‘Wine lifestyle brand’ and marketer behind $6.35M Broadway building buy

There could be big changes coming for a Broadway building in the midst of a development wave around Capitol Hill Station.

County records show that 206 Broadway E, the longtime home of the Highline and previously home to the Castle Megastore before its move to E Pike, has sold for $6.35 million.

The company at the middle of the sale is Seattle-based True Brands, a “leading wine lifestyle brand and marketer.” The company’s Dhruv Agarwal declined to comment on the company’s plans for the building when contacted by CHS this summer.

City permit records for the address show an early filing for “tenant Improvement in existing 13,774 sf retail and nightclub spaces” including a “change of use of existing 7,005 sf subterranean parking” to allow the space to be used for commercial purposes.

We’ve reached out to Agarwal for an update and also are checking in with the Highline about the vegan club’s status and future on Broadway.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Bike Lane Installations on Pike-Pine Corridors Begin September 22-25

From the Seattle Department of Transportation

SDOT advises travelers that crews have begun prep work to install new bike lanes on Pike St and Pine St between 2nd Ave and 8th Ave for the Pike-Pine Mobility Improvementsproject. This work is weather dependent and subject to change.

On Pike St and Pine St between 2nd Ave and 8th Ave, travelers can expect:

  • Prep work from September 18 – 22
    • Prepping signal upgrades and parking changes
    • Marking locations of new protected bike lanes and posts
    • Installation notices posted along Pike and Pine streets
  • Installation from September 22 – 25
    • Removal of old pavement markings
    • Striping lanes and adding posts
    • Directing traffic with flaggers and police
    • Keeping access to driveways and alleys maintained
  • Late October
    • Install planter boxes

The new street design on Pike St and Pine St between 2nd Ave and 8th Ave will include:

  • New left-side protected bike lanes on most blocks
  • Paint lines and delineator posts with addition of planter boxes later
  • Removal of a travel lane on most blocks
  • Maintenance of transit lanes and all transit stops
  • Some left turns will be prohibited
  • Addition of two left-turn arrow signals at intersections
  • No changes to Westlake Park pavers

For more information please visit the Pike-Pine Mobility Improvements page.

Now open on 15th Ave E: Aviv Hummus Bar

Providing “hummus where the heart is,” Aviv Hummus Bar is now open on 15th Ave E.

“It’s more than just food to me. Hummus is a way of life. It’s a culture. It’s something that people share together they go out together to go out to enjoy hummus or they will when it comes to my restaurant,” owner David Nussbaum told CHS when we talked to the first time restaurateur about the chickpea and pita-powered project earlier this year. As is typical in these boom times in Seattle, the buildout for the first-time project took a little longer than the expected May opening.

Looking to move beyond “dip,” Aviv features five different hummus pairings plus a variety of add-ons like eggs or tahina. There are also falafel and fries to round out your plate. When you belly up to the hummus bar, you can also enjoy a beer with your pitriot. Prices range from $10 to $12 for the hummus offerings, $11 for falafel.

With an overhaul of the former Gyro Cafe, Aviv’s bright space is now open at 107 15th Ave E for lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM and again from 5 PM to 9 PM for dinner on Tuesdays through Saturdays. It is open 11 AM to 3 PM on Sundays and closed Mondays. You can learn more at avivhummusbar.com.

 

SPD hate crime unit reviewing transgender attack in Capitol Hill restaurant — UPDATE

Police say a transgender woman was beaten and bloodied inside a Capitol Hill restaurant over the weekend in a late night attack being reviewed by the city’s hate crime officials.

According to the Seattle Police report on the early Sunday incident, officers found the victim with blood on her face and chest, and a cut above her eye after the attack inside the popular late night hangout Rancho Bravo. The victim told police she was beaten after a verbal exchange with the suspects who were recording her and her friend on video and making hateful comments:

According to the SPD report, the situation escalated quickly when a third suspect struck the victim. The victim said she tried to pretend to be unconscious to stop the beating:

Police provided only a general description of the attackers in the report — a black male with a “faded” hairstyle, a black male in a “blue with white” shirt, and the white male who punched the victim, also wearing a blue with white shirt. The suspects were reported to have left the scene in a white Cadillac SUV. Detectives also may have a partial license plate to work with:

According to the report, the incident may have been captured on the restaurant’s security video system but SPD tells CHS it doesn’t have more information to share at this time. According to a department spokesperson, the investigation is currently being reviewed by the SPD bias crimes unit.

The latest citywide bias crimes data trends show that reports of hate crimes — especially criminal incidents like this assault with an added hate crime element — continue to increase in Seattle.

UPDATE 9/22/2017 8:55 AM: In a statement, Rancho Bravo management decried the attack and called Capitol Hill “a vibrant example of self-expression and freedom.” The restaurant said it does not, however, have video of the assault. “Up to now, out of respect for personal privacy we have had a policy of not monitoring the dining area. In light of recent events we will now change that policy.” The restaurant urged anybody with information that might aid the investigation to call 911.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Kaiser Permanente announces $400M plan to ‘renovate and redesign’ campus

From Kaiser Permanente

Reflective of Kaiser Permanente Washington’s value proposition to offer highly specialized, world class medical care in state of the art facilities, the organization today announced that it has earmarked $400 million to renovate and redesign its full Capitol Hill flagship campus by 2022, and invest in the near-term launch of new medical clinic sites throughout the region.

“We are so pleased to announce these bold investments to expand access to our nationally proven medical excellence to even more people in the state of Washington,” said Susan Mullaney, president, Kaiser Permanente Washington. “Despite already offering statewide specialty, primary and ambulatory care sites, Kaiser Permanente plans to open even more locations soon, including a brand new medical center in Burien this November.” Continue reading

KHUH, Central District radio, hits the air

With a track featuring “broken keyboard playing random notes w/ frogs in the woods,” a project three years in the making has crackled to life over the airwaves of the Central District. Tuesday, KHUH, 104.9 FM, officially began broadcasting as a “low power” radio station.

E Union’s Community-run Hollow Earth Radio powers the station with a schedule of eclectic and local music as well as neighborhood current affairs and issues. You can also continue to listen to HER online at hollowearthradio.org.

CHS first covered the plans for a micro-wave of micro-broadcasters to join the Seattle airwaves and secure low power FM broadcast permission from the FCC while deploying new broadcasting towers and equipment back in September 2014. A quest to raise $25,000 to launch the station was completed successfully last year.

Though the Hollow Earth community broadcasts have been available online for a decade, those involved with the station said the FM signal was import to reach neighbors without access to computers and that the low power station’s launch would also be a symbolic victory for alternative radio broadcasting.

KHUH will share the Central District and nearby radio dial with Seattle University which launched its own low power FM station in February 2016 on KXSU, 102.1 FM.

With the right twiddling of knobs and careful antenna alignment, you might be able to pick up either station around Capitol Hill — though some will experience an interesting mash-up, of sorts, as Tacoma hip-hop station KUBE also bleeds through at 104.9 FM.

Hollow Earth is volunteer-run and community-backed. You can learn more at hollowearthradio.org.

Big, smoky fire scorches old Capitol Hill ‘dog lounge’ building

(Image courtesy Jesse Rope)

(Image courtesy Ella Li)

The building formerly home to a Capitol Hill’s “dog lounge” burned Wednesday morning in a smoke-spewing fire that sent one woman to the hospital.

Seattle Fire was called to the intersection of E Denny and E Olive Way just before 8:30 AM and began to battle a blaze from inside and on the roof of the building. The fire was upgraded to a “two alarm” response to bring in additional crews.

Seattle Fire crews reported the fire was nearly under control by 9 AM but it continued to burn and create significant amounts of smoke.

Seattle Fire says one woman was taken to Harborview from the scene. According to radio dispatches, the woman was outside the building and suffered smoke inhalation. SFD reported the woman to be in stable condition.

The building was home to the Downtown Dog Lounge until it left this summer due to what the owner said were crime and landlord issues.

The large, single-story 1924-built auto row building and surrounding property is also home to In The Bowl, the Holy Smoke head shop, and an outlet of the Beyond Vape chain. The long-shuttered Apocalypse Tattoo and Bus Stop bar spaces have also been vacant in the building for years.

UPDATE 12:40 PM: SFD says investigators have been unable to determine the cause of the fire. Damage is estimated at $500,000.

(Image courtesy Jesse Rope)

(Image courtesy Jesse Rope)

Seattle has a new new mayor


The good news: Three people wanted to be mayor of Seattle. Here is the announcement from the Seattle City Council on the “didn’t see that one coming” ascension of retiring council member Tim Burgess to the mayor’s office:

Burgess Nominated as Mayor of Seattle

SEATTLE – The Seattle City Council elected Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) as the 55th Mayor of Seattle today.  Burgess will take the oath of office today at 5:00 p.m., which will be administered by City Clerk Monica Martinez Simmons.  Burgess will serve as Mayor until King County certifies election results on November 28, 2018. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Youth, Artists Rally for Equity from Vulcan, Paul Allen

From the Artist Coalition for Equitable Development

Youth, Artists Re-envision Paul Allen’s Plans for the Central District at Rally, Showcase Tuesday, Sept. 19th 

SEATTLE, WA (Sept. 19th, 2017)- On Tuesday afternoon from 4-7pm, the Artist Coalition for Equitable Development (ACED) is announcing its launch with “Degentrify & Inspire” – a youth-lead pop-up press conference, rally, and showcase outside of Vulcan headquarters at Chinatown/ID Station. The coalition of over 70 urban arts entities will be delivering five community commitments to Vulcan Real Estate, the Paul Allen-owned company set to redevelop significant portions of the historically-redlined Central District along the Yesler-Jackson corridor in upcoming years.  Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | SPD Releases Bias Crimes Report for First Half of 2017

From the Seattle Police Department, September 12, 2017

Today the Seattle Police Department released its semiannual report detailing bias crimes and incidents for the first half of 2017. During this time, a total of 178 criminal and non-criminal bias based incidents were reported, up from the 128 incidents reported at the same time last year. The increase in reports can be attributed in large part to victims feeling more comfortable reporting bias crimes due to enhanced trust, improved reporting mechanisms and ongoing community outreach by the Department.

“SPD continues to be a national leader in investigating and reporting bias crimes as well as outreach to communities experiencing these acts,” said Chief of Police, Kathleen O’Toole. “In the spirit of transparency and accountability we continue to release these reports letting the community know that the Department works hard every day to make sure our most vulnerable victims are heard and we pursue the justice they deserve.”

Highlights from the report:

  • Bias crimes often occur between complete strangers and take victims by surprise. Many of them are property crimes committed anonymously under the cover of darkness. The Seattle Police Department’s clearance rate for these incidents is 39%. Many of these arrests are made by patrol officers arriving on the scene soon after an incident has occurred. Detectives work hard to locate suspects not found at the time of the incident. 13 cases from this period remain open and may be cleared by arrest.
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