CHS Community Post | Capitol Hill business owners to Sound Transit site developers: Make it unique

Panel Members Left to Right: Karen True (Pioneer Square Alliance), Moderator Michael Wells (Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce), Binko Chiong-Bisbee (Kobo), Tracy Taylor (Elliott Bay Book Company), Michael Oaksmith (Hunters Capital), Linda Derschang (The Derschang Group), Chip Ragen (Ragen Associates), Tim Farrell (Tarragon).

Panel Members Left to Right: Karen True (Pioneer Square Alliance), Moderator Michael Wells (Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce), Binko Chiong-Bisbee (Kobo), Tracy Taylor (Elliott Bay Book Company), Michael Oaksmith (Hunters Capital), Linda Derschang (The Derschang Group), Chip Ragen (Ragen Associates), Tim Farrell (Tarragon).

2014_9 Broadway Retail Panel 2As a reminder, anybody can post to CHS. You can find our latest contributions in the CHS Community section. Posts of high quality and interest may be shared on the CHS homepage. Thanks to all community contributors for being part of CHS! CHS reported on the “transit oriented development” process at Capitol Hill Station here: Developers vying to build Capitol Hill Station housing+retail say properties are overvalued

By Michelle Hipler, Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, the Capitol Hill Champions hosted a Broadway Retail Panel Luncheon at the Capitol Hill Library where neighborhood business owners spoke candidly to the developers who will bid on the prime real estate above the Link light rail station on Broadway. The resounding message was that developers have to get it right, and that means thinking more creatively about the retail spaces.

The bottom line, as Linda Derschang (Linda’s, Oddfellows, Smith, et. al.) put it: what really created the thriving Pike/Pine corridor business district was the high rent on Broadway. Pike/Pine happened because “nobody small and new could afford Broadway anymore.” Fast-forward to 2014 and even she is nervous about signing a long-term lease for Linda’s Tavern on Pine where the rent is expected to triple within a few years and the landlord refuses to make any improvements. “Will the renters filling up all these new apartments come to Linda’s? Will all the indie rockers move away?”

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Lifelong makes new home on E Pike, ready for 28th annual AIDS Walk

The annual Seattle AIDS Walk is Saturday -- and the forecast is much drier than it was in 2013 (Image: CHS)

The annual Seattle AIDS Walk is Saturday — and the forecast is much drier than it was in 2013 (Image: CHS)

Lifelong is still on the Hill, and they want everyone to know about it.

The 30-year-old organization has moved around the corner from its previous location into two floors of spacious offices right in the thick of Pike/Pine at 1016 E Pike.

“We’re serving people in a beautiful place that we hope that people look forward to coming to,” said Kelly Bray, communications manager for Lifelong. “We’re still here on the Hill.”

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The decision for Lifelong to stay in Pike/Pine is also part of what many developers hope will be a trend of creating more opportunities for daytime workers to fill the neighborhood known for its nightlife and entertainment scene. Capitol Hill developer Liz Dunn is about to unveil her office space and market project Chophouse Row this fall on 11th Ave. Other office space-centered projects are expected in coming years.

The group, which used to be known as Lifelong AIDS Alliance, and before that as the Northwest AIDS Foundation, had outgrown the old space, which had served as its home for more than 25 years.

In May, CHS reported that the Bright Horizons day care chain was making plans to open a center and take over the former Lifelong space in a $1.7 million overhaul that will include a “Movement Matters Zone with Rock Climbing Wall,” art studio, and playgrounds.

Bright Horizons is a CHS advertiser while CHS is a community sponsor of the annual Lifelong AIDS Walk and 5K.

Bray said Lifelong has expanded its focus in recent years, reaching out to assist people with other chronic diseases, hence dropping “AIDS Alliance” from their name.

The starting line for the 2011 walk -- the 30th anniversary of the event (Image: CHS)

The starting line for the 2011 walk — the 30th anniversary of the event (Image: CHS)

Look back at the early years of the AIDS Walk (Image: Lifelong)

Look back at the early years of the AIDS Walk (Image: Lifelong)

Bray said Lifelong has split the dual aspects of its mission into two different physical locations. The counseling center is located on Pike. The group’s food prep arm (the Chicken Soup Brigade) has moved preparation to Georgetown. The group’s thrift store, by the way, can still be found at 1017 E Union. Continue reading

Pike/Pine nightlife entrepreneur Meinert lights up I-502 marijuana venture Torch Northwest

Meinert congratulating Ed Murray on Election Night. They probably were not high (Image: CHS)

Meinert congratulating Ed Murray on Election Night. They probably were not high (Image: CHS)

10645080_361068550711664_307403192876139037_nOnly one I-502 marijuana retailer has been able to open to serve the 650,000 or so residents of Seattle – and the closest licensed shop to Capitol Hill is still nowhere close to opening. But there are still a few potrepreneurs in our midst and, possibly, a few pot jobs to be had.

Dave Meinert, a partner in several Pike/Pine concerns and a leader in the city’s nightlife scene who has taken on a more active civic presence after his heavy involvement in the minimum wage negotiations, tells CHS he is part of a new start-up seeking to address the challenges of processing, distribution, and packaging for the state’s growing ranks of marijuana growers.

“It’s hard to start a new industry,” Meinert said. “I’m excited to be part of it. If I would have been around when they were making whiskey legal, I would have been in on it.” Continue reading

CHS Schemata | The Capitol Hill architectural assembly of Seattle Prep

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor a number of reasons, campuses merit special attention from the fan of architecture, including how — in a concise venue — differing design approaches can be observed. The earliest academic campuses include those of the medieval universities in northern Italy and in England, with Cambridge and Oxford setting the strongest precedents for what has become known as collegiate Gothic. Those of Italian influence (Padua and Bologna for instance) also served as models, but in a Renaissance flavor. These divergent sources from the North Atlantic to the Mediterranean created a menu of architectural styles for institutions that followed; one pick one’s campus style, as it were, to be either pointy (Gothic) or round (Renaissance). A splendid example of the former is found just to the north of Capitol Hill on the University of Washington campus, whose historic core abounds with buildings of the collegiate Gothic flavor.

Like the other primary and secondary school campuses I have written about, Seattle Prep brings an important assembly of building and landscape to Capitol Hill. The school is unique among the three mentioned as it most closely resembles the traditional college campus. It is not associated with one splendid building as is Holy Names nor did it evolve in an organic and engaging manner as did Bertschi School. Seattle Prep is a planned campus of many buildings purposely built over time. Yet, within its planning, each building has it own unique identity and represents the prevailing tastes of its time, making the campus a great microcosm of larger architectural and academic trends. Continue reading

Blotter | Harvard ave gunfire, Cal Anderson mugging

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  • Harvard Ave gunfire: Police were looking for a driver witnesses said opened fire in a Harvard Ave parking lot early Sunday morning. Nobody was hurt in the incident. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, multiple reports of gunshots in the vicinity of Union and Harvard were called in to 911 around 2 AM. One caller said a man in a silver Dodge Avenger was following their vehicle and had a gun. Police found the victims near Melrose and Pine but did not locate the suspect. Police were told the male suspect had fired multiple shots into the ground and air earlier in a parking lot near Harvard and Union during a dispute. There were no reported injuries.
  • Shooting victim found at Swedish Cherry Hill: Earlier Sunday morning, a male victim with gunshot wounds to his face and side arrived at 16th Ave’s Swedish Cherry Hill before being rushed to Harborview. The victim said he has been shot on MLK near Orcas or Holly. There were no further details available.
  • Minor Ave murder: Homicide detectives are investigating the murder of a man shot to death in a gunfight early Saturday morning outside a Minor Ave hookah bar just off Denny across I-5.
  • Cal Anderson mugging: A local business posted details of a Friday overnight mugging near Cal Anderson Park. It’s not clear if the incident was reported to police or Seattle Fire. From 11th Ave’s Vermillion:
    This is disturbing: The artist we are framing tomorrow was jumped/mugged last night on his way home along Cal Anderson park. They took his phone, wallet, glasses and iPad. They knocked him unconscious on the back of the head and he came to a little while later. I was waiting to hear if they had taken the body of work he usually carries around in his backpack but luckily they did not. We are on schedule to get his art framed and hopefully raise some money to replace some of his belongings.
    Vermillion’s owner said the victim was attacked around midnight. We will update when we learn more.
  • Theft suspect suffers broken jaw: The suspect in a theft at the Broadway/Pine Walgreens suffered a fractured jaw during the arrest, according to police radio dispatches. Police were called to the drugstore in the 1500 block of Broadway just before midnight on Friday. During the arrest, the intoxicated suspect suffered injuries requiring treatment from Seattle Fire. According to radio dispatches, the 21-year-old suspect suffered a busted jaw and was arrested for theft and resisting arrest.
  • First Hill harassment: A man was reportedly attacked with bug spray in a possible hate crime on First Hill:
    A man returning home from a doctor’s appointment Tuesday afternoon in First Hill said he had racist and homophobic slurs shouted at him before being hit with an unknown liquid that caused a burning sensation to his nose and mouth, according to the Seattle Police Department.

    According to the police report for the incident, the victim and an acquaintance had just been dropped off by a cab outside the victim’s apartment building in the 1100 block of Minor Avenue around 4:30 p.m. when a car drove up behind them.
  • Louisa Boren fire: Seattle Fire Engine 22 was dispatched to 15th Ave E at E Olin Place early Friday evening after a park tree was set on fire. Firefighters arrived just after 5:30 PM to the report of smoke coming from a tree in Louisa Boren Park. The situation was handled quickly and the fire marshall was not dispatched to investigate. There were no details available on any damage. We’ll see if we can get an update on what caused the fire from SFD.

One year ago this week on Capitol Hill

8446763542_fcd93cb5ba_o-600x312Here are the top CHS posts from this week in 2013:

  1. Spilling the beans: Starbucks building giant coffee roaster and cafe at base of Capitol Hill
  2. Why Seattle’s most densely populated neighborhood probably* won’t have a pot shop
  3. Man stabbed on 11th Ave
  4. Meet Eric Stapelman, the man bringing Shibumi Ramenya to Capitol Hill
  5. Capitol Hill development melds landmark Anhalt with modern apartments
  6. First light rail service at Capitol Hill Station still slated for 2016 — But Sound Transit talking early arrival


Sir Mix-a-Lot pauses (to consider changes) on Broadway

Sir Mix at 2013's Dick's Drive-in anniversary party on Broadway (Image: CHS)

Sir Mix at 2013′s Dick’s Drive-in anniversary party on Broadway (Image: CHS)

Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 5.26.23 PMIf you’re going to lament the changes on Capitol Hill, here’s how to do it. With love. And $100.

Here i Sir Mix-a-Lot, via Reddit, on the changing Capitol Hill:

My posse is no longer on Broadway and you’re right. Capital Hill has changed. You had to make sure you had your strap (that’s your gun, for the impaired) and you had to be conscious, you had to put your head on a swivel. And nowadays, you just take 100 bucks, go up on Capital Hill, and you buy one cupcake and a cup of coffee. And you’re broke. That’s my Capital Hill, and I love it, but DAMN those cupcakes cost a lot of money.

(You can blame the Capital typo on OP, by the way. But, still, Mix should know better.)

SPD officer injured, woman in custody after Nagle Place fight

A Seattle Police officer was treated for facial injuries and at least one person was arrested after a fight broke out during a police stop on Nagle Place Saturday afternoon.

Information on the rush of police to the area around Cal Anderson Park is preliminary at this time and hasn’t been confirmed yet by SPD.

According to East Precinct radio, an officer was contacting three people near the park around 3:20 PM. A few minutes later, units coming to the area as part of routine back-up reported that the male SPD officer was fighting with a suspect and had suffered facial lacerations.

During the fight, a “fast back” alert was issued and more officers rushed to the area.

One female was taken into custody and police were looking for a male that left the scene during the melee.

Seattle Fire was called to treat the officer who was alert and conscious at the scene. SFD also responded to nearby East Precinct at 12th and Pine a few minutes later for a female in her 20s complaining of stomach pains.

CHS Crow | Alice, Terrell and Anna — ‘Be safe, have a great night.’

The CHS Crow made it to a few Capitol Hill Art Walk stops on a seasonable second Thursday last week and met a rugby player and medical professional with words for the nightlife crowd who came out to see Kathyrn Lien‘s exhibit at Blindfold Gallery (a venue soon to say farewell), a home-grown hair stylist getting energized by David Robertson paintings at True Love and a physical therapist with thoughts about Capitol Hill development trends checking out Peaces by Lauren jewelry at Vermillion. Mingle mingle! Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 18,000 19,000 20,000 21,000 22,000 23,000 photographs — most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line – our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.

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