- Bikeway defender vs. armored truck: A CHS Community post submitted to the site Wednesday documents poster sbunin’s run-in with an armored truck and its driver illegally parked in the middle of the Broadway Bikeway:
After driving 3/4th the length of the block from E Pine Street on the Bicycle track on Broadway, the armored truck in question parked for longer than it took me to order food from a store for lunch. After informing the driver politely that it was illegal to drive in the Bicycle track and to park there and being ignored, I called the 800 number of the back of the truck and ordered lunch. Since the truck was still parked there with the driver playing on his phone, I asked him again to move at which point he said he was calling 911. I waited for the police to arrive and found them not very concerned about the armored truck being parked in the bicycle lane stating that it was likely for their safety and to call 911 if I see it again instead of bothering the driver who needs to be aware of threats. Given there were parking spaces nearby, I was more concerned for other bikers given how many times I am forced into traffic by illegally parked vehicles while biking. If you see any armored trucks or other vehicles blocking the bicycle track, please take pictures and call the police. They need to learn that this is not acceptable.
According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were called to the 1700 block of Broadway just before 1 PM for a report of “harassment” involving a person an armored truck driver said was climbing on his truck and trying to “place a sticker” on the vehicle. As you can see above, sbunin’s account differs from the driver’s. SPD says no report was taken on the incident and that the responding officer was able to “mediate” the situation. The first stretch of the Broadway Bikeway opened in October as part of an overhaul of the street to make the road safer for bikers, pedestrians and drivers with the installation of the First Hill Streetcar. SDOT created this education material in response to confusion and straight-up ignorance of the new cycle track’s changes to street parking in the area.
- Broadway Hill package thefts: We recently posted about car prowlers and package thieves active on the Hill this holiday season. One area mentioned in the report was information shared by neighbors around Broadway Hill Park of a prolific package thief. The neighbors have pictures to share of the woman said to be ripping off people’s stuff in the area:
- Burglary arrests: SPD chased down two burglary suspects Wednesday afternoon after an alert childcare provider in the area noticed two people carrying household items near 24th Ave E. Police trailed the duo who stowed some of the suspected booty and were seen carrying a laptop and bags onto a 43 Metro coach. Police attempted to contact the males at a bus stop near 19th and John when one attempted to flee. Both males were taken into custody and some of the goods were recovered. Police traced the suspected stolen items to a home burglarized near 22nd Ave E and E Galer. One 18-year-old suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary while the other, a minor, was taken to the Youth Services Center.
Chef John Sundstrom wants to do something only a little larger than normal to celebrate small-plate Lark’s ten-year anniversary and a decade of survival in Seattle’s restaurant business.
“I’ve roasted a lot of whole pigs. It’s one of my favorite things to do,” Sundstrom said. “It just felt like a way to make a fun and casual party.”
Thursday, Sundstrom is inviting all comers to the 12th Ave restaurant for a pig roast starting at 6 PM and running “until the pig runs out.” The $50 for your plate will go to Northwest Harvest.
Sundstrom says his ten years on the southern edge of Capitol Hill have been good ones with only a few bumps along the way. A decision to sell off his neighboring offshoot Licorous in 2011 to make way for now legendary Canon helped, he says.
“The recession… we’re happy we made it through,” Sundstrom said. “We had some great opportunities.”
With the decade milestone reached, Sundstrom says Lark is now signed for the space for another five to ten years. He’s also making plans for a new investment.
“We’ve got another project in the works,” Sundstrom said. More on that soon.
You can learn more at larkseattle.com.
Compared to other major cities, Seattle’s housing market is rebounding wonderfully since the 2007 crash and Capitol Hill properties fare much better than in the rest of the city. But there are still thousands of residents facing foreclosure or struggling to pay mortgages higher than the value of their home. And the next bump in the economy — whenever it may come — could drag thousands more down with it.
The Seattle City Council’s Housing, Human Service, Health, and Culture Committee passed a resolution Wednesday that would enable City Hall to study how to use public resources, including eminent domain, to save underwater mortgages. The full council will have to approve the resolution sometime next year.
Several homeowners who faced foreclosure or underwater mortgages spoke in favor of the city getting directly involved with reducing mortgage principals. “If my husband lost his job we’d be on the streets, the banks won’t give us a chance,” said Joelle Craft, a mother of three and volunteer with Washington Community Action Network.
Come Thursday night, Capitol Hill will be down one regional chain pizza concept. The Broadway outlet of MOD Pizza will be shuttered:
To all our Capitol Hill MODsters,
We wanted to let our friends on Capitol Hill know that MOD on Broadway will be closing permanently on Thursday, Dec. 12th at 9:00pm. We will miss seeing you on Broadway, but hope and encourage you to come and visit the MOD Squads at one of our other Seattle area stores including 6th and Union, the Seattle Center and the University District.
MOD is undergoing an exciting expansion with new stores opening throughout the state and beyond. Stay tuned and thanks for your support!
MOD Super Fast Pizza
The closure leaves the chain with around a dozen MODs still operating across Washington, Oregon and California.
Here’s what CHS said about MOD when we first reported the local chain was destined for the massive Joule development’s retail offerings:
Meanwhile, CHS has learned of a spendy buildout that will further fill the Joule’s available retail space. In October, we reported that Mod “Super Fast” Pizza was coming to Capitol Hill. We now know that the “on-demand” pizza concept is destined for a suite of the Joule after a $420,000 buildout, according to city records. It will be the fourth location in the Seattle area for the local chain which differentiates itself on providing a fast super fast personal pizza built to your specifications. All pizza are currently priced at $6.28. We didn’t see any notes about gluten free variants but you can check out their menu, etc. at http://www.modpizza.com. CHS is excited about the “hand spun milk shakes.”
We’re sorry to say we never tried the shakes. Dulces, the other restaurant we reported on in that piece, never opened in the Joule. It finally found a home at 19th/Madison this fall.
Mod’s shuttering is the second chain to close in the Joule this year. In July, we reported on the demise of Qdoba and the challenging environment on Broadway for “limited service” restaurants.
Blue Moon Burgers will now stand as the only restaurant play to have survived in the development. Eat Local is cool — but it doesn’t count.
It hasn’t been all bad news for the Joule, however. Canadian-born Skoah skin care joined the building earlier this year and an Orange Theory Fitness outlet is slated to join the block also home to CorePower Yoga. The yoga chain and a Menchie’s frozen yogurt shop were some of the latest additions to the tenant mix prior to Skoah. Up the street a block, Lab5 Fitness rounds out the recent healthful additions on Broadway. It took over a space created out of the overhauled hull of the Jade Pagoda.
We hope you have had a chance to Shop the Hill this holiday season — we’ll continue to highlight local gift ideas (“new pure copper slabs combat lethargy and passivity while stimulating optimism“) and deals through the coming weeks.
It’s also coming up on crunch time so you might want to bring technology to play in finding gifts for loved ones.
There are lots of Capitol Hill-based artists, crafters and creators to choose from online. Below, we’ve highlighted a few.
Please let us know about your online shop in *and* Capitol Hill connection in the comments below.
- Sarah Hood Jewelry — Etsy
I’m a Capitol Hill born and raised jeweler who went through the (now defunct) jewelry program at the School of Art at UW, and I now make and sell my work through my own studio here in Seattle. I specialize in custom wedding and commitment rings and also ready-to-wear pieces of all kinds. You can see my work in person downtown at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery or visit my Etsy shop for an even larger selection. I love custom work so don’t hesitate to get in touch for that special piece!
- Madsen Modern — Etsy
Capitol Hill-based Madsen Modern, run by brothers Brandon and Brian Madsen, offers high-quality mid-century and Danish Modern furniture at affordable prices.
- Pistil Books — Etsy
A Capitol Hill bookstore since 1993; online only since 2001. You can pick up your books at our Capitol Hill office/warehouse. We have almost 13,000 used books in all categories, and many are in new condition. http://www.pistilbooks.netWe also have an Etsy shop for cool vintage books, recycled blank books, and collage and paper art.
Many of your favorite Hill merchants also have excellent online commerce sites. Check them out if you’re in a pinch.
There are moments when the confluence of events mix together in perfect alignment to tell a story about our time and place on this planet. Wednesday night, this exact sort of confluence is being planned for the Narwhal, deep below E Pike:
(Not PBR (but funny?) –>)
Free Show with Monogamy Party + Pics with Mama Tits as Mrs. Santa
9 PM - Narwhal 1118 East Pike Street
Sailor Jerry, PBR and Narwhal are throwing a holy-shit-awesome FREE party with Monogamy Party and Trash Fire. There’ll be drink specials and the one and only MAMMA TITS of Mimosa’s With Mamma posing for (Mrs)Santa photos! We will also be doing raffles for really awesome PBR/Sailor Jerry shwag. Raffle tickets are $1 or free with cans of food!
In fact PBR will be giving away 1 free can of beer for 1 can of non-perishable food. *limit 1*
“Sorry,” organizers note, “we were not able to get our permits for free tattooing this time around.”
Whatever your reward, there are lots of food/coat/sock/etc. drives underway across the Hill. Happy holidays.
With a new mayor unveiling a hand-picked cast of characters at City Hall and heads rolling among SPD’s top brass as an interim chief hopes to hang onto his job by proving Seattle policing reforms are taking hold, the East Precinct has made a quieter change at the top.
A 33-year veteran of the force, Captain Mike Edwards now leads the precinct covering Capitol Hill and the Central District replacing Captain Ron Wilson who has retired after his own 37 years as a police in Seattle.
CHS found out about Wilson’s sudden departure and the change Tuesday morning when we noticed two SPD officers on foot patrol walking E Pike and had a brief chat. The foot beat is a short term “emphasis patrol” we’re told, but it could be the kind of popular development for the department Edwards will be perfectly timed to take credit for. We’d say go for it, by the way — East Precinct foot patrols are a consistent request when CHS surveys readers about improving Capitol Hill public safety. By Tuesday afternoon, SPD’s new Capt. Edwards bio was posted:
Captain Mike Edwards began his police career with the Seattle Police Department April 16, 1980. In his previous assignment as a Captain he commanded the Education & Training Section. Continue reading
Five great artists have been paired with five great nonprofits working to make a difference on Capitol Hill for the annual Stars on Broadway celebration. A lighting ceremony to unveil the new stars is Thursday night as part of the December Capitol Hill art walk. The annual Sound Transit and Capitol Hill Chamber effort honors local nonprofits with an artistically rendered star along the Big Red construction wall surrounding Broadway at John’s Capitol Hill Station construction site. You can see the 2010, 2011 and 2012 honorees here. The 2013 Stars and artist pairings are below.
STars on Broadway celebrates fourth year
Sound Transit, for the fourth year, is partnering with the Capitol Hill Chamber to shine a light on neighborhood non-profits that make life brighter for everyone on Capitol Hill.
Join us for a lighting ceremony:
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with Capitol Hill ArtBlitz
Meet at the corner of East John Street and Broadway
STart, Sound Transit’s art program, pairs an artist with a local organization selected by the Capitol Hill Chamber to create a custom STar inspired by the non-profit. These STars stay lit on the Capitol Hill Link light rail construction wall throughout the dark winter nights. The STars will be installed on the Capitol Hill Red Wall at East John Street and Broadway on Dec. 12. They will stay up through early February.
2013 Non-Profit STars on Broadway, and their STart artists:
A team of Seattle culinary stars has targeted an E Pike auto row-era building being restored to most of its old glory for a new venture.
We’re told the contracts haven’t yet been signed but permits indicate husband and wife chef team Rachel Yang and and Seif Chirchi are planning a 4,000 square-foot restaurant for the Greenus Building at Pike and Summit.
A newly licensed business registered to Yang and filed for the property’s address currently lists no name for the venture.
The building was the longtime home of Brocklind’s before the couple behind the old costume shop decided to retire and sell the auto row building to Capitol Hill developer Hunters Capital. Hunters opted to overhaul the Greenus as it plans an eight-story preservation and development project across the street. An earlier plan for Havana boss Quentin Ertel fell through earlier this year when the entrepreneur decided to pull out of his plans to create a Roman-style trattoria in the building.
Hopefully for Hunters, Yang and Chirchi will push through on their yet undisclosed food and drink project. Both Hunters and Yang declined to comment on the plans pending a deal between the parties. Continue reading
- Rash of Seattle U street robberies: Seattle University is warning students about a rash of crime in the past few days around the campus on the southern edge of Capitol Hill. In the most serious incident, two suspects beat their victim and stole his car near 13th and Jefferson early Monday morning. According to the report on the incident, the two assailants stole a gold Honda Civic in the 1:25 AM attack. The suspects were described as two dark skinned males in their 20s, both around 6-foot tall and both had what the victim believed to be East African accents. Seattle Fire Department medics were called to the scene to treat the victim who was bleeding from the mouth. Continue reading
News spread Monday that the giant boring machine at work beneath Seattle to drill the new waterfront tunnel is stuck behind some sort of “mystery object” some 60 feet below the surface. It’s a reminder just how incredibly smooth the journey has been for the Sound Transit project to create the nearly three-mile-long set of twin tunnels and two stations that will connect through Capitol Hill to form the new U-Link light rail extension.
The duo of Sound Transit tunnel boring machines that worked on the project and completed the routes in May 2012 were “extraordinarily lucky and didn’t run into any unforeseen obstacles or major delays,” a Sound Transit spokesperson tells CHS. The only sign of trouble at the surface during the yearlong journey was this October 2011 incident when a burst of dirty water briefly flooded E Pike as one of several “observation wells” along the route that hadn’t been properly filled in allowed the boring machine’s concrete and grout to spew to the street above. Continue reading