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There once were 17 funeral homes on Capitol Hill, but they have since dearly departed. All that remains is the Bonney-Watson funeral parlor, which will soon join the others as a relic of the past.

The Bonney-Watson funeral home has operated at its location on 1732 Broadway for 55 years and in the city of Seattle for 149 years, making it the oldest continuously operating business in the city. But as the demographics of Capitol Hill changed and more people opt for a lower-priced cremation over a casket burial, the funeral home has been forced to close its doors.

Mill Creek Residential and the architects at Weber Thompson are now working on plans for two six-story buildings to flank Cal Anderson Park atop the current Bonney-Watson site. Combined, the new sites will have 8,500 square feet of retail and 137 parking stalls.

The  224-unit project will be in a desirable Broadway location, near both Seattle Central College, which has a student population of around 6,775, and the new Broadway light rail station.

This is the second Capitol Hill project for Mill Creek. The company recently built the 135-unit Modera Capitol Hill project about three blocks away at 1427 11th Ave.

Mill Creek hasn’t purchased the Bonney-Watson property yet. The company wants assurance that the city will not designate the buildings as historic landmarks. To assess the likelihood of that, Mill Creek has nominated the property for landmark status, reports PSBJ. The Landmarks Preservation Board is scheduled to discuss the nomination on December 6th.

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