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Originally published April 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM | Page modified April 11, 2012 at 1:51 PM

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Theater groups chosen for Capitol Hill complex

Strawberry Theater Workshop, New Century Theatre Company and Washington Ensemble Theater have been selected as resident arts groups for a new development in the heart of Capitol Hill in Seattle.

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Strawberry Theater Workshop, New Century Theatre Company and Washington Ensemble Theatre (WET) have been selected as resident arts groups for a new mixed-use development in the heart of Capitol Hill.

The Capitol Hill Housing Project will erect the facility, called 12th Avenue Arts, on the site of a 29,000-square-foot Seattle Police Department parking lot at 12th near Pine Street. The development will cost $38 million, and be funded by the city of Seattle, private grants and donations, and bank loans.

In addition to 80-plus units of affordable housing, 12th Avenue Arts will contain office space and more than 6,000 square feet of theater-related space. There will be two theater venues with greenrooms and other amenities: a 149-seat raked theater, and an 80-seat, flexible "black box" theater.

Though performing arts activity has surged on Capitol Hill in recent years, resident performance facilities in the area are still scarce, and often temporary. WET currently occupies a tiny venue on 19th Avenue East and Strawberry Theater Project shares the Erickson Theatre, owned by Seattle Central Community College. New Century Theatre Company has no facility of its own.

12th Avenue Arts will be across the street from the new Velocity Dance Space, and a couple of blocks from Annex Theatre, in an expanding arts hot spot along the bustling Pike-Pine corridor.

Construction is projected to be completed by early 2014. Info: www.capitolhillhousing.org.

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