said. was kind of bummed out for us, actually. said that they aren moving out on the date indicated simply because they don have the time to. They are still negotiating for a new spot and they still need to take care of patients. She said the building new owner could technically evict them, but since it would be a legal mess they will probably just opt to let them stay for about a month longer while they find a new place.
Finding a new place in a quickly densifying neighborhood has proved hard for some of the building tenants.
aren cheap in this neighborhood, we can just go out and replicate what we have here, List said.
Jackson, who doesn want to move out of Ballard (she tried Crown Hill once but found it didn suit her) said all of the new development makes it hard for small businesses to find a suitable place.
really difficult to find places in Ballard that are 1) Going to be around for a while and 2) In my price range and my size, Jackson said.
Other businesses are finding it easier to move out of the neighborhood. SensAble Patient Network has a sign on their door saying they moved to Greenwood. Amanda Logan at THC Care Provider, who closed shop yesterday, said they may be moving closer to I 5, where people don have to travel as far west. Until they find a place, they are switching to delivery.
Of the whole thing, Logan said, are businesses, these are lives, and now suddenly everyone has to just move? I didn know people did stuff like that. It just mean.