Sure, the ‘Fuck Starbucks’ sign on E Olive Way was neat but what about Broadway Store #12286?

The question isn’t who is responsible for this pretty well done stunt that briefly graced the top of the E Olive Way Starbucks Tuesday morning.

Broadway's Store #12286

Broadway’s Store #12286

Or why “anarchists” target Starbucks. We know that already.

We want to know what Howard Schultz is going to do for his Broadway location — the last of the Capitol Hill Starbucks to get a full-on new-era SBUX coat of refurbishment.

Now that it has spent millions on its giant Melrose roastery, the company has seen fit to budget an overhaul of the Broadway Starbucks store, according to permits.

Company reps haven’t got back to us on exactly what the work will entail, but the shop is the company’s most basic on the Hill considering its fancy E Olive Way, Roy Street, 15th Ave, Pike and Broadway, and Roastery cafes.

From the look of permits, the shop at the corner of Broadway and Republican is getting an upgrade and clean-up of the somewhat ragged location. If you have any other suggestions for Starbucks, you know what to do with them.

UPDATE: Starbucks got back to us with a little bit of information about the Broadway store changes. It’s part of the company’s “regular renovation cycle for stores” and will be focused on “new design materials, as well as coffee bar and food case updates in addition to expanding the outdoor seating.”

Starbucks did not, however, respond to our question about the E Olive Way sign.

CHS Pics | Landmark status can’t save the Carmack House


(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

To call the battle to save the Central District’s George Washington Carmack House a seven-year fight isn’t quite right. Last week, the one-sided end of the tussle came quickly for the more than 100-year-old mansion once home to George Carmack, the Seattle pioneer and prospector credited by most with setting off the Klondike gold rush:

When Carmack and his wife disposed of their holdings in the Klondike, they moved to Seattle where they took residence at the prestigious Hotel Seattle. Kate Carmack did not enjoy living in Seattle and returned to her northern home. [46] Carmack soon thereafter married a woman named Marguerite. Carmack eventually left the Hotel Seattle, but continued residing in the Pioneer Square area. From 1905 until 1909, he lived in a house at 3007 East Denny Way, which has since been removed. By 1910, Carmack moved to 1522 East Jefferson. According to Seattle City Directories, Carmack lived at this address until he died in 1922. Marguerite Carmack continued living in the house until the 1940s. A considerable amount of development has occurred around this house, which is still used as a residential structure.

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I-5 car fire under Pine St. sends smoke over Capitol Hill

(Image: SDOT)

(Image: SDOT)

A Tuesday morning car fire resulting from a four car collision on I-5 under the Pine St. overpass sent a plume of smoke over Capitol Hill and backed up traffic for miles in both directions on I-5.

The Washington State Patrol said investigators determined the 8:15 AM collision was caused by a distracted driver.

Medics transported one 67-year-old driver to the hospital as a precaution. Onlookers above I-5 captured images and video of the fire and brief rescue effort as Seattle Fire crews worked to extinguish the flames.

Shortly after the collision, all northbound I-5 traffic was diverted on to the Olive Way exit causing significant backups on Capitol Hill. Traffic began flowing again around 9 AM on I-5.

Local tax eyed as $12 million still needed to fund First Hill Streetcar’s Broadway extension

A First Hill Streetcar test run at 8th Ave S and S King (Image: SDOT)

A First Hill Streetcar test run at 8th Ave S and S King (Image: SDOT)

The original Broadway and Roy street car tracks

It won’t be the first time streetcar tracks have rounded the corner at Broadway and Roy (Image: Seattle Municipal Photo Archive)

As the city tries to zero in on a launch date for the First Hill Streetcar, a planned two stop extension along Broadway remains underfunded by about $12 million and a controversial property tax hike is likely to be key in closing the gap.

Streetcar tracks for the 2.5 mile Pioneer Square to Capitol Hill line currently terminate at Broadway and E Denny Way, but a planned stop at Harrison St. and a new terminus at Roy St. would extend the streetcar’s route and accompanying Broadway Bikeway by a half mile starting in 2017. Like it does along the rest of the route, the Broadway extension tracks would share traffic lanes with motor vehicles and buses.

The city’s Department of Transportation currently has enough money to complete ongoing design of the extension, known as the Broadway Streetcar, but not enough to complete construction of the $25 million project. To come up with an additional $12 million, the city is planning to apply for federal grants that will include local matching requirements.

A Local Improvement District is likely to be used to meet that local funding requirement by the raising property taxes of buildings near the project based on value added due to the streetcar extension.

Michael Wells, executive director of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, said a LID would face major opposition from north Broadway business owners, who are trying to breath new life into the business corridor and are considering an expansion of the Broadway Business Improvement Area.

“If there’s any way to avoid creating a LID for the project, we want to do it,” Wells said. Continue reading

City Council Notes | Broadway post office relocation plan, required parking recommendations

Post Office Relocation BoundariesHere’s a look at this week’s Capitol Hill-centric highlights from the City Council’s chambers:

  • Broadway post office relocation: The United States Postal Service will brief a Council committee Wednesday on plans to relocate the Broadway post office. The federal service is on the hunt for new real estate to serve the neighborhood around central Broadway as the current home of the post office will be leveled to make way for a planned six-story, mixed-use development at the site. According to a USPS spokesperson, officials are looking at retail locations on the same 100 block of Broadway E and in the 600 block of E Pine in the “primary” boundary to relocated. Generally, USPS prefers to locate “as close to the existing building as possible,” the spokesperson said. We asked about whether the move is planned as a temporary or permanent relocation. While the spokesperson chuckled at the word “permanent,” he did say the relocation is being planned as a longterm move by USPS. Continue reading

Bus Stop | The 25

17140300270_da8e4b8608_cThe 25 is probably the most infrequent bus to run through Capitol Hill during daylight hours, and is also very likely the one with the best views of Lake Union and the Olympic mountains.

Never heard of the 25? It runs between downtown and northeast Seattle, and it takes a meandering route between there and Eastlake Avenue via Lakeview Boulevard and very north Capitol Hill. It runs every hour, until early evening, 12 times per weekday. Continue reading

Worker injured in fall at Broadway construction site

CORRECTION: CHS erroneously reported the location of this incident. It occurred at the construction site across the street from the Capitol Hill Station site near where the Hollywood Lofts project is being completed.

Seattle Fire units responded to construction site in the 100 block of Broadway E Monday afternoon after a worker fell approximately 20 feet and was seriously injured.

SFD reports that the worker who fell was conscious before being transported from the scene at Broadway and E Denny to Harborview.

According to Seattle Fire, the worker in his 40s fell from construction equipment at the site around 12:30 PM.

Washington State Labor and Industries is investigating the incident.

‘Warm and comfortable’ if not downright spicy, Rooster’s opens on Broadway

Campbell and Moshier (Image: CHS)

Campbell and Moshier (Image: CHS)

It doesn’t sound like much a of a compliment to say the newest restaurant on Broadway looks like it could be part of a well thought out, all demographic-friendly chain. But, slickly produced commercial spots aside, what is going on in the kitchen and behind the scenes at Rooster’s Bar and Grill is probably what matters most.

“There’s no polished metal. We wanted something warm and comfortable for everybody,” restaurateur Stan Moshier told CHS as we sat down in the midst of Sunday night’s pre-opening “friends and family” serving as the new Broadway restaurant worked out last minute kinks before Monday night’s planned opening.

Moshier and Lori Campbell created the Tex-Mex themed Rooster’s from the literal ashes of the space left behind after a never-solved arson destroyed the Galerias Mexican restaurant in 2011. Moshier tells CHS he won the bid to work as a contractor on rehabbing the restaurant in preparation for finding a new project to lease the space — it was a real mess by the time work began three years after the fire, Moshier said, with copper pipes and wires stripped by thieves and people using the burned out building as a place to hang out and shoot up — and has he built it back up, the longtime owner of Madison Park’s Bing’s decided it might be time to saddle back up in the restaurant biz. Continue reading

Now a little more YIMBY, plan to scale back new developments in Seattle lowrise areas moving forward

This 5-story microhousing development in a Lowrise 3 zone at 11th and Republican is the type of development new zoning rules would attempt to restrict. (Photo: CHS)

This 5-story microhousing development in a Lowrise 3 zone at 11th and Republican is the type of development new zoning rules would attempt to restrict. (Photo: CHS)

A bill designed to scale back the size of new housing projects, including future microhousing and townhouse developments around Capitol Hill, is finally moving forward with the Seattle City Council after nearly two years of wrangling between neighborhood residents and pro-density advocates.

However, one provision was left out of the bill after members of the mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Committee said it would discourage developers from maximizing the living space inside their buildings. Then-City Council member Sally Clark initially proposed to remove an existing 4-foot height bonus and another floor-to-area ratio bonus for developers that included basement units in their projects. Continue reading

CHS Pics | A Pedaler’s Fair on Capitol Hill

IMG_4984May is Bike Month and Saturday brought the return of the Pedaler’s Fair to 19th Ave E. Bike entrepreneurs, advocates, and creative types gathered for the beer-in-hand opportunity to shop, check out each other’s wares and attend cycling-centered workshops like Bike Fishing — “the art of fly fishing by bicycle.” For more on the annual event, check out

Meanwhile, be ready to share the road with young riders this week:

Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 6, 2015! Join hundreds of riders in the Seattle area and thousands of other riders across the country on Bike to School Day. Volunteers set up stations at schools to distribute prizes and welcome students who bike on May 6.

Awful traffic, more infrastructure, and better-than-average Seattle weather so far in 2015 might be putting more pedalers on the streets of Capitol Hill this year. By our take on SDOT’s measuring station near E Union on the Broadway Bikeway, trips were up 10% in the first three months of 2015 vs. the same period in 2014.