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Good news for Capitol Hill Station riders as Metro buses prepare to exit Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel for good

King County Metro is rolling out another set of service upgrades and changes on routes across the Seattle area and while relatively public transit-rich Capitol Hill mostly misses out on any direct upgrades, the changes will include a major step for transportation in Central Seattle — and better service to and from Capitol Hill Station for light rail riders.

It’s time for the end of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel as we know it. In March, the DSTT begins its new life as a “rail only” conduit. Continue reading

On the List | Capitol Hill Oscars parties, Jayapal town hall, Rihanna tribute party

Waxie Moon and Rebecca Mmmm Davis host the Academy Awards party at the Century Ballroom (Image: Priya Alahan/Century Ballroom)

Now that the snow is finally melted (mostly) the city seems to thaw again too. This week, there’s an abundance of things to do, such as celebrations for Outer Planet Craft Brewing’s 4th anniversary, the world premiere of new folk-roots musical The Devil and Sarah Blackwater at Annex Theatre, Tint Dance Festival 2019 at Erickson Theatre and the Seattle Asian American Film Festival on the Hill and in the Central District. Find much more stuff to do on the list below or on the CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20: Monday night in front of hundreds in Volunteer Park, Rep. Pramila Jayapal only scratched the surface of her plans for helping Congress stand up to Donald Trump. Wednesday night, go in depth with Jayapal as our WA-07 D.C. Rep. holds a town hall on First Hill. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, 6:30 PM

THURSDAY, Feb. 21: Whether she’s minding her own business smoking a blunt by the pool, rolling her eyes at a TMZ photographer or turning up at the MET gala in what can only be described as an ‘omelet’ dress, Grammy-winning pop star Rihanna is IDGAF-ness in the living flesh. It’s just one of the reasons fans ‘stan’ The Caribbean Queen, who turns 31 this week. Over at tribute party Good Boiz Gone Bad: A Rihanna Party, superfan DJ Thumper honors RiRi by ‘remixing, layering and reimagining’ her hits while performers such as Kimber Shade, Kaleena Markos, and HotPink Shade grace the stage from 10 to 1.  Fred Wildlife Refuge, 9PM – 2AM (21+) Continue reading

LimePods join Seattle’s crowded shared transit fleet

(Image: Lime)

We’re well on our way to a Wall-E future where everybody rides a chair.

This week, Lime — after announcing its share bikes will soon be an all-electric fleet — also rolled out its LimePods for the general public in Seattle.

“Until now, the LimePod has only been available to a select group of super users and influencers,” we’re told.

LimePods, by the way, are cars. Eventually, the plan is for an electric ‘pod fleet, too. But, for now, Lime is just another floating car share gas guzzler in this town joining BMW’s ReachNow and Daimler’s car2go floating car share brands. Continue reading

Police investigate overnight Belmont Ave E armed robbery

A man suffered head injuries in an armed robbery in the 200 block of Belmont Ave E early Wednesday morning.

Seattle Fire and SPD were called to a building near Belmont and Thomas around 3:35 AM Wednesday for a man who had been assaulted and suffered a head laceration in the attack.

The victim told police he had been held up by at least two men one described as a white male in his 20s wearing jeans and a sweatshirt and a black male who appeared to be in his 40s, around 200 pounds, and wearing a maroon beanie and blue down jacket. The suspects were last seen fleeing the building but left in an unknown direction, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

There were no immediate arrests and the victim was treated by Seattle Fire for his injuries.

Country Doctor’s new dental clinic: Now helping smiles on 19th Ave E

Thursday, neighbors and supporters will get their first opportunity to visit the new Country Doctor building next to their longtime clinic at the corner of 19th and Republican. Patients and families are already being served with an expanded array of services from the nonprofit provider of health care regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

Country Doctor Dental Clinic Open House

“It was a little bit behind but not by much when you consider these kinds of projects,” development director Michael Craig tells CHS about the project’s long journey to Thursday’s open house. “To me we’re kind of right on schedule.” Continue reading

Community meeting with developer will discuss plans for mixed-use future of Hilltop Service Station property

In January, CHS broke the news that the inevitable redevelopment of the Hilltop Service Station property would be carried forward by a developer with neighborhood roots.

Hunters Capital has plans for a five-story, 75-unit development at the corner of 15th and Mercer that are just being formed.

Saturday, the developer will meet with neighbors in a community session to discuss the early plans for the project.

The meeting will be held Saturday, February 23rd in the Miller Community Center multipurpose room from 11 AM to noon. You will have the opportunity to “join the project team and their architects to discuss the vision and approach for this new project in the neighborhood” as part of the city’s new early outreach efforts around new development.

 

Hundreds in Volunteer Park rally against Trump’s immigration emergency, another protest on Capitol Hill coming this week

With hippie era protest songs and candles, a Presidents Day crowd of hundreds gathered in Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park to protest Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency over immigration at the southern border. A rowdier protest is expected on Broadway later this week.

Monday at Seattle’s gathering part of protests organized in cities across the county, the message was about fighting back, hope, and politics.

“We know that there is no national emergency,” Governor Jay Inslee said in front of the chilled crowd that gathered around the Black Hole Sun statue in the ice-cleared park. “There is only a political emergency because Donald Trump’s abusive, hate filled rhetoric has been rejected by the American people.” Continue reading

Yarce suspends Seattle City Council campaign, won’t challenge Sawant for District 3

Beto Yarce, seen by many as the likeliest serious challenger to incumbent Kshama Sawant, made a surprise announcement Tuesday morning that he is suspending his run for the Seattle City Council.

In his statement, Yarce said his decision was based on his dedication to his work with his nonprofit Ventures,  economic development organization he has led since 2014

“One of the things that I learned on the campaign trail is that small businesses need additional support,” he writes. “I can be most effective supporting entrepreneurs in our community by remaining at Ventures.”

Yarce was one of the recipients of the mayor’s Pride awards last summer for his work as executive director of the nonprofit that “empowers individuals with limited resources and unlimited potential improve their lives through small business ownership.” Last spring, Yarce was also part of more than 300 small business owners who came out against the early recommendations from the city’s “progressive revenue” task force. He is also a member of the mayor’s Small Business Advisory Council.

Yarce’s decision leaves first-time candidate and marijuana retail entrepreneur Logan Bowers and his housing first message as the front runner to challenge Sawant into August’s primary and beyond into November.

Sawant, meanwhile, launched her reelection bid in January saying the election “will be a referendum on one vital question: Who runs Seattle? Amazon and big business or working people?” Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s upzoning on track to stay intact as Mandatory Housing Affordability enters final stretch

The Miller Park neighborhood could see more projects like the Julia Place Apartments (Image: CHS)

Upzoning plans around Capitol HIll’s Miller Park neighborhood will not be removed from the city’s Mandatory Housing Affordability effort as the legislative process to shape the program enters a final phase with a public hearing this week.

Proposed amendments to the still-pending MHA legislation had been identified by council members, city staff, citizens and others. After the first set of proposals was released in January, each district council member had been left to decide what changes they’d like to see move forward within their own district boundaries.

Among the January proposals had been plans to remove some blocks near Miller Park from the program, but those didn’t make the cut. In District 3, which covers Capitol Hill and the Central District, council member Kshama Sawant’s office only advanced four proposed changes to areas in the Central District –- all of which add density.

Keeping all of Madison Miller area in the program is just what affordable housing advocates were hoping for.

“We are hopeful that Council will honor the existing plan for MHA without amendments to the Madison Miller Urban Village,” wrote Erin Fried of Capitol Hill Housing. Continue reading

Will Durkan’s ‘city of the future’ vision include a more affordable Seattle? — UPDATE

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan will make her second State of the City address Tuesday. Not a great deal has changed in her city since the first address of the Durkan administration in 2018 but the mayor appears to be primed for more action after a year of sorting out City Hall and reshaping the ranks of her department leaders.

This year’s address will share Durkan’s “vision to build a city of the future” and will take place Tuesday starting at 11:45 AM with a broadcast from North Seattle College. Continue reading