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Seattle Fire takes care of Belmont Ave basement kitchen fire — UPDATE: Another Sunday morning fire

The fire marshal was called to investigate a small kitchen fire in a Belmont Ave apartment building that drew a large Seattle Fire response early Sunday. There were no reported injuries.

Firefighters were called to the 1600 block Belmont Ave structure just after 3 AM to a report of a “rubbish fire” and a burning pan in the three-story building’s basement. The small fire was under control after 15 minutes. A person found in the basement level was able to walk out during the response.

We do not yet have details on any damage to the 1914-built, 33-unit apartments. The fire marshal was called to the scene to investigate the blaze.

UPDATE 11:22 AM: 18th/Madison fire
IMG_6240SFD’s Fire Station 25 had a busy Sunday, battling a second apartment fire in the area after smoke was reported billowing from the second floor of the Ponderosa Apartments, a Capitol Hill Housing building on 18th Ave at Madison.

Firefighters had the blaze extinguished within 20 minutes of arriving at the fire first reported just before 11 AM.

The fire was contained to one second-floor unit but SFD was checking other units for possible damage from the flames and the water. The Red Cross was called to assist a male resident whose unit was damaged in the incident.

The fire marshal was called to investigate. There were no serious injuries reported.

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 18,000 19,000 20,000 21,000  22,000 23,000 24,000 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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Also not opening on Capitol Hill: St. Noah — ‘a sk8 bar’

(Images: CHS)

(Images: CHS)

The former E Olive Way home of the Bus Stop will not become “sk8″ bar St. Noah.

We think.

But who can say anymore.

CHS has been fielding questions about what is happening in the space in recent weeks after the convincing-enough tagging went up on the former bar’s window. A check of permits and license applications doesn’t show anything in motion at the site, if you’re still wondering.

The Bus Stop shuttered in spring 2013 and the space has sat empty since.IMG_6218

Shop the Hill 2014: Deals and holiday shopping ideas from 50+ Capitol Hill businesses

LSXhJx_10418904_969449039736317_881034204080337542_nCHS has been supporting Shop the Hill for years now. It started as a mostly last-minute response by a few Capitol Hill shops to the wave of “small and local” holiday shopping promotions from champions of “small business” like American Express and Bank of America. Even University Village is in the game this year. Shop the Hill finally got its act together a little more seriously when the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce got involved two years ago. It is still 100% free for Capitol Hill businesses to be part of. And businesses are still welcome to cut up and modify the posters we print ever year to customize the message and dates of the promotion. I still see the posters from 2012 in use around the neighborhood here and there.

Promotions and messages from local merchants are already being added to capitolhillseattle.com/shopthehill/ along with some business profiles provided this year by the chamber. The grassroots “small and local” shopping guide will continue throughout the holidays but the big focus for Shop the Hill is the weekend after Thanksgiving starting  November 28th:

Shoppers will receive deep discounts and great giveaways at local retailers on Friday, November 28th through Sunday, November 30th. Find what makes Capitol Hill great – unique, unusual and hip offerings. With more than 60 independent businesses expected to participate, the neighborhood is bound to be a mecca for holiday shoppers. Whether hunting for a one-of-a-kind gift for a loved one—or a cherished item for oneself—everyone is bound to find some treat to get them in the spirit.

The roster for this year’s planned promotions for the weekend are below. You’ll find the flyers at stores throughout the area next week. If you’re staying in town for the holiday, consider heading out for a deal or two and a chance to check out some favorites old and new.  Continue reading

SPD uncovers large stash of guns, drugs in Capitol Hill storage facility

Police uncovered a major stockpile of drugs and guns after the drama-filled apprehension of a wanted felon outside a Capitol Hill storage facility last week.

According to SPD, detectives seized two assault rifles, ammunition, stolen credit cards and checkbooks, a dozen stolen laptops, 30 stolen smartphones, passports, expensive handbags, $5,600 cash, power tools, a bicycle, more than 20 fake ID cards, and a motorcycle from inside the man’s 13th Ave storage units. 

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PUNK’D: Starbucks **NOT** creating The Daphne — coffee, coffee and booze, and music — on Capitol Hill in former home of Chop Suey

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

Santa Monica's Hear Music (Image: blocksnap.com)

Santa Monica’s Hear Music (Image: blocksnap.com)

UPDATE 10:53 AM: A company spokesperson said the announcement sent to CHS is “absolutely not true.” CHS apologizes for the mistake in reporting.

UPDATE 3:45 PM: CHS has donated $175 (a nickel per pageview on this rather popular story) to Northwest Harvest to make good (or better) on getting duped. You can donate here.

UPDATE 10:15 AM: We’re working to confirm details. The Starbucks announcement was sent to us by a third party PR agency so have not yet confirmed with company officials.

UPDATE x2 10:24 AM: There are no construction records on file for the address and Starbucks company officials have not yet returned our messages. There are also no records of sale for the property.

UPDATE x3 10:30 AM: The building’s owner says the announcement is “news” to him.

Original report: Global coffee giant Starbucks announced Friday morning it is again ready to launch one of its massive experiments on Capitol Hill. The Chop Suey? It’s no longer for sale.

The Daphne is planned as “the evolution of their entertainment customer experience” and “a one-of-a-kind interactive Starbucks showcase venue” to open on the Hill in 2015. Continue reading

There’s a better use for this: The marquee lights up at 12th Ave Arts

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

IMG_0916UPDATE: With speeches from a stage full of the movers and shakers who made the project happen, artists, and city and state officials, 12th Ave Arts opened its doors Thursday night.

Calling the project a new “center of community life” for Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill Housing CEO Chris Persons thanked the more than 200 capital donors who made the project possible and made way for a long roster of speakers there to introduce the project to the neighborhood. Rep. Frank Chopp got the audience on its feet to applaud “the Seattle spirit” and christened the largest of the two theater spaces in the facility with its first performance — his reading of the James Oppenheim poem Bread and Roses. The dignitaries even threw a few lines to the theater folk. Strawberry Workshop’s Greg Carter said he was ready to get to work in a building emblematic of Capitol Hill — a neighborhood with an environment open to creating “things that don’t make sense.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | Rachel’s Ginger Beer comes home to 12th Ave Arts

This is what happens when you let Capitol Hill people into Pike Place Market (Image: RGB)

This is what happens when you let Capitol Hill people into Pike Place Market (Image: RGB)

Marshall, double fisting (Image: RGB)

Marshall, double fisting (Image: RGB)

Going to dinner and the theater at Capitol Hill’s 12th Ave Arts might not be the fancy-pants event some might expect. Capitol Hill farmers market born and bred Rachel’s Ginger Beer is finally opening a shop in its home neighborhood with a ginger beer and fry bar inside the new affordable housing + East Precinct parking + theater space + nonprofit office space + three food and drink space development.

“That was so a part of the drinking culture,” the Rachel in RGB told CHS while apologizing for being “boring” with a story about traipsing through Europe. “You get a beer and a bowl of fries.”

Hey, anytime there is traipsing involved, we’re interested. Especially when you’re talking les pommes frites.

Oh là là. Rachel Marshall’s latest Capitol Hill joint is slated to open this spring with all the goodness of Rachel’s Ginger Beer plus “a menu of crispy, hand-cut fries and 15 to 20 dipping sauces, including a fancy ranch.” The bar will serve ginger beer-based and carbonated cocktails. The bubbles will tickle. There will be ice cream for floats and, if you’re an animal, dipping fries. And you’ll be able to fill your growler or grab RGB to go.

“What I picture is kind of a place where you can go during the day and really feel comfortable opening your laptop but can also have a drink,” Marshall said. “And we can go into the night.” Continue reading

Blotter | New restaurant suffers $4k burglary in rash of Capitol Hill-area biz break-ins

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

  • Single Shot burglary: A new Capitol Hill restaurant suffered a costly lesson in a weekend break-in. According to the SPD report on the incident, Summit Ave’s Single Shot suffered more than $4,000 in losses after somebody broke into the month-old venue next door to Top Pot Donuts and stole two computers and around $1,000 in cash. Police say the business was found unlocked and a key box located outside the restaurant had been damaged. The report also notes that police were told Single Shot did not yet have an alarm or video surveillance system in place “due to the fact that it had recently opened.”
  • E Union cafe burglary: A cafe in the 2000 block of E Union suffered a $500+ burglary earlier this month after an unknown thief busted the restaurant’s front door sometime over the weekend of November 9th: Continue reading

SPD releases video in search for Seattle U armed robbery suspects, getaway car

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 4.13.18 PMSPD robbery detectives have released security video and are asking the public’s help identifying the suspects and the getaway car in the November 10th armed robbery in a Seattle University parking lot:

Seattle University Robbery Video Released
Detectives are asking for your help finding two suspects and a getaway driver involved in a Seattle University robbery that happened November 11th (sic).

Officers on Wednesday released surveillance video taken from a Seattle University parking lot that shows two people getting out of a yellow Ford Crown Victoria. A few minutes later the suspects can be seen running back to the getaway car. One of the suspects can be seen turning and apparently point a gun at the victim across the parking lot. The car then pulls away and out of view.

Robbery detectives are asking for any information you may have on this case. Please call them directly at 206-684-5561.

Sweatbox trying to hang in until Pike/Pine development means new customers, not torn up streets


(Images: Sweatbox)

10542681_4272840075181_1655506004600303129_oCapitol Hill’s Sweatbox, one of the first purveyors of Bikram Yoga in Seattle, is in a fight for its life to survive years of 10th Ave construction. Thousands of new residents — and potential yoga students — are coming to Pike/Pine. The studio’s Laura Culberg is doing everything she can to hold the pose until they get here.

“We’re just trying to get a breath,” Culberg told CHS.

Culberg said that ongoing construction and torn up streets for infrastructure upgrades to support new Pike/Pine developments have severely damaged Sweatbox’s Capitol Hill business. It’s a similar situation at the other businesses on 10th and 11th just south of E Pike though the likes of Neumos have so far weathered the challenges. There is no public mitigation money for the private projects necessitating the work. Instead, Culberg said she was forced to file a claim with the city asking for more than $11,000 for lost business — one life raft she has been hoping for to help Sweatbox survive the ongoing lean times.

But in the course of reporting this story, CHS had the sorry business of informing Culberg that the city had rejected her claim. Continue reading

911 | Life-threatening injuries in 50-foot fall on 18th Ave

(Image: @jasminemdean)

(Image: @jasminemdean)

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  • 18th Ave fall: A man believed to be in his 30s was found with life-threatening injuries outside a four-story building on 18th Ave just north of Madison Tuesday afternoon. Police and Seattle Fire were called to the scene just before 2 PM in a response in which medics worked for nearly 40 minutes to stabilize the victim before transporting him to Harborview. Police were working to sort out the circumstances of the fall. Seattle Fire described the man’s injuries as life threatening. Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s Value Village building — auto row-era home of Kelly-Springfield Motor Truck Company — considered for Seattle landmark protection

The building in 1937

The building in 1937

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 12.40.15 PMMaybe this one will be different. The 11th Ave auto row-era home to Value Village and lined up to be part of a massive, mixed-use office and retail development is slated to come before the Seattle Landmarks Review Board this week.

Dubbed the Kelly-Springfield Motor Truck Company building for its first tenant after construction in 1917, the property will be weighed against six “designation standards” in a hearing Wednesday afternoon to determine if it worthy of moving to the nomination round of the process. Public comment is part of the hearing.

CHS asked developer Legacy Commercial about the landmark application but a representative did not reply with comment. UPDATE: A Legacy spokesperson tells CHS the company’s hopes are for the board to determine the property is not a landmark:

Legacy elected to be proactive in addressing the City’s request for the Landmark’s Board to review the site, to provide additional clarity during the planning process. The review is an important component of working in the Pike Pine Triangle. However, we are hoping that the site is not determined to be a landmark to provide us the opportunity to realize our vision and the neighborhood’s vision for the block.

The hearing comes amid increasing recognition of the economic and cultural value of preserving older buildings intact in neighborhoods like Pike/Pine where a “conservation overlay” provides incentives to developers for including the components of historic buildings in modern structures. The auto row building is planned to join the neighboring White Motor Company building at 11th and Pine — currently home to The Stranger and the Rhino Room — as part of a development taking advantage of these incentives to create a 75-foot tall office building above street-level commercial space.

The landmark nomination is a required part of the development process and, if designated, won’t necessarily rule the old building out for redevelopment. Even so, the odds aren’t in favor of the building making the cut. Recent Capitol Hill properties falling short of the board’s protection include The Pinevue Apartments building and 11th Ave’s Hugo House.

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