With a stop at Charlie’s, SPD rolls out Safe Place anti-hate crime program

LGBTQ Liaison Officer Jim Ritter was on Broadway Tuesday afternoon to help Charlie’s on Broadway owner Ken Bauer affix his new Safe Place program sticker to the front door of the longtime Capitol Hill restaurant.

Ritter said Charlie’s was one of 50 Capitol Hill businesses to sign up for the new program designed to raise awareness of anti-LGBTQ hate crime — and give victims places to turn to if they find themselves feeling threatened. CHS wrote last week about the new program and the continued rise of bias crime totals that SPD officials say is a product of better tools, procedures, and reporting.

SPD has also launched SPDSAFEPLACE.com which is designed as a portal with information about bias crimes and prevention along with tools to help victims report incidents.

To be part of the program, owners like Bauer must pledge to prepare their businesses as safe harbors for victims and train employees:

By signing this commitment pledge I agree to use these decals/signs for their intended purpose by posting them on my premise. I further agree to instruct my organization’s employees to assist the victims and/or witnesses to anti-LGBTQ crimes by calling the police on their behalf and allowing them to remain on my premise until police arrive.

You can sign up to get the decals here. There are three versions of the rainbow badge you can choose from.

CHS Pics | Seattle Semi-Pro Wrestling doc screens at SIFF 2015, more Hill highlights to come

IMG_5949Some of the best Capitol Hill moments of SIFF 2015 are still to come. Thursday, CHS found the veterans of Seattle Semi-Pro Wrestling out to celebrate the one-night screening of Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana:

For six years, the stars of Seattle Semi-Pro Wrestling thrilled crowds as they parodied professional wrestling with their boozy blend of burlesque and athleticism. But when a newcomer felt slighted by the tight-knit cabaret performers, he tried to take them down, forcing them into an all-too-real fight for their future.

The film isn’t slated to screen again during SIFF but you can learn more about the production at bodyslamfilm.com. Meanwhile, here are some of the upcoming on-Hill highlights slated for SIFF screenings at the Egyptian — and the Harvard Exit’s last run as a cinema:

HageresebMeanwhile, a package of films capturing life in Yesler Terrace and the issues related to the neighborhood’s redevelopment will be featured at SIFF this weekend in screenings at the Harvard Exit:

Faces of Yesler Terrace
Yesler Terrace is highly controversial in the changing landscape of the city of Seattle. These films capture the people and stories from the past and present of Yesler Hill’s public housing development.


CHS Community Post | Did you see February 9th collision on Madison?

Please contact Shane if you can help.

 A friend of mine was hit by a reckless cab driver while in her car on February 9th, at 1pm on Madison Street between 22nd and 23rd Ave East, right in front of the Safeway. As I recall the cabbie pulled a u-turn in the middle of the road and drove right into my friend’s car. Despite there being a bus full of witnesses, the police chose to take the contact info for just one of them. The cab driver contested the charges, and the witness mysteriously died on the day of the hearing—cause unknown. (And no I’m not pitching a script here, this appears to have actually happened.)

Given the circumstances, the prosecuting attorney will probably be able to set up a new hearing, but likely only if they can identify some other witnesses. Looking at Google Maps, it looks like it’d have been bus 11 or bus 84.

If any potential witnesses need their memory jogged, my friend is female, about 5’10” and skinny, with curly dark hair, and she looks like she’s in her late 20s or early 30s. She was driving a white BMW sedan heading east on Madison at the time of the collision, and she was a resident on the Hill for several years at least before moving to Charleston just a few weeks ago. It was a Yellow Cab driver that hit her.


Hey Olympia, it’s Seattle teacher walkout day — UPDATE: Pictures!


(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

IMG_4647UPDATE: Thousands of Seattle teachers and supporters — including contingents from Garfield and NOVA high schools and Stevens and Lowell elementary schools plus plenty of kids who were probably happy to be marching in the street on a sunny day and not in class — rallied in downtown Seattle Tuesday afternoon to call on state lawmakers to improve Washington’s education funding.

With signs calling for a better education budget, smaller class sizes, and reduced spending on standardized testing, the crowd of teachers and supporters marched from Seattle Center to Westlake to call on legislators to better fund Washington schools.

In Olympia, the House and Senate are currently banging out a $1.3 billion and change education budget that would satisfy a court-mandated increase in funding. But even those massive totals won’t be enough to reduce class sizes to meet the requirements of voter approved Initiative 1351.

Senator Jamie Pedersen, a public school parent and Capitol Hill resident, was on hand Tuesday to support the walkout. He said the state’s education funding issues are part of a larger problem stemming from the reinstated 1% cap on property tax increases. Pedersen said the cap has eliminated more than $3 billion in potential funding. “The legislature in the 1970s dedicated the state portion of the property tax to K-12 education,” Pedersen said. “It’s the Tim Eyman initiative at the core of the funding shortage we have right now.” Continue reading

Meet the Capitol Hill Station developers

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(Image: Gerding Edlen)

Representatives from the company selected to lead the most significant development project on Capitol Hill… ever will be on hand Saturday to meet with the community and begin the public process of sharing their vision for the blocks of Broadway between John and Denny surrounding Capitol Hill Station.


Capitol Hill Champion — Meet the Developers
Saturday, May 16th – 1 to 4 PM
Century Ballroom

In April, CHS reported on the selection of Portland-based Gerding Edlen as the “master developer” for the multi-site retail and housing projects. A protest from Capitol Hill Housing could also put the local nonprofit developer in the mix to handle the affordable housing earmarked for the B-North site. Developers were allowed to plan for 85-foot tall buildings along Broadway in exchange for going above minimum affordable housing requirements.

The $1.8 billion light rail extension connecting downtown to the University of Washington under Capitol Hill is expected to open for service by early 2016. Sound Transit forecasts that by 2030, there will be 14,000 boardings a day at Capitol Hill Station. The transit oriented development around the station on Broadway will add some 400 apartments to the site as part of 100,000 square feet of “transit oriented development” including housing, commercial, and community spaces.

CHS Community Post | City Light Plans Duct Bank Repair Near Broadway at East Pike Street on Capitol Hill

CapHillQFCconstructionareaCapture05_07_2015City Light crews are planning work in the Capitol Hill neighborhood near Broadway and East Pike Street to repair a damaged underground duct bank. The project will ensure increased electrical capacity in the future and allow the continued use of the duct bank.

Starting Sunday, May 17 Saturday, May 16 and extending for approximately two weeks, crews will be excavating along the west side of Broadway just south of East Pike Street. See map below for approximate construction area. Daily works hours are planned from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Though no maintenance power outages are planned, there will be impacts in the immediate work area. The southbound travel lane on Broadway will be rerouted to the northbound turn lane. Seattle Police Department officers will be onsite to assist in directing traffic during hours of construction. Pedestrians using sidewalks on the west side of Broadway between East Union Street and East Pike Street should expect local access only. Multiple crews are required to do the work. Parking will be reserved to stage trucks along the south side of East Pike Street between Harvard Avenue and Broadway.

For more information, customers can contact Richard Ohashi, Electrical Service Representative, at 206-386-1674, richard.ohashi@seattle.gov or visit http://www.seattle.gov/light/aboutus/construction/release.asp?RN=333

CHS Community Post | Chophouse Row Opening

pike_img6SEATTLE, May 7, 2015 – Dunn & Hobbes, LLC, a local developer of innovative reuse and mixed-use infill projects, is pleased to announce the completion of construction at Chophouse Row, the highly anticipated project on Capitol Hill at 1424 11th Avenue.

Chophouse Row deftly combines a historic auto row building with a new steel and concrete loft office structure. The ground floor hosts a collection of local tenants that will focus on delivering morning-into-evening food, beverage, and retail options to both residents and visitors to the neighborhood. The six tenants occupy an open market configuration along the street, alley, and courtyard.

The following retail tenants are open for business:

NICHEoutside is a garden lifestyle boutique created for those who connect with the outdoors. The shop sells a beautiful collection of tools, plants, and gifts for garden lovers. NICHE opened its doors on May 1 and will maintain spring hours of 10 am – 6 pm, Thursday through Sunday.

Kurt Farm Shop is a slice of the rural life in the city: small-batch ice cream made with fresh Jersey cream, local farmstead cheeses, and vibrant plant starts for your garden all are sold in this gem of a store. Kurt Farm Shop opened its doors on May 1 and will maintain spring hours of 11 am – 6 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.

The following retail tenants are getting ready to open their doors:

Amandine is a small batch bakery specializing in macarons, viennoiserie (yeasted pastries), and small treats created to complement coffee. Amandine has partnered with Empire Espresso, a local company that serves light roast coffee made to order with single-cup preparations, along withhouse-made milk alternatives, grass-fed organic milk, and cold-brewed coffee on nitro draft.

Upper Bar Ferd’nand is the up-the-hill edition of the well-loved Melrose Market bar, wine shop, and café—now expanding into a larger space at Chophouse Row that will spill into the adjacent courtyard in warmer months. Chef Matt Dillon and sommelier Marc Papineau have created a menu that will focus on dry-aged and cured meats cooked in their open fireplace, plus local seafood served raw, cured, or smoked in their passive-heat masonry smoker.

Chop Shop Cafe & Bar is chef Ericka Burke’s restaurant, anchoring the entrance to ChophouseRow from 11th Avenue. Coming from the chef-owner of the beloved Volunteer Park Cafe, ChopShop offers sit-down service and a seasonal menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while ChopShop Juice & Provisions provides healthy grab-and-go salads, pastries, fresh-pressed juices, and provisions. Chop Shop will have outdoor seating in both the alley and along the front sidewalk.

Liz Dunn, the developer, is thrilled to see the project coming to fruition. “This project was the most challenging we’ve ever tackled on a number of fronts: the creation of new public space, the challenges of bolting a new loft structure to a historic building, and the stacking of retail, office, and residential spaces in one building.”

Chophouse Row is the final piece in Dunn & Hobbes’ collection of mixed-use properties located in the heart of Capitol Hill between 11th and 12th Avenue. Dunn and the rest of the company are incredibly happy with the group of tenants that’s emerged, and feel that the group will hugely add to the street life in the neighborhood. A public celebration is planned for Thursday, June 11—details coming soon.

Aside from the retail on the ground floor, Chophouse Row includes four floors of office space and three residential penthouses. This is the first new office building in the Pike-Pine Corridor in nearly 80 years, and brings much-needed modern office space to the neighborhood. The tenants demonstrate the great variety of talent that is attracted to the vibrancy of Capitol Hill.

Here are the opening office tenants:

Mazlo combines behavior change science and mobile web technology to make daily human coaching accessible to people striving to actualize their personal growth ambitions.

Tectonic is an experience design studio creating value for their clients by bringing a fresh perspective and a clear point of view, packaged as ideas ready to ship.

Glympse provides a fast, free, and simple way to share your temporary location with people you trust.

The Cloud Room is a members-only shared workspace, social club and event space.

Onsite amenities accessed from the central courtyard include Foundation Crossfit, the Agnes Underground co-working space, indoor bike parking and shower facilities and the brand new second outpost of PLAY Doggie Daycare, which opened its doors on April 15 with the motto: “Every dog deserves good health, good friends and PLAY!”

The project also includes three penthouse apartments. Two of these apartments will be released to the rental market in May. Features include private walk-out terraces, fire pits, heated concrete floors, and walk-in showers. 

About The Project

The name “Chophouse Row” reflects the history of the building, which was formerly known as theChophouse: a music practice space, with rooms rented out to hundreds of aspiring bands over the past three decades. The new project retains the building’s original historic facade and 80 percent of its interior structure. The unique old-meets-new design is the product of a collaboration between two award-winning Seattle-based architecture firms: Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young, designers of the Wing Luke Museum, and Graham Baba, designers of Melrose Market. Lesley Bain of Framework advised on urban design and master planning, and Shannon Loew of FIX, a real estate development and consulting company, provided construction project management services. The general contractor was MRJ Constructors, who also worked on Melrose Market.

Ms. Dunn is the president of Pacific Chop LLC and the principal of Dunn & Hobbes, LLC. She previously co-developed Melrose Market on Capitol Hill and developed both the Agnes Lofts and the Piston & Ring Building, preserving historic building elements in each project. Dunn & Hobbes’ capital partner is Heartland LLC through its affiliate, HIO 12th Avenue Investors LLC, and HomeStreet Bank financed the project.

Dunn & Hobbes, LLC is a Seattle-based developer of mixed-use projects in urban village neighborhoods. The company specializes in the adaptive reuse of existing buildings as well as the construction of new urban infill projects. For further information about Chophouse Row, please call 206-324-0637 or visit www.dunnandhobbes.com.

SIFF 2015 will celebrate at the Egyptian with film (and Kevin Bacon), hold a few last picture shows at the Harvard Exit

With its investment to revive Capitol Hill’s Egyptian Theatre at its core and a special “24-day celebratory wake” for the dearly departed Harvard Exit, the Seattle International Film Festival has announced its 2015 lineup.

“This year’s Festival is bigger and more international than ever, with a record 92 countries represented,” SIFF artistic director Carl Spence said in the announcement detailing the 41st edition of the film festival.

Last year’s fest was highlighted by the news SIFF was signing a 10-year deal to take over E Pine’s Egyptian. This year starting May 14th, the festival will include the final screenings at the Harvard Exit theater before the venue is ripped out as part of a redevelopment of the historically protected building at Roy and Broadway.

SIFF 2015 by the numbers:  450 films / 92 countries / 193 feature films / 70 documentary features / 19 archival films / 164 short films / 4 secret films / 49 World Premieres (23 features, 26 shorts) / 51 North American Premieres (33 features, 18 shorts) / 18 US Premieres (7 features, 11 shorts)

Northwest Connections
Seattleites see more films per capita than the residents of any other American city. This year’s lineup of films with their roots in the Pacific Northwest reveals a filmmaking region officially on the map. Every year, SIFF honors the many ways in which the Puget Sound region contributes to the world of cinema, whether it’s as an evocative location for outside filmmakers or inspiration for local filmmakers on the rise.

Ronald McFondle, Eddie Van Glam, The Banana star in Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana

Ronald McFondle, Eddie Van Glam, The Banana star in Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana

  • Beach Town (d: Erik Hammen c: Sarah Winsor, Ahren Buhmann, Riley Neldam, Kenna Kettrick, William Poole, USA 2015, 72 min, World Premiere)
  • Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana (d: Ryan Harvie, John Paul Hortsmann c: Ronald McFondle, Eddie Van Glam, The Banana, USA 2015, 86 min)
  • The Hollow One (d: Nathan Hendrickson c: Kate Alden, Jesse James, Chelsea Farthing, Tony Doupé, Tonya Skoog, USA 2015, 97 min, World Premiere)
  • Paper Tigers (d: James Redford, USA 2015, 102 min, World Premiere)
  • Personal Gold: An Underdog Story (d: Tamara Christopherson s: Jennie Reed, Dotsie Bausch, Sarah Hammer, USA/Spain, United Kingdom 2015, 89 min)
  • Pilchuck, A Dance with Fire (d: John Forsen v: Jeff Bridges, USA 2015, 68 min)
  • The Primary Instinct (d: David Chen f: Stephen Tobolowsky, USA 2015, 73 min, World Premiere)
  • Uncertain (d: Ewan McNichol, Anna Sandilands, USA 2015, 82 min)
  • Valley of the Sasquatch (d: John Portanova c: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, D’Angelo Midili, Jason Vail, David Saucedo, Bill Oberst Jr., USA 2015, 92 min)
  • West of Redemption (d: Cornelia Duryee Moore c: Billy Zane, Kevin Alejandro, Mariana Klaveno, USA 2015, 90 min, World Premiere)

In addition to cinematic works large and small and from around the globe and around the Puget Sound, the festival will give Seattle celebrity spotters the opportunity to, perhaps, view A-listers Kevin Bacon and Jason Schwartzman in the wild. Bacon will be honored for career achievement (in 2014, SIFF honored CHS’s girlfriend Laura Dern) and Schwartzman will be featured in an “evening with” event in conjunction with a screening of his new film 7 Chinese Brothers.  To kick off the festival, the 2015 SIFF Opening Night gala will include a screening of Spy attended by director and writer Paul Feig.

The full announcement on SIFF 2015 is below. Tickets and passes are now on sale at siff.netContinue reading

Blotter | Central District shootout arrest, Cal Anderson ‘washboard’ band robbery

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • MLK/Jeff gunfire arrest: SPD arrested one male suspect and impounded an SUV after reported gunfire near MLK and Jefferson involving at least two vehicles Monday afternoon around 2 PM. There were no reported injuries. SPD stopped one vehicle but found found no gun, casings, or damage, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. Witnesses who said they saw the vehicles involved in the shootout helped identify the suspect taken into custody.
  • 18th Ave robbery: A woman reported she was robbed at gunpoint inside her 18th Ave garage Monday morning. Police were called to a home on 18th Ave near E Union around 10:45 AM. The victim told police the suspect entered the garage and robbed her of her purse and car keys. The woman told police the man was armed with a black handgun. The suspect was described as an Asian male in his 30s, wearing a black hoodie and light pants. He was also reportedly carrying a black folder and asked the woman for directions to Harborview before fleeing southbound on 18th Ave. There were no immediate arrests.
  • Cal Anderson ‘washboard’ band robbery: The SPD report on this 6 PM, April 8th robbery in Cal Anderson Park is, sadly, a Capitol Hill classic
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Civic Duty | New Hugo House planning, levy happy hour, Unite for Marriage Seattle

There’s a busy slate of events to start the week around Capitol Hill — here are a few opportunities for you to fulfill your civic duty and get involved:

  • New Hugo House: Monday night you can help set the direction for the new Hugo House as the nonprofit plans its new facility destined to be part of a mixed-use project planned for its current home across from Cal Anderson Park:
    Now that we’re in the later stages of space-planning, we’d love to get more specific feedback from you about what you’d like from our classrooms, performance space, and all other aspects of the new Hugo House

    Hugo House is also asking for community members to fill out this brief survey to provide feedback on the project.

  • Banks for Council kick-off: Election organizers People for Pamela Banks will hold a campaign kick-off party Monday night at 11th and Pike’s Sole Repair:
    We have the opportunity to bring new leadership to the Council that reflects the diversity of our city. This is the time to build great neighborhoods for all members of District 3, I invite you to come join the conversation.

    If the politics don’t interest you, maybe food from Jamil’s Big Easy will win you over. CHS wrote here about the Urban League CEO’s decision to enter the race against sitting City Council member Kshama Sawant in Seattle’s new District 3.

  • Levy happy hour: SDOT director Scott Kubly will be in the Central District Monday night to help push the Move Seattle levy that is set to appear on November’s ballot. Kubly and SDOT reps will be at Chuck’s starting at 5:30 PM. “We’ve been hosting a series of daytime coffee hours that have resulted in some great dialogue and feedback – this is yet another chance for people to learn a little more and share their priorities and ideas, and ask questions,” SDOT says about the Monday night event.
  • Unite for Marriage — Seattle: There are still battles to be fought for marriage equality. Tuesday night, groups are planning a downtown Seattle rally to support marriage equality across the nation:
    On April 28th, SCOTUS will hear oral arguments on the subject of national marriage equality. Movement leaders will stand in solidarity with communities across the nation to send a message of love and understanding, as well as celebrate local progress made so far.
  • Design review survey reminder: You don’t have to leave your seat for this one. CHS wrote here about the Department of Planning and Development effort to rethink Seattle’s design review process. You can provide feedback on the Design Review program via this survey.