A third focus group to discuss planned apartments in a McMenamins entertainment complex downtown has been postponed.
The developers want to present more specific plans to the third group, which was to have gathered to day, Seattle real estate consultant Jim Goldberg of Red Propeller said Monday afternoon.
Developers Grace Pleasants and Rick Moses have hired Red Propeller to reach potential customers and to find out what they want and need. Pleasants and Moses are planning the retail, apartment and hotel complex next door to the McMenaminsrenovated Elks Temple. The first two groups of about 12-14 people gathered in the past two weeks.
Goldberg said he couldn’t share specifics, because his firm is compiling a report for the developers. But the overarching message, he said, was that the new building should be complementary of the historic building next door and of the neighborhood at large.
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He said the meetings were about two hours long and most of that time was spent in a group discussion led by people from Red Propeller.
“We had storyboards, visual boards, of different types of interior and exterior elements and asked for responses and reactions,” he said.
The consultants also did a few ranking exercises to determine the importance of certain building amenities.