VIDEO: Former Pegasus Pizza demolition on Alki

August 2, 2010 at 8:15 am | In Development, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

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FIRST “HAPPENING NOW” REPORT AT 8:15 AM: Just a few minutes ago, the backhoe bit into the back side of the former Pegasus Pizza storefront on Alki (2758 Alki SW). It’s been sitting vacant since the restaurant moved next door 2 years ago. For now, you won’t see anything driving by on Alki Avenue, though, because the work has started behind the building. 8:44 AM UPDATE: Here’s our video from the first crunch (after the backhoe operator carefully plucked a few metal pieces from atop the building – including the satellite/microwave dish and a piece of ventilation/cooling equipment):

A permit’s been granted for the “shell/core” of a new building to be put up at the site. 11 AM UPDATE: Three hours in, the demolition crew is moving to the front of the building – this video shows the second-story front wall coming down (first half of clip and then second part, toward the end of the clip):

Those who’ve come to watch include Pegasus team members past and present who have been sharing memories as they watch the building come down, piece by piece. Among those here is the building’s owner, who tells WSB that the one-story commercial building he’s putting up has “multiple” interested parties so far – but no leases signed yet.

3:45 PM UPDATE: By mid-afternoon, the teardown was all done (and the sun was finally out) – cleanup, of course, remains to be done, before construction. Just before noon, the backhoe was dumping debris into the back of a big hauling truck, but you can see what remained after that, and after the rest of the demolition.

10 Comments

  1. From the permit application it looks like more retail/commercial/restaurant space. Hurray! Glad to see some movement on this property. Anyone know anything else about what might be going in?

    Comment by CurlyQ — 10:13 am August 2, 2010 #

  2. We’ve been talking to folks here who’ve been watching (including the owner). Oops – they’re starting up again – more to come.

    Comment by WSB — 10:43 am August 2, 2010 #

  3. Back now. The owner is putting up a one-story commercial building. Not leased yet, though he says he has “multiple interested parties.” He says the previous multi-story proposal is definitely dead – no financing available (as we have heard from many commercial developers). – TR

    Comment by WSB — 11:11 am August 2, 2010 #

  4. I hope it is another coffee donut cupcake house.Mmmmm…

    Comment by livingundertheWSbridge — 12:36 pm August 2, 2010 #

  5. I can remember when part of the building was a beauty shop so many changes to Alki businesses

    Comment by sharon fermo — 2:36 pm August 2, 2010 #

  6. Hey, did anyone count the rats and roaches when the floor got demolished? Just curious….

    Comment by AnotherIdiotInWS — 5:45 pm August 2, 2010 #

  7. Wasn’t that where Tiffany’s and a barber shop were? And Alki Bakery was a pharmacy….

    Comment by pam — 6:03 pm August 2, 2010 #

  8. That used to be Wilson’s Hardware. The last hardware store on Alki :(

    Comment by oz756c — 7:22 pm August 2, 2010 #

  9. Oh boy! The downed building opened up an expanded slice of view for me – at least until they start building. I’ll just enjoy it while I can.

    Comment by Jo — 7:37 pm August 2, 2010 #

  10. Hey,Jo
    If only you can get the “Hole Foods deal” in front of you… it can last for years…
    Can i rent your deck ???
    ……no leases signed yet……

    Comment by Baba — 9:20 pm August 2, 2010 #

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