Seattle Fire quickly knocks down E Crescent house fire

A fire reported in a two story, single family home on E Crescent Dr above Interlaken Park was quickly knocked down and extinguished by Seattle Fire Wednesday afternoon.

Arriving units found flames coming from the exterior of the house in the 2000 block of E Crescent. It was believed the fire only burned on the exterior of the home.

The fire marshal was called to investigate the fire’s cause.

The flames were first reported about 1:45 PM as multiple callers alerted 911 to the emergency.

There were no reported injuries.


Stateside’s take on French Vietnam by way of Capitol Hill joins the mix in Melrose

(Images: Stateside)

(Images: Stateside)

When CHS stopped by former Rookie of the Year Mamnoon (now growing into Melrose MVP status), the street in front of the new-era Middle Eastern restaurant was torn to hell as a City of Seattle crew installed a new gas line for a new restaurant around the corner that will likely be the next bright young superstar to emerge at the bottom of Capitol Hill.

Stateside has its utilities — with help from the mayor *and* the governor — and is ready for its debut on Pike with a soft opening this Thanksgiving weekend. Bring your opening weekend patience and prepare for a trip to Viêt-Nam. Continue reading

CHS Re:Take | Thank Quinault for all the fresh, dried and smoked fish

It’s not clear why the 1925 apartment building at Boylston and Mercer was named Quinault. Was it named after the tribe in Grays Harbor County in an attempt to give thanks to native peoples? If so, it’s no longer much of an honor.

The building was fabulous to begin with. An article announcing its opening in the 1925 Seattle Times had this to say:

“The most attractive, comfortable and modern apartment it was possible to produce. The Quinault presents many advanced ideas in planning and engineering… Each apartment is equipped with Murphy in-a-dor beds with double deck coil springs, said to be the last word in sleeping comfort. The corridor doors are of genuine Philippine mahogany of Laminex construction, their vertical ribbon grain harmonizing with the general interior. Halls are unusually wide, while each stair landing forms a lobby.”

The brick facade still looks attractive from the street. But the decades haven’t been kind to the interior of the Quinault. In a 2006 article titled Uneasy Living The Stranger writer Eli Sanders described it unflatteringly: “The building’s coherence ends at the front steps. Inside, a thick orange-and-red carpet with a loud 1970s geometric pattern spreads out…” A commenter named Quinault Ruined My Life added to the post in 2009, “The place is a dump, nothing is ever fixed, there’s dog shit in the hallways.” Continue reading

On the List | Shop the Hill, The Seattle Collective, Indies First Day, Seattle Marathon

Joining 50+ Capitol Hill merchants (and a great selection of bars and restaurants) offering holiday shopping deals and promotions this weekend for Shop the Hill 2014, The Seattle Collective will be the latest holiday popup to come to the neighborhood. The new addition to the temporary shopping scene will take over the 5,000-square-foot space at Melrose Market Studios Sunday November 30th from 11 AM to 6 PM and provide a cozy environment of 22 of vendors from all over the city under one roof.

While some of the smaller holiday markets and bazaars are the best way to discover new artists — quick nod to the local makers who attended the Savvy Marketplace at Melrose Market Studios earlier this month and will display their gifting goods again December 20th at Sole Repair for any last-minute shopping needs — the Seattle Collective pop-up will boast established local talent.

“You’re going to get to speak to all the owners and designers,” said event organizer Melissa Riddington. “Most events are so busy, so rammed with people, what’s special about this event is you can have a drink, have a shop, and chat with the designer.” Continue reading

‘This is a peaceful rally’ — At Broadway and Pine, calls for a federal investigation in Ferguson

(Images: CHS)

(Images: CHS)

IMG_6328A second day of protest in Seattle over the decision to not charge a Ferguson, Missouri police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown brought out a much younger crowd of students and organizers for a march from 23rd and Union across Capitol Hill to downtown’s federal courthouse.

“This is a peaceful rally and anybody that’s going to be part of this is gonna be peaceful,” an organizer shouted through a bullhorn as the march paused in the intersection of Broadway and Pine before continuing downhill Tuesday afternoon.

Many of the students protesting Tuesday called for a federal investigation of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the August slaying. CHS spoke with students from area schools Garfield High School and the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences participating in the march. Seattle Public Schools said that more than 1,000 students walked out at Garfield Tuesday afternoon.

Monday night’s protests were mostly peaceful until later in the night when crowds pushed their way onto I-5 and tangled with police resulting in five arrests.

Tuesday’s rally and march was organized by the King County Seattle NAACP.

Monday night, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued a statement on the grand jury decision:

My message to the young African American men in Seattle today is this: While we do not have the answers today, we in this city are listening to you. Your city hears you. And your city loves you.

UPDATE 9:40 PM: A smaller group of around 75 protesters marched again from downtown to Capitol Hill Tuesday night. As of 9:30 PM, there were no reports of arrests.

Celebrating two years on Capitol Hill, Mamnoon’s Middle Eastern cuisine thrives on a transforming Melrose block

Racha and Wassef (Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

Racha and Wassef (Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

Mamnoon was in no way destined to succeed. Two years ago, CHS asked tech entrepreneur Wassef Haroun if he was sure about his ambitious plans for his first restaurant — a  Middle Eastern venture on Melrose Ave.

Two years later, customers waiting for open tables during a busy Tuesday lunch answered that question (and that was despite a street closure just outside Mamnoon’s door to prepare a gas line for newcomer Stateside).

Even with Mamnoon’s success, Haroun said he and his wife Racha still feel like outsiders among the lifetime restauranteurs that populate the neighborhood. “We’re the black sheep of the restaurant industry,” Haroun said. Continue reading

Blotter | Police looking for pistol-packing trio who pulled two stick-ups in midst of Capitol Hill protests

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • Gunpoint hold-ups reported: Police are investigating at least two armed street robberies that went down around Capitol Hill just after midnight as Seattle Ferguson protests marched through the area. In the first incident, the victim told police he ran from an armed male who attempted to hold him up near Harvard and Union around 12:20 AM Tuesday. The victim ran three blocks before he was able to contact police who managed to arrive quickly despite the busy night of protests. He described the suspect in the attempted armed hold-up as a black male in his 20s, around 5’5″ with a thin build and wearing a grey hoodie and grey sweatpants.

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Pike/Pine auto row-era home of Value Village makes it over first bump toward landmark protection

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 12.24.22 PMWith a boost from a neighborhood community group dedicated to Pike/Pine preservation and development issues, the auto row-era building home to Capitol Hill’s Value Village was deemed worthy of consideration for Seattle landmark protection.

The Seattle Landmarks Board voted last week to move the 1917-built Kelly-Springfield Motor Truck Company building to the next phase in the process. The members of the Ellison family behind Value Village and real estate developer Legacy Commercial are planning a 75-foot tall office building above street-level commercial space that would incorporate elements of the old structure and the neighboring White Motor Company building at the corner in exchange for development incentives in the Pike/Pine Conservation Overlay District. “We are hoping that the site is not determined to be a landmark to provide us the opportunity to realize our vision and the neighborhood’s vision for the block,” a spokesperson for the developer told CHS before last week’s vote. Continue reading

With Ferguson grand jury decision, Capitol Hill ‘Justice for Mike Brown’ rally planned — UPDATE: Protest crosses Hill from downtown to Central District

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

The crowd assembles early in the evening at Broadway and Pike (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

A few hundred protesters marched up from downtown and met up with a group rallying at Seattle Central before observing a 4 1/2 minute moment of silence in the street on Broadway Monday night (Image: CHS)

A few hundred protesters marched up from downtown and met up with a group rallying at Seattle Central before observing a 4 1/2 minute moment of silence in the street on Broadway Monday night (Image: CHS)

UPDATE 6:26 PM: As word spread about the grand jury’s decision on no charges in the Michael Brown case, a group of around 400 protesters gathered in Westlake and took to the streets of downtown Seattle. Some reportedly planned to march to rally at Seattle Central’s Broadway plaza. A contingent of Seattle Police accompanied the crowd. There were no reports of arrests during the initial stages of the Monday night protest.

"Another shot of the Ferguson protesters at 20th and Madison" -- @stevepmitchell via Twitter

“Another shot of the Ferguson protesters at 20th and Madison” — @stevepmitchell via Twitter

8:07 PM: A portion of the downtown marchers made their way up Pike to Capitol Hill chanting and blocking the street and intersections as they traveled. Meeting up at Broadway and Pike with a smaller group that had rallied at Seattle Central, the combined crowd observed a moment of silence in memory of Brown before continue to march around Pike/Pine with a contingent of SPD bike officers following and others on patrol to steer cars and buses away from the tie-up. As of 8 PM, there were no reported arrests though people were seen shooting fireworks and taunting police.

The blocks around East Precinct headquarters were blocked off to traffic and the protest marched against the barriers repeatedly but remained mostly peaceful.

There were reports of smaller protests continuing elsewhere in the city including a group of around 10 at 23rd and Union. The large group of protesters on Capitol Hill was last reported heading east on Madison around 17th Ave.

8:52 PM: About 200 protesters made their way to 23rd Ave and Union and on to E Cherry where the group entered the Garfield Community Center and demanded that Seattle Police stationed inside for a community meeting on Ferguson leave the building. The officers reportedly exited without incident per East Precinct radio reports.

9:08 PM: The protest moved on from Garfield and was last reported near 23rd and Yesler headed for Jackson.

10:30 PM: Around 10:15 PM, protestors began entering I-5 from ramps at Madison and Hubbell at one point bringing the northbound lanes to a complete stop. One person was arrested as the freeway was cleared. A crowd of more than 100 was also reported headed east from the freeway up Seneca. There were reports of tagging and property damage to buildings in the area. Police and media at scene are reporting people in the crowd are throwing objects at officers. Police have used flash bangs and pepper spray in attempts to keep protestors off of the freeway and to disperse the crowd. Additional officers from across the city are being brought into the area around East Precinct according to police radio dispatches.

Thanks to Josh Kelety for the video and images above. Here is more coverage of the incidents around I-5 from Casey Jaywork.

10:45 PM: A large group of protesters has returned to Capitol Hill after a spate of property damage on First Hill including a shattered bank window along Madison. There were reports of rocks being thrown at police but we are not aware of any arrests during the Capitol Hill components of the night’s actions.

Police and protesters paused in a prolonged standoff at the barricades in the streets around the East Precinct.

11:26 PM: With activity continuing around 12th and Pike on Capitol Hill, there is word of more protest planned for Tuesday:

In solidarity with the African American community in Ferguson, MO, and to honor the memory of Michael Brown, we have been informed that the Seattle NAACP has called for a rally, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 25, at noon at 23rd & Union in Seattle’s Central District. Following the rally, there will also be a march from 23rd & Union to the Federal Court House.

11:45 PM: Following the long wait at 12th and Pike, several of the officers on bikes exited the area down Pike. The crowd reportedly cheered and many protesters began marching again westbound toward downtown.

3:30 AM: Police say there were five arrests during the protests.

Monday night, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued a statement on the grand jury decision:

My message to the young African American men in Seattle today is this: While we do not have the answers today, we in this city are listening to you. Your city hears you. And your city loves you.

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What’s on Capitol Hill’s Thanksgiving 2014 menus?


Big Mario’s Pilgrim Pie. Sorry. No delivery on Turkey Day.

With Piecora’s shuttered and awaiting demolition, one of the small traditions of Capitol Hill Thanksgiving is gone. Every year, the restaurant opened for a come-all Thanksgiving feast. Don Jensen, executive director at Community Lunch on Capitol Hill, tells CHS that the tradition is still alive with his group and All Pilgrims Church:

I wanted to let you know that Community Lunch on Capitol Hill will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal on the 27th at 5pm at All Pilgrims Church, and it is open to EVERYONE! We will have turkey and all the trimmings, and it should be a great meal. I have attached our turkey flier promoting it. All Pilgrims is at Broadway and Republican, entrance on Republican. We will be serving from 5-6pm.

If you’re interested in learning about this and other “feed the hungry” and volunteer opportunities in the area, here’s a roster of local food banks and organizations that are busy this time of year.

Capitol Hill also offers feasts for budgets of mostly every level. Here are some of the special Thanksgiving plans for Capitol Hill food and drink Thursday of the more “last minute” variety. Please let us know about anything we missed.

  • Hopvine: “We are offering a delicious holiday meal this Saturday. Stop in for a whole roasted pig with all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes! Prix Fixe and a la carte. We will also have Sierra Nevada Celebration on cask!” Continue reading

Capitol Hill notes on Seattle’s new $4.8 billion budget: City workers get $15, nonprofit min wage help, design review reform plus more cops, better policing, help for the homeless, CD bike share, and library upgrades

Cash from the Real Estate Excise Tax will go to library upgrades and “Re-Imagined Spaces” across the city — including the Capitol Hill branch (Image: J Brew via Flickr)

The City Council is slated to adopt the city’s 2015-2016 budget on Monday. Earlier this month the council’s budget committee added some spending items to Mayor Ed Murray’s budget before unanimously passing it on to a full council vote, so don’t expect too many tweaks ahead of Monday’s final vote. To continue the theme of the original Murray package, Seattle’s new boom times mean growth not cuts. The council followed suit with most effort in the past few weeks spent on adding line items, not cutting. The council meeting starts at 2 PM.

In all, the council added $8.6 million worth of 2015 spending items onto Murray’s budget. To put that in perspective, the total package tallies more than $4.8 billion. The most notable additions are two items that affect city workers: Accelerate the $15 minimum wage hike to 2015 for all city workers ($810,000 in 2015) and offer paid parental leave for all city workers ($250,000 for 2015).

The council also added $200,000 to hire investigators for the newly created Office of Labor Standards, which will enforce the city’s minimum wage and paid sick time laws. It also ponied up with $1.7 million to help nonprofits comply with the minimum wage law.

The council’s additions also include a $1 million commitment to a proposed regional Transit Orientated Development fund and $50,000 to support reforms to the city’s design review process. Continue reading

Violent gunpoint robbery reported in Volunteer Park — UPDATE

Two people suffered cuts to the head in an armed robbery Sunday night inside Volunteer Park in an incident that may involve a team of criminals responsible for a rash of stick-ups in the area. UPDATE: Police say the robbery and a nearby road rage incident were related and that they were able to get the license plate number of a getaway car believed to be linked to other area robberies.

According to police radio broadcasts, the male and female victims reported they were robbed at gunpoint around 7 PM near the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. Both victims reportedly suffered head lacerations in the robbery and were being treated by Seattle Fire at a location near the park.

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Only four firms left in bid to build Capitol Hill Station housing+retail sites

And then there were four. Following one bidder’s public drop from the running to develop the Capitol Hill Station housing and commercial sites, CHS has learned five other firms have also pulled out of the project. The Wolff Company decided not to submit a final proposal earlier this month, citing uncertainty around ownership and retail constraints leaving just four developers in the running to build all or part of the 100,000 square feet “transit oriented development” that will include housing, commercial, and a community spaces:

Capitol Hill Housing – Site B North

Gerding Edlen – Master developer for all sites

Jonathan Rose Companies/Capitol Hill Housing – Master developer for all sites

Lowe Enterprises – Sites A, B-South, and C

Dropped out of the race are The Wolff Company which had been pondering joining the competition for Site A, MacFarlane Partners which was making plans around a master developer role, Lennar Multifamily which dropped from Site B-South and Site C competition, Belwether Housing which cleared out of the Site B-North run, and Security Properties which dropped its bid for Site A.

The list of remaining bidders was the second part of CHS’s request to Sound Transit to obtain copies of the firm’s actual proposals. Sound Transit eventually denied the request. In an email to CHS, Sound Transit’s senior legal counsel Loren Armstrong explained why the proposals are exempt from public disclosure.

“This procurement is slightly different from a typical request for proposals,” she said. “Specifically, the submission and evaluation of proposals in this procurement is the first step in a process that for each parcel will culminate with the negotiation and execution of a unique purchase and sale agreement, with terms that are not yet defined.”

Sound Transit is expected to pick its developer(s) by January, at which time we should have some fresh project renderings in addition to details on how the project will take shape. Appraisals have placed the value of the Sound Transit properties at a combined $25 million. Continue reading