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One person reported shot in foot after Harvard gunfire — Also, overnight shots in the Central District

A Seattle Police officer heard multiple, rapid fire gunshots ring out across Pike/Pine early Sunday morning and Seattle Fire treated a victim reported to have been shot in the foot in a second night of gunfire in the area. Meanwhile, police found shell casings and a large crowd following a second reported “assault with weapons” incident in the Central District — but, fortunately, no victim.

In the Pike/Pine incident, police converged on an area near Harvard and Union around 2:45 AM as Seattle Fire was called to treat a male with a reported gunshot wound to the foot outside the west entrance of the nearby QFC. The injury was apparently not serious but we have not yet confirmed details with Seattle Fire or SPD. Witnesses reported at least two vehicles that may have been involved were seen leaving the area of the shooting.

Later Sunday morning, a fight near 23rd and Jackson ended with gunfire in a disturbance just before 4:45 AM. According to East Precinct radio, police arrived to find around 20 people remaining in the area but no victim.

There were no immediate arrests in either incident.

According to SPD data, gun incidents including shots fired with and without victims are up 36% in the East Precinct vs. 2014.

UPDATE: SPD has posted a report on the Pike/Pine incident:

Officers are investigating after a man walking in Capitol Hill was shot in the foot early Sunday morning.

Police Sgt. Michael Renner was standing at the corner of Broadway and Pike St. Sunday morning at 2:45 when he heard gun shots to the west. Additional officers flooded the area and found a man who had been shot in the foot while walking in the 1400 block of Harvard Ave. Officers were also approached by the owner of a car who said that as he sat in the driver’s seat bullets hit his car and lodged in the seat.

Medics took the man who was shot to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Officers scoured the block and found several 40 caliber and 9mm shells which were all taken in as evidence. Despite an extensive area check, they did not find the suspects.

If you have any information in this case please call the Homicide/Assault tip line at (206)233-5000.

UPDATE 10/5/2015 9:27 AM: Seattle Central officials contacted East Precinct Monday morning to report a possible bullet hole found on the Pike side of the school’s Harvard Ave building.

10th Ave E’s J.W. Bullock Residence to be considered as landmark

A 103-year-old 10th Ave E home will join the list of Capitol Hill properties being considered for Seattle landmarks protections laster this month. Meanwhile, the 111-year-old Gaslight Inn will move to the next step in its quest for landmark status this week.

The 1220 10th Ave E J.W. Bullock Residence will be considered by the board later this month. You can send your comment on the nomination to the landmarks board via email or plan to attend the hearing on the house:

Landmarks Preservation Board to consider nomination for the Bullock Residence in Capitol Hill for landmark status
September 10, 2015 (Seattle, WA) – Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Bullock Residence (1220 10th Avenue E) on Wednesday, October 21 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor (Room 4060).

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by October 20 at 3:00 p.m.:
Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649 (mailing address)

The property has been owned for more than 20 years by an executive at the Gates Foundation and a writer. There are no current permits for construction and it does not appear the property is currently for sale.

The J. W. Bullock residence “appears to have been one of the earliest residences to be constructed in the Phinney’s Addition along Tenth Avenue N. to the north of Highland Drive,” the nomination proposal for the property reads. “Prior residential development on Block G appears to have been limited due to the lack of street improvements and the issues related to passage through the Leary-Ferry Estate.” Continue reading

Police investigate after Pike/Pine gunfire

Police were searching for the gunman witnesses reported seeing firing shots early Saturday morning near the bars and clubs of 11th Ave.

Gunfire was first reported around 1:50 AM Saturday as police in the area heard the shots and witnesses reported seeing a male firing the gun near 11th and Pine, according to East Precinct radio.

Nobody was injured in the incident but police found spent shell casings. Officers also made at least one arrest for obstruction but it wasn’t clear if the person taken into custody was believed to be the shooter.

The suspect was described as a black male, around 5’8″, wearing a dark hoodie with fur around the hood.

Tortas Condesa picks up the E Olive Way late night eats beat


IMG_2919The counter at 1510 E Olive Way has helped fuel many a legendary night on Capitol Hill. Tacos Gringos made way for Kedai Makan in 2013. Now, after Kedai Makan graduated into a full-fledged restaurant space around the corner, a new savior for starving, drunken tummies is open.

Last night a torta saved my life…

Tortas Condesa debuted Thursday serving “Mexico City style” sandwiches created with the love and vision of Monica Dimas and designed for portability to Montana and its curbside streatery just down the hill:


Housemade chorizo, fried egg*, avocado, cilantro, smoked chili mayo, cotija


Pulled pork, tomatillo salsa, caramelized onions & peppers, cilantro, cumin mayo, cabbage Continue reading

Is Capitol Hill really the noisiest neighborhood in Seattle?

You’ve probably seen this map from online real estate service Trulia that shows the “noisiest” areas of Seattle. Depending on where the editor took a screen grab from the animation — which is showing noise complaint locations by month, by the way — Capitol Hill and the University District either look really “noisy” or really super “noisy”

While it’s true that Pike/Pine noise is significant enough that leases for new buildings in the area are including clauses stating that tenants acknowledge they are living in a “vibrant” area for nightlife, we took another look at noise issues that shows a slightly different view.

Looking at SPD incidents involving noise — not just the formal complaint filings — shows a much noisier city as a whole. Continue reading

Ethan Stowell coming to E Pike

Michael Malone, the driving force behind Capitol Hill developer Hunters Capital, is no dummy. He and his #1 tenant Elliott Bay Book Company may be fighting for better nightlife balance in Pike/Pine but he probably already knew that, when it comes to why people go out in the neighborhood, “60% came for drinking, 41% for dining, 23% for dancing, and 21% came to watch live music.”

Those stats are why Malone is teaming up with one of the surest bets in Seattle food and drink for a premier commercial space in the under-construction Dunn Automotive building, his showcase of Pike/Pine preservation incentives and development at the corner of Pike and Summit. Continue reading

On the List | The Harvard Exit Garage Sale

WebThe developer of the project set to transform Capitol Hill’s Harvard Exit into a preservation-minded restaurant and office development is holding a garage sale Saturday in preparation for construction and renovations to begin:

We will be clearing some of the final items out of The Harvard Exit Theater this weekend and are having a sale on Sat from 11-4:00. We have tons of theater seats that we’re offering at $10 each!! Would love a plug in the blog. Hoping your readers may want to take home some Seattle cinematic history!

Saturdays’s sale runs 11 AM to 4 PM at the E Roy theater. If you see any of Harry’s missing signs for sale, holler.

Following a final screening in June, the historic theater shuttered as Capitol Hill developer Eagle Rock Ventures prepared for the redevelopment project. ERV’s latest project? The Lodges on Vashon, a 16-room development that we’re told is the “only hotel” on Vashon Island.

The company’s Scott Shapiro tells CHS that he expect to have permits lined up for Harvard Exit construction to begin in November. The garage sale, Shapiro says, is a chance for the community to take home a piece of the old theater but also “an opportunity to see the place pre-renovation as the before and after viewings will confirm that renovating it was the right thing.”

For more things to do on and around Capitol Hill — or to add your own! — check out the CHS CalendarContinue reading

Blotter | Knifepoint robbery reported on backside of Pike/Pine

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

  • Robbery: Police found a man down in an alley after a reported knifepoint robbery just after 11 PM Tuesday. Police rushed to the area after a caller said he was down in an alley near the E Madison IHOP in the incident near Seneca and Broadway Ct on the backside of Pike/Pine. According to East Precinct radio reports, the victim said he was approached from behind and did not get a clear look at the suspect. Seattle Fire was called to the scene to treat the victim for a reported injured shoulder. There were no immediate arrests.
  • Eastlake murder: Police are investigating a homicide in Eastlake:
    Detectives have arrested a 55-year-old man in connection with a fatal weekend fight outside a Seattle housing facility. Two residents of the housing facility, located in the 1800 block of Eastlake Avenue, left the facility just before 3 AM Saturday and began fighting one another. The victim, a 47-year-old man, was injured in the fight, and returned to his apartment at the facility. About 10 hours later, staff at the facility notified police that the victim was found in medical distress and was taken to Harborview Medical Center. Police arrested a 55-year-old man who had fought with the victim and booked him into the King County Jail for assault. The 47-year-old man later died from his injuries, leading police to re-book the 55-year-old suspect into jail for Investigation of Homicide. Continue reading

Citizen group looks at six-story development planned for the *other* corner of 23rd and Union

Screen-Shot-2015-03-25-at-9.50.37-AMWednesday night, neighbors and community members interested in future development on they *other* corner of 23rd and Union have an opportunity to meet with the developer behind two projects at the busy Central District intersection thanks to citizen group The Central Area Land Use Review Committee:09-30-15_2220 E Union

CHS reported here on the first design review for the project from Lake Union Partners to build “a six-story, market-rate apartment building” on the site currently home to a 23rd and Union gas station, an urban farm, and Cappy’s Gym (which has moved).

Construction is nearing completion, meanwhile, for the six-story LUP project on the southwest corner.

At the March meeting, the review board voted to move the northwest corner project forward:

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Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 4.35.59 PMThe next — and possibly final — step in the design review process has not yet been scheduled.

Meanwhile, the process to update Seattle’s comprehensive plan continues — including the forward-looking amendment, below, that spells out some of the developmental directions for the area including 23rd and Jackson and the Miller/Madison area. The updates and amendments will be finalized over the coming months before City Council votes in early 2016. Continue reading