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Greenwood’s Taproot Theater Expansion Rises from the Ashes…

November 9th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Greenwood Fire, Phinney Ridge

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One year after the October 23, 2009, arson in Greenwood, a mural covers the site of the former Eleanor Roosevelt Building, its centerpiece a phoenix promising a return from the ashes. Taproot Theatre Company, which owns the property, has been actively working on plans for that return.

Those plans go to the Northwest Design Review Board on December 13 at 6:30 p.m. The location has yet to be announced. Community support is an important part of the Seattle design review process and members of the community are encourage to share their point of view.

Initially purchasing the ERB in 2000 with plans to eventually expand, Taproot Theatre leased the building to several small businesses, waiting for the right time to begin the expansion process. However, the theatre’s timelines were changed on October 23, 2009, when Taproot became the victim of arson.

While Taproot’s original expansion plans would require years of planning and fundraising before even breaking ground, the theatre’s leadership has identified a solution that will both honor its original vision and its patrons’ investment, while serving the neighborhood with a timely restoration, infusing Greenwood with renewed vitality.

The proposed 12,000 square foot building will include an expanded lobby and café space, serving both Taproot’s patrons and the general public year-round. In addition, Taproot plans to add a second performance and rehearsal space, a new scene shop, and office space. The project follows “green construction” guidelines and is anticipated to be LEED certified.

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  • Rob Graham

    A similar mural just went up on Aurora and 103rd. Do you know if it is the same artist and are there plans for more murals in the area? I think they are great. Really colorful and fun.

  • admin

    From the artists —
    yes indeed. we’ve been working with bherd to create some murals around town through the website matamuros has been making murals in seattle since 2004. thanks for getting in touch.

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