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Showbox saved from demolition by Seattle council

The Seattle city council approved a measure by an 8-0 vote to include the Showbox in the Pike Place Market historic district. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - Seattle's legendary Showbox theater is safe from the wrecking ball, at least temporarily.

The Seattle city council approved a measure by an 8-0 vote to include the Showbox in the Pike Place Market historic district. That would temporarily stop plans to construct a 44-story building on the site by a Vancouver, B.C. development company, the Onni Group.

Supporters say the ordinance would give them 10 months to come up with a solid plan to help save the Showbox.

After the public pressure, the Onni Group indicated that it is willing to apply and have the site nominated as a landmark.

The Showbox has been at its 1st Avenue location for nearly 80 years now and hosted cutting-edge musicians, local talent and even national acts, including legends like Duke Ellington.

"This is more than a piece of real estate. This is more than a building. This is a legacy we don’t want to be destroyed,” said Jay Middleton who started an online petition to save the iconic venue. That petition now has more than 93,000 signatures.

Last week, more than 150 local and national artists signed an open letter urging Seattle residents to take action to #SAVETHESHOWBOX. It was published in the Seattle Times.

The group is led by Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Duff McKagan of Guns n’ Roses, Macklemore, and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.


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