Here’s your chance to help shape new Pike/Pine protected bike lanes

Planning is underway for new protected Pike/Pine bike lanes, and a community group wants to hear from residents about it.

The idea of protected bike lanes along Pike and Pine streets, connecting existing lanes on 2nd Ave and Broadway has long been in the city’s plans. Earlier this year, there had been some mixed messaging about how high a priority the lanes were, until the City Council in July voted to make them a priority.

The city is hoping that connecting these two sections will help increase bike ridership by forming a connected bike network throughout the core of Seattle.

The plan now is for the lanes to be operational, if not entirely permanent, by the end of 2019. The plan recognizes that there are some complications likely with the western portion of the lanes. Construction on major expansion of the convention center will begin relatively soon. And the “Pike Pine Renaissance” project will reshape the downtown portion of the corridor.

For those reasons, the city is hesitant to spend too much money on bike lanes west of the freeway, only to have them torn up during one of those projects. But there will be something, with plans for interim lanes generally between Bellevue and 2nd Ave.

The Capitol Hill portion of the lanes is likely to be a more permanent section, said Brie Gyncild, who is working on the project with Central Seattle Greenways. The group is sponsoring a workshop to discuss options for how the new lanes might be designed. Continue reading

Blotter | Union F-bomb-L-Word pepper spray attack, QFC ‘serial’ wine shoplifter, Garfield threat

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  • 16/Union pepper spray attack: Police investigated a reported assault at 16th and Union in which the victim said he was pepper sprayed after saying “fuck you lesbians” to a group of three women during an altercation in the street. According to the SPD report on the just before 10 PM Friday, October 12th incident, the victim told police he and his partner were escorting their intoxicated neighbor home when they heard the three women “hollering as if they were having fun.” The victim told police his group joined in, upsetting the trio of women who yelled at the men as they passed. At this point, the victim told police he dropped the f bomb and the L word. As one of the women approached him, the victim told police he began swinging his arms to keep her away from him. The assailant then sprayed the victim in the face with pepper spray. The victim rushed home, showered, and then called 911, he told police. He also told the officer he didn’t believe he had been assaulted because of bias, only a misunderstanding. There were no arrests. Continue reading

By chef Sun Hong’s hand, By Tae handrolls coming to Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row

Chef Sun Hong at a recent pop-up at Bar Ferd’nand (Image: By Tae)

For chef Sun Hong, quality fish, seaweed, and perfectly seasoned rice are, each, a given. What matters is the tae — “the hand,” the style, the detail, and the finishing of each creation he wants to serve.

“Your hand is your signature,” Hong tells CHS. After a run of popular pop-ups around the city, Hong is brining to his By Tae handrolls to Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row. Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s Roy Vue ‘garden apartments’ move forward in Seattle landmarks process

A coalition of veteran preservation advocates and a relatively fresh-faced nonprofit dedicated to Capitol Hill history has won its first round in what is hoped might eventually be a series of victories establishing landmarks protections for important neighborhood buildings.

The Seattle Landmarks Board Wednesday night voted unanimously to approve the nomination of Capitol Hill’s 94-year-old Roy Vue “garden apartments” for protections of its historic exterior, interior and landscaping features. The 600 block Bellevue Ave E apartment building will now move forward in the process with the board set to make its final designation on the property in coming weeks.

Eugenia Woo of Historic Seattle praised the building’s “high level of integrity” and said it was crucial the Roy Vue be protected in its complete “garden apartment” vision “because the garden, the courtyard, and the building were integral to the whole design.”

The Roy Vue’s unique flipped “U” design with a garden courtyard sited away from the street is the equivalent of the “Seattle freeze” of the city’s historic buildings, one board member quipped, with a dignified wall facing Bellevue but a hidden jewel of a garden tucked away inside.

Bolstered by public comment from many of the Roy Vue’s current tenants in support of protecting the building they call home, the vote marked the first successful step in a collaboration between the Historic Seattle organization that has long been dedicated to preservation in the city and the Capitol Hill Historical Society as the neighborhood group made its first foray into the official landmarks fray. Continue reading

Pikes/Pines | The secret goldfish pond below Stevens Elementary

It’s a peaceful, mostly quiet existence. And friends seem to drop enough granola bar bits from above to augment whatever goldfish chow exists naturally in the storm drain of a Capitol Hill elementary school.

It’s not exactly clear when or how they arrived, but two fish continue to make the Stevens Elementary campus near 19th and Galer their home. Continue reading

Bites of Bangkok, with Broadway bar connection, ‘coming soon’ to 15th Ave E

You can stop emailing CHS. Yes, we saw the sign, too. Somebody is getting ready to break the curse of the Bagel Deli. From what we know, the right people seem to be involved to get it done.

Just as CHS reported on the demise of the Mediterranean-flavored Olive Tree in the challenged 15th Ave E space formerly home to the deli, handmade signs went up announcing a new project — Bites of Bangkok, a “Thai Tapas” concept from Capitol Hill residents Jansri Parichat and Pranesh Sharma.

While the home for Bites might have faced a few struggles with its previous two tenants, what we know about the new restaurant might just set it up to rise above the off-the-street location on 15th Ave E. Sharma has been the highly respected bar manager that has helped Broadway’s Jai Thai punch above its weight class with a stronger than expected cocktail and comedy game. While he will be moving on from his Broadway post, hopefully Sharma gets to bring some spiked Thai ice tea and lychee martinis with him. Continue reading

Design review: ‘Upscale’ microhousing must play nice with neighbors on Harvard Ave E

Neighbor issues on Harvard Ave E

A project to replace what just might the simplest, saddest little two-unit apartment building on Capitol Hill with an eight-story, 71-unit development will take what should be its final bow in front of the East Design Review Board Wednesday night.

Design Review: 225 Harvard Ave E

Designed by Cone Architecture and developed by Highpoint Investments, the project in the 200 block of Harvard Ave E between E Olive Way and Thomas will rise an extra story with its plans for 66 “small efficiency dwelling units” and a set of five standard “efficiency units.” Continue reading

Water tower work joins busy time for construction in Volunteer Park

“If the red rectangle is closed to traffic, the yellow rectangle will be open and vice versa,” SPU says.

When you are a more than 100-year-old city park, you are going to need a little extra work.

Seattle Public Utilities announced it is getting ready to mount a four to six week construction project to upgrade drainage around the historic water tower inside the busy confines of Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park.

SPU says work to repair crushed drain pipes and settlement around the base of the water tower will begin as early as November 4th: Continue reading

Gender Justice League announces founder Askini to step down

Askini at this year’s Trans Pride Seattle march

The Gender Justice League, a nonprofit with an important presence on Capitol Hill providing support and advocacy for transgender and gender diverse people, has announced executive director Danni Askini has stepped down from the organization she helped found:

Gender Justice League has been rapidly growing in size, budget, and influence. However, under our current model, we will not be able to sustain this rate of growth indefinitely. We are taking this opportunity to undergo a strategic restructuring of our organization.

Askini’s legal situation, meanwhile, is fraught. Continue reading

New indie fashion retailer Ritual plans to bring an edge — and conscience — to Pike/Pine

Two industry veterans are coming together to create a new fashion shopping experience on E Pike they hope moves beyond faceless, soulless big box retailers.

“We both became a little more disillusioned with faceless, fast profit, fashion companies,” William Rheinhardt tells CHS about Ritual, the new store he and business partner Sarah Randall Williams are creating in the 900 block of E Pike in the middle of the neighborhood’s nightlife and club scene.

After meeting in the trenches working on West Coast efforts for Swedish retailer H&M, Rheinhardt says he and Williams are breaking out after a combined 40 years in the industry to create their own fashion shop featuring clothing as well as household and lifestyle goods.

“We’ve been looking to partner with brands that have a social conscience,” Rheinhardt said. “We see that as the greatest need in fashion.” Continue reading