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Man found stabbed outside Harvard Market QFC

A man was found stabbed and bleeding outside Capitol Hill’s Harvard Market QFC early Sunday morning.

Seattle Fire and police were called to the scene just before 4 AM to a report of a male with multiple stab wounds to his arms outside the Harvard entrance to QFC near the upper parking lot, according to radio dispatches. Arriving medics found the man in his 20s with several puncture wounds and a deep laceration to his arms. He was rushed to Harborview for further treatment.

Police were investigating the incident and working to determine where the stabbing occurred. According to SPD dispatches, police were looking in the area of the parking lot near the Knights of Columbus building on Union a few blocks from where the victim was found. There was no suspect information broadcast and no immediate arrests.

Police were busy on Harvard for the second night this weekend. Early Saturday morning, police investigated gunfire in the parking lot above the QFC.

This week in CHS history | Macklemore on Broadway, Starbucks 15th Ave protest

The scene on 15th Ave E this week in 2011

The scene on 15th Ave E this week in 2011

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DUI arrest after car plunges into Central District construction site

The scene at MLK and Union Saturday morning. Thanks to Leslie for the photos and tip!

The scene at MLK and Union Saturday morning. Thanks to Leslie for the photos and tip!

IMG_9909A driver was arrested for investigation of DUI after a car carrying the 39-year-old, another adult, and two children plunged around 20 feet after crashing off the roadway, through a fence, and into a construction pit Friday night at MLK and Union.

Seattle Fire rushed to the scene of the 11:21 PM crash to find the car sitting upright on the under-construction foundation of the four-story development underway at the corner. We do not know specifics of any injuries but no additional medical units were called to the scene after the initial response. The car’s four occupants were able to get out of the vehicle on their own, according to Seattle Fire radio reports. Continue reading

Police investigate Broadway/Pike gunfire

For the second weekend in a row, police pushed late night Capitol Hill crowds back inside area venues as officers responded to gunfire in the area.

Early Saturday just before 3 AM, shots rang out from the still busy parking lot above Broadway and Pike. People were seen running from the lot, according to a caller reporting the incident. According to police radio, officers arrived to find a mostly empty lot and three shell casings on the ground.

There was one report of a person who was shot being loaded into a vehicle but no victim was located near the scene. Police stopped a SUV that was reported leaving the lot but we don’t know if any arrests were made. A check of area hospitals was underway.

All information in this report is preliminary and has not yet been confirmed by SPD.

The late night gunfire follows an incident closer to 2 AM closing time last Saturday morning that brought out a huge police response as officers searched for a gunman in the Broadway parking lot behind Mud Bay and across the street from Neighbours. There were no immediate arrests in that incident.

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First look: Manu’s Bodegita brings sandwiches, ceviche, and breakfast tacos to E Madison

Manu Alfau is enjoying the view so far on E Madison (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Manu Alfau is enjoying the view so far on E Madison (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

With a bright coat of Latin American colors and plenty of pickled jalapenos, Manu’s Bodegita is now open, softly, in the E Madison walk-up Little Uncle left behind.

“We’re buddies with PK and Wiley who own Little Uncle,” Manu Alfau said. I told them a long time ago, ‘Hey, if you guys ever think about getting rid of the window, give me a call.’”

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Lennar planning 405 units — and lots of commercial space — at 23rd and Union

New filings from Lennar Multifamily Communities indicate the developer is continuing to move forward with its plans to develop the Midtown Center, a block at 23rd and Union that many see as one of the last major development opportunities in Central Seattle. They also provide the first look at the exact scale of development being planned for the block —  a 405-unit, mixed-use project with nearly 500 parking spots:

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The new documents are part of a process to bring the project into Seattle’s design review process. No review has yet been scheduled.

In June, CHS broke the news on Lennar’s involvement with the 106,000-square-foot property once home to the U.S. Post Office and still busy with tenants including a liquor store and Earl’s Cuts. Company officials have not responded to requests for comment on the project. A representative from Encore Architects, the firm working with Lennar on the project told CHS the early site work was a preliminary study.

There is still no record of a sale for Midtown Center. A $23.5 million deal with another California-based developer, Legacy Partners, fell through earlier this year.

Prior to its 23rd and Union acquisition, Lennar had its sight set on another neighborhood-defining project when it submitted a proposal to develop the Capitol Hill Station “transit oriented development” sites on Broadway. Lennar is in the early stages of developing a mixed-use project at 22nd and E Madison. Meanwhile, the developer is building a 389-unit West Seattle project, The Whittaker, which will include a Whole Foods on the ground floor.

Central Co-op says lease issues behind Tacoma closure

A Central Co-op checker

A Central Co-op checker

Only months after merging with the grocery cooperative, Central Co-op announced Monday it has closed Tacoma’s Central Co-op 6th Ave location after after what it says was a protracted and ultimately unsuccessful negotiation on a new lease:

Dear South-Sound Owners and Community,

Effective July 18, 2016, the Central Co-op 6th Avenue site in Tacoma is closed for business and a search for a new location in the Tacoma area has been initiated. Our Board of Trustees made this decision after months of lease negotiations failed to produce a mutually agreeable set of terms between the landlord and the Cooperative. The closure of the 6th Avenue location is a sad and unexpected turn of events. After years of operating at this location, we were confident that all parties could come to an agreement that would benefit our business, our membership, and the property owner. We continued negotiations until we realized that a solution was beyond our reach and made the decision to close in order to give ourselves time to exit in a responsible manner. Our team is actively evaluating other sites in the Tacoma area with plans to re-open.

Our union contract with UFCW Local 367 includes language for closure and layoffs that will guide our process with the staff of the 6th Avenue location.

We remain committed to our South-Sound membership. Our Co-op’s staff and trustees are focused on finding a new location for our Tacoma operations. Throughout this process we will continue to serve our South-Sound community with events, community partnerships, and regular Co-op news updates. Continue reading

Big news for tiny 15th Ave E restaurant, Teriyaki Madness expanding

(Image: Patricia via Flickr)

(Image: Patricia via Flickr)

A mighty mite of the Capitol Hill food+drink scene is about to get a little bigger.

Hammers are pounding away at 15th Ave E’s Teriyaki Madness as the longtime takeout joint is expanding.

CHS didn’t learn much about the business behind the busy worker-bee food and drink stop but we did confirm that work is underway to expand the teriyaki shop into the space left empty by the exit of a neighboring pot dispensary as the state’s medical marijuana system was merged into its recreational pot economy. Gyro Cafe will continue to operate next door. We’re told Teriyaki Madness Capitol Hill is no relation to the Teriyaki Madness in Kirkland nor a franchise of Teriyaki Madnesses that operate on the West Coast. We don’t know how long it has been operating on 15th Ave E but we expect you’re about to tell us.

The construction permit calls for our Teriyaki Madness to expand into the retail space to its north to add more seating for the tiny but busy walk-up.

The expanded teriyaki joint is in the midst of lots of activity on its busy block of 15th Ave E. Earlier this year, architects from Board and Vellum took over and totally redesigned the old credit union to the north for their new office space. Upstairs, Seattle Area Support Groups and Community Center has settled in to continue its long running mission of building communities around specific HIV issues and other recovery assistance like addiction.

And it’s about to get busier. Permits have been issued to begin construction for the four-story, mixed-used development designed to fill in the old credit union building’s parking lot.

Here’s what group says a safe drug consumption site in Cal Anderson would look like

(Image: VOCAL Washington)

(Image: VOCAL Washington)

You can try to police your way through the mess of drugs in Seattle. You can also try to address some of the health and social issues around addiction head on. One solution advocates are hoping to bring to Seattle are safe consumption sites for drug users. VOCAL Washington’s tour of a mock safe consumption site around Seattle is making stops on Capitol Hill this week. Continue reading

Nobody hurt, big police response after Broadway gunfire — UPDATE

There were no reported injuries early Saturday morning when a gunman opened fire in a Broadway parking lot across from the nightlife crowds of Neighbours and other nearby clubs just after 2 AM.

A huge SPD response filled blocks of Broadway with police cars and officers as police moved patrons inside nearby nightlife venues during the initial response to the gunfire. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, a male with a gun was reported around 2:15 AM in the parking lot behind the Mud Bay pet supply store in the 1500 block of Broadway. A report of shots fired followed.

All information in this report is preliminary and has not yet been confirmed by SPD. UPDATE 9:33 AM: SPD has posted a brief update on the incident:

There were no reported injuries early this morning on Broadway after officers heard several shots fired shortly after bar closing. Just before 2:15 am, Nightlife Emphasis officers working near Broadway and East Pine heard six to seven shots fired just to the north of them. As the officers rushed to investigate, they located a male fleeing the scene. He told officer that an unknown male shot at him and his friend for unknown reasons, but then the victim became uncooperative with the officers. Officers located six shell casings in the parking lot and did observe a broken window to a nearby apartment complex. Officers checked on the resident and determined that they were unharmed. Officers did not locate any injured people. Officers collected the evidence and continue to investigate.

Nobody was reported hit in the gunfire and officers cautiously looked for the suspect in the crowded parking lot. Police provided a limited suspect description via radio of a Middle Eastern male wearing all black but it wasn’t clear where the information had come from. Witnesses provided conflicting descriptions of where the gunman may have fled. Police identified a Mercedes at the scene that may have been associated with the man.

At least one window in the area was reported struck by gunfire.

CHS is not currently aware of any arrests in the incident.

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The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 32,000 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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