It seems even Walgreens must succumb to the omnipotent force of a brand new Broadway Whole Foods.
In order to make way for a 16-story apartment and grocery store development at Madison and Broadway, the national drug store chain is moving its Community Pharmacy to commercial space in new construction at 11th and E Union. The third Walgreens business on Capitol Hill is slated to open in the coming months, a company representative tells CHS.
Community Pharmacy does not have a standard format Walgreens retail store, but provides immunizations, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS support in addition to a regular pharmacy counter.
Walgreens join Renee Erickson’s E Union triumvirate in the Broadstone Infinity building. Bar Melusine, Bateau, and General Porpoise Coffee and Doughnutsopened in November. The new pharmacy space will be located on the 11th Ave side of the project — mid-block between Pike and Union. Continue reading →
Earlier this week, County Executive Dow Constantine announced $17 million plan in spending and the creation of an additional 237 units of affordable housing. The initiative will provide rental assistance to those who used to be homeless, military veterans, immigrants and refugees, and families fleeing domestic violence, the announcement reads.
“We continue to take action to help those who are homeless today, and prevent children and families from falling into homelessness tomorrow,” Constantine said. “This humanitarian crisis requires a comprehensive, prevention-oriented approach that crosses all levels of government working with community partners. We’re delivering results at the local level — now we need our Legislature and Congress to join us.”
The county is touting more than $17 million in spending to address the crisis:
$280,000 in emergency funding to expand shelter capacity and access in South and East King County and create a day center in South King County.
$7 million for capital projects that will create an additional 237 units of affordable housing, including units reserved for military veterans and formerly homeless residents.
$10 million in rental assistance, funds to operate affordable housing so that it is a positive asset in the community, and funds for support services to help families and individuals remain stably housed through case management, help finding employment, education, and other services.
With Seattle’s issues around encampments and the continuing to grow number of people living unsheltered in the city, critics of programs to address the issue have criticized City Hall for being too soft on homeless people and welcoming all comers to “Freeattle.” But the numbers of homeless outside the city appear to be growing just as quickly — if not faster. The 2016 One Night Count found 4,505 people living unsheltered in the streets of King County overnight. That’s a 19% increase over last year’s survey. In Seattle, the count found 2,942 outside, up from 2,813 in 2015, a 4.5% jump.
Seattle Police have released security video from the February 2nd kidnapping attempt in which a man tried to force a woman into a truck in the 1600 block of Bellevue:
SPD’s update describes the late Tuesday, February 2nd attack:
Detectives are releasing a surveillance video that captured last Tuesday’s assault. The grainy video shows the suspect pull up curbside just as the victim walks into frame. The suspect can be seen reaching into the cab before lunging at the victim. The victim quickly breaks free and the suspect retreats to the truck before speeding off.
Detectives are asking anyone with information in this case to please call (206) 684-5767.
The 29-year-old woman told police she was walking near Bellevue and E Pine on February 2nd around 11:30 PM when a man driving in a dark blue pickup truck pulled alongside her, grabbed her arms, and told her to get in his car. When others noticed the woman screaming, the suspect drove off. The victim was unharmed.
According to the police report on the incident, the shaken victim said she had never seen the man before, describing the suspect to police as an older white male, around 5’10”, and wearing a dark beanie:
The investigation has focused on the blue truck used in the attack. A witness described the truck to police as a dark blue 2000 Chevy Silverado extended cab pickup truck, with tinted windows.
If you have information that could help the investigation, call 911 or (206) 684-5767.
The blocks around the innovativeBullitt Center suffer from an old-school urban problem — it’s tough to find a place to park.
Tuesday night, residents and workers around 15th and Madison’s Bullitt Center had their say about a proposed expansion of a restricted parking zone that limits the time cars from outside the neighborhood can be parked on the street in the area.
The main concern of the evening was from Capitol Hill residents about the lack of parking in their neighborhoods, which they blamed on commuters working in the vicinity.
Some residents spoke out against employees of the Bullitt Center, saying that when it was initially built employees and visitors wouldn’t park in their neighborhood spots but that behavior has since shifted.
Meanwhile, commuter Rosie Heffernan said that between the Bullitt Center, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, the expanding Seattle Academy, and the businesses that sandwich this section on all sides, she has a tough time finding parking for work. Bussing is not an option, she said, because there are no direct busses that go to this part of the neighborhood.
“Our usual overflow has been ‘Zone 2’d’ so we no longer have a place to park,” said Heffernan. Continue reading →
City Council member Lorena González joined Michelle Frankfurter at the opening of Destino earlier this week (Image: CHS)
(Images: Michelle Frankfurter with permission to CHS)
The second Thursday of the month brings another Capitol Hill Art Walk to the galleries, cafes, bars, restaurants, and miscellaneous art spaces in the neighborhood. If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift, how about some art?
February’s walk also brings a new exhibition to the Hill with Destino at the newly opened Creative Blueprint on Boylston:
Documentary photographer Michelle Frankfurter traveled Mexico documenting the journeys of young people escaping poverty and violence in Central America, riding on tops of dangerous freight trains, and following Border Patrols along the US/Mexico border. Images from her book, Destino, are featured on CNN, the Washington Post,and The Guardian. Maybe you’ve read recent news on pre-dawn raids and deportations of Central American families. Hundreds of civil rights and others groups are asking the U.S. government to pause the raids and consider other courses of action before sending people, especially young women and children, back to desperate, dangerous conditions in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
If you climbed First Hill at University, Union, and Boylston last summer, you might have been surprised by the sudden appearance of a colorful Mediterranean-style plaza that had replaced a dingy and utterly confusing semi-triangular intersection. This is “UUB,” the pavement park put together by the First Hill Improvement Association and the City of Seattle. It was soon dotted with local residents who looked comfortably at home. Who wouldn’t want to hang out at this sunny space with its turquoise-painted pavement, café tables, and lime-green umbrellas reflecting up at the surrounding buildings?
With space for parks in the neighborhoods around Capitol Hill requiring more and more creative solutions (see also: 12th Ave Square Park), reception for the First Hill parks has been more positive. In 2016, in fact, City Hall will move forward with similar projects in four more locations — including Capitol Hill.
Susan McLaughlin, urban design and transport strategic adviser to SDOT, summarized the feedback from residents. “We found that the success of the space was just the ability to sit in a safe open public space,” she said. “This is an area where the older apartment buildings don’t always have an open space of their own.” Continue reading →
Capitol Hill businesses have increasingly solved for any legislative complications by creating gender neutral bathrooms like the facilities pictured here at the new Optimism Brewing (Image: CHS)
There are more where this came from. Washington senators Wednesday narrowly voted down legislation to change a new policy guaranteeing the right of the state’s transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify.
Capitol Hill’s 43rd District Sen. Jamie Pedersen said the legislation would “send a terrible” message to transgender people before joining in the vote against the bill. The final tally showed the legislation failed to leave the senate by one vote — 24 to 25.
While Washington’s Democrat-controlled House likely means senate GOP-powered legislation on LGBTQ issues is likely doomed, for transgender people living in Washington and those who support them, there are more indignities to come in Olympia. “There are five more of these bills working through the legislature, including a so-called ‘genital check’ proposal,” the Stranger reports.
Love keeps finding CHS. We’ve already introduced you to a few Capitol Hill originals — Saab the writer, Alen̈a the violinist — to help you give your sweetie something special for Valentine’s Day. Here’s another idea we found this week while wandering around the Hill. You could create a Pine plein air painting for your lover. Check it out.
Zoe opened on Capitol Hill in February 2012 (Image: CHS)
A mix of success with their growing events business and challenges to fine dining in the relentless development and construction zone that is Capitol Hill have convinced longtime Seattle food and drink veterans Heather and Scott Staples to transform 14th and Union’s Restaurant Zoe.
There is time for one last romantic dinner in Zoe as a full-fledged restaurant space — but after Valentine’s Day, it’s all about events.
“Fine dining has always been a bit of a challenge and a labor of love,” Heather Staples tells CHS. “Coupled with the construction challenges, it made it easier.”
Staples tells CHS that bookings at Staples Restaurant Group’s existing event space at Sole Repair — behind their Quinn’s Pub at 10th and Pike — have remained strong and present a new opportunity for the Staples as they transition yet again through 20 years of business in Seattle.
“I’ve had to really become an activist,” Staples said. “I feel like the city has really mismanaged the construction zone. We were just completely overwhelmed.”