Grocer New Seasons coming to the Central District at 23rd and Union

Another domino has finally clicked into place in the massive grocery cart shuffle game playing out in major developments across Capitol Hill and the Central District. As expected, Portland-based New Seasons has announced it will, indeed, be anchoring the Lake Union Partners-backed project on the northwest corner of 23rd and Union.

“The Central District is such a wonderful neighborhood, rich in history and culture. We are honored to join and serve this community,” New Seasons CEO Wendy Collie said in an announcement on the project Friday morning. “As a neighborhood grocer, we pride ourselves on creating gathering places that honor and reflect the culture of their communities, where everyone feels welcome to share delicious food, enjoy conversation and connect with one another.”

New Seasons is also interested in holding down the anchor grocer slot in the development projects set to arise around Capitol Hill Station. The grocer planned to open its first Seattle location in Ballard this year. Labor groups have opposed the company’s expansion to Seattle citing “an anti-union climate” at the company. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | A Home for LGBTQ Elders on Capitol Hill

From Chris Persons, CEO at Capitol Hill Housing

This week we are excited to introduce a new project that will bring Seattle its first (that we are aware of) affordable housing development designed to be affirming to LGBTQ seniors.

We are planning to redevelop the parking lot of the Helen V Apartments at 14th and Union. The Helen V, which CHH has owned for 16 years, serves as an affordable home for low-income seniors and individuals with permanent disabilities. This project will upgrade the Helen V, add an entirely new mixed-use building with affordable homes, and create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ elders in our neighborhood to age in place.

For the past few months, we’ve been meeting with dozens of LGBTQ-serving organizations to better understand how we can leverage design, social programs and health interventions in the building to support aging LGBTQ community members.
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Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle 2017 PARK(ing) Day brings Pop-Up Projects to City Streets on Friday, September 15

From the City of Seattle 

SEATTLE – The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) invites the public to the City’s 11th annual PARK(ing) Day, on Friday, September 15, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide event that aims to raise awareness about the importance of a sustainable, livable and healthy city. On PARK(ing) Day, artists, designers and citizens will temporarily transform on-street parking spots around the city into fun, creative public spaces.

“PARK(ing) Day is a chance for people to get creative in rethinking how our streets can be used,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “And sitting in a pop-up park or painting in an art installation is a great way for people to connect in neighborhoods across the city.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Fall Clean Up Coming to Volunteer Park

On Sunday September 17, the Capitol Hill Community will join forces in Volunteer Park at the annual Fall Restoration Day to weed, prune, clean garden beds, and make the park more beautiful for everyone.

Local sponsors are once again providing refreshments for the 60-100 volunteers expected to attend this major restoration event. Tully’s Coffee on 15th Ave E will be donating gallons of java and Mighty-O Donuts will be sending dozens of their prize-winning organic donuts.

The nonprofit Volunteer Park Trust is requesting that people gather at the East Prospect St. and 14th Ave E. entrance to Volunteer Park at 10:00 AM. Restoration will continue until 2:00 PM. Working with Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Trust provides all tools, gloves, and equipment.

Fall Restoration Day is great way to meet your neighbors, have fun working outdoors, and make a tangible improvement in your community. Perfect for families and people of all ages, no experience is required, and you can stay for as long — or as short a time — as you like. Every bit helps!

For more information visit: http://volunteerparktrust.org/

Police track stolen phone across city after Capitol Hill gunpoint robbery

A woman faced two attackers armed with handguns in a midnight street robbery on Capitol Hill Thursday night. The Sheriff’s helicopter, a police dog unit, and officers tracked a phone taken at gunpoint in the street robbery across the city but were unable to make an arrest after the digital trail finally ended in North Seattle about 30 minutes after the hold-up.

Police responded to the 200 block of 14th Ave E between Thomas and John around 11:40 PM after a report of a woman screaming. According to the victim, two men pointed pistols at her and stole her bag before fleeing the area. Witnesses reported seeing the men headed north on 13th and then west on Thomas before disappearing, according to East Precinct radio reports.

King County’s Guardian One helicopter and a SPD K9 unit were called out to help search for the suspects described only as two black males wearing masks.

Police began tracking the location of a phone taken in the robbery as it appeared to travel to an area just off I-5 near NE 65th and then around Aurora where it was finally turned off and stopped signaling the app.

Police were unable to immediately locate the suspects in the area where the phone was tracked but collected reports of possible sightings of the vehicle the men may have been traveling in.

There were no reported significant injuries suffered in the robbery.

Earlier this summer following a 23rd and Union purse grab, CHS reported on a small drop in reported robberies in the East Precinct in the first half of the summer season. We’ll try to take a look at the latest numbers soon.

Full Tilt has new plan for Capitol Hill shop

The plan to bring Full Tilt to Capitol Hill is again in motion. The White Center-born ice cream company announced Thursday that it will bump a global corporation from 15th Ave E as it expands to the neighborhood it has been flirting with in recent years:

In addition to furnishing 20+ Vintage Pinball Machines and classic arcade games, the Capitol Hill Location will be the first Full Tilt to offer all natural (non-powder) soft-serve ice cream made with fresh dairy and offering unique flavors. The Capitol Hill Full Tilt will also be the first location to make available a reservable Party Room. In preparation for the new location, Full Tilt will also be giving one lucky Capitol Hill resident free ice cream for an entire year. Capitol Hill Residents can enter to win already at www.MyFreeCone.com.

According to the announcement, the new Full Tilt shop will take over the 300 block 15th Ave E space that has been the longtime home of a Starbucks shop that at one time was part of the global coffee giant’s attempts at producing indie-styled cafes with unique — but scalable — identities. The 15th Ave Coffee & Tea experiment ended in 2011. According to Full Tilt, it will be moved into the space by January and ready to start the New Year on Capitol Hill.

In 2015, owner Justin Cline had plans to open a Full Tilt shop specializing in ice cream pops as part of the Uncle Ike’s complex at 15th and Republican but that plan was put on ice. “I’m more comfortable in that area than dealing with the bros in Pike/Pine,” Cline told CHS at the time. “We’re more about kids, family. A punk Chuck E. Cheese.”

The Capitol Hill shop will be Full Tilt’s fifth in the city. It will join nearby vegan sweet shop Sugar Plum in providing treats on 15th Ave E.

“We are very excited to be opening a location in Capitol Hill,” Cline said in the announcement about the new Capitol Hill project. “Our Ice Cream Shops are extremely family focused. We offer flavors that appeal to kids, Northwest Craft Beers that satisfy adults and Classic Games that everyone can enjoy. This location is off of the ‘Pike/Pine Drinking Corridor,’ and we intend to do some of the same popular events that our patrons in other neighborhoods appreciate like ‘2-Wheel Sundays’, neighborhood events, and live music! We will be announcing a special free music performance for opening day at the Capitol Hill location.”

Cline says three additional Puget Sound area Full Tilt Locations are in the works.

You can learn more at fulltilticecream.com.

Take the 2017 Pike People Street survey

With the 2017 season of Pike People Street pedestrianization of Pike/Pine complete, city officials want to know your thoughts on the program after three summers of testing various setups of closing the core of the nightlife district to automobile traffic. Here is the pitch on the latest survey from SDOT:

To evaluate this program, we are conducting a survey on the Pike People Street concept and how it was implemented in 2017. We want to understand what worked well, what could be improved, and gauge interest in future People Streets in the City. It should take about 5 minutes to complete.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PikePeopleStreet2017

The survey is gathering responses both on participant experiences during the People Street events and from local businesses that may have benefitted from any increases in foot traffic or impacted by the modified motor vehicle traffic flow and parking changes.

First tested in 2015, the initial E Pike car restrictions between Broadway and 12th Ave were an attempt to address issues of crowd control, sidewalk congestion, and LGBTQ visibility and accessibility in the Pike/Pine nightlife core of Capitol Hill, and the results indicated overwhelming support by participants for a more pedestrian-friendly corridor, city officials say. But the project also faced criticism from some businesses and property owners who said the nighttime street closure perpetuated the public image of Pike/Pine as a nightlife-only party district, that day-time oriented retail businesses weren’t benefiting equally, and that the project didn’t achieve its goal of increasing public safety in the area.

The initial pedestrian zone project was funded through a city grant the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce received in 2015.

Capitol Hill food+drink | A Pizza Mart pizza bar coming to Pike/Pine

Some things never change. The projects may be smaller in scale (well, mostly smaller) but the Capitol Hill food and drink economy continues to be a dynamic world with plenty of new players and new stories. And, naturally, some pillars of the industry continue to grow.

Yup, Pike/Pine is being lined up for a new pizza bar.

The rapidly expanding A Pizza Mart empire is making plans for a new pie bar on 11th Ave, CHS has learned. Continue reading

Why is Capitol Hill’s The Saint closing its kitchen? More fun, better business

(Image: The Saint)

CHS isn’t the only Capitol Hill business taking some time mid-2017 for an overhaul of its craft and a boost of new creative energy.

Who knows about the blog but we’re pretty sure the changes at The Saint bear watching.

“We can put the same amount of energy into other things and have a lot more fun,” Quentin Ertel tells us about his reinvention of the nine-year-old E Olive Way nightspot. The little blue wedge of E Olive Way will be closed into October for a light remodel and a big shift in its business model.

More tequilas and mezcales. No tacos. The Saint is going full bar, no restaurant. It closed last week for its own short hiatus. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Scenes from the 8th Annual Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day

From Capitol Hill Housing

On Sunday, more than a hundred Capitol Hill residents set up shop outside their homes and descended on Cal Anderson Park as part of the annual Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day, organized by the Cal Anderson Park Alliance (CAPA). This year, CAPA partnered with Capitol Hill Seattle Blog and the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict to coordinate the one of the largest Garage Sale Day in the event’s eight year history. More than 50 vendors set up at Cal Anderson and another 50 vendors organized sales across the Hill. Continue reading