After 15-plus years of research, planning, fundraising and construction, the 12th Avenue Arts building at 12th and Pike celebrates its grand opening Nov. 20 with tours, performances and a ceremonious lighting of its marquee. Last month, tenants began moving into the building’s 100 units of affordable housing and Capitol Hill Housing, the organization behind the entire project, moved in its new offices. Before the end of the year, CHH will be joined by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, and Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences. (Also to come: U:Don noodle shop and Pel’Meni Dumpling Tzar.)
New Century Theatre Company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop and Washington Ensemble Theatre are all in the process of taking up residence in the buildings two flexible performance spaces. (They’ve also formed a property management company called Black Box Operations to care for the theatre facilities and manage rentals.) The first production in the space will be Washington Ensemble’s Sprawl in January.