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CHS Pics | Kids clear Cal Anderson of brightly colored plastic eggs

Cal Anderson Easter Egg HuntCal Anderson Easter Egg Hunt13938986425_1be22d60a9_oAnother year, another Cal Anderson egg hunt record. Competitors in the 2014 Easter egg scramble in Capitol Hill’s central park once again cleared the field at an unprecedented pace setting a slew of hunt records both personal, in the venue and on the international stage. The annual Seattle Parks Department celebration of spring scattered prize eggs across the grassy bowl of Cal Anderson and all the way to Teletubby Hill. We guarantee you every single one was found before a single drop of rain hit the ground. Thanks to CHS contributors Alex Crick and Jim Simandl for the photos. If you attended the egg hunt at Volunteer Park and have a picture or two to share, drop us a note.

More pictures below and more still on the CHS Facebook page.

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Another serious car and bike collision at dangerous Pike/Boren intersection

The dangerous, sloping and busy intersection of Pike and Borne claimed another collision involving a bike and a motor vehicle just after midnight Saturday morning.

UPDATE 4/19/14 5:15 PM: SPD has provided details of the preliminary report on the incident including the bicyclist exhibiting signs of alcohol impairment when he was evaluated following the crash. Here is the preliminary report:

A male bicyclist was rushed to the hospital after colliding head on with an SUV early this morning.

On April 19th at approximately 12:16 a.m. officers responded to a vehicle/bicycle collision near Boren Avenue and Pike Street. Preliminary investigation indicates that an adult male bicyclist was travelling westbound on Pike Street approaching Boren Avenue. At the same time a green Kia SUV was travelling eastbound on Pike Street approaching Boren Avenue.

For reasons yet to be determined, the bicyclist crossed the center line and proceeded westbound in the eastbound lanes and struck the Kia head on. The bicyclist was thrown from his bicycle, struck the windshield of the Kia and landed on the pavement.

Fire department medics responded and transported the 43-year-old male bicyclist to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) with serious but non-life-threatening head and facial injuries.

Officers evaluated the driver of the Kia for indications of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs. No signs of impairment were detected. The driver of the Kia was interviewed and released from the scene.

Officers also responded to HMC and evaluated the bicyclist for indications of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs. The bicyclist exhibited obvious signs of impairment due to alcohol consumption.

There were no citations issued at the scene which is standard procedure in serious traffic incidents requiring extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

Original report: We are still gathering information on the incident that Seattle Fire described to us as a “severe impact” collision. We do not have details of the rider’s injuries. UPDATE: SFD says the rider was not wearing a helmet and struck the vehicle’s windshield but was alert and conscious when medic units arrived. He was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

In 2012, 18-year-old cyclist Nap Cantwell died after a collision at the intersection identified by advocates and city planners as a dangerous mix of speed and heavy traffic.Blmoxc8CAAEr_aW

Police looking for information after man shot at 22nd and Union — UPDATE: Homicide investigation

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UPDATE 4/19/14 4:23 PM: SPD says the victim has died:

The shooting from early this morning is now officially a homicide investigation.

The 24-year-old male victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries.

Original report: Police and medics found a man in his 20s suffering from life-threatening injuries after a burst of gunfire was reported early Saturday morning near 22nd and E Union. Detectives are looking for information about what led to the 2:35 AM shooting. If you saw or heard something that might help, call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide/Assault Unit at (206) 233-5000.

Man Shot in the Central District
Written by Detective Jeff Kappel on April 19, 2014
The suspect(s) remain at large after a man was discovered shot in the chest in the Central District early this morning.

On April 19th at approximately 2:35 a.m. officers responded to the 2200 block of East Union Street for 911 reports of multiple shots fired. Additional calls to 911 reported someone had been shot.

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CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

"Double Rainbow" (Image:  sunrisesoup via Flickr)

“Double Rainbow” (Image: sunrisesoup via Flickr)

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 18,000 19,000 photographs — most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line – our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.

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‘Silly Hilly’ ride and walk to help shape northern end of 23rd Ave greenway

10177236_10152134892724081_5972493514444696767_nNow that city planners have selected the “hybrid” route for a pedestrian and bike-friendly greenway connecting the Central District, Capitol Hill and Montlake along the 23rd Ave corridor, neighbors are getting together to help sort out how the route’s northern segment should be shaped:

Silly Hilly
Saturday, April 26at 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Montlake Elementary School
2409 22nd Ave E

Silly Hilly is a fun, inclusive, family-friendly ride/walk to explore potential greenway route options for the northern segment of the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway between John and 520.

The fun starts at the Montlake Elementary School playground, where participants will be divided into teams upon arrival. Teams will ride or walk one of four route options while taking pictures and completing a scavenger hunt along the way.

At Miller Park (our finish line), we’ll have kid-friendly games, prizes and refreshments, as well as opportunities to share ideas on which greenway route makes the most sense!

Central District nightclub faces deadline in liquor license fight

Sainvil listens to supporters of Waid's speak at a March community meeting about the club (Image: CHS)

Sainvil listens to supporters of Waid’s speak at a March community meeting about the club (Image: CHS)

Friday is the deadline for Waid Sainvil to act to keep his Central District nightclub open as the state liquor board moves forward on its decision not to renew the bar’s liquor license.

In February, CHS spoke with Sainvil who said racism and the push of gentrification was driving authorities to target his Waid’s Restaurant & Lounge after a series of liquor and drug violations at the 12th and Jefferson bar. “It’s a black thing,” Sainvil said. “This is the only place in Seattle where black people from all over hang out.” The issues around Waid’s were discussed at an East Precinct community meeting in March attended by Sainvil and new East Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis.

According to a Washington State Liquor Control Board representative, there were five enforcement and one licensing issue against Waid’s that were to be examined in court over six hearings after the board decided not to renew the club’s license.

Sainvil failed to appear at a hearing earlier this month and the rest of the month’s hearings have been canceled after a judge granted the state’s motion, the spokesperson tells CHS. Sainvil has not yet responded to our request for an update on his plans. Friday is the deadline for Sainvil to file a motion against the board’s decision and try to win back his liquor license against the state’s contentions that his bar has racked up too many violations to continue serving alcohol.

The Waid’s neighborhood continues to change with new development and more business investment. Across the street, Capitol Hill Housing’s The Jefferson apartment building opened in 2013Seattle University, in the meantime, continues to invest in the area and plans a major campus expansion in the neighborhood. Waid’s landlord is Abdulkarim Nagi who also owns the neighboring gas station. Nagi himself is busy in court with a $200,000+ breach of contract suit against  ARCO filed earlier this year over unmet fuel sales quotas.

According to letters from the City Attorney’s office provided to CHS, concerns about incidents at Waid’s date back for years and include a 2013 sting in which minors were able to purchase alcohol at the nightclub.

Blotter | Police search for driver after pedestrian hit by car at 14/Union

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

  • Car strikes pedestrian in hit and run: Police were searching for the driver of a small, gray, compact car that left the scene after striking a pedestrian Thursday night at 14th and Union. There were no immediate details of the injuries suffered by the 23-year-old pedestrian but the 10:12 PM incident was upgraded to require a larger response after the initial dispatch. The injuries were not believed to be life threatening. Police officers at the scene got scant details of the car witnesses said struck the pedestrian before driving away from the intersection.
  • Pizza assault: Police say an assault that drew a large crowd at 10th/Pike early last Saturday morning was over pizza:
    Screen Shot 2014-04-18 at 10.06.38 AMTwo males were injured in the melee but both declined treatment. Both victims said they had been drinking “heavily” that night, according to police.
  • Broadway trail mix heist: A delivery truck for trail mix provider Northwest Delights was reported stolen from the Broadway Market QFC Friday morning. According to police radio dispatches, the driver told police the key was left in the vehicle and the Isuzu delivery-style truck was nowhere to be found.
  • Downtown transit tunnel closed: Seattle Police and King County Sheriff cordoned off the downtown transit tunnel Friday morning around 9 AM after a report of a suspicious item left aboard a Sound Transit light rail train. The tunnel remained closed during the response as of 10 AM.

On the List | Egg hunts, Easter services, brunches, Earth Day plant exchange, Record Store Day

8604231928_7c096a6a82_b-600x400It’s a holiday and 4/20 weekend sure to be filled with magic Easter eggs on Capitol Hill.

egg-hunt-insta-400x400Egg hunts around the neighborhood are already underway. Saturday, you’ll find public invites to hunts in Cal Anderson and a hunt in Volunteer Park. “Babies go first.” Aw, shucks, that’d adorable.

There are lots more Easter happenings on the CHS Calendar including services, brunches… and CC Attle’s Third Annual Easter Bonnet Contest. You can also include a Good Friday Service in your plans and how about a Friday history talk on Seattle’s Lily Kempson & Ireland’s Easter Rising of 1916.

plant exchange 2013Next week also brings Earth Day — Thursday night, you can get a green-thumb start with a plant exchange at Miller Community Center:

Come celebrate springtime in Seattle with fellow gardeners in your community! Share plants, seeds, tools, yard art and knowledge. Everyone is welcome, especially new gardeners. Also, there will be a gardening activity for children.

Also Thursday at the April meeting of the Capitol Hill Community Council, discuss the minimum wage debate with neighbors and representatives at the table as city leaders try to pound out a plan to address income inequality in Seattle. You may need a glass of wine from this Vino Verite tasting before you wade in.

Saturday, meanwhile, is Record Store Day. Stop by Porchlight, Wall of Sound, Everyday Music, Platinum Records, Gruv or Spin Cycle to see what is spinning.

Something to add? Let us know on the CHS Calendar — more listings below:

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Prepare for Metro cuts with new First Hill commuter slide — UPDATE

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UPDATE: A commuter takes the plunge on the new transportation system

Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 8.17.44 AMArea civic leaders are unveiling a set of alternatives Thursday to help commuters get around the city should the Metro service-saving Prop 1 not gather enough King County votes before next Tuesday’s Election Day. While it’s not the warmest day for it, the new First Hill infrastructure will certainly be wet enough for a fast ride. Stop by. The new system utilizes ORCA cards and accepts transfers.

County leaders to announce “New Commuter Toolkit” featuring Slip ‘N Slides and zip line
Seattle – Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci, and Redmond Mayor John Marchione will announce a “New Commuter Toolkit” on Thursday. They will unveil plans for a zip line from Seattle to Redmond and have a prototype Slip ‘N Slide on hand for commuters from Capitol Hill to downtown. This will ensure commuters are prepared in case King County voters don’t approve Proposition 1 to prevent devastating cuts to bus service.

These new options are environmentally sustainable and promote an active, healthy lifestyle for commuters. Experts think King County’s 150 days of annual rainfall make our region a perfect place to test commuting by Slip ‘N Slide. Students and commuters will be on hand to demonstrate how to travel via Slip ‘N Slide, which will be set up alongside Seneca in Freeway Park. All are welcome to participate.

Eastside leaders will be on hand to unveil the preliminary design and route for a zip line to Bellevue and Redmond. This exciting new transportation option is also environmentally sustainable and will provide commuters unparalleled views of Mt. Rainier.

While buses currently serve thousands of commuters well every day, regional leaders stressed the need to prepare commuters for what life will be like if we don’t approve Proposition 1. Metro bus rides are facing the elimination of 72 bus routes and cuts to another 84 routes. These cuts will make it difficult or impossible for many students to get to school, seniors to get to medical appointments, and people with disabilities to get to work. That’s why an unprecedented coalition of businesses, labor unions, elected officials, and advocacy organizations have endorsed a Yes vote on Proposition 1.

UPDATE by Sebastian Garrett-Singh: “It will be more and more difficult for people to get around,” said Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen, stating the sopping wet obvious Thursday afternoon. The Council Member who chairs Seattle’s transportation committee told the crowd that if Proposition 1 does not pass it will negatively impact not only bus riders commutes but drivers through increased traffic congestion overall. One purposefully absurd solution: a zipline.

“You can get on the zipline and fly right over Lake Washington,” said Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci. “This is plan D at this point,” said Marchione, to a chorus of chuckles.
A handful of attendees at the unveiling of the Seneca Slip ‘N Slide tried the new downtown express. James Sido of the Downtown Seattle Association said, despite the fun times, the Prop 1 vote is serious business. “We’re very much in favor of Prop 1,” said Sido. “This is a matter of equity. The demand is higher than it’s ever been. Now is certainly not the time to take that away from people.”


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Developer reveals plans for the Piecora’s building

How they did it up north -- Equity's Urbana building opened in Ballard this year

How they did it up north — Equity’s Urbana building opened in Ballard this year

Now that the last night of service has come and gone, what will replace the old Piecora’s building? The largest publicly traded owner of apartment buildings in the country has shared details with CHS of the first ever project it will build from the ground up in the high-demand Capitol Hill market.

“We buy and build,” a spokesperson for Equity Residential tells CHS about its $10.3 million purchase of the building and parking lot at 14th and Madison that is now slated to be demolished sometime in the next year. “We’re all over the Seattle market. It’s such a terrific long-term market for renters, were looking to expand our footprint there.”

The spokesperson tells CHS that Equity plans to develop a six-story, 140-unit mixed-use apartment building with hopes of starting construction late next year after the prerequisite rounds of permitting and design review. The new building will include some 3,700 square-feet of retail — room for a new pizza joint, perhaps — and will include underground parking. The goal is to have the project open for eager Capitol Hill renters by 2017, the spokesperson said.

The confirmation of Equity sticking to what it does best squashes a rumor that had been circulating about a possible hotel planned as part of a new development at the site.

The design of the building has not yet begun as Equity is still settling on an architect for the project. We looked here at the types of buildings the Equity Residential builds and holds in its vast portfolio. Situated on a rising slope along E Madison and overlooking the Broadway basin leading to First Hill, the building will fill a prominent corner on the street and will be just a block from the dramatic rise of the Bullitt Center, touted as the greenest commercial building on the planet.

While the new building will be the first project Equity constructs on Capitol Hill, it has purchased three others amid an increasingly lucrative rental market in the area.

“We very much like the Capitol Hill area,” the Equity spokesperson said. “We think it’s a strong submarket.”

Chuck’s Central District to add E Union parklet

Inside Chuck's -- we're guessing there will not be a giant refrigerated case in the new parklet (Image: CHS)

Inside Chuck’s — we’re guessing there will not be a giant refrigerated case in the new parklet (Image: CHS)

Chuck’s Central District is already a bottle and mug-filled playground for beer lovers on E Union. This summer, it should add a new place to hang out along the street as the beer shop will join the roster of businesses participating in the city’s growing parklet program. Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | Last night at Piecora’s

(Images: Suzi Pratt for CHS)

(Images: Suzi Pratt for CHS)

We interrupt this stream of news about new restaurant concepts, craft cocktails and farm-to-table creativity for an unusual dollop of food+drink nostalgia. Here’s a look at some of the sights from Tuesday’s last night of service at Capitol Hill’s Piecora’s Pizza after 33 years at the corner of 14th and Madison.Final Night at Piecora's Pizza in Capitol Hill Seattle

CHS wrote here about what comes next after the Piecora family sold their building to an apartment developer for $10.3 million.

Many others have, of course, stopped in to say goodbye and share their thoughts on the end of the Capitol Hill institution. Not completely satisfied with nostalgia, we can’t resist the urge to look for a trend others might have missed in the change. One that comes to mind is the death of simple places to eat that kids like on Capitol Hill. You can call it a childless neighborhood but you would be wrong. Still, places like Chutney’s, Boom Noodle, Montlake Alehouse (yes, the alehouse had a kid pit), and, now, Piecora’s are gone. Watch your backs El Gallito, Vios, and Genki Sushi.

Final Night at Piecora's Pizza in Capitol Hill Seattle

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