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Happy customer appreciation day — Love, Lifelong

1795351_10152001017449624_1205808660_oYes, the neighborhood is getting its very own Capitol Hill Goodwill. But there is already plenty of vintage love to go around. Some basic old “cheap stuff” love, too. Friday is E Union’s Lifelong Thrift Store annual customer appreciation sale:

Everything will be at least 50% off! It’s our thanks to you for doing good just by shopping. Your purchases support Lifelong’s work delivering services to people living with chronic serious illness. Thank You!

Maybe you can find something to wear to Lifelong’s Gay Bingo fundraiser Saturday in Fremont.

Capitol Hill nonprofit love — February 2014: Jubilee

30774_388821139925_3615559_nJubilee Women’s Center, an 18th Ave E provider of transitional housing for homeless women, is benefitting from a boost from Pike/Pine’s Lost Lake this Tuesday and through the month of February.

CHS is again pairing up with the 24-hour diner to put the spotlight on a neighborhood nonprofit. Lost Lake ponies up 10% of its sales on the second Tuesday of the month and provides a donation opportunity for the nonprofit through the following weeks.

If your Capitol Hill business plans on supporting Jubilee this month or wants to be part of upcoming ‘nonprofit love’ efforts, let us know so we can spread the word.

Jubilee describes its mission as providing “a safe and supportive place to live and an opportunity to learn while becoming self-reliant in housing and employment.” It serves an incredible diversity of women:Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 11.26.33 AM

You can learn more and give online at

Community advocate recognized for work on Broadway light rail development

Hillenbrand (Image courtesy Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce)

Hillenbrand (Image courtesy Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce)

The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce has selected resident and community advocate Catherine Hillenbrand as recipient of its 2014 Spirit Award. The award recognizes “a Capitol Hill community member who has done outstanding work to benefit the Capitol Hill neighborhood.”

Hillenbrand led the process to organize community priorities in the development of property surrounding the future Capitol Hill Station. Last week, CHS reported the bidding process had opened to become part of the development opportunity on this central stretch of Broadway.

In 2013, the organization honored Kay Rood for her work in shaping Cal Anderson Park.

The 2014 award will presented at the group’s annual Spirit of the Hill dinner slated for February 20th at Fred Wildlife Refuge. The chamber’s announcement of the 2014 selection is below. Continue reading

One year ago this week on Capitol Hill

8542988747_f751570e26Here are the top CHS posts from this week in 2013:

  1. Capitol Hill Half Price Books to close
  2. Power outage hits big swath of Hill after truck rips down pole near Denny/Yale
  3. Scissors stabbing at the Wintonia, OD at Club Z
  4. Capitol Hill ’60 Minute Photo’ sign comes down as 14th Ave demolition begins
  5. Nailed by the dance tax, Century Ballroom throwing party to help pay $90,000 penalty
  6. Maximilien’s Boutillier to open Le Zinc at 15th and Pine
  7. Bar Cotto makes it an Ethan Stowell trio on Capitol Hill’s 15th Ave
  8. Design board looks at project in Capitol Hill’s least development-friendly ‘hood

Instant replay: Seattle to relive Super Bowl with downtown parade, Capitol Hill parties

The aftermath on 4th Ave as the parade spilled into the football stadium and parade-goers spilled out of Pioneer Square (Image: CHS)

The aftermath on 4th Ave as the parade spilled into the football stadium and parade-goers spilled out of Pioneer Square (Image: CHS)

Inside your favorite Capitol Hill, um, sports bar on Super Bowl Sunday (Image: CHS)

Inside your favorite Capitol Hill, um, sports bar on Super Bowl Sunday (Image: CHS)

For those who missed the madness Sunday night after the Seahawks decimated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII or just want to experience some instant nostalgia celebrating with 500,000 of their closest friends, Wednesday afternoon the city will be going full Beast Mode again:

Police expect up to 500,000 people to turn out Wednesday in freezing temperatures to cheer the Super Bowl-winning Seahawks in a victory parade through downtown Seattle.  It could be the largest public event in the city’s history.

1619172_10152161381484356_1631049662_nExpect the logistics for thousands attending the parade to trickle onto Capitol Hill as resources like parking and public transit are likely to be fully taxed. Add freezing temperatures and the city is for what will likely be a legendary day.

A few parties on Capitol Hill may help:

  • 95 Slide: “Come relive this moment after the parade tomorrow! We’ll be open at 2pm, so swing on up after the festivities! We’re working on being able to show all the play of the play off games including the Super Bowl! Look for us at the parade handing out drink tickets good all Wednesday!”
  • Q: “Hey #12thMan, come to Q Nightclub after the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl parade for the Official Volume 12 Site post-parade party. Doors open at 2 p.m. No cover for the first 300 people.”
  • Of course, sounds like the party actually started Tuesday night…



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Solutions like smart meters part of hard choices you can help make for SPU


SPU's survey includes setting a hypothetical $10 budget for service improvements

SPU’s survey includes setting a hypothetical $10 budget for service improvements

It’s already expensive to live and run a business on Capitol Hill. Seattle Public Utilities says paying for garbage, water, sewer and storm water services is likely to cost more in the future, too:

With no changes in its present business plans, the utility would require rate increases of about 4.7 percent a year, for the next six years. For an average household, utility bills would go from $325 in 2015 to $422 in 2020 — about $16 a year.

SPU will be in the area later this week for a public discussion at Garfield Community Center, February 5, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., to hear from customers about providing “direction for the utility” as it weighs the best course of action in the face of rising rates.

You can also provide feedback via this online survey.

Public invited to have a say in Seattle Public Utilities’ future
Five public meetings scheduled around the city, from early February to early March

SEATTLE — Starting next month, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will be seeking the public’s help in developing a strategic business plan to guide the utility’s investments, services and rates through the year 2020 — with the goal of keeping Seattle one of the best places to live. Continue reading

One year ago this week on Capitol Hill

8458345679_1726ce0843_oHere are the top CHS posts from this week in 2013:

  1. First look — Von Trapp’s brings bocce, beer bier and brats to 12th Ave
  2. Man fails in attempt to mug boxer outside of Capitol Hill gym
  3. Capitol Hill’s most perplexingly empty retail space empty no more
  4. Boom sets own course on E Pike as Blue C goes big– Plus, Bluebird Brewery
  5. Car smoked in E Denny Way fire
  6. Torteria Barriga Llena, La Cocina de Oaxaca joining Hill’s burgeoning Mexican food scene
  7. Design board set to sign off on ‘Dick’s’ apartment building, challenged 14th Ave 4-story
  8. Standoff with suicidal man in front of East Precinct ends in best way possible
  9. How Kay Rood helped make Cal Anderson Park the heart and soul of Capitol Hill

Last community meeting before work begins on $46 million+ overhaul of 23rd Ave

2014_0115_Greenways_map_v401You party animal. We know what you want to do with your Friday night — help plan the glorious, multi-modal future of the 23rd Ave corridor. Details on a Friday night community meeting to talk about the changes are below. CHS wrote about the 23rd Ave greenway opportunity here. The cool kids in the Central District, Montlake and eastern Capitol Hill call it the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway.

Here’s part of what’s coming to make 23rd a fully functioning major artery in a growing part of the city: “After reviewing data and soliciting community input, SDOT will redesign 23rd Avenue between E John Street and Rainier Avenue S to three lanes – two lanes in each direction with a center-turn lane.” Add the greenway’s “mix of signage, pavement markings, speed bumps, roundabouts and other traffic-calming features” and you’re talking about some big opportunities for positive change.

The full $46 million+ project is planned to have construction wrapping up before the end of 2017.

A “Frequently Asked Questions” document from SDOT about the 23rd Ave changes is also below.

Take 20 minutes for 23rd Avenue

Maribel-at-mtg-DSC_7204-RESIZEWe’re excited about our plans for the 23rd Avenue corridor – and we’ve taken our show on the road! This week we’ve been at the Douglass-Truth Library and SOAR having great conversations with Central Area neighbors.

We hope you can join us at our final session tomorrow, January 31 at the Miller Park Community Center from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Continue reading

First Hill gets new bank — with fancy new ATM and check for Capitol Hill Housing — as Chase opens on Madison

(Image: Coppins Well)

(Image: Coppins Well)

We’ve reported on the proliferation of financial institutions along Capitol Hill’s main commercial drag on Broadway. The commercial boulevard takes a jog at First Hill where Friday morning a new bank is celebrating its opening in the neighborhood.

Along with cutting the opening ribbon, Chase officials will be handing over a $75,000 donation to nonprofit developer Capitol Hill Housing. Perhaps CHH will use the newfangled new Chase ATM documented in the announcement below to receive their payment in coins.

Chase joins a recently opened Top Pot and a sandwich shop in the Coppins Well development that opened in fall 2012. In addition to the thousands of health and medical workers who populate the area, these new merchants also serve a growing residential population — with more on the way. Last summer, we reported on the opening of a new grocery store to serve First Hill’s workers — and residents.

Chase celebrates opening of new branch in First Hill Neighborhood

Investment in customer service and innovative technology

SEATTLE (January 27 , 2013) — On January 31, Chase will celebrate the official opening of its new First Hillbanking branch with a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon cutting at 9:30 am, which is open to the public. The new branch will employ seven full time employees and is located at First Hill - 1200 Madison St. in Seattle.

The First Hill branch will mark Chase’s 215th branch in Washington. The new 2,680 + square foot branch  will provide a full range of services, including checking

and savings accounts, business banking, mortgages, investment products and advisors. Additionally, it is one of the first branches in Washington to offer

customers the new next generation ATMs.

Features of new ATMs

  • ·         Allows customers to request “custom denominations”
  • ·         Dispense bills ranging from $1 to $100
  • ·         have the capability of dispensing coins, a service that will be piloted soon and eventually rolled out nationwide.
  • ·         Offers customers the service of paying credit card bills and loading Chase prepaid cards with cash.

“The opening of our new First Hill branch represents Chase’s long-term commitment to serving the community,” saidChase District Manager, Chante Dysart-LeeChase has vast experience in helping consumers and businesses with their financial needs and our branch is proud to be the newest addition to the community.”

The First Hill branch is open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. In addition to the next generation ATMs, the branch will also feature safe boxes as well as a conference room that is open to the community pending branch manager’s permission.

Capitol Hill celebratory food update: 93¢ oysters at Coastal, 10¢ pop at Dick’s, more

A celebrant helped Coastal put away 1,000 free oysters in 2012 as the restaurant finished its big overhaul (Image: CHS)

A celebrant helps Coastal put away 1,000 free oysters in 2012 as the restaurant finished its big overhaul (Image: CHS)

A great American spectacle takes place this weekend and Seattle will be an epicenter. Yes, we’re talking about gorging on nachos and chicken wings during the Super Bowl. But there are more reasons to celebrate. Here’s a handful of tasty promotions going on as Capitol Hill food+drink providers mark anniversaries and gear up for the big game.

  • Coastal Kitchen celebrates 1993: CHS shared the news as 15th Ave elder statesman Coastal Kitchen rallied for a 20-year makeover to keep up with the changing times in Capitol Hill food and drink. Thursday, the restaurant rolls the date back to January 30, 1993 — its first day of business. From 11 AM to midnight, they’ll be offering oysters for 93 cents each. Get slurping.
  • 1524458_10152272738081349_547083826_oDick’s for a dime: As part of its year-long party to celebrate 60 years in Seattle — its Broadway location was the 2nd Dick’s and opened in 1955 — Dick’s is offering soda pop at 1954 prices on Friday. For a dime, you’ll get a Coke to go along with a burger and help you reminisce about the big Broadway street party Dick’s threw last summer.
  • Oola Distillery sale: 14th at Union’s Oola is holding a sale to help you stock up for Sunday’s festivities.
  • Li’l Woody’s 12th Man Burger looks basically like the Super Bowl of burgers.
  • Cupcake Royale is already prepared for the next big event in Americana — Deathcake is back just in time for Valentine’s.

Developer pays $3.8 million for 23rd and Union project, will begin construction this spring

(Concept image courtesy of Lake Union Partners)

(Concept image courtesy of Lake Union Partners)

Construction on the long-vacant lot at the southwest corner of 23rd and Union could finally start this spring, now that real estate development company Lake Union Partners has purchased the land and is taking the long-planned project forward.

Lake Union Partners confirmed last week that it has paid $3.8 million for the lot. The new owners are hoping to break ground this spring on a previously designed building with 92 apartments, 74 underground parking stalls, and 4,000 square feet of retail space. Lake Union Partners is also planning to develop a lot at the northwestern corner of 24th and Union, where they hope to build an approximately 40-unit building. Continue reading