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Taproot Theatre expansion at Design Review Board meeting Monday

May 13th, 2012 · Comments

Just a reminder that Taproot Theatre’s expansion is on the agenda for the city’s Design Review Board on Monday. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th St., in the library.

Taproot is expanding to the east, to 208 N. 85th St., to the parcel of land formerly occupied by four restaurants that were destroyed in a 2009 arson. Taproot proposes a two-story, 12,200-square foot space that would include a second theater, scene shop, office space and a café.

Rendering by the Miller Hull Partnership.

At the meeting, Taproot will present updated designs after presenting an initial concept to the Early Design Guidance Board on Dec. 13, 2010.

The public is invited to comment.

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Comments

  1. Mike says:

    You beat me to the punch David. Ha ha.

  2. cindy says:

    I think that would be a great addition to the neighborhood!

  3. Tiktok says:

    Was there a shortage of businesses run by homophobes in Greenwood?

  4. Block Watcher says:

    Have the neighborhood activists signed off on this?

  5. Agapified says:

    So can someone post one comment from one board member or employee of Taproot that’s homophobic or intolerant?

    Otherwise, the comments here veer into slander/libel territory, no?

  6. Rob Fellows says:

    What are these comments about? I don’t get it.

    I’m sick of anonymous commenters on this blog sliming people without using their names or having the courtesy to provide background or references. Taproot has been a great contributor to this community. This used to be a good forum, but this sort of junk is infuriating and needs to stop.

    I support the Taproot expansion, and I’m excited that it could happen here – especially during these difficult economic times.

  7. evan bourquard says:

    ditto on Rob’s comments. This site has such great potential to get out important information that can benefit the neighborhood and it is tiring to see it being used again and again as a high-school level chatroom.

    I also support the taproot expansion. They have been working hard to put together a positive contribution to the neighborhood.

  8. Whooper says:

    As I high school student, I resent that comment.

  9. Tiktok says:

    Isn’t Taproot tied into the same church as Greenbean?

  10. Tiktok says:

    Taproot has the Sanctuary Church meet there on Sundays. Sanctuary is part of the Christian Reformed Church, and this is their stance on homosexuality:

    “Homosexuality is a condition of disordered sexuality that reflects the brokenness of our sinful world….Homosexualism (that is, explicit homosexual practice), however, is incompatible with obedience to the will of God as revealed in Scripture. The church affirms that it must exercise the same compassion for homosexuals in their sins as it exercises for all other sinners. The church should do everything in its power to help persons with homosexual orientation and give them support toward healing and wholeness.”

    http://www.crcna.org/pages/positions_homosexuality.cfm

    http://www.phinneywood.com/2012/03/23/sanctuary-church-moving-offices-into-old-neighborhood-service-center-space-on-greenwood/

  11. Al says:

    Taproot is associated with Sanctuary Christian Reformed Church. They have a program where they put on theatre productions in local community churches. Don’t know much of anything about Green Bean.

  12. R says:


    — A discussion on the Taproot project will occur on 14 May 2012 @ 1418 NW 65th Street.
    Information on the project (including the appeals process) can be obtained via
    (http://web1.seattle.gov/dpd/permitstatus/Project.aspx?id=3011447) (http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/Design_Review_Program/)
    (http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/AppDocs/GroupMeetings/DRProposal3011447AgendaID3611.pdf)

    Information on the creed of the Taproot owners/employees and/or their associates can partially be found via (http://www.SanctuaryCRC.org).

  13. i heart greenwood says:

    Glad to see some neighborhood expansion. It sounds like the people on this board who demand “tolerance” refuse to extend it themselves. Who are the real haters? I’m all for expansion and development in our neighborhood. I’d rather see Sanctuary Church-owned buildings than empty/abandoned storefronts.

  14. W.F. says:

    What happened to the plan to convert these comments to Facebook comments? That will do away with the anonymous trolling. Hello?

  15. X says:

    Hello W.F.
    Tips (& questions) for PhinneyWood staff,
    including suggestions for other methods
    [ hopefully ones that don’t utilize facebook ],
    can go to…
    tips@phinneywood.com

  16. Tiktok says:

    Taproot has the Sanctuary Church meet there on Sundays. Sanctuary is part of the Christian Reformed Church, and this is their stance on homosexuality:

    “Homosexuality is a condition of disordered sexuality that reflects the brokenness of our sinful world….Homosexualism (that is, explicit homosexual practice), however, is incompatible with obedience to the will of God as revealed in Scripture. The church affirms that it must exercise the same compassion for homosexuals in their sins as it exercises for all other sinners. The church should do everything in its power to help persons with homosexual orientation and give them support toward healing and wholeness.”

  17. Block Watcher says:

    Have you seen the poster that reads:

    If you don’t sin,
    Jesus died for nothing.

  18. Eric Burgess says:

    Stoked for Taproot!

    Tiktok – you’re a kook!

  19. Peter B says:

    As far as I am concerned, ANYTHING is better than the current gaping hole that currently exists.

    Everybody needs to shut the hell up and allow businesses back in Greenwood. It will only improve the neighborhood and boost the value of the area.

    If you have concerns about overdeveloping an ‘urban’ area, there is not much help for you.

  20. DJ Meatwad says:

    Since Taproot has that “church” meeting on its premises every week, does that in turn mean that they agree with Sanctuary’s ideology – or is it just a way for them to generate income?

  21. angeline says:

    I don’t know to what extent they “agree with Sanctuary’s ideology,” but they are explicitly a Christian organization. Their mission/values statement:

    “Mission Statement
    Taproot Theatre exists to create theatre that explores the beauty and questions of life while providing hope to our search for meaning.

    Values Statements
    We value faith.
    We respect people.
    We celebrate theatre.”

    That said, my family is not Christian. I’ve sent my kids to many Taproot theater camps. Christianity, religion or homosexuality never, ever came up. It took me years as a Taproot customer to realize their affiliation. Based on their past conduct, I don’t have any worries about their affiliation or beliefs.

  22. Tim says:

    Tiktok, do you feel the same way about anti-gay Mosques and businesses owned by anti-gay Muslims or are you PC and selective in your anger?

  23. Tim says:

    BTW, the Dalai Lama is anti-homosexual, so hope you’ll be boycotting Pema Kharpo Tibetan Treasures ?

    “But the purpose of sex is reproduction, according to Buddhism. The other holes don’t create life. I don’t mind – but I can’t condone this way of life.””

    Dalai Lama, Daily Telegraph

  24. Mike says:

    Sounds about right.

    “Homosexuality is a condition of disordered sexuality that reflects the brokenness of our sinful world….Homosexualism (that is, explicit homosexual practice), however, is incompatible with obedience to the will of God as revealed in Scripture. The church affirms that it must exercise the same compassion for homosexuals in their sins as it exercises for all other sinners. The church should do everything in its power to help persons with homosexual orientation and give them support toward healing and wholeness.”

  25. Fred says:

    @24 Is that this church, a mosque or a Buddhist temple? Where should I direct my anger?