On October 28th at Victrola, in the late afternoon, a group of Capitol Hill Residents met to discuss issues related to real-estate development and change in Capitol Hill, especially around the 15th Ave Business District. The main focus was the impending sale of the property at the corner of E. Mercer and 15th Ave E. currently occupied by the independently owned full-service gas station Hilltop. The participants wish to be able to have public input in future development.
Ray Angel, owner of Angel’s Shoe Repair, reported that the clean up of Hilltop’s out-dated gas tanks would take a very long time and that Mike Burke, Hilltop’s owner, may be able to stay in business as a station that services cars, but does not sell gas.
Ellen Taft, who called the meeting, reported that she is trying to connect with non-profit housing associations to buy the property and develop it with longer-tem underground parking, a street level service station ( perhaps with electric charging stations for electric cars) and affordable housing reserved for the retail employees who work on 15th Ave E, Broadway, and 19th Ave E. Currently many of them are commuting to Tacoma and Everett. She believes that the neighborhood would be able to supply a lot of fund-raising for these organizations. Also the group wants to make sure that other properties coming up for sale have neighborhood input, and are developed in ways that sustain the community.
Mail Box Corner 15th Ave and E. Republican
Concerns were raised about the removal of the U.S. Mail Box at 1463 E. Republican, the site recently vacated by Postal Plus. Everyone wishing to have the mail box replaced should email:
firstname.lastname@example.org and/or sign the change.org petition:
There are three reasons to restore the mail box 1) many people living close by are handicapped and cannot walk to the nearest Mail Box, near Kaiser Permanente and 2) hopefully it will decrease loitering by increasing legitimate foot traffic 3) It was right in the hub of the neighborhood near the Walgreen’s pharmacy, near the QFC and at a crucial corner of foot traffic, it was a neighborhood sustaining amenity.
Ramon Khanna, of U.S. Rep Pramila Jayapal’s office, is setting up a meeting for the residents with representatives of the Post Office to talk about this and other postal concerns, after the new year.
Smoking Cannabis in Public
Many people raised concerns about the smell generated by smoking Cannabis in public. Residents were encouraged to report violations to the WA state Liquor Control Board- Report a Violation form. https://lcb.wa.gov/enforcement/report-violation. Also call the local police non-Emergency phone number: (206)-625-5011 then dial 2 and then dial 8.