Capitol Hill Community Post | Volunteer Park Trust to Plant New Gardens for Fall Restoration Day

VPT_FallRestorationDay2016_WhoFish_500x320Volunteer Park Trust, the volunteer-driven organization working to preserve and restore Volunteer Park, is planning their annual Fall Restoration Day for September 18th. The popular community event brings over a hundred volunteers to plant, weed, mulch, and remove litter and invasive plants from beds.

This year will bring the culmination of two major garden beds funded in part by the Peach Foundation and the Seattle Garden Club. The empty beds, located near the north lily pond along the park’s main concourse, have been prepared over the past months at the Trust’s monthly work parties. Now the site is ready for planting such flowering and berry-producing perennials as Daphne, Epimedium and Hypericum.

As part of its mission to restore the park to its original Olmsted Brothers landscape design, the Trust is going back to the 1910 planting plans for reference on what to include in the new gardens. Not everything can be restored to the original species, however. “The areas at both ends of the Lily ponds were originally in full sun. They’re now in nearly full shade and among the roots of huge Atlas cedars. We have tried to duplicate flower color and foliage to match the original with plants that succeed in shade,” says Doug Bayley, former chair of the Trust and current co-chair of the Landscape Committee. The garden plans have gone through extensive review and approval by Seattle Parks & Recreation.

Since its founding in 2012, Volunteer Park trust has worked to beautify Volunteer Park’s main concourse in preparation for the coming renovation and temporary closure of Seattle Asian Art Museum. “After these two beds are planted, that completes our primary efforts in the central portion of the park,” says Bayley. “We want to keep the park beautiful and active for neighbors and visitors alike.”

The Trust invites neighbors, friends and families to join in the gardening any time from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 18. Gloves and tools will be provided, and no gardening experience is needed. As always, the Trust fortifies its volunteers with free Tulley’s coffee and Top Pot doughnuts.

The Trust is also the organizer behind the new Amphitheater coming to Volunteer Park, and co-serves in the Volunteer Park Sustainability Coalition working to create green solutions for the park. For more information on the nonprofit you can visit their website at:

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle City Light Plans Work to Increase Reliability on Summit Avenue East

Summit_Ave_flier_finalFrom Seattle City Light

Starting in early September 2016, Seattle City Light is working to increase the reliability of the electrical system in the Capitol Hill neighborhood by installing electrical vaults and new conduit (duct bank) along Summit Avenue East and East John Street. The work will be completed in three stages.

The attached flier is for your reference. Affected customers are being notified, so there is no action required on your part. 

Highlights from the flier:

  • This project is scheduled to start in early September 2016 and last for approximately three months. Daily work hours areMonday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The duct bank and electrical vault installations will allow Seattle Parks and Recreation to proceed with their project to renovate and enhance Summit Slope Park.
  • Customers can expect sidewalk and traffic restrictions around the construction work area. Traffic and pedestrian safety will be maintained by uniformed police officers. Travel lanes on Summit Avenue East will be maintained in both directions.

For more information about this project, customers can contact Patty Breidenbach, Senior Electrical Service Representative at (206) 684-4795 or If you are from the media, please contact Scott Thomsen, External Communications at (206) 615-0978 or

Visit Seattle City Light’s construction website for the latest updates on this project:

Capitol Hill Community Post | Construction Notice for 1715 12th Ave

Construction-Notice-12thAve-2016-08-221715 12th Ave will be a four story (plus basement) mixed use building containing 34 small efficiency dwelling units, a commercial space, and a roof deck. Demolition of existing structure is tentatively scheduled to begin Wednesday, September 7; excavation to begin Monday, September 12; and shoring to begin Wednesday, September 14. Estimated completion of the project is November 2017.
During construction, the bike lane will be closed in front of the address to create a pedestrian walkway around the construction site.
For more information and to sign up for emailed updates, please visit

Capitol Hill Community Post | STEP IT UP! GGLO’s 30th Anniversary

Media-Kit-CoverGGLO and Harbor Steps present STEP IT UP! a series of interactive public design installations and performances planned to stimulate, engage and move the Seattle community for two weeks in September as part of the Seattle Design Festival and GGLO’s 30th Anniversary celebration.

Design installations and performances are designed for change; to “hack” the Harbor Steps, engaging one’s body, senses, and spatial relationships – moving people UP, DOWN, IN and OUT. Connecting people with place, STEP IT UP! is designed for adults and children of all ages with experiences that inspire.

Free and open to the public.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Lost Orange Tabby Cat – Vicinity of 14th and E Denny Way

OscarHe is an indoor/outdoor car and I know he likes to patrol the neighborhood (typically between 13th and 15th Ave between Denny and John), but unless this is a new Oscar thing, he normally will be out for a night, two at the most and then always come back for food, loves and sleeps.
I’m concerned that someone has taken him in, thinking that he is not being taken care of or whatever, despite the collar with my name and number on it. This last time he came back after being gone for several days, his tags had been taken off his collar.
He’s 4 years old, orange with a white on his face/chin/belly and paws. He’s also tall, very long legged, long stripey and skinny but muscular. He was wearing a white leather collar with blue and purple stars on it.
Oscar’s extremely friendly with people, not so friendly with dogs.
We really miss our Mustard Tiger, I’d like to get him home safely.

CHS Community Post | Lost Cat in First Hill

maimailost3Mai Mai (pronounced My My) kitty has gone missing. She is a ten year old, small cat (~10lbs), mostly grey with white belly and white socks. She was last seen in my apartment Saturday night, she has been missing since Sunday morning (August 14th). She either jumped out a window to a courtyard below, or got out when my boyfriend let himself in Sunday morning. We’ve searched the building, but she would have meowed by now.

She is an indoor cat, and despite attempts to collar her in the past, she got out without a collar on. She is rather timid, and has only gotten out once before. She hasn’t eaten since Saturday afternoon, and I’m worried sick. She was lost near Summit and University, please keep an eye out for her.

please call or text 206-313-6746 if you find her or see her!

Thank you so much,

Capitol Hill Community Post | Popularity of electric cars in Seattle

SAMSUNGWe all know that electric cars are getting famous and more widely used lately. This trend is apparent in whole country and even in the rest of the world. But how does it reflect in Seattle?

Here we have quite some electric car owners. This is number is increasing because of all efforts by Seattle government to increase the popularity of those cars. However, before we really become a green city (which our mayor wants us to be – see for example, we need to further increase the number of recharging stations in the city. Although the city has quite a lot of recharging stations already, it would help a lot if the city council could relax some rules about where it is legal to open them and how. This would further increase the amount of investments in recharging stations. This in turn would increase the number of electric cars and their popularity. According to, the number of stations in whole Seattle is below one hundred, which means that there is still a lot of space left to grow.

Seattle is a great city for electric cars. People live in a standard that is high enough to be able to afford them, it is small, so you do not need a long reach (the idea is that you go to work and you recharge while working – this is why they should be allowed to be in parking houses).

These are just some ideas. We all want to live in a city that is famous for its order and eco-friendliness. With some tweaks we can become one of the best cities in USA in those areas.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Coldwell Banker Bain – Capitol Hill’s Ian Gordon Named to Worldwide 2016 Class of 30 Under 30

Gordon-IanIan Gordon, 27, of Coldwell Banker Bain – Capitol Hill was recently named to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC’s 2016 list of top affiliated real estate professionals under the age 30 who have achieved early success in sales, philanthropy and leadership. The Coldwell Banker® brand’s 30 Under 30 were chosen from the Coldwell Banker network’s 86,000 independent real estate professionals affiliated with approximately 3,100 offices in 43 countries. This group of real estate professionals honors the heritage of founders, Colbert Coldwell and later Arthur Banker, who started their company at 24 and 28 years old, respectively.

“We are so proud of Ian’s accomplishment,” said Barb Hindle, Principal Managing Broker of CB Bain – Capitol Hill, which is consistently ranked in the top 1% of offices in the world for Coldwell Banker. “He has such an entrepreneurial spirit, and his career has really flourished in a market where we have a higher percentage of millennial brokers and clients. His productivity numbers are stellar and his community commitment sincere and thoughtful. We couldn’t be happier that he’s being recognized with this notable achievement.”

Gordon has a background in psychology, which helps him understand the needs of his clients. His first job at age 16 with a luxury car dealership taught him the importance of customer service, and his natural affinity for it led to a position as office manager by age 18. He is a long-time volunteer for Lifelong AIDS Alliance, and annually surveys his clients for their charity selections to financially support on their behalf during the holidays.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Free food for kids this summer! Here’s where/how to find it

Summer-Food-Invasion-1200x795This summer, hundreds of sites across Washington State are providing free meals for kids and teens! Places like local high schools, elementary schools, community centers, parks and apartment complexes will serve breakfast, lunch and snacks for kids under the age of 18. It is open to everyone!
There is no enrollment or registration is necessary. Meal times and days of the week will vary among sites, along with the actual meals served. To find a Summer Meals site near you: Call 1-888-4FOOD-WA, visit or Text MEALS to 96859.
Listed below are some Summer Meals sites in the Capitol Hill neighborhood:

Cascade Playground
Through 8/26/16
M, T, W, TH, F
Lunch: 11:00AM – 12:30PM
Snack: 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Cal Anderson Park
Through 8/26/16
M, T, W, TH, F
Lunch: 12:30 – 1:30PM
Snack: 3:00 – 3:30PM

Denny Park
Through 8/26/16
M, T, W, TH, F
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:30PM
Snack: 2:30 – 3:30PM

Powell Barnett Playground
Through 8/26/16
M, T, W, TH, F
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00PM
Snack: 3:00 – 3:30PM

Capitol Hill Community Post | 2016 Blue Angels flight schedule


I-90 floating bridge to close while Blue Angels soar and roar Aug. 4-7

Multiple closures required for Seafair Air Show practices, performances 

SEATTLE – The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be one of the few things traveling fast across Lake Washington when they take to the sky for Seafair weekend beginning Thursday, Aug. 4.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to close the Interstate 90 floating bridge five times to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians through Sunday, Aug. 7, while the Blue Angels practice for and perform at the Seafair Air Show. The closures—which will each be approximately 90 minutes in duration—help keep the public and pilots safe and minimize distractions.


The closures will extend from the I-90/Interstate 5 interchange in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island. The I-90 express lanes and some I-90 and I-5 ramps will close up to one hour before flight times, and other I-90 ramps will close up to 30 minutes beforehand. Drivers who need to cross Lake Washington should plan to do so at least one hour before the closures or use an alternate route, such as Interstate 405, State Route 520 or State Route 522.

I-90 floating bridge closures

  • Thursday, Aug. 4: 9:45 a.m. to noon and 1:15 to 2:40 p.m. (practice).
  • Friday, Aug. 5: 1:15 to 2:40 p.m. (practice).
  • Saturday, Aug. 6: 1:15 to 2:40 p.m. (Seafair Air Show).
  • Sunday, Aug. 7: 1:15 to 2:40 p.m. (Seafair Air Show).
  • The I-90 express lanes will close one hour prior to closure times all four days. 

Ramp closures

  • East Mercer Way to westbound I-90 (up to one hour beforehand).
  • West Mercer Way to westbound I-90 (up to one hour beforehand).
  • Northbound I-5 to eastbound I-90 (up to 30 minutes beforehand).
  • Southbound I-5 to eastbound I-90 (up to 30 minutes beforehand).
  • Northbound Rainier Avenue South to eastbound I-90 (up to 30 minutes beforehand).
  • Southbound Rainier Avenue South to eastbound I-90 (up to 30 minutes beforehand).
  • Eastbound I-90 to West Mercer Way (up to 30 minutes beforehand).
  • Island Crest Way to westbound I-90 (up to 30 minutes beforehand).
  • 76th Avenue Southeast to westbound I-90 (up to 30 minutes beforehand).

SR 520 open during I-90 closures
During the I-90 closures, the SR 520 floating bridge will remain open to traffic and tolls will be collected according to the rate schedule. Infrequent users of the SR 520 bridge may want to consider setting up a short-term Good To Go! account for Seafair weekend.

Puget Sound area drivers can get real-time traffic information on their phone with the WSDOT traffic app, by tracking the WSDOT traffic Twitter feed, or by visiting the Seattle Area Construction page.

Hyperlinks within the release:

Capitol Hill Community Post | An Open Letter: Responsible Development in Madison Valley

From Save Madison Valley

Screen-Shot-2016-06-27-at-5.04.42-PMSave Madison Valley was one of many voices at the July 13th Early Design Guidance meeting for the City People’s property.  We expressed concerns that mirrored many others’ in the greater community regarding the current plans to develop this property.  We also said that rather than simply opposing development, we hope to support and encourage responsible development.  But what does this mean?  Before offering an alternative, let’s review some of the facts.

City People’s sits on a unique site.  A large portion of the land is a steep slope overlooking single-family homes on two of its three sides.  The developer, with the aim to build the property out to its maximum capacity, is planning to remove the entire hillside, creating a building that is four stories on one side and six stories on the other.  In the process, this would wipe out the grove of trees–some over a hundred years old–which cover the hillside and serves as a buffer between commercial and residential property. Responsible development would not do this.

Another consequence of this massive structure is a 156-car parking garage.  This is larger than the city’s building requirements – at a time when Madison Valley is about to be connected to the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).  Building an over-sized garage contradicts the move toward greater public transportation and is not responsible development.  And anyone who has driven through Madison Valley during rush hour knows it simply just doesn’t make sense.

Because of all this—the context, the slope, the urban tree canopy, the congestion on Madison– many in the community envision a smaller, less massive building.  This would be responsive to our community’s concerns and fit the neighborhood.

A universal comment from people on every side of this conversation is that we all love City People’s and wish we didn’t have to say good-bye to them.  The fact is, we don’t.  The owners of the land City People’s sits on decided to sell.  That is their right.  However, the business owner and the forty some people who are the face of City People’s, feel differently.  They don’t want to leave us either.

So, these are some of the important concerns: a massive building that removes valuable green space, gets rid of one of the city’s last urban nurseries, adds immeasurably to already over-congested traffic, and reduces the livability and walkability of our thriving community.

What would be an alternative that makes sense to us?  We understand that PCC is committed to being in our area and has signed on to be the anchor tenant for the proposed development.  We think this could be a great fit.  What we would ask is that PCC considers a unique, more compact store tailored to this urban area and unique lot.  How about a 10-12,000 square foot grocery rather than a 25,000 square foot supermarket?

This would leave enough floor space for another retailer – City People’s!  Yes, by reducing PCC’s footprint it would leave room for a new City People’s to stay.  Both retailers would be smaller.  This alternative would allow for the nursery to be on the rear of the site where it abuts single-family homes, while PCC would front Madison.  City People’s is an ideal commercial neighbor to single-family homes.  It is a business that thrives during the day, and is quiet and dark at night.  And PCC benefits from, and adds to, the already thriving business corridor along Madison.

Some have asked for a development that incorporates public outdoor space for the community to gather.  PCC and City People’s patrons, as well as the greater community, would benefit.  This seems like a winning proposition for all – and a responsive and generous addition to the development of this land.

The Valley prides itself on having many family friendly qualities like schools, green spaces, bike lanes, and pedestrian-friendly zones.  Having more residential units available to families would enhance these qualities.  While the developer has made a nice gesture in response to public feedback and added more two-bedroom units, the current plan is still prohibitive for families because of the size and cost of the units.  Adding some affordable, family-sized apartments would bring in more families.

All of these alternatives result in another benefit.  Reducing the size of the building and increasing family-sized residences allows for the greatest possible reduction of the parking garage. On over 300 feet of the south side of the building as it is currently proposed, the garage is exposed, and there is an entrance on Dewey Place, a narrow residential street.  Responsible development would place the entire garage underground and remove the parking entrance from Dewey.  With BRT coming to our area, and by reducing the building’s parking spaces, we would be further supporting public transportation, reducing congestion and pollution, and helping to keep the roads safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Geza DeGall:  As the developer on this project, will you be responsive to Madison Valley’s desires for our community?  Can you balance profit with the appreciation of a community by creating a development that fits our neighborhood rather than offends it?

Cate Hardy:  Will you, as CEO of PCC, along with your Board of Trustees, heed the call of our community and take the steps to be a good neighbor by agreeing to a smaller grocery store with reduced parking?  Will you demonstrate those long-standing cooperative principals of being responsive to the community and good stewards of the environment?  Can this become a new model “urban” grocery for you?

Harley Broe, Judith Gille, Dianne Casper, and Carol Anderson:  As the owners of the property, if Mr. DeGall passes on this opportunity, can you take this lovely plot of land where you have supported a business that has given back to the community in untold ways for years, and sell it to another developer?  Better yet, a lot of people in the Valley are very serious about wanting City People’s to remain.  Some have talked of wanting to purchase the property.  One option among many is for the community to raise the money, much like the public did recently to purchase the radio station KPLU.  It looks like there may be enough community support to house two cooperatives here: a PCC grocery co-op and a City People’s nursery co-op– along with family-friendly residences.  This would be a tremendous neighborhood asset, adding to the heart of our community and creating a truly desirable destination.

In sum, Save Madison Valley respectfully requests that those wanting to propose change in our community do so responsibly.  We urge that any development in our neighborhood takes into consideration more than just maximizing your profits, but also respects the values of this vibrant community, one that we want you to be a part of and a good neighbor to.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Free Trees for Your Yard or Street

T4N-PhotoSince 2009 Seattle reLeaf has helped Seattle residents plant over 6,300 trees around their homes through the Trees for Neighborhoods project. That’s 6,300 more trees working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods healthier!

Summer is the perfect time to start planning for fall planting and Seattle reLeaf is here to help. Through Trees for Neighborhoods, Seattle residents can apply for up to four free trees for their homes. Planting with Seattle reLeaf includes support in choosing the right tree and planting spot, help with street tree permitting, free water bags and mulch for each tree, and training on proper planting and tree care.

This year Seattle reLeaf is offering 12 beautiful species, ranging from small flowering trees great for under power lines like the Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Victoria’) to larger evergreen trees like the native shore pine (Pinus contorta var ‘cortorta’) perfect for a larger yard space.

The application period runs from July 18–August 10. All applications submitted by August 10th will be entered into a lottery. Learn more and apply online

Questions? Email or call (206) 684-3979