Sorting out the drama — and the comedy, cult and action — at On 15th Video

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

In the week since we learned about the closure of On 15th Videothe last video store on Capitol Hill — CHS still hasn’t learned what lead to closing down the more than 25-year-old business but we have learned more about the man who owned the store, his family’s video business history, and, maybe most importantly, the people in the community who loved stopping by to visit a good, old-fashioned video store.

“It’s really been a valued community asset,” Capitol Hill Housing property manager Billie Abers tells CHS. “I’ve reached out to Lyle.”

“It was shorter notice than we normally like.”

Lyle is On 15th’s owner Lyle Holmes. CHS has attempted to contact Holmes about the closure but have not heard back from him so far.

Customers of the shop have also been left in the lurch with rented movies still in their possession and, for some, questions about just-paid membership fees. But, for most, the writing was on the wall.

“Video stores that you walk into really aren’t the best business any more,” Capitol Hill Housing’s Abers tactfully put it. Others might wonder why Holmes didn’t close the store sooner.

Others, meanwhile, are getting together to mourn the loss and visit with the store’s mostly blindsided staff. Here’s an invite passed along to CHS:

Fans of “On 15th Video” have reserved the back room at the Liberty Tavern this Saturday, September 20, from 4:30 to 7:30 to celebrate the community the store created and thank the staff.  If you’re one of the many people who will miss “On 15th Video”, stop in to say hello, say thank you, say goodbye, or just talk about movies.

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Capitol Hill Park(ing) Day 2014

Images of Capitol Hill Park(ing) Days past (Images: CHS)

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 8.15.31 PMPark(ing) Day was born in San Francisco. But the Seattle tradition of celebrating creative use of public streets with tiny “pop-up parks” got its start on Capitol Hill. This year in Seattle, Friday’s event will feature 50 or more of these pocket parks on the streets of neighborhoods across the city — including six on Capitol Hill and another on First Hill. Details on the parks and more, below. We’ll also be out and about on Friday to get a few pictures and notes from the day. Smile.

Harris in 2009 (Image: CHS)

Harris in 2009 (Image: CHS)

The first Seattle Park(ing) Day took place in 2009 along E Pine — off the street, it turns out.  Urban planner Keith Harris helped turn the People’s Parking Lot — a gravel-covered dirt parcel left empty as a developer waited to build the six-story building that stands there today — into the first home for the Seattle version of the event. There were some lean years in between with low participation but the event has grown into a much bigger deal in 2014.

It has also helped lead to more long-lasting experiments in urban space with the creation of the first parklet in Seattle on Capitol Hill in 2012. More in the area will follow.

“PARK(ing) Day 2014 falls on the last day of the Seattle Design Festival,” the city crows about this year’s day. “The festival team is organizing awards for PARK(ing) Day pop-up parks in several categories, which will be announced on social media and at the Seattle Design Festival’s closing party.”

Here’s a look at the city’s Park(ing) Day 2014 parks and a roster of those around the Hill. Planning an off-the-map effort? Let us know.


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Marc McGuane: Soul Park 1527 10th Ave Visit our place to hang out & have some fun. Take your photo with String Art or under the Welcome Arch!

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schemata workshop 1528 12th Ave Food, lounging, & an interactive space to highlight what park visitors love about the neighborhood

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Pronto! Emerald City Cycle Share 1005 Pike St Learn about Pronto Cycle Share, check out a bike, & enjoy coffee

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Capitol Hill Housing: Community Conversations 1111 E Pike St Listen & share with community members at our interactive art display

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Sustainable Capitol Hill: Tool Library 1525 14th Ave Learn about tools & draw on the board what tools you have or want

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Couchfest Films 1400 12th Ave Relax & meet community members while watching some short films

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Madison BRT Corridor Study 1103 Madison St Learn more about the Madison Corridor Bus Rapid Transit project

Monday’s reported Cal Anderson gunpoint robbery wasn’t a robbery

CHS can report that there was one less armed robbery on Capitol Hill this week than previously reported.

Kind of.

Monday, CHS reported on an incident at Cal Anderson around 5:30 PM involving an extremely upset man who told police he had been held up at gunpoint in the park:

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the victim fled to Seattle Central where he reported the hold-up to 911. Police were called out around 5:20 PM. According to the victim, the hold-up occurred near the basketball court off Nagle Place. The distraught victim told police his assailant threatened him with a 9 MM pistol during the robbery.

Police searched the area, looking for a black male, bald, with a chin-strap style beard and wearing a light blue plaid shirt, blue jeans, and Jordans.

But, according to details from the just-released report on the incident, the hold-up wasn’t as much a robbery as a disagreement between pot smokers — one who happened to be armed with a pistol, apparently:Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.19.32 PM

According to the report, police were able to identify the suspect and attempted to contact the West Seattle man via phone with “negative results.”

Mayor’s tour talks crime, yes, but also trash, blocked sidewalks, dark streets — Where are your Capitol Hill Find It, Fix It spots?

Citizens -- and the mayor -- on patrol (Images: CHS)

Citizens — and the mayor — on patrol (Images: CHS)

This woman had an idea to fix something at Broadway and Pine -- so the tour and Capt. John Hayes stopped to listen

This woman had an idea to fix something at Broadway and Pine — so the tour stopped to listen

The TV cameras were there for the Pike/Pine “crime spike.” But Wednesday night’s Capitol Hill Find It, Fix It walk with the mayor and several top city officials was mostly about things like streetlights, dumpsters, and blocked sidewalks.

“This is not about one night of safety this is about building relationships with the departments,” Mayor Ed Murray said at the conclusion of the walk, the eighth and final his office organized over the summer.

Pike/Pine business owner -- and dad -- Dave Meinert talks with Chief O'Toole

Pike/Pine business owner — and dad — Dave Meinert talks with Chief O’Toole

While the TV crews pressed in tightly for SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole to reiterate her strategy for Pike/Pine emphasis patrols and data-driven policing, City Hall representatives including the head of Murray’s Department of Transportation, his Seattle Fire Chief, and City Council member Sally Clark waited patiently for the walk to leave the park and make a handful of stops between 12th Ave, E Pike, and Broadway to hear from community representatives about some of the issues — and opportunities — the neighborhood is facing.

  • Homelessness: At 11th Ave’s Grace Lutheran where Community Lunch On Capitol Hill serves meals to hundreds of homeless people every week, the representative told the assembled city officials, police, and community members that this had been “one of the most difficult summers” in terms of the numbers of homeless she is seeing. Continue reading

On the List | PARK(ing) Day 2014, Hugo House lit series, Fringe Fest, Volunteer Park work party

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The international event  PARK(ing) Day is Friday 9am – 3pm  and Capitol Hill will feature a cluster of pop-up parks. On the Hill you can tour a greenhouse, take a photo with string art, lounge, learn about having a neighborhood tool library, watch short films, and more. Head downhill to South Lake Union or to Downtown to visit even more one-day-only micro parks. Here’s a list of city-registered PARK(ing) Day sites.

The Capitol Hill Community Council meets on Thursday at the Cal Anderson Park Shelter House, 6:30 – 8pm. This month’s meeting focus is on crime and safety of Capitol Hill, with representatives from elected posts and SPD.

Hugo House launches the 2014-15 Literary Series on Friday with Backseats and Bedrooms. It’s about sex. Duh. ” Hear blush-inducing (or not!) new work from novelist Mona Simpson, author of Casebook and other novels; poet Dorothea Lasky, author of four books of poetry; and Carter Sickels, winner of the Lambda Literary’s Emerging Writer Award.” Info about future authors and dates for the new Lit Series is here.

10540815_651986838232882_1018989245850765633_nSeattle Fringe Festival runs through Sunday at multiple venues on Capitol Hill. Each performance is just $10. From our earlier post: “A total of 22 works produced by companies that won a spot in the festival through its non-juried lottery will provide 88 chances to see a performance of an hour or less for $10 at five venues within walking distance of each other on the Hill. The Annex Theatre, Eclectic Theatre, two separate adapted stages at the The Northwest Film Forum and the fairly new Calamus Auditorium at Gay City are all sites for this year’s fringe fest.” More details here. For an in-depth look at the festival, check out Seattle Fringe: ‘a toehold in the neighborhood for risky, unusual, challenging, non-commercial arts’

Saturday: Happy 61st Birthday, Vito’s!

Thursday: 21 Capitol Hill restaurants, bars & food trucks ready to serve you at the annual Omnivorous fundraiser for Capitol Hill Housing.

Fall Restoration Day 2014 Draft 2

Meet neighbors and help Volunteer Park stay beautiful at the Fall Restoration Day on Sunday, 10:00am – 2:00pm. Gloves and tools are provided and the event is for all ages and abilities, so just show up at the beds behind the dahlia garden near the Conservatory to lend a hand.

Something to add? Let us know on the CHS Calendar — more listings below:

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The Mayor of Miller Park walks against brain cancer

Taylor and Club Meg, below

Taylor and Team Meg, below

nonameServing as both a fundraiser and a public show of support, the 7th annual Brain Cancer Walk and fundraiser will take place this Saturday September 20th at 9 AM starting outside of the Fisher Pavilion in Seattle Center.

Joining the event again in 2014 is Andrew Taylor, a community organizer in the Miller Park neighborhood, former Chair of the East District Council, and researcher of human cell damage at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center whose wife recently passed away due to  brain cancer. He will be walking alongside patients, families, friends, and volunteers for the sake of those afflicted with and affected by this deadly disease.

“It’s a rare cancer … but it’s one of the most lethal type of cancers,” said Taylor in an interview with Capitol Hill Seattle.

Meg Holmes, who also worked in the medical research field studying the structure of protein molecules, was originally diagnosed with glioblastomas — the most aggressive type of brain tumor – back in December of 2009. She underwent initial surgery at Swedish on Cherry Hill in addition to a one year clinical trial, a period during which she lived symptom free and participated in the Brain Cancer Walk with Taylor in 2009 and 2010.  Continue reading

There is still time to ‘save’ Chop Suey as a Capitol Hill music venue

From the building owner’s perspective, there’s plenty of time to work out a deal to save Chop Suey as a music venue said Scott Shapiro, owner since 2005 of the building that houses the Capitol Hill music venue and nightclub.

In February, the asking price for the business — not Shapiro’s building — had been $375,000, according to a listing on a real estate agent’s site found by CHS. The listing – for an “undisclosed bar and club on Capital Hill” – claimed Chop Suey grosses more than $903,000 annually. Capital, indeed.

In recent weeks, the asking price dropped to $99,950.

The agent did not return calls for comment.

Shapiro said the current tenant has “at least a few more years” left on its lease. The building, he said, already has a Class 1 hood, so a conversion to a restaurant would be eased, but that’s not necessarily what his investment company wants. While Shapiro said he’s not ruling out any prospective tenants, he’d like to see it remain a nightlife destination. Continue reading

City Hall | Minimum wage watchdogs, development fees, Yesler Terrace tech, car share boost

"Councilmember Licata presents Jim Page Proclamation recognizing 40th anniversary of street musician ordinance and 2014’s Busker week" (Image: City of Seattle via Flickr)

“Councilmember Licata presents Jim Page Proclamation recognizing 40th anniversary of street musician ordinance and 2014’s Busker week” (Image: City of Seattle via Flickr)

When they were done pounding out Seattle microhousing regulations after years of negotiations, here is what the public servants of City Hall have also been working on.

  • Minimum wage enforcers: Mayor Ed Murray and City Council member Nick Licata announced a plan for a new Office of Labor Standards with seven full-time employees to help enforce the implementation of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage plan and workplace regulations.
  • Budget season: The money to pay for the new minimum wage watchdogs and other early announcements like the promise to beef up SPD hiring and technology spending will be part of Murray’s 2015 budget plan to be announced next Monday, September 22nd.
  • "All those construction cranes mean more than jobs/housing - it also means revenue to pay for parks/police/libraries! " (Image: @SeattleCouncil via Twitter)

    “All those construction cranes mean more than jobs/housing – it also means revenue to pay for parks/police/libraries! ” (Image: @SeattleCouncil via Twitter)

    Boom fees: Reportedly, City Hall is considering more ways to try to move some of the cash from the Seattle development boom into providing city infrastructure and services. First, the City Council has started to look at “growth impact fees when developers build new projects that put additional demand on public roads, schools, parks and fire departments.” Continue reading

Seattle Fringe: ‘a toehold in the neighborhood for risky, unusual, challenging, non-commercial arts’

The Famous Haydell Sisters Comeback Tour is part of 2014 Seattle Fringe Festival

The Famous Haydell Sisters Comeback Tour is part of 2014 Seattle Fringe Festival

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The marquee at the Northwest Film Forum advertising the Seattle Fringe Festival in 2013. The Film Forum is a Fringe Festival site again this year. (Image: Seattle Fringe Festival)

Ever-increasing pressure from commercial growth and development unfriendly to cash-strapped artistic ventures, venue allocation shifts and the logistics of having committed producers and planners who can keep things running year after year may keep it in a relatively constant flux. Despite these challenges Capitol Hill’s theater scene is showing some signs of renewed vitality in 2014 including the return of the reincarnated Seattle Fringe Festival that kicks off its third consecutive year with performances Wednesday.

The festival is bringing another five-day September wave of unpredictable performances to Capitol Hill venues just a few months before 12th Ave Arts is scheduled to open and provide dedicated homes to three small companies which will join the likes of Annex Theatre and the Eclectic Theater in producing smaller-scale theater in neighborhood’s core year round.

“The more Capitol Hill edges toward the mainstream, the more important it is to keep a toehold in the neighborhood for risky, unusual, challenging, non-commercial arts and entertainment,” Pamala Mijatov, a member of the Fringe Festival’s steering committee and artistic director at Annex told CHS in an email. “Seattle is growing and changing rapidly. As rents escalate, artists are getting squeezed out of the central neighborhoods, and there are fewer small production venues, which means fewer opportunities for artists to take risks on unproven work,” she wrote. “The Seattle Fringe Festival is maintaining a platform for those self-producing artists.” Continue reading

CHS Crow | Fringe edition — Leroy, Kelly, Mara & Benjamin

With the Seattle Fringe festival again playing out on Capitol Hill, the crow talked with some of the artists on the bill in 2014.

Leroy Chin, writer and director – Children of This Universe


What inspired this new work? It sounds like pretty intense material.
On Christmas Day of last year my ex committed suicide. I was completely distraught about it. And one of the ways I deal with things is I create stuff. And I ended up writing a play based on the experience. I think it was different for me this time, it just seemed to be so natural — it flowed well. I was inspired. And think it had to do — there must have been some sort of spiritual element about it that made it so easy to write.

… can you say more about that?
You could say he probably helped me from the other side, if you will.

Is this pretty raw for you to put out in front of an audience so soon? Or is that just part of your process?
I’m used to it by now. I think when I first started writing years ago, ’96 or so, that rawness was intimidating. I now I realize it has to feel that way to be effective. I think that’s where the real sharing of experience is. If it’s not that raw, it’s probably not worth sharing. Continue reading

Hot Cakes to open Capitol Hill ‘cakery’ where B&O Espresso once stood

Images: Hot Cakes via Facebook

A Ballard-born purveyor of decadent desserts, sweet treats, and boozy shakes, Hot Cakes is coming to Capitol Hill in the new development on the corner of Belmont and E Olive Way that was once home to B&O Espresso.

The full announcement on the new Capitol Hill “cakery” is below.

Owner Autumn Martin’s next creation is slated to debut on E Olive Way in early 2015. The new venture will be the second Hot Cakes in the city. After a pop-up start, Martin opened the first in Ballard in 2012.

UPDATE 9/18/2014: CHS talked with Martin about her venture onto Capitol Hill to open the second Hot Cakes in Seattle. We have bad news for the rest of the city.

“I would love to just have two,” Martin tells CHS. “One on just either side of the city. It’s kind of more of a commitment to come to Hot Cakes. I like it that way.”

Martin said she thinks Hot Cakes will be successful on Capitol Hill despite pockets of saturation when it comes to food and drink in the area.

“There are parts of Capitol Hill that are completely jam packed,” she said. “I think there’s still room.” Martin is banking on serving the Hill’s densely populated blocks below Broadway. “The western facing slope is not very saturated,” she said. “It’s kind of it’s own little neighborhood.”

The Seattle area native said the location’s B&O history was also important to her.

“I remember going there late at night and having cake and thinking of it as a late night spot though I’m pretty sure I wasn’t 21.”

8445778417_333161bfcc_o-400x243B&O Espresso had called the corner home from 1976 to 2012 before being displaced by the planned six-story development. Jane and Majed Lukatah opened a Ballard location but it, too, shuttered earlier this yearAt one point, the much loved coffee shop and cafe were planned for a return to Capitol Hill when the new construction was completed. Architects went so far as to include the cafe’s iconic train logo in renderings of the six-story building’s design used in public meetings. Continue reading

Capitol Hill developer with knack for making room for more has plans for addition to 91-year-old 13th Ave apartments

The proposed project will neighbor 13th Ave's St. Nicholas Cathedral which went through some construction of its own in 2013

The proposed project will neighbor 13th Ave’s St. Nicholas Cathedral which went through some construction of its own in 2013

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 2.59.45 PMA Capitol Hill developer experienced in squeezing new units into some of the oldest apartment buildings in the neighborhood brings a new project to the East Design Review Board Wednesday night that will add an entire apartment building next to the 1923-built Washington Irving apartments at 13th and Howell.

With the continued demand for apartments on Capitol Hill, it’s not surprising that prolific Capitol Hill real estate investor Morris Groberman and development partner Dan Ronz Ron Danz are making plans to demolish an old garage and construct a new apartment building just south of the existing 39-unit, 1305 E Howell building. What might be more surprising is that the developers and architect Neiman Taber are proposing a two-story building where they could build four. Continue reading

First Hill Streetcar ready for November rides?


We don’t yet know exactly when the first First Hill Streetcar will travel Broadway. But we’re getting there. This week, a Seattle Department of Transportation official is visiting with the Czech manufacturer of the streetcars that will serve the First Hill line. Following that status check, SDOT officials should have a better idea of when service will begin.

Earlier this year, CHS reported on an issue with fire testing that caused delays in manufacturing the six streetcars ordered by SDOT for the line. Czech Republic firm Inekon partnered with Seattle-based Pacifica to build the trams that were to be manufactured in the Czech Republic but assembled, painted, tested, and maintained in Seattle. Initially due to arrive from the manufacturer by April, CHS was told SDOT expected the streetcars to be delivered between June and October. SDOT was evaluating options including “ramping up service as vehicles are delivered, or beginning service after all six vehicles have been delivered.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | Capitol Hill is old

CHS was performing manual labor recently in the shadow of St. Joe’s near 19th and Aloha when we found this buried in the dirt: a Washington sales tax token –IMG_2355

Wikipedia says:

Sales tax tokens were fractional cent devices used to pay sales tax on very small purchases in many American states during the years of the Great Depression. Tax tokens were created as a means for consumers to avoid being “overcharged” by having to pay a full penny tax on purchases of 5 or 10 cents. Issued by private firms, by municipalities, and by twelve state governments, sales tax tokens were generally issued in multiples of 1 mill (1/10th cent).

You can buy one on Ebay for a $1. Plus shipping and handling.

Meanwhile, a local dendrologist has done some street science to determine the age of the old crooked tree of Broadway chopped down earlier this year.

Wanna go way back? Here’s a visit to Capitol Hill, November 1851.

21 Capitol Hill restaurants, bars & food trucks ready to serve at Capitol Hill Housing benefit, 39 lined up for Eat Out on Capitol Hill

Eric Banh doled out the pho at a past Omnivorous (Image: CHH)

Monsoon’s Eric Banh doled out the pho at a past Omnivorous (Image: CHH)

$91 and 12 cents will get you a ticket to Thursday’s Capitol Hill Housing benefit that has turned into an annual showcase of the best — and most generous — in Capitol Hill food and drink. The fourth Omnivorous benefits the nonprofit developer and will bring together more than twenty great food and drink providers in 2014 — including two food trucks.

You can buy tickets here via The Stranger:

Thursday, September 18th 5:30 PM / The Summit 420 E Pike
For one night, enjoy an array of fabulous food and drink by some of Capitol Hill’s best restaurants and bars – all under one roof!

Featuring Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Cafe Presse, Corretto, Feed Co. Catering, Fran’s Chocolates, Hello Robin, Marjorie,  Poppy, Poquitos, Quinn’s Pub, Restaurant Zoe, Skillet, Tango, Taylor Shellfish, Terra Plata and The Tin Table.

New this year: Jemil’s Big Easy and Off the Rez food trucks

Plus wine and specialty cocktails courtesy of Okanogan Estate Winery, Oola Distillery and Sidetrack Distillery

Your ticket gets you:

  • Unlimited plates of culinary creations

  • Excellent Northwest wines and imaginative specialty cocktails

  • A fun evening with your Capitol Hill neighbors and friends of affordable housing

2014-eatOutCapitolHillaYou can also mark your calendar for another Capitol Hill food+drink fundraising tradition. The annual Eat Out on Capitol Hill to benefit the nonprofit Country Doctor returns Thursday, September 25th with a roster 39 Capitol Hill restaurants and bars strong:

Benefiting Country Doctor Community Health Centers-Providers of Accessible Healthcare to Everyone Regardless of Ability to Pay.
A Portion Of Your Bill Be Donated To Ensure Everyone Has HealthCare Home At Country Doctor Community Health Care Centers

ADA’S Technical Books and Cafe | Altura | Barrio | Be Bar | Bimbo Cantina | Broadcast Coffee, Bellevue Ave. | Broadcast Coffee, Yesler | Cafe Vita | Cha Cha Lounge | Cherry St. Coffee | Coastal Kitchen | Cupcake Royale | Good Citizen | Hello Robin | Hopvine Pub | Liberty | Lost Lake Lounge | Mamnoon | Manhattan | Mioposto Bryant | Mioposto Mt. Baker | Molly Moon Ice Cream | Monsoon | Oddfellows Cafe | Poppy | Poquitos | Quinn’s Pub | Restaurant Zoe | Ristorante Machiavelli | Sitka & Spruce | Skillet Diner | Smith | Tallulah | The Tin Table | Van Trapps | Victrola Coffee | Via Tribunali | Vios | Witness

You’ll find more information at countrydoctor.org.

Seattle’s new regulations leave space for densest microhousing to continue in Capitol Hill’s core

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This 12th Ave microhousing project will have room for a Basque restaurant. This one will have beer. Put that in your regulations! (Image: CHS)

34 pages of legislation ( here in PDF) — plus a few possible last minute additions related to elements like defining exactly how many sinks an aPodment-style unit should have — are ready to move on from City Council as Seattle seeks to complete a long, drawn-out quest to regulate microhousing developments. Meanwhile, a legal battle that had a seeming happy ending for neighbors fighting a Capitol Hill microhousing development near the tony Harvard-Belmont Historical District will have a judicial epilogue.

DPD "congregate housing" related permit activity, 2010 to present. Big clouds of microhousing headed your way!

DPD “congregate housing” related permit activity, 2010 to present. Big clouds of microhousing headed your way!

Tuesday afternoon, the City Council’s land use and planning committee is expected to unwrinkle a final set of amendments before sending the bill onto the full council.

“People living in smaller units is a choice,” planning committee chair Mike O’Brien said. “What we really care about is how big the building is on the outside.”

UPDATE: The committee approved the legislation Tuesday afternoon and the bill will move to the full council for a vote on October 6th.

The new rules pounded out after over years of debate will continue to allow microhousing development in dense areas like Capitol Hill while setting a new average size requirement for the apartments built in lowrise-zoned areas. Under the compromises forged by O’Brien, Seattle will end up with two types of microhousing. In areas zoned lowrise where you’re more likely to find single family homes or small apartments, microhousing units must average 220 square feet — though Tuesday’s amendments may adjust size thresholds.Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 4.19.29 PM

But buildings within “urban centers” like the western core of Capitol Hill and “urban villages” like E Madison, Miller Park, and parts of the Central District will be open territory for good ol’ fashioned microhousing with shared, congregate elements and units that can average smaller than 180 square feet.

But we're only talking about 100 or so projects and no massive uptick through 2014's partial year tally

But we’re only talking about 100 or so projects and no massive uptick through 2014′s partial year tally even as Seattle still doesn’t have a plan in place to tackle housing affordability. It’s OK, though — at least somebody is thinking big

“My proposal will allow these to continue to be built as congregate housing, but specifies that they can only be built in higher density zones in our urban villages and urban centers,” an O’Brien statement on the legislation states. “These are the places that most likely have access to transit and amenities to support a higher density community.” Continue reading

By the way, Capitol Hill’s The Sterling is also not a landmark

Screen-Shot-2014-08-18-at-7.40.53-AM-367x550The Sterling — the 1950s-era 323 Bellevue Ave E apartment complex CHS called the “anti-aPodment” for its design mimicing the privacy of a single family home environment — is not an official Seattle landmark.

The Landmark Preservation Board rejected the property from the city’s protection and monitoring program last month.

While landmark nomination activity in Seattle is often connected to pending sales and development plans, there are no records of any transactions or construction planning currently filed for the address.

The Sterling was completed in 1956 and named for original owner Sterling Taylor, “a Seattle attorney and polio survivor who worked as an advocate for people with disabilities,” according to the nomination. He and his wife, Frances Taylor, developed the property and managed the apartments until his death in 1972. In 2005 after a series of owners, Dan Chua bought the property for $1,050,000.

Police investigate reported Cal Anderson gunpoint robbery — UPDATE

A victim told police he was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight in Cal Anderson Park early Monday evening despite ongoing emphasis patrols in the area.

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the victim fled to Seattle Central where he reported the hold-up to 911. Police were called out around 5:20 PM.

According to the victim, the hold-up occurred near the basketball court off Nagle Place. The distraught victim told police his assailant threatened him with a 9 MM pistol during the robbery.

Police were looking for black male, bald, with a chin-strap style beard and wearing a light blue plaid shirt with navy or gray pants. Police believed he may be a person known to area officers who has previously been trespassed from the park.

Seattle Police say East Precinct and gang units are continuing emphasis patrols in the Pike/Pine area. Last week, precinct officials asked Seattle Parks to leave the lights on around Cal Anderson until 2:30 AM on the weekends to help quell a wave of street crime. Meanwhile, the mayor has announced he plans to hire more officers and give them better crime fighting intelligence.

UPDATE 9/16/14: SPD has so far been unable to track down the suspect in Monday’s reported armed robbery. Records show he was arrested this summer on a weapons charge and for harassment.

Meanwhile, CHS has learned of an additional robbery reported near the park over the weekend.

According to radio dispatches, several SPD units including officers on foot patrol, and a K9 officer were in the area of 11th Ave at the time of a reported 12:45 AM street robbery just outside the park early Saturday morning. Several units responded to the area to search for the mugging suspect described as a heavyset Latino male in his 20s, around 6’1″ and wearing a blue button-up shirt.

A search of the area was not immediately successful. No further details are available at this time.