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PCC Natural Markets will be part of the development of a mixed-use building that will replace the City People’s Garden Store in Madison Valley. The store’s announcement of a possible impending sale and development of the property came last month, with much vocalized dismay from both the garden store and community members.

Now we learn that the development is moving forward, with a plan to break ground early next year. The Velmeir Companies is the development group spearheading the project, which is planned to include 26,600 square feet of retail space, of which PCC will occupy 25,000. Additionally, there will be 75 apartments and two levels of underground parking for 156 spaces, for a total projected size of 160,000 square feet.

Not surprisingly, the neighborhood is opposed to the development on top of being sad to lose the longtime garden retailer, City People’s. The top concerns? The size of the development and the additional traffic. “We want the neighborhood to be safe and livable and walkable. All those things would be undermined with something at that scale,” Kevin Murphy, a Madison Valley resident, told the Seattle Times.

Murphy and the recently formed group Save Madison Valley are also concerned about flooding issues that could be exacerbated by the loss of some large trees on the site. Flooding is already an issue in the area, and these trees are slated to be removed for the development.

In response, Velmeir has expressed sympathy to the community’s concerns. A Vice President, Geza de Gall, has noted key aspects of the development plan, which are designed to mitigate these issues. In addition to the two levels of underground parking, the company plans to put its loading zone in the garage, and work with civil engineers to ensure the land on and near the site is stabilized.

Despite the community’s concerns, the announcement that PCC would be the primary retailer in the space has been positively received. The natural food grocer and City People’s “share a similar philosophy in terms of being environmentally responsible, community oriented, local as opposed to a national chain, and organic and health focused,” said Dianne Casper, a stakeholder of both City People’s and the property.

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Madison Valley’s City People’s Garden Store has been sold to a development company for a mixed-use building, according to the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog. The beloved gardening store will remain open through 2016, with its exact closure date to be determined.

The following statement was posted on the City People’s Garden Store website:

Many of you have seen the surveyors and trucks on our property and have had questions about what is happening. We are sad to report that the property City People’s Garden Store leases is in the process of being sold. While there is still uncertainty as to whether the sale will go through, we are preparing for that possibility.

The timeline is still being determined, but we have been assured of being open at least through 2016. We will keep you posted as details emerge (see FAQ below). 

We are devastated by this news but are determined to enjoy this year and to make it our best ever. The staff wants everyone to know that we have cherished your support over the years, and we will make the most of the remaining time. We love what we do. Each day we remind ourselves how lucky we have been to work together in such a nurturing environment, in this location, with such great customers. 

Some staff are exploring the possibility of creating a new retail nursery if it comes to that. As these plans develop, we will be asking the community for help in this endeavor.

In the meantime, we hope you will continue to visit us in Madison Valley and in return, we will continue to provide a great selection of outdoor plants, houseplants, gift items and excellent customer service. 

Thank you very much,

Steve Magley & Staff

Comments are welcomed and encouraged on City People’s Garden Store’s Facebook page.


Featured photo via City People’s Garden Facebook.

Boo! Halloween is right around the corner, with anticipation filling the air for the spooky night to come. It’s time to get those costumes and candy buckets ready!

Madison Park businesses along East Madison Street will be offering sweets for trick-or-treaters, as they do each year for Halloween. Bring your costumed kids to collect candy from the shops and restaurants along the neighborhood’s main drag on Friday, October 30th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

There is no official list of participating businesses, but if you come in costume you’re likely to receive a treat from any stop along East Madison Street—at both retail stretches near the waterfront and in Madison Valley.


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Madison Park’s biggest and most popular annual event has been cancelled for 2015. recently announced that the beloved Bastille Bash will not happen this year. The reasons for this decision include a lack of volunteers and revenue to make the event happen.

According to the article, volunteer and retailer participation decreased each year, the City of Seattle would not allow that section of East Madison Street to close, the event cost increased significantly, and the revenue was not enough to sustain this cost nor attract charities/sponsors. Nearly a full year of planning went into the event with necessary logistics such as city permits, entertainment, tickets, marketing, organization, set-up, etc. All proceeds went to charity, not back into the neighborhood organizers.

Bastille Bash was a French-themed street festival that took place in July along East Madison Street in Madison Valley. Events included French music, street performers, gourmet food and wine from local restaurants, kids activities, street sales at local retailers, and plenty of French Independence Day spirit. This would have been Bastille Bash’s fourth year in the Madison Park neighborhood.

Click here for the full announcement.

Photo via Bastille Bash Facebook