The Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team has signed a long-term lease for the old Pyramid Brewery building located next to its T-Mobile Park stadium, and has outlined plans to transform the space into a new multi-purpose development that will enhance the game-day experience.
The team said its immediate development plans for the property include a restaurant and boutique brew pub, as well as flexible interior event space that can accommodate up to 800 people.
Plans may also include a community space to support businesses with women and Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) ownership as the development of the property continues.
Andersen Construction will serve as the general contractor of the project, with SHKS Architects to provide design and restoration consulting. Contractors have committed to meet goals for significant participation of women- and BIPOC-owned companies in all aspects of the project.
Hospitality plans for the property include Steelheads Alley, a boutique brew pub with resident brewer Rodney Hines, the co-founder and chief executive of Métier Brewing, recognised as the first Black-owned brewery in the state of Washington.
Other plans include a 250-seat diner and an indoor/outdoor event space that would be open for events at T-Mobile Park and Lumen Field, the home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks which is located next door to the Mariners’ stadium. A flexible interior space would also accommodate up to 800 people for weddings, parties, community gatherings and other events.
Permit applications for the project have been filed with the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, and interior demolition work is currently underway. It is hoped the project will be completed by July/August 2022.
Fred Rivera, the Mariners’ executive vice-president and general counsel, said: “By leasing and renovating the vacant property across from T-Mobile Park, we are investing in our neighbourhood’s health and economic vitality.
“Reactivating this prime property, which has been vacant since spring of 2020, will have long-term benefits for the immediate area and over time, as our plans continue to unfold, we hope to activate the space in ways that will provide economic opportunities and equitable outcomes for the broader community.”
The old Pyramid Brewery was constructed in 1914 by the Oregon & Washington Railway as warehouse space for shipping tenants. The building was purchased by Hart Brewing in 1995 and operated as Pyramid Brewery and Alehouse until May 2020, when it closed due to the financial impacts of the pandemic.
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