But even funeral homes die. Twelve years after the death of the poet, and 55 years after opening its doors to the dead, Bonney-Watson decided to give up the ghost. The property has been on the market since spring. It is now autumn, and as the leaves, red and gold, fall on the sidewalks, Mill Creek, a Dallas-based "apartment developer, investor, owner, and operator" is making plans to purchase the funeral home, demolish it, and build in its place a 224-unit apartment.
According to the best real estate reporter in town, Puget Sound Business Journal's Marc Stiles, Mill Creek sees the thousands of students at Seattle Central College as the primary source of demand. However, it's hard to believe it will build apartments that starving students can afford. Mill Creek means business. The company, which entered the Seattle market in 2013 with the purchase of the mammoth (360-unit/18-story) Archstone Belltown, developed the 135-unit Modera Capitol Hill. The damage for just a studio in that building is $1,736 to 2,958.
I once saw a ghost walking by Bonney-Watson at night (I was drunk, but so was the spirit), and wrote about the incident here. I will miss watching from my office the grayish smoke and heatwaves of cremated people rising from the building's chimney. Where have all the dead gone?