It was reported in July that the beloved Showbox Theater in Seattle was planned to be demolished to construct a luxury tower of apartments that would be a whooping 44-stories tall. However, earlier this week, the Seattle City Council voted the historic venue protection temporarily as the Seattle Times reported. The Council had passed a city ordinance to expand the Pike Place Market Historic District so that it will also cover where the 79 year-old venue is for the next 10 months.
Artists like Ben Gibbard, Sleater-Kinney, Mike McCready, Duff McKagan, Macklemore, Fleet Foxes, Run the Jewels, and others rallied together in support of saving the venue and also signed a public letter supporting preserving the Showbox.
The city is also planning more long-term solutions to keep the Showbox running and three local preservation groups, led by Historic Seattle, filed for landmark status for the venue last week as well.