SPONSORED: Wooded William Bain Home in North Capitol Hill

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1700 17th AVE E | $8,800,000 | 4 BEDROOMS | 5 BATH | 7,740 SQFT | BUILT 1938 | MORE ABOUT THIS HOME

Springtime activity in the real estate market accelerates today in the listing of a 3.7 acre parcel with historic home in the heart of Capitol Hill. The home on the north end of 17th Avenue East has undergone an extensive renovation including all systems, windows, floors, bathrooms, interior finishes, infrastructure, landscaping, as well as outbuildings. The verdant surroundings include beautiful, time- honored trees and a picturesque outlook towards Lake Washington, Union Bay and the Cascade Mountains. This romantic parcel situated beside Louisa Boren Park has had only a handful of owners in its eighty year history. In addition to the house, features include a swimming pool with cabana, regulation half-court basketball court, a second 3-car garage, and an expansive meadow. The property is gated and fully fenced and represents the largest residential parcel on Capitol Hill. Listed for $8,800,000. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle evaluates options to encourage backyard cottages, in-law apartments

From the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development

The City of Seattle continues to seek public input on the environmental review of options to encourage the development of more in-law apartments and backyard cottages that would allow for more rental housing in the city’s single-family zones.

The review evaluates a proposal advanced by Councilmember Mike O’Brien that aims to remove regulatory barriers and make it easier for property owners to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

Current City ordinances allow two types of ADUs: in-law apartments inside a single-family home and detached backyard cottages. Seattle homeowners have created 1,591 in-law apartments and 579 backyard cottages since first allowed in 1994 and 2010, respectively. Homeowners received permits to build 263 ADUs last year. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Northbound I-5 down to two lanes through Seattle May 19-20


Revive I-5 work is back in Seattle this weekend, but people throughout the region will need to plan for delays on major highways and city streets Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20. The work willreduce northbound Interstate 5 to two lanes between the West Seattle Bridge and the University District – that’s more than 7 miles.

In addition to northbound I-5, people using I-405, I-90 and state routes 99, 509 and 599 will see heavier traffic as travelers avoid the region’s main interstate. The express lanes will be northbound only all weekend, creating backups on southbound I-5 in south Snohomish and north King counties as well.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will replace concrete and the left half of 10 expansion joints. WSDOT maintenance crews will also repair aging concrete on the Lake Washington Ship Canal Bridge to keep it in a state of good repair until the bridge can be fully repaved in a few years. All the work is weather-dependent.

Closure details
8 p.m. Friday, May 18, to 5 a.m. Monday, May 21Contractor crews will reduce northbound I-5 to two lanes between Michigan Street and State Route 520. Ramp closures include:

  • Dearborn Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Northbound I-5 off-ramp to Seneca Street
  • University Street on-ramp
  • Mercer Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 mainline (Mercer on-ramp to the express lanes will remain open)

 3 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19 and 3 to 10 a.m. Sunday, May 20: Northbound I-5 will remain two lanes between SR 520 and Northeast 45th Street for Ship Canal bridge maintenance:

  • Between noon Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday, northbound I-5 will be three lanes so new concrete can cure in the left lane.

Drivers need to plan ahead
Starting at the West Seattle Bridge, northbound I-5 will be two lanes. The right lane will split off for the collector/distributor and the exits to James and Madison streets. The left lane will go to the express lanes.

People going to downtown Seattle exits need to use the right lane; the first express lanes exit is north of Lake Union in the University District. People with destinations north of Lake Union should use the left lane and express lanes.

 To limit congestion on northbound I-5, drivers should:

  • Use alternate routes like I-405, SR 99, SR 509 and S99
  • Use light rail
  • Carpool
  • Avoid discretionary trips

Know before you go
Before heading out the door, travelers should get real-time traffic information about #ReviveI5 on their phone with the WSDOT traffic app and by tracking the WSDOT Traffic Twitter feed.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Denise Juneau, Seattle School Board sign superintendent contract

From Seattle Public Schools

Starting July 1, Denise Juneau will become the next superintendent of Seattle Public Schools. The seven-member school board voted tonight to approve the contract it negotiated with Ms. Juneau since announcing her as their preferred candidate on April 4.

“We are thrilled to welcome Denise Juneau to Seattle,” said Leslie Harris, school board president. “She impressed us above all others with her broad experience and commitment to improving student outcomes. She successfully brought together staff and the community to increase graduation rates, including students in great need. Seattle is ready for Ms. Juneau’s academic vision, steady leadership, emphasis on closing the opportunity gaps – especially for our students of color – and preparing our students for all the fast-changing opportunities ahead of them.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | You give us ticket giveaway ideas, we give you a pair of tickets to see Django Django

Our pals at Seattle Theatre Group hook CHS up with tickets now and then for Capitol Hill shows. We have a pair of tickets to give away to see Django Django at Neumos on 4/23. We’ll pick a winner at random Sunday night. All you need to do is leave a comment to tell us how we should give away any tickets next time :)


Capitol Hill Community Post | Help redesign Melrose Ave: Open house 4/3

From Melrose Promenade

Capitol Hill residents, businesses, and regional safe streets advocates have worked for years to reimagine what an updated Melrose Ave could mean to the community. Their vision has focused on a “vibrant and visually stunning promenade.”

We want to talk with you about the project and learn what you think. Please attend our open house on Tuesday, April 3, 5:30-7 PM, at Melrose Market Studios (1532 Minor Ave).

Project map and info are below: Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Searching for a Passover Seder?

On Friday, March 30th, Chabad of Capitol Hill will be hosting an upscale Communal Passover Seder. Come and celebrate the Holiday of Freedom with an authentic traditional Passover Seder in the spirit of family and community. Complete with a gourmet Passover dinner, hand-made Shmurah Matzah and four cups of delicious Kosher wine. Experience the Haggadah (story of the Exodus) with traditional songs, stories and spiritual insights. Space is limited, reservations are necessary. If you have any questions please contact Levi at (206) 898 9361 or Email Chabadofcapitolhill@gmail.com

To RSVP and for more info click here. eventbrite.com/e/communal-passover-seder-tickets-43813658833

Capitol Hill Community Post | Parents, students drum up support for Garfield High School at the Purple and White Gala

From Helene Schilders

Walk into historic Washington Hall and you can almost hear Jimi Hendrix’s iconic guitar sound. When he was still a teenager, the legendary guitarist performed with his band The Rockin’ Kings in the three-story structure that was built by the Danish Brotherhood Society in 1908.

Because Black performers weren’t welcome in Seattle’s white clubs, Washington Hall became the place where virtually every black artist, such as Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington, showcased their talent. Over time, the hall has been “a cultural home to many communities and art forms,” as its website states.

It’s only fitting that Garfield High School’s Parent Teacher Student Association chose to hold its annual auction at Washington Hall this year. “Not only are Washington Hall and Garfield High School two places in the Central Area with a rich history, there is a correlation between them,” explains PTSA co-chair Barbara Rockey. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Holy Names Academy responds to neighborhood concerns

From Holy Names Academy 

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

Holy Names Academy is aware of public comments and concerns regarding its proposed development of a new gymnasium and parking facilities on campus. In an effort to address concerns and provide accurate information to the community, we are providing general information about Holy Names Academy (PDF) and a Fact Sheet (PDF) about our proposal that we put in a Q&A format.

As more information becomes available, we will share it with the community. Thank you for your continued support for Holy Names Academy.

Liz Swift
Head of School and Principal

You can also view each document, below. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Best Gluten Free Bakery in Seattle — Liberated Foods

Liberated Foods is best gluten free bakery in Seattle. Specializing in foods that meet the needs of the allergy community. All baked goods and baking mixes are free from the top eight food allergens except for very limited use of coconut products. Products also exclude corn, potato, sesame and rice unless started.