Walk for Max, Sunday at Bellevue and Belmont

(Image: Central Seattle Greenways)

(Image: Central Seattle Greenways)

Max Richards was out for a walk with his dog Pink on the morning of September 21st when he was fatally struck by a driver. Sunday, neighbors and safe street advocates will gather at Bellevue Pl E and Belmont Ave E for a walk to honor the life of the 79-year-old and to talk about how to make the area safer for walkers, riders, and drivers:

Memorial Walk for Max Richards
Sunday, October 2nd, 1 to 3 PM
Bellevue Pl E and Belmont Ave E
Max Richards was killed crossing at Bellevue and Belmont on Wednesday morning, September 21. Max was walking his dog in a legal crossing. We want to make sure this crossing and every crossing in Capitol Hill is safe for people who walk.
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If you want the public path next to Lowell Elementary to reopen, you’ll want to go to this meeting

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Neighbors have said closing the public path will not address the root issues of homelessness and heroin use. (Image: CHS)

The sudden closure of a short, wooded public path near Lowell Elementary did not go over smoothly with Capitol Hill neighbors.

After Lowell parents called on Seattle Public Schools to address discarded needles and condoms in the area, the Seattle Department of Transportation fenced off the short trail near E Roy and Federal Ave on September 2nd. One person recently wrote “Over-reaction!” on the closure notice. Many more complaints were lodged here.

SDOT is now planning a series of public meetings to figure out what comes next. The first meeting will be October 25th from 4-6 PM in the Lowell cafeteria. Another meeting will be scheduled for the first week of November. City officials have also met with members of the school’s PTA and hope to have a long-term solution in place by the end of the year. Continue reading

Queen Anne’s Cake Skincare expanding to 12th Ave

1475173463534Since 2009, Cake Skincare estheticians have been building a reputation as the eyebrow experts of Queen Anne. Come later this fall, they will be making a run for the title on Capitol Hill with a new location on 12th Ave.

“We want to make sure we can give people on the other side of Mercer the option to see us,” said Cake founder Katrina Rising.

Cake’s second home will be near 12th and Pike at the space formerly occupied by Manhattan steakhouse, which closed in November. In addition to brows, Rising and her team of six provide facials, sugaring, waxing, lash extensions and lash lifts.

On Sunday, the Cake crew will be at 11th Ave’s Chophouse Row for a Capitol Hill “mini teaser debut,” offering free skin and brow consultations, goody bags, and samples. Continue reading

Blotter | First Hill robbery, minivan into building in CD, Montlake OD

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  • First Hill robbery: A woman calling from Harborview reported she was robbed at gunpoint just blocks from the First Hill hospital early Friday morning. Police were called to the area after the 4 AM robbery to search for two suspects described only as white males, one wearing red, who left the area in a sedan-type car. There were no reported injuries in the hold-up. The victim reported her purse and phone were stolen in the heist.
  • 23rd Ave crash:
    (Image: @SarasGabbery)

    (Image: @SarasGabbery)

    The injured driver and at least one other occupant reportedly fled the scene after a minivan smashed into a townhouse building along 23rd Ave Wednesday night. Police and Seattle Fire responded but could not track down the vehicle’s occupants. Witnesses said the driver appeared to have an injured leg from the crash. Seattle Fire said nobody was home in the building on 23rd Ave near E Jefferson at the time of the crash just before 7:45 PM Wednesday. We’ve asked for more information about whether the Red Cross was called in to help provide housing for anybody affected by the damage but haven’t yet heard back.

  • $6k Boylston burglary: A business in the 100 block of Boylston described as a “club and recording studio” reported that some $6,000 worth of recording equipment was stolen in a break-in earlier this month:screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-58-20-amInside, police found a finger print on a knife with metal shavings that may have been used in the burglary.
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Seattle Asian Art Museum puts its latest expansion designs on display

The reception to show off the latest Seattle Asian Art Museum designs was the type of event those used to the Seattle process might have expected months ago. Plans to renovate and expand the city-owned Art Deco building inside Volunteer Park had caught some neighbors by surprise when it was briefly mentioned in a SAAM newsletter.

Officials from the Seattle Art Museum, which operates SAAM, said at the Thursday event they first needed to decide on the scope of the project. That required private conversations among trustees, architects, and officials from the city’s historical preservation and parks departments.

“We wanted to make sure that before we showed something we were ready to show something,” said SAM spokesperson Domenic Morea.

Now that the initial designs are in place, SAM says they are eager for public input on the $49 million upgrade and expansion. In addition to feedback sessions the museum is holding, the designs are also making their way through the city’s Architectural Review Committee, where public comments are taken. Continue reading

U.S. Labor official comes to our Capitol Hill to support I-1433 statewide minimum wage boost

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Cupcake Royale owner Jody Hall, Deputy Secretary Chris Lu, GSBA president Louise Chernin, and Mayor Ed Murray were on Capitol Hill to back I-1433. (Image: CHS)

President Barack Obama never got a chance to enact a federal minimum wage increase or paid sick leave law, but a senior administration official visiting Capitol Hill Thursday said his boss is happy to see Seattle and, hopefully, Washington state take the lead.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu joined a media event at E Pine’s Greater Seattle Business Association to support I-1433, the statewide initiative on the ballot in November that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $13.50 an hour and require most companies to offer paid sick leave.

“Unfortunately Congress has not acted,” Lu said. “A high priority of the Obama administration is to give lift to efforts happening at the state and local level.” Continue reading

New ‘Union’ sculpture part of 23rd Ave improvements

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Washington D.C. artist Martha Jackson Jarvis says she believes her new creation will loom large enough to still be noticed when surrounded by when the corner of 23rd and Union is surrounded by seven-story buildings.

“I am building for the future,” she told CHS as a giant crane raised her sculpture, “Union,” on the southeast corner of the intersection. “The piece is tall. I think it can stand up.” Continue reading

Small coffee is the best coffee: Tiny Dorothea goes full-time in the Central District

Mahoney living the dream in the CD (Image: CHS)

Mahoney living the dream in the CD (Image: CHS)

Just over a year ago, the aroma of coffee wafted through the air calling customers to a purple house to get their caffeine fix at Dorothea Coffee.

The tiny coffee shop has since served many regulars and the occasional visitor along the Central District’s Jackson St. Earlier this month, owner Conor Mahoney expanded the shop’s hours from just weekends to seven days a week. Mahoney, who fell in love with java and the communities that fill coffee shops as a teenager, has transformed his dream of opening and running his own into a full-time into a reality.

“It feels really good,” Mahoney said. “It was a leap of faith to leave my job and try to do it full-time, but it felt so much safer knowing that I liked doing this enough to put up with it seven days a week.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | Fun and games on Capitol Hill Station’s Denny festival street

Idiot? Do it. (Images: CHS)

Idiot? Do it. (Images: CHS)

Wednesday afternoon, the still relatively newly one-way E Denny Way running through the midst of Capitol Hill Station was put to use as intended — as a giant game board. The planned “festival street” designed to be easily shut off and used as a public space hosted a Seattle Department of Transportation-sponsored game of giant Scrabble as the department celebrated the National Association of Transportation Officials conference in the city this week.
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With Capitol Hill commercial rents also soaring, Seattle looks at tax breaks for landlords with small biz tenants

Since 2008, commercial rents have risen 42% in Capitol Hill’s 98122 zip code, making it the third most expensive zip code for businesses in the city. The second most expensive retail rents are now in 98102, while other neighborhoods, like Ballard, have seen retail rents increase by more than double.

To ensure small businesses are not drowned out in the rising tide, Mayor Ed Murray convened a task force in April to explore what the city could do to help. The results, released during a Wednesday morning media conference, are relatively modest compared the mayor’s housing affordability plan, but Murray said it was an important starting point.

Recommendations from the Commercial Affordability Advisory Committee include a new entity to support small businesses, tax incentives for property owners to keep small businesses as tenants, and “fast track” permitting requirements for small business projects. Defining what exactly constitutes a small business would still need to be determined, but the recommendations appear to target support for micro-business projects like Melrose Market.

In the short term, the city will be directing $122,000 annually to a low-cost lending program for businesses with five or fewer employees and fund a commercial affordability consulting team to give businesses and small property owners technical advice. Not included in the recommendations — commercial rent control. Continue reading

Mount Zion church sells PSKS homeless youth shelter property for $3.2M

client_id_62464_logo_1457112485-7623Capitol Hill’s youth and young adult homeless shelter has two years to find a new location after learning its church property owner has sold its 19th and Pine home.

Mount Zion Baptist Church sold its annex building earlier this month to a Mercer Island residential housing developer for $3.2 million, according to King County property records. The church acquired the property in 2007 for $2.1 million.

Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets director Susan Fox tells CHS it still has two years on its lease and plans to stay for now, but the nonprofit is actively searching for a new location. Continue reading

As Harry’s Fine Foods finishes with Capitol Hill crowdfunded boost, Galerie 23 seeks $325K

Harry's Fine Foods is opening... soon (Image: CHS)

Harry’s Fine Foods is opening… soon (Image: CHS)

How much does it cost to open a “gourmet restaurant” on Capitol Hill? $325,000. More, actually. But that’s the total chef Rob Sevcik is looking to raise in a crowdfunding campaign to open Galerie 23 on Capitol Hill:

What I need is a sum of $325,000 dollars to purchase a local restaurant that is for sale. I have searched and searched and this opportunity is perfect. It is the right size, has the correct equipment and is located perfectly. I know I will be able to accomplish some truly amazing things with this space if contributors can help me achieve the purchase.

Sevcik’s “founders” won’t walk away empty handed, of course, for their act of generosity. The Thierry Rautureau protege will present his donors with equivalent gift cards and dinner experiences in return for their cold hard cash.

We heard back from Sevcik about his project but, at this point, can’t say what existing restaurant he has his eyes on. Plenty are available. Sevcik was originally looking at a space on E Pine in new development but tells CHS the price was out of his league. He’ll have his work cut out for him raising enough via the campaign. After about two weeks, he has around $2,300 of his goal pledged by backers. Continue reading