Cops ask for more lights around Cal Anderson during Pike/Pine crackdown


The Murray administration is dusting off one of the public safety experiments from the McGinn camp’s attempts to quell Capitol Hill crime.

A Seattle Parks rep tells CHS that the lights around Cal Anderson’s sports field will be left on until 2:30 AM on weekend nights for the coming weeks:

We will leave the lights on at Bobby Morris Playfield until 2:30 a.m. this weekend and next. The lights will remain on early Saturday mornings, 9/13 and 9/20, and early Sunday mornings, 9/14 and 9/21.

The representative tells CHS the move comes at the request of SPD as it increases patrols, has officers walking the beat, and has brought in gang units to attempt to calm spiking street crime numbers in the neighborhood. “The short-term strategy is obviously we’re saturating this place not just with precinct resources but with city-wide resources,” SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole told CHS about the efforts around Pike/Pine. “The long-term strategy is that we’re developing a community policing plan for every neighborhood of the city.”

In 2013, Mayor Mike McGinn’s office was credited with the idea to keep all of the park’s lights on overnight as street crime also spiked that summer. But the “experiment” was brought to an end in November as officials said they had “not been able to conclude that having the lights on at night was an effective deterrent to crime” and that the lighting caused neighbors to complain. There were also issues with inappropriate use of the park at night.

Cal Anderson is open to the public from 4 AM to 11:30 PM but many people walk through the green space — and hang out there — at all hours.

We have questions out to Parks about the decision including what it would take to make the extra lighting a permanent schedule.

After $15 minimum wage fight, Broadway cheesecake shop The Confectional pares back

Seattle sweet shop The Confectional has closed retail operations at its Broadway store citing a “restructuring.”

A sign in the window at 618 Broadway E spelled it out:

Thanks to Jackson for the picture

Thanks to Jackson for the picture

The move comes after the mini-cheesecake mini-chain caused a stir in the minimum wage debate earlier this year when its ownership said an immediate $15 an hour wage increase would force the Broadway dessert shop to close and the company would need to lay off of half of its staff.

In March, as CHS readers brainstormed ways to help The Confectional stay in business on Broadway, owner Destiny Sund said the company employed 11 people at its three locations with six employees working at the Broadway shop and kitchen. Sund said her Broadway location had been “struggling” and foot traffic had been less than expected when The Confectional brought its mini-cheesecake concept to Capitol Hill in 2011.

In June, Mayor Ed Murray came to Capitol Hill to sign Seattle’s new minimum wage into law. The long march to $15 per hour begins in 2015.

While the closure leaves the business still operating its kitchen in the neighborhood, the loss of the retail component on high-rent Broadway seems a significant blow to The Confectional’s Capitol Hill presence. We’ll see if we can learn more about the company’s long-term plans for the space.

UPDATE: Co-owner Sund declined to comment on the situation citing ongoing lease negotiations.

Firefighters called to rescue after men fall in 15th/Pine sewer hole

IMG_5448IMG_5461Seattle Fire continued its busy day on Capitol Hill with a rescue callout to 15th and Pine Thursday night after two men reportedly wandered onto an unfamiliar property and fell into an open sewer construction hole.

The call just after 7 PM brought a ladder truck and police to the building at the northeast corner of the intersection. By 7:35 PM, one man had walked out while the other was rescued by firefighters using their truck’s ladder fitted with a hoist to rope the man up.

A witness tells CHS that two apparently inebriated men busted through a fence onto the condo building property and proceeded to fall into the about 10-foot deep sewer hole.

The victim lifted from the hole was being evaluated for injuries by medical personnel. We’ll check in with SPD to see if the victim was cited for entering the property.

CHS Video | Capitol Hill + gentrification + power pop = Bridge to Hawaii

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I’m guessing not the destinations that you had in mind
Your brain’s unraveling, the endless traveling
And you can’t go up, jump into the ocean

Tacocat’s newly released video for their song Bridge to Hawaii is a Capitol Hill classic: Bummed out people in the rain bitching about buildings getting torn down get together for a Rav 4 Geo Tracker Hawaii party. Happens. All. The. Time.

h/t to @whitnud and, of course, @TacocaTs.

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Man falls onto vehicle on I-5, traps driver inside

Seattle Fire was just wrapping up a massive response to a Bellevue Ave E apartment building fire as another emergency situation broke out below in the southbound lanes of I-5.

According to Seattle Fire radio, police and automobile rescue units were dispatched around 1 PM to I-5 near the convention center where a man had fallen onto a car below, trapping the driver inside.

Both victims were reported to be alive as Seattle Fire responded. We will update when we learn more about their conditions and what lead to the fall.

Last Friday morning, a man fell more than 50 feet onto an I-5 exit from the Pine street overpass. It was not known what lead to that fall in an area near where many homeless people camp along the interstate.

UPDATE: Seattle Police says the victim who fell is a woman. We have updated the post above to reflect the new information. UPDATE x2: Our initial information was correct. The Washington State Patrol says the victim who fell was a man who either fell or jumped from Spring Street. The driver of the vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital. The victim that either jumped or fell suffered critical injuries and was also transported from the scene. UPDATE x3: SFD says it transported the driver in his 70s from the scene with non-life threatening neck and back injuries suffered when the man who fell hit his windshield. Fire calls the second victim a “jumper” and says he is a 25-year-old male who suffered life-threatening injuries.

Resources to help those in need: National suicide-prevention hotline: 800-SUICIDE. Local Crisis Clinic: (206) 461-3222

Seattle Fire battles two-alarm Bellevue Ave E apartment building fire — UPDATE: ‘improperly discarded smoking materials’

(Image: Lisa Drogin)

(Image: Lisa Drogin)

Seattle Fire battled a challenging apartment building fire in the 300 block of Bellevue Ave E Thursday morning.

The fire could be seen shooting flames from the top of the five-story brick building at 305 Bellevue Ave E. The fire was first reported just before noon. A column of dark black smoke churned into the air and could be seen from across the city.

We do not have any information about reported injuries or damage at this time.

The Roy Vue Carroll Kensington building was constructed in 1908 according to King County Records.

Seattle Fire categorized the blaze as a two-alarm fire indicating a higher than usual level of resources committed to the response. Around 90 firefighters were part of the response.

The Red Cross said it was dispatching its disaster response team to assess needs and provide assistance.

The fire marshall has been called to the scene to investigate. UPDATE: Seattle Fire says  “improperly discarded smoking materials” on the deck caused an estimated $25,000 damage to the building’s roof and also caused a propane tank to explode. There were no injuries.

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Are your new Capitol Hill streetlights too bright? At least they’re not ‘zombie blue’

19th Ave E, illuminated (Image: CHS)

19th Ave E, illuminated (Image: CHS)

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In an initiative born after pilot tests right here on Capitol Hill, Seattle has been replacing its streetlights with new LED bulbs over the past five years.

This summer, the southern segment of Zone 3 got the treatment with the installation of the new “48 to 62 percent lower energy consumption”-achieving bulbs across the single-family home neighborhoods of North Capitol Hill.

CHS guesstimates we’ve seen a resulting “48 to 62 percent” uptick in complaints emailed to us that the new bulbs are “too bright.”

“It’s like the moon is parked outside our house,” one reader complains.

Seattle City Light spokesperson Scott Thomsen said moonlight was the idea:

The most obvious change with the new lights is the color. The new lights are similar to moonlight while the old high-pressure sodium lights had a warmer, amber tone to them. When you first experience the change, it is very noticeable and can draw your attention to the light. When you look directly at it, you get a greater feeling of brightness. After a few weeks, the color becomes more familiar, draws less attention and generates fewer complaints.

Capitol Hill residents, Thomsen reminds, were partly responsible for the new moonlight stretching across the city. During the pilot tests of new lights around the Hill, Thomsen said one bulb variant stood out as being a “no way” option

“The biggest complaints were reserved for test lights that were even cooler in color, that some in Capitol Hill referred to as ‘zombie blue,’” he tells us. “We listened to them and chose the moonlight color they preferred.”

Overall, Thomsen says City Light has had complaints on less than 4% of the LED streetlight installations.

“If a customer is experiencing a problem, they can contact us,” Thomsen said. “Our streetlight team will visit the location to review the situation and put together a plan for any corrections that might be needed.”

You can learn more and report issues here.

City Light Rate Increases
Thursday at 6 PM at the Yesler Community Center, Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant is hosting a public forum on proposed City Light rate increases:

Come discuss Seattle City Light’s proposed rate increases. Help build a movement to reduce rates for working families and people on fixed incomes, while making corporations and the super-wealthy pay their fair share.

 

On the List | Capitol Hill Art Walk, Fall Plant Sale, Gilda’s 5k Run/Walk, Puget Soundtrack, Farmers Market

Michelle Smith-Lewis at Ghost Gallery

Michelle Smith-Lewis at Ghost Gallery

Kathryn Lien at Blindfold

Kathryn Lien at Blindfold

Start  your weekend with the Capitol Hill Art Walk on Thursday. Pick from more than 30 venues, or try to hit them all. Dare you.  Highlights of this month’s walk: Northwest Film Forum‘s Screen Shots featuring new video art, Wage Slaves: Tales from the Grind (art and author readings) at Office Nomads, street art and live music at Sunset Electric, wet paint and macro photography at Ghost Gallery, a sexy trivia cocktail party at Babeland, and Penis Envy II at TMRW PARTY. Check the Art Walk’s Facebook page for last minute updates.

The first annual Red Door 5K Run / Walk to benefit Gilda’s Club Family Programs is at Cal Anderson park on Saturday. Registration (free!) starts at 7:30am, a kids dash is at 8:30am, and the 5k starts at 9:00am. Read more about Gilda’s Club and the 5K  here, and a century of the Broadway building’s history here.

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Fall is for planting! The annual Friends of the Conservatory Fall Plant Sale takes place at the Dahlia Garden near the Volunteer Park Conservatory on Saturday 10am – 3pm.

The 3rd annual Drinkin’ Lincoln Bar Crawl starts at Montana on Saturday, 8pm. Join in with your own beard and black hat or plan to avoid.

VoxMod_245_featureSaturday evening Northwest Film Forum launches a new music movie series Puget Soundtrack, in which Seattle musicians and bands are selected to create a live score for a film of their choosing. First up: local animator and electronic musician Vox Mod (also of Lazer Kitty) sets his encyclopedia sci-fi knowledge loose on a mystery title.

The Capitol Hill Broadway Farmers Market  at Broadway and Pine is every Sunday, every week, 11am – 3pm.  Look for those fantastic fractal-like flowers – dahlias – to make a strong appearance in those $5 and $10 bouquets this week.

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

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After two years of business on E Pike, Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty muscles up Atomic Cosmetics production

A model shows off some Dr. Jen colors (Image: Atomic Cosmetics via Facebook)

A model shows off some Dr. Jen colors (Image: Atomic Cosmetics via Facebook)

(Images: Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty)

Armed with dramatic lip colors, bold eye shadow pallets, and luxurious body care products, Dr. Jen, as she’s known around Capitol Hill, has plans in place to streamline her neighborhood-based Atomic Cosmetics production with new makeup machinery.

With an eye shadow press, lipstick machine, and eyeliner pencil machine, Jen Dietrich says her growing E Pike company will be able to simplify a process currently done in her open lab that’s super labor intensive.

Formerly located within Retail Therapy, she’s since opened her Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty shop on the corner of Pike and Boylston, turning what was once a smoke shop into a toxin-free cosmetics lab and house of beauty thanks in part to glitter, chandeliers, and loads of pink.

“I wasn’t really sure how Seattle was going to respond to an open lab, but people love it. I can tell you I’m making this non-toxic makeup, but you’re actually watching me make it.” Continue reading

Montlake, here are the plans for your 520 ‘short lid,’ new Portage Bay Bridge

"The revised Montlake Lid design proposes a landbridge connection across SR 520," WSDOT says.

“The revised Montlake Lid design proposes a landbridge connection across SR 520,” WSDOT says.

It’s all 520 to you and me but WSDOT has tackled the replacement of the highway’s path from I-5 and Montlake across Lake Washington to the Eastside in segments as it coordinates construction schedules with Olympia’s wrangling over transportation budgets. Thursday, neighbors in Montlake will get their first public views of the latest plans for the as-of-yet unfunded “new Portage Bay Bridge between I-5 and Montlake, a highway overpass lid in Montlake, and enhanced highway-corridor connections to neighborhoods and local shared-use paths for bicyclists and pedestrians.”

20140905-004403-2643287Community site Montlake.net is watching:

WSDOT is coming to the neighborhood on Thursday, September 11th with new plans for a shorter Montlake Lid — and high hopes of getting enough state funding next year to finish the SR-520 Replacement project through Seattle. Since the last design update in 2012, WSDOT has partnered with the City of Seattle to respond to critical public feedback asking for better pedestrian and bicycle access.

Neighbors will be particularly interested in changes being discussed to a planned lid covering the highway:

Previous plans from 2012 call for a 1400-foot-long landscaped lid over the future 520 from Montlake Blvd to Montlake’s eastern shoreline. This new plan calls for a much shorter 800-foot-long lid from a wee bit west of Montlake Blvd to 24th Ave East (the ex-MOHAI overpass). Goodbye eastern lid.

The plans will also include concepts for a bicycle-and-pedestrian-only bascule bridge over the Montlake Cut.

After community feedback in previous outreach sessions, WSDOT planners have also incorporated a “multi-use” trail for bikers and pedestrians as part of the proposed new Portage Bay Bridge portion of the 520 replacement.

Community organizers are asking for more support Thursday night:

Community meeting this Thu – 520 plans. Make your voice heard!

Open House about the new 520 plans Thursday Sept. 11 at Montlake Community Center, from 4:30 to 7 pm. State Department of Transportation will present its new plans for pedestrian and bicycle access, and traffic mitigation – these will have a big effect on community quality throughout Capitol Hill, Montlake, Madrona and Madison neighborhoods. WSDOT staff, consultants, key SDOT and DPD staff and mayor office representatives as well as council members will be there. They need to hear a full range of diverse opinions before the proposal makes it way to Olympia.

"A cable stay bridge is one of two bridge types under consideration" for Portage Bay, according to WSDOT

“A cable stay bridge is one of two bridge types under consideration” for Portage Bay, according to WSDOT

The replacement projects are part of a massive overhaul of the 520 floating bridge. Construction of the Eastside elements is nearing completion as the floating bridge work continues. In March, CHS reported on the start of work on the so-called West Approach Bridge North section of the bridge. The $300 million federally funded westbound section will have three lanes and include a pedestrian and bike path that will eventually connect to a path all the way across Lake Washington. The eastbound section — a south bridge — is part of more than a billion dollars in 520 replacement projects yet to be funded.

CHS Pics | Cal Anderson bubble soccer

(Images: Lorn Fant)

(Images: Lorn Fant)

BreatherSunday night at Cal Anderson, teams of players wrapped in giant bubbles played a peculiar sort of soccer. All that falling down? Those weren’t dives. And no red cards were issued. That was Bubble Futbol — part of a tournament celebrating community group and event organizer The World is Fun:

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The World is Fun is excited to bring Bubble Fütbol to Seattle as part of our 5 Year Anniversary Celebration Weekend and we want you to be part of the fun!

The World is Fun is excited to bring Bubble Fütbol to Seattle as part of our 5 Year Anniversary Celebration Weekend and we want you to be part of the fun!

The beautiful game? Not so much. But it does look like a chiropractor’s dream.  You can see the fun *in motion* — below. Continue reading

Developer says Capitol Hill apartment building ready for tenants despite $500k+ construction lawsuit

(Images: CHS)

(Images: CHS)

IMG_5425A color problem briefly brought one E Union development project to a halt earlier this year – a $500,000+ problem has put the development of another E Union apartment project into what the developer says will only be a short limbo even as the more than $11 million construction of the six-story building is mostly complete and marketing for new tenants already started.

CHS has learned that a King County judge ruled late last month that a construction company holding a major lien on the mostly completed Evolve Apartments project at 10th and Union is owed hundreds of thousands of dollars and can proceed with a foreclosure on the property if the developer behind the project does not pay up.

Despite the ruling, the developer tells CHS the building is open and already home to tenants. Continue reading

With eye on 2016 Capitol Hill light rail, plans readied to integrate Metro, Sound Transit service — UPDATE

Escalators leading up to mezzanine level of the UW light rail station (Image: CHS)

Escalators leading up to mezzanine level of the UW light rail station (Image: CHS)

King County Executive Dow Constantine will be at the University of Washington light rail station construction site Wednesday afternoon to announce the “initial results” of planning “to integrate services provided by the region’s two largest transit agencies” — King County’s Metro and Sound Transit.

“It is essential for transit agencies with overlapping jurisdictions to fully integrate their services, and provide them to the public as efficiently as possible,” Constantine said in a statement on the planning earlier this summer following his executive order forcing the process. “Long term, our transportation future requires both adequate revenue and continuous innovation to expand service. This initiative advances the innovation half of that equation.”

UPDATE: The release plan includes possible proposals to revise Metro Route 8 and create or revise Capitol Hill routes to better connect the Broadway light rail station to South Lake Union and First Hill. More details below. Continue reading

Mayor plans ‘Find It, Fix It’ visit to Capitol Hill as increased Pike/Pine patrols continue

Murray on one of Seattle's new Pronto share bikes at this week's unveiling of 2nd Ave safety upgrades (Image: Office of the Mayor)

Murray on one of Seattle’s new Pronto share bikes at this week’s unveiling of 2nd Ave safety upgrades (Image: Office of the Mayor)

We found him this weekend on the frontline of SPD’s anti-crime push on Capitol Hill – having a drink with local business owner Dave Meinert. In a community walk next week, Mayor Ed Murray will be out and about in his home neighborhood to take on some of the other, perhaps less exciting aspects of public safety.

A Capitol Hill “Find It, Fix It” walk is scheduled for the night of Wednesday, September 17th.

A spokesperson for the mayor’s office said details for the Capitol Hill walk won’t be readied until closer to the event. The mayor has participated in a series of the gatherings that involve neighbors, business owners, and community representatives going out onto neighborhood streets together to talk about problems from drug use to potholes. Murray’s next session is Thursday in the International District starting at 6 PM.

City Council member Bruce Harrell, Seattle Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole, and “department representatives” will also be on hand:

At the events, community residents, police, and city officials walk together to identify physical disorder and solve it. As a result of these walks, Seattle City Light, the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Department of Planning and Development, and Seattle Public Utilities have worked – and continue to work – to make improvements in Seattle’s neighborhoods. Watch videos, view photos and read actions taken as a result of these walks at: http://murray.seattle.gov/finditfixit

At next Wednesday’s planned Capitol Hill walk, Murray is expected to include the central E Pike core in his tour and Cal Anderson Park. Expect talk about Pike/Pine’s dumpsters and Cal Anderson’s trees and lighting. Also expect a community safety focus following the assignment of gang units and stepped up patrols to the area following a spike in street crime. In a message on Twitter Tuesday night, the department said foot patrols in the Pike/Pine area were continuing.

SPD says its approach to quelling Capitol Hill crime will be data-driven -- here are some hotspots for crime

SPD says its approach to quelling Capitol Hill crime will be data-driven — here are some hotspots for crime

UPDATE 9/16/2014: The mayor’s office is out with the official itinerary:

Neighbors invited to Capitol Hill ‘Find It, Fix It’ Community Walk

SEATTLE (Sept. 16, 2014) – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s ‘Find It, Fix It’ Community Walk, focused on several crime hotspots, makes its way to Seattle’s Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Sept. 17. This is the eighth walk hosted by the mayor in neighborhoods around the city.

At the events, community residents, police, and city officials walk together to identify physical disorder and solve it. As a result of these walks, Seattle City Light, the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Department of Planning and Development, and Seattle Public Utilities have worked – and continue to work – to make improvements in Seattle’s neighborhoods. Watch videos, view photos and read actions taken as a result of these walks at: http://murray.seattle.gov/finditfixit

Capitol Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk:
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

E. Olive St. and 11th Ave.

Meet at Cal Anderson Park Shelterhouse (Map)

6:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Short program featuring Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole and department representatives. 

6:45 – 8:00 p.m.
Walk commences along the following route:

  • East on E. Olive St.
  • South on 12th Ave.
  • West on E. Pike St.
  • North on Broadway
  • East on E. Howell St.

8:00 p.m.
Walk concludes and department representatives are available for follow-up questions.

For more information on Murray’s public safety strategy for Seattle, visit http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/public-safety-strategy-for-seattle.

Yup, that new iPhone 6 will also get you robbed in Pike/Pine

Rounded edges. Larger screen. But still no kill switch. Apple announced the latest “new features” for its iPhone smartphone line Tuesday. Once again, there was nothing that will help change the game when it comes to discouraging smartphone thieves. The phones are worth hundreds of dollars each — and nearly everybody walking across Capitol Hill is carrying one.

“10 years ago you could not guarantee that almost every person on the street had something worth $400 to $500 in their pockets,” SPD spokesperson Detective Drew Fowler tells CHS about one of the major drivers behind the return of the summer crime spike to Capitol Hill.

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High Voltage wants to keep the music going on E Pike

(Images: Rayna Stackhouse for CHS)

(Images: Rayna Stackhouse for CHS)

_DSC0964The closure of Platinum Records on E Pike is another moment of change for the entertainment culture of Pike/Pine. Those still rocking like High Voltage music and repair shop might feel like they’re the last ones standing.

“We don’t have everything under the sun but it’s really cool that the community wants this place to succeed,” said Pam Sternin.

Sternin says many phone calls she receives are people asking if High Voltage carries certain equipment before they buy from Guitar Center. But the abundance of musicians and music lovers and lack of stores and repair shops on Capitol Hill keep High Voltage buzzing with business which is getting better as the store moves out of its infancy.

The owners have transformed the space in the past two years taking DIY to heart. They added a new wall and stairs to a second floor full of desks and equipment parts where Tanner Brewer repairs amps. Continue reading

Capitol Hill theater group crowdfunding special effects for first production at 12th Ave Arts

Last week, we showed you inside the major Capitol Hill theater and development project opening this fall at 12th Ave Arts. One of the companies that will be resident in the 12th Ave Arts theater facilities is looking for community support for the high-concept live theater special effects planned as part of its first show in the Studio Theater. The $3,210 pitch from the Washington Ensemble Theatre is above. You can learn more and pitch in here:

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 2.48.00 PMIn January 2015, The Ensemble will open the 12th Ave Arts building with the world premiere of Josh Conkel’s darkly hilarious Sprawl. Cornish alum and writer of The Ensemble’s eighth season smash success Milk, Milk, Lemonade, Conkel’s Sprawl nestles a group of friends and frenemies in a Washington suburban model home for a book club meeting only to have them witness the brutally campy end of the world. Part Mars Attacks and part Serial Mom, Sprawl reminds us that beneath suburban tranquility there are nasty secrets that are wickedly laughable. This production continues and expands The Ensemble’s legacy of big, wild design elements as it requires flying alien insects, battle robots, and crystals that sprout from the ground before our eyes! The questions is: how do we make this playwright’s vision come to life in the most thrilling way possible for our community? This November, the Ensemble will spend a week in a warehouse space experimenting with giant puppets, remote control robots, and motion capture video projection technology. Our goal is to develop new methods of integrating cutting-edge technology with existing theatre traditions, and we can’t do it without your help! With $3,000, we’ll be able to pay for the space, purchase robots, small drones, and reimburse our artists for their time.

 

Sound Transit issues clarifications for Capitol Hill Station development proposals as cost concerns mount

Lots of concrete got pumped in to help complete Capitol Hill Station this spring and summer. Lots of money will need to be pumped in to complete the "transit oriented development" around the station (Image: Sound Transit)

Lots of concrete got pumped in to help complete Capitol Hill Station this spring and summer. Lots of money will need to be pumped in to complete the “transit oriented development” around the station (Image: Sound Transit)

As the projected start date for construction of the apartment complexes and businesses that will populate the area surrounding the Capitol Hill light rail station approaches in coming years, Sound Transit has released clarifications of many of the rules governing how the short-list of potential developers will outline project proposals for the developments. According to Cathy Hillenbrand of the Capitol Hill Champion community group, Sound Transit has provided new information about how the proposals will be graded and selected as well as aspects of the design process.

“What I’ve been hearing is that the developers will be having to spend a couple hundred thousand dollars if not more just to complete these proposals just because of the level of design-detail Sound Transit wants,” said Hillenbrand. “So if you’re one of the six teams competing for Site A, that’s not a great percentage of chance for winning, so are you going to lay out hundreds of thousands of dollars for that?”CHStation-TOD-area-600x467-1 Continue reading