City Council Moves to Preserve Famed Seattle Music Venue The Showbox

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The Showbox theater on April 8, 2008 in Seattle.

An iconic Seattle music venue that could’ve been slated for destruction has been given a temporary reprieve.

The City Council voted 8-0 Monday to include the Showbox in the Pike Place Market historic district. KOMO reports that would temporarily stop plans to construct a 44-story building on the site by a Vancouver, B.C. development company, the Onni Group.

Supporters say the ordinance will give them time to come up with a plan to preserve the nearly 80-year-old venue where artists ranging from Duke Ellington to Pearl Jam have performed.

Last week, more than 150 local and national artists signed an open letter urging Seattle residents to take action to #SAVETHESHOWBOX. It was published in The Seattle Times.