On June 10, 2022, the community-based preservation organization Historic Seattle finalized a deal to become managing partners in the Good Arts Building. Historic Seattle’s involvement will ensure the long-term preservation of the building and continue its mission as a hub for arts, culture, and creative enterprises in perpetuity. The organization will also assume building management responsibilities as part of the partnership agreement.
Co-owners Jane Richlovsky and Steve Coulter will continue to drive the building’s arts programming under the new arrangement. To ensure this home for the arts will endure as a legacy, they plan to bequeath their ownership interest to Historic Seattle. Ali Ghambari, whose flagship Cherry Street Coffee House anchors the corner of the building, will remain a member, as will Greg Smith, who is retaining a smaller share and handing over management duties from his company, Urban Visions.
“Our Good Arts Building has been a magical endeavor through the love and hard work of tremendous people. I want to express my deepest gratitude to my brother and business partner, Greg Smith, and my dearest friends and partners Jane Richlovsky, Steve Coulter, with a shout-out to Michael Aguero and Armando Garcia with Urban Visions for managing the building during the hardest time and bringing it to the level of magic it is now,” said Ghambari.
“This miracle would not have come together without their sincere love and passion in building a remarkable community. Their goodness and talent is overwhelming. I am truly privileged to be their partner. I cannot think of any organization better to pass this magic on for generations to come than Historic Seattle. Their passion and love is exemplary,” he added.