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Historical Belltown Address to Become Youth Hostel

May 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, Land Use

photos courtesy of citywalker

photos courtesy of citywalker

A new, yet historical addition will soon be made by Gibraltar of Seattle since they received a “go ahead” regarding the secretly famous William Tell Apartments.  Many of those in the film industry (managers, studio representatives, and movie stars from companies like Colombia, Warner’s, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and more) used to stay at the address when, from the 1920’s to 1960’s, it was known as the Lorraine Hotel (with Belltown the center of the film industry for Puget Sound).

Plymouth Housing Group purchased the building in 1986 and turned it into low-income housing. Gibraltar purchased the property from Plymouth for $3.1 million, and plans are to  convert the building to a youth hostel. Plymouth earlier reported that the repairs needed just wouldn’t be worth the investment and are using the money to help pay for a newer, larger building on 1st and Cedar.
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