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We are writing to provide you with the latest information about the timing of the demolition of the Northcliffe building on the corner of Terry Avenue and Boren Avenue. We anticipate that the actual teardown of the Northcliffe will begin in February.

In mid-December, we began relocating existing underground utilities that fed the Northcliffe and ran through the alley. The work on Spring Street between Boren and Terry, in which electrical power was rerouted to serve the Inn at Virginia Mason, was part of that. While Spring Street has now reopened, there is another, larger portion of underground electrical work to be done on Spring, Boren and Seneca. The permit process for this work is pending, and we anticipate a start later in January. We will provide more info on this as we progress.

In December, we also started preparing for the relocation of Metro trolley lines off the Northcliffe onto new support poles. This process, which originally was estimated to take two weeks, is taking longer due to a shortage of necessary equipment and the length of permitting. We now plan to resume this work late in the week of Jan. 7-11 or the week of Jan. 14-18, with the goal of having it completed by Jan. 30.

While this work is being done, there will be intermittent lane and sidewalk closures on Seneca between Boren and Terry. The sidewalk along Boren will remain open until actual building teardown activities begin.

Preparations are continuing on the existing hospital to separate it from dependence on the alley. This work is primarily internal but includes some sealing of stairway openings.

Installation of the construction offices is anticipated to start during the last two weeks of January and be completed in February. The offices will be located in the parking area just south of the Baroness Apartments (1005 Spring Street). This involves setting up two large mobile office trailers and a deck connecting them.

We apologize for any inconvenience these activities may cause and thank you for your patience throughout this period. As updated information becomes available, we will be sure to share it with you.

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