A legacy Project in the Moriguchi Family Development of the 500 South Jackson Street property
The site itself has transformed from the banks of Elliott Bay, to industrial, retail, hospitality, automotive and parking, and now has the opportunity to transform back into an active part of the community. The Moriguchi family has been a part of the NW area for nearly a century; their history is now intertwined with the neighborhood.
Fujimatsu Moriguchi, emigrated at age 24 from Japan in 1923 to Hoquiam. He started in farming, moved to a restaurant, then switched to the Main Fish Company located on 6th Avenue in Seattle Japan Town. In 1928, in Tacoma, he started, Uwajima-ya, named after a fishing town near his birthplace in Japan. (Ya means store in Japanese.) Post- World War II, 1945, after being incarcerated in Tule Lake, Fujimatsu and his wife, relocated his family to Seattle. In 1946Uwajimaya was re-established across the street from this location, from there he grew the store into the community and regional staple, providing grocery service and employment for the community, that it is today.
Vision for this site is to reflect the future of a vibrant neighborhood and evokes its past. This project is named “Fujimatsu Village”, in honor of Fujimatsu Moriguchi, father of Tomio, who founded Uwajimaya in 1928.
Retail and housing will be the backbone of the project. The residential tower will feature a mix of studio, 1 bed and 2 beds that will act as a vertical community, but the real draw will be the flexible retail spaces that ground the project. The project also seeks to provide off street parking for the building residents and retail venues, but it will also support the neighborhood retail community. This parking will be below-grade, and will be value add for the neighborhood.
Fujimatsu Village Open House: