Your Capitol Hill summer is not over yet: bonus movie in Cal Anderson Park

(Image: Three Dollar Bill Cinema)

One of the largest crowds ever kicked off Three Dollar’s 2015 summer movie series (Image: Three Dollar Bill Cinema)

A drizzly end to August stole a small piece of your Capitol Hill summer. Three Dollar Bill Cinema plans to restore it with a bonus rescheduling of one last outdoor movie in Cal Anderson Park: 11874991_10153309447849425_5640551179295126267_o

The summer outdoor movie season is not over yet! On Friday, Sept. 4 beginning at8:00pm, movie fans will gather once more for a Seattle tradition: Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema at Cal Anderson Park. The ongoing series, sponsored by Sound Transit, called “Bedtime Stories,” kicked off with THE PRINCESS BRIDE, and has included EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and THE NEVERENDING STORY.

The series will conclude on Friday with the last in this year’s lineup, ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, originally scheduled for August 14, but rescheduled in response to bad weather.

Topping off the evening’s lineup will be a special surprise pre-movie screening. You’ll have to show up to find out what’s in store!

The night is hosted by the glamorous Mama Tits, with music by DJGeneralMeow (Kendall’s DJ & Event).

WHAT:  Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema’s presentation of ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING.

WHEN: Friday, September 4 beginning at 8:00pm (movie at 8:30pm)

WHERE: Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill – 1635 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

No word on what the “special surprise pre-movie screening” will be — like they say, you’ll need to show up to find out.

Mayor Murray set to unveil affordable housing legislation as Capitol Hill rent climb hasn’t quit — UPDATE


Murray unveils new affordable housing legislation on First Hill (Photo: CHS)

Murray unveils new affordable housing legislation on First Hill (Photo: CHS)


Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 2.35.31 PMIt’s time for the rubber to meet the road at City Hall where officials are aiming to create 20,000 new units of affordable housing in Seattle over the next decade. Mayor Ed Murray and City Council member Mike O’Brien were set to announce new housing legislation Tuesday that will create 6,000 those units over ten years.

UPDATE 12:50 PM: One way or another, all new development in Seattle over the next decade will contribute to affordable housing. That was the message from Murray and O’Brien as they unveiled two pieces of proposed legislation (PDF) Tuesday afternoon at First Hill’s Cascade Court Apartments.

The first measure, known as mandatory inclusionary housing, would require all new multifamily buildings to make 5-8% of their units affordable to those making 60% of the area median income or require developers to pay into an affordable housing fund. In 2013, Seattle households at 60% AMI took in $40,487. The plan calls for affordability to be calculated at 30% of income, meaning affordable units would be rent restricted to around $1,000 a month.

Developers would have the option to build an additional story, but they must pay-or-play regardless if that story is built. The rate at which developers would pay into the fund has not yet been determined. The fund will prioritize building housing within the same neighborhood from which the fees are generated, O’Brien said.

The second measure, known as the commercial linkage fee, would require all new commercial development to pay $5-$17 per square foot into an affordable housing fund. The option to build additional floor area will be included to help builders offset the fee. Developers would also have the option of providing an equivalent amount of housing offsite.

“This is a bold, progressive proposal where growth itself will support affordable and environmentally sustainable neighborhoods,” Murray said.

O’Brien said the bills will be introduced at City Council next week. A public hearing on the proposals will be held September 9th at 5:30 PM at City Hall. Continue reading

More fashion retail in Pike/Pine as ‘sophisticated’ Killion moves in next to Bill’s

(Images: Killion)

Bill’s Off Broadway is back with the same cheap beer after a two-year timeout but the neighbors have changed. Menswear fashion boutique Killion — with stores also in NYC’s Orchard Estate and in Melrose in LA — has opened on Harvard Ave in the new Cue building where Bill’s overhauled new home holds down the corner at Pine.

(Image: Killion)

(Image: Killion)

The upscale-ish retailer is described as “offering a sophisticated selection of essential garments at highly desirable price-points” in this Tiger Beat-style heavy-breather on the Jonas bros going shopping in LA. We didn’t find out much more on the store’s “About Us” page:

Killion is a modern menswear line offering a sophisticated selection of essential garments at highly desirable price-points. The customer is our strongest consideration in establishing a collection with a deep appreciation for quality, refined fits, and timeless yet progressive design.
At Killion, we neglect the traditional wholesale-to-retail model essentially by cutting out the middle-men to provide premium quality products at a fair cost directly to the end-consumer. This simply means that there won’t be any added mark-ups in our prices allowing you to purchase high-end value without overpaying.

“Our products will never be mass-produced or distributed to retailers and items will never be restocked once they are sold out, nor will it go on sale,” the retailer promises.

We’re hoping to make contact with the seemingly elusive people behind the company to try to find out more about Killion’s founders and plans.

The sparsely decorated store is open for business on Harvard but there’s not any signage out front. Prices run from the high $20s to $30s for shirts with pants in the $50 and up. Judging by the number of items listed as “sold out” online, it appears that the uncertainty of inventory is part of the fun.

Another space neighboring Bill’s is also lined up for a new tenant as the longtime auto repair business that also called the corner home before redevelopment will not be returning to Harvard and Pine.

Killion’s debut follows the opening of “technical luxury” clothier Kit and Ace on E Pike earlier this summer. Buoyed by the arrival of Totokaelo on 10th Ave in 2012, luxury and upper-scale clothing retail has joined vintage and thrifting as a growing component of Pike/Pine retail. “Hippie-chic” boutique Haute Hibou made the move from Ballard into the neighborhood this summer while men’s footwear and sneaker boutique Likelihood opened in the spring.

Meanwhile, CHS reported last week on the impending closure of longtime purveyor of Pike/Pine kink, The Crypt.

You can learn more at

(Image: Killion)

(Image: Killion)

CHS Pics | Punk Rock Flea Market at the Punk Rock Post Office



Never mind what you’re selling. It’s what you’re buying. Here is a look inside — and out — at this weekend’s Punk Rock Flea Market held inside the “Punk Rock Post Office” at 23rd and Union. We found pretty much everything you’d ever need for sale including Star Trek prayer candles and custom punk vests. We also encountered a disturbingly strong Donald Trump presence — though the little man seemed to have found his comeuppance thanks to a local food truck.

Even the block of the Central District the market was held on was up for grabs — or, at least, it was. “One of the last remaining large developable sites” in Seattle began its major real estate marketing push this summer. We’ve heard a rumor or two but there’s nothing to report, yet.

To keep track of what’s next for the flea market, check out Lots more pictures, below. Continue reading

Most dangerous job on Capitol Hill? Working at the Broadway Market QFC


This pepper spray incident at QFC was caught on camera (Image: Tim Durkan with permission to CHS)

A war zone. That’s how Mathew Chandler describes working at the Broadway Market QFC. Nearly every day police are called to the Capitol Hill grocery store for reports of an assault or harassment. According to Chandler, most of the disturbances are caused by people who are intoxicated, mentally ill, or both and QFC staff are often the first to respond. And without off-duty cops around to help, those involved say it’s a dangerous situation for employees — and shoppers.

“There are a lot of the same locals that refuse to respect the store and refuse to stop coming in,” said Chandler, who works as a clerk and assistant manager. “They know we’re virtually powerless to do anything about it.”

Also for sale in front of QFC -- heroin, $8 (Image: Tim Durkan with permission to CHS)

Also for sale in front of QFC — heroin, $8 (Image: Tim Durkan with permission to CHS)

On August 12th, Chandler was about to clock out for the night when a man entered the store and began swearing at customers. When Chandler approached, the man threatened to beat him up. Eventually Chandler escorted the man out of the store.

Once outside, the man threatened to kill Chandler with a champagne bottle he was holding. According to police reports, Chandler warned the man he would mace him if he came any closer. When the man raised the bottle over his head, Chandler sprayed him.

“In the heat of the moment I just wanted to get the situation under control,” Chandler told CHS.

The man did back down and was arrested for harassment. However, due to a company policy against carrying mace while on the clock, Chandler says he was suspended for a week and had three days of pay withheld.

A QFC representative told CHS she could not comment on the incident, Chandler’s suspension, or the company’s policy regarding employees carrying pepper spray.

Chandler has been an employee with QFC for nearly nine years, mostly working in stores on the Eastside and in North Seattle. He said inadequate security in the store due to replacing off-duty police officers with private guards led him to carry mace that night. The QFC representative also declined to comment on the use of private security guards over off-duty officers. QFC is a subsidiary of Kroger.

The daily incidents are a constant stress on QFC workers, Chandler said

“For the most part we just try to console each other and be there for each other,” he said. “It’s emotionally and physically and mentally taxing.”

Stressful and occasionally violent situations aren’t uncommon for Chandler in his other job as a bouncer. He said he’s worked security for Neumos and for the Capitol Hill Block Party.

“Being a bouncer should not be less stressful than working at a goddamn grocery store,” he said.

And without better security, Chandler wants QFC to change its policy against employees carrying mace. “Something really bad could happen and at that point it could be too late,” he said. “I don’t want to see anyone get hurt or anyone get killed.”

UPDATE: To see if the situation is getting worse, we pulled East Precinct data for the block from 2014 through this August. So far, the monthly totals for total dispatches are on the same pace as 2014. We’ve also provided a breakdown of the various types of incidents SPD ultimately is called to respond to on the block.Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 10.38.02 AM Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 10.37.50 AM

What you’ll find on the UW end of light rail: Rainier Vista bridge in 2016, 240-foot tower in 2021

There are quite a few design reviews to come before this rendering of proposed development around Capitol Hill Station becomes real (Image: Gerding Edlen )

There are quite a few design reviews to come before this rendering of proposed development around Capitol Hill Station becomes real (Image: Gerding Edlen )

Here’s what we’re building above Capitol Hill Station:

Gerding’s plans call for 418 apartments with 38% of units to rent for below market rate for 12 years and 86 units designated for “permanent affordable housing.” A third of the units will have at least two bedrooms.



Plans for a retail “bazaar” at Site A-North, called The Market Hall, envision “a mix of local retailers, served by booths of varying sizes to accommodate the start-up entrepreneur as well as more established specialty retailers.” Gerding says it plans to work closely with the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce to select a retail broker and future tenants.

Here’s what the University of Washington wants to build above the station planned to open at Brooklyn and 43rd in 2021:

The UW doesn’t yet have firm plans for the site, according to a spokesman. But signs point toward an office tower up to 240 feet tall, if the city allows such height, following recommendations to the university from a panel of development experts.

Before all you urbanists fill with envy, remember the community-driven development plan for Capitol Hill Station did open the way for developers to build to 85 feet along Broadway in exchange for including affordable housing in the project.

In the meantime, here is what you’ll find when the extension goes into service in early 2016 on the other end of the light rail line at Husky Stadium:

With picturesque precision, the recently opened land bridge finally links the main UW campus with Husky Stadium, the UW Medical Center, and the rest of Montlake Triangle. Pedestrian and bicycle paths now border Rainier Vista itself, and newly planted trees frame the extended lawn to enhance the already breathtaking view of Mt. Rainier from Drumheller Fountain.

(Image: Sound Transit via Flickr)

(Image: Sound Transit via Flickr)

One shot in gunfight near Douglass-Truth Library

The victim in a reported shootout near the Douglass-Truth Library was rushed in a private vehicle to Swedish Cherry Hill Sunday afternoon.

A large medic response ensued at the hospital around 3:35 PM before transporting the victim to Harborview’s trauma center. We do not have information on the condition of the victim at this time.

The shooting followed 911 callers reporting more gunfire in the Central District. The person who was shot was reported down near 24th Ave and Yesler where three or four people were reported to be carrying the victim to a nearby vehicle.

Callers provided conflicting details on possible suspects as multiple vehicles and people rushed from the area to assist in transporting the victim to the hospital. According to police radio dispatches, the shooter was believed to be a young male seen walking with a group leaving the scene at 24th and Yesler. According to a witness account, multiple shooters were involved in the incident.

East Precinct and City Hall representatives met with community members last week at a neighborhood crime meeting to discuss recent gun violence. “There is no higher priority in the city for the chief than dealing with the gun violence that’s going on,” Capt. Paul McDonagh said. There has been a 23% increase in reports of shots fired this year in Seattle.

UPDATE: SPD says the victim and the main suspect “knew each other” — parse that statement how you will.

UPDATE 8:45 PM: In a second incident, 911 callers reported seeing two vehicles with occupants shooting at each near 18th and Jackson just after 8 PM. There were no reported victims but police found multiple vehicles parked in the area had been struck by gunfire. Police were collecting shell casings and evidence at the scene.

UPDATE 8/31/2015 9:35 AM: SPD says it will be posting a report on the incident later Monday.

UPDATE 8/31/2015 4:35 PM: SPD has posted a brief on the incident in a rundown of more gun-related activity in the city from the weekend:

Just before 3:30 PM Saturday, police received a report of a shooting at 24th Ave. and E. Yesler Way.

As officers drove to the scene, they received an update from witnesses that a motorist in a white SUV had loaded a wounded man into his vehicle and driven away from the scene.

The wounded 20-year-old man arrived at a Central District hospital a short time later, and officers learned he had been in a dispute with a group of young men at 24th and Yesler. The man reportedly exchanged shots with one of the men in the other group, and was struck. A ride-share driver, who was not involved in the incident, had apparently spotted the injured 20-year-old and stopped to take him to a hospital. The 20-year-old was reportedly in stable condition following the shooting. Detectives are investigating.

Talk of gun violence and race at East Precinct community meeting

Residents concerned by the recent uptick in violence crowded EastPAC’s August meeting Thursday night. “I have heard more shots this summer than I have in eight years,” one man said at the meeting, which was attended by officials from the Seattle Police Department and a representative from the City Attorney’s office.

East Precinct neighborhoods have seen a 13% increase in violent crime and a 23% increase in reports of shots fired this year. This bullet-fueled crime wave has brought murder to the Central District and Capitol Hill including the slaying of 23-year-old Ramon Mitchell outside the Baltic Room.

At Thursday’s meeting, residents demanded to know what SPD was doing to combat the crime that had made them feel unsafe in their homes and neighborhoods. “There is no higher priority in the city for the chief than dealing with the gun violence that’s going on,” said Capt. Paul McDonagh, commander of the East Precinct since April.

McDonagh said SPD has noticed an increased willingness among some area youth to “use firearms at will” and the department was struggling to solve crimes because of what he said is a “no snitching” culture on the streets. He said the department was trying to steer youth away from crime by supporting initiatives such as the Seattle Youth Summer Employment Program while also building relationships with federal anti-crime agencies such as the ATF to enhance its crime fighting abilities.

“We have to talk about race,” said Pamela Banks, Urban League CEO and current District 3 candidate. “That’s the conversation we have to have around this. We also have to talk about gentrification, and the impact it has on this community.” Continue reading

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Batten down your Honey Buckets — August windstorm whips through Capitol Hill

Thanks to J Lee in First Hill for the picture!

Thanks to J Lee in First Hill for the picture!

A freakish summer windstorm has left Seattle utility crews scrambling to clean up after falling trees and cracking branches.

Around Capitol Hill, power outages were limited to around 1,000 customers out of service around 1:15 PM — nearly 50,000 were out across the city. You can check the latest status from City Light here. The Hill’s first wave of outages has been mostly concentrated around the leafy Harvard-Belmont historic district.

Large trees were reported blown down near 15th and Prospect as well as in the 700 block of Boylston and near 24th and Boyer. Police are asking residents to stop calling 911 to report downed trees and wires:

Speaking of clean-up, the winds were strong enough to blow not one but two chemical toilets into the street on E Union. Gust of up to 29 MPH have been reported on Capitol Hill.

A high wind warning for the area from the National Weather Service is currently in effect through 6 PM.

Here’s a look at the devastation in Volunteer Park:

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UPDATE 8/30/2015 9:25 PM: Yikes! Power is still out for some on the Hill:

City Light is estimating remaining outages around Broadway will be taken care of by Monday afternoon.