Seattle’s iconic music venue the Showbox is safe from demolition, at least for now.
After The Onni Group announced their plans to tear down the venue in exchange for a $100 million, 44-story luxury residential tower, over 150 artists came together to protest the move.
Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and Mike McCready Pearl Jam, among others, signed an open letter in an attempt to save the theater from demolition.
“The Showbox is integral to the social fabric of the Seattle music scene,” McCready writes, stating the venue is just “as important as CBGBs, The First Avenue, Filmore East and West, The Troubadour, and Whisky.”
It seems like the Seattle city council heard their objections. On Monday, Aug. 13, the council unanimously voted to save the venue, according to Kiro7.
The council’s move will extend Seattle’s Pike Place Market historical district to include the Showbox.
The vote is valid until June of next year.