Capitol Hill Community Post | Pike People Street Returns this Summer

From SDOT

We are excited to announce Pike People Street 2017! Every Saturday in July and August, designated blocks in the Pike/Pine neighborhood will become pedestrian-only streets from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. We’ll also be creating more space for pedestrian activity on the second Thursdays of the month to coincide with the Capitol Hill Art Walk from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Pike People Street 2017 dates:

Saturday Pike People Streets, 6 p.m. – 3 a.m.

  • July 1, 2017
  • July 8, 2017
  • July 15, 2017
  • July 29, 2017
  • August 5, 2017
  • August 12, 2017
  • August 19, 2017
  • August 26, 2017

*No event on July 22, 2017 because of Capitol Hill Block Party

 Art Walk People Streets, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • July 13, 2017
  • August 10, 2017

The concept for a pedestrian street program started from community interest in testing a pedestrian street closure in Pike-Pine. After two years of testing, observations, surveying, and hearing community feedback, we’re expanding the program to run more consistently this summer. We compiled all of your feedback into the Pike People Street 2016 Report + 2017 Work Plan and came up with the following Program Goals:

1. Provide a pedestrian environment in Pike/Pine that is comfortable, safe, accessible, and responsive to the needs of the local community Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | GiveBIG to Country Doctor Community Health Centers

From Country Doctor

Mark your calendar
Wednesday May 10, 2017 
The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to local nonprofits.
This year all funds raised will support our capital campaign.  The redevelopment of the Betty Lee will make way for an eight-chair dental facility co-housed with many additional services. 2/3 of patients surveyed do not currently have access to dental care.  You can help change that!

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RIP, Broadway Sleep Train

Breaking news from Broadway. The chain that inspired one of the largest WTF? storms in CHS history when it arrived on Capitol Hill in 2016 is no longer. Sleep Train is gone. Welcome our new retail bedding manufacturer overlords, Mattress Firm.

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Murray drops reelection bid amid sex abuse scandal

Murray at 2017’s AIDS Walk. Sources say the mayor won’t seek reelection (Image: CHS)

A sex abuse scandal will bring down Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s administration and seems likely to put an end to his more than 20-year political career.

Multiple sources are reporting that a morning meeting at City Hall informed insiders that Murray will finish his term as Seattle mayor but will not continue his run for reelection as he battles a lawsuit over allegations he sexually abused a teen in the 1980s. Murray called for a press conference Tuesday morning at Alki Beach, “the site of the landing of the first white settlers in Seattle on a cold, stormy day in November of 1851.”

UPDATE 10:52 AM: An emotional Murray announced his decision in West Seattle saying it was time to look to the city’s future. “The scandal surrounding them is hurting me and this city,” Murray said in the address.

The decades-old scandal involving Murray in his 30s as a young, Capitol Hill apartment resident, began unfolding this spring in a lawsuit brought against Murray by a victim who alleged the future mayor plied him with drugs and paid for sex with the teen he met on a neighborhood bus. Murray, now 61, denied the allegations and accused the victim and lawyer Lincoln C. Beauregard of being part of a political conspiracy attacking the city’s first openly gay mayor. Despite his deep roots in the state’s Democratic establishment, support for Murray in the face of the allegations was mostly quiet as the mayor’s reelection campaign raised concerns over its attacks on the alleged victim’s character. Meanwhile, calls for the powerful mayor to step down were few and far between.

After 18 years serving in the legislature in Olympia, Murray cruised to easy victory in November 2013, becoming Seattle’s mayor over incumbent Mike McGinn thanks in part to strong support on his home turf in the Capitol Hill neighborhood where the champion of LGBTQ civil rights has made his home since the ’80s. In past conversations, Murray has told CHS about his time as a tenant on Capitol Hill where he said he rented for 15 years before buying his North Capitol Hill home where he lives today with spouse Michael Shiosaki.

McGinn has joined a scramble of candidates who have entered the now incumbent-less race to replace Murray. While some like social equity and civil rights activist Nikkita Oliver stepped forward before the abuse scandal unfolded, other more establishment players like State Senator Bob Hasegawa are expected to jump in with Murray stepping aside.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Survey: Central Ridge & Lowell-Meany Neighborhood Greenways – Route Options

Thank you for taking the time to give us your input. This questionnaire is open through May 17, 2017.

What’s a neighborhood greenway?
Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets for you, your family, neighbors and customers. On streets with low car volumes and speeds, a greenway can:

  • Improve safety
  • Help people cross busy streets
  • Discourage cut-through traffic
  • Protect the residential character of our neighborhoods
  • Keep speeds low
  • Get people to where they want to go; places like parks, schools, shops and restaurants
Questions or additional comments? Reach out to Dan. 

Dan Anderson | CentralRidge@seattle.gov | (206) 684-8105

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16th/Madison shooting adds to Seattle gun violence spike

The week’s spike in gun violence across Seattle continued overnight with a shooting in the gas station parking lot at 16th and Madison that sent a male victim to the hospital with wounds to his upper back and leg.

Police were called to the area of 16th and Madison around 12:45 AM after 911 callers reported hearing multiple gunshots in the area. Officers found the victim in the Shell station parking lot at 16th and Madison conscious but “very uncooperative,” according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

Callers reported seeing a light colored or silver vehicle speed from the scene after the gunfire. Minutes after the E Madison shooting, SPD was called to more gunfire reported around 18th and Marion but there were no reports of injuries.

SPD says the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries in the shooting and that the department’s gang unit is investigating the incident.

The early Sunday morning incident joins a spate of gun violence across the city ending a week that included five shooting victims in three days. The E Madison victim made six and another man shot later near Beacon Hill bumped the tally to seven by Sunday dawn. Earlier this week, SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole said the department is working with its federal law enforcement partners to tackle the latest wave of gun violence.

“We are outraged by the gun violence, and neither our department nor our community will tolerate it. We have been working consistently with our federal, state, and county partners, and convened a meeting today to redouble our efforts,” O’Toole said in a statement.

The shooting victims include a couple in their 70s caught in the crossfire of a shootout along MLK early on May 4th and a deadly shooting May 3rd in a parking lot along Rainier that took the life of a young woman.

Protect Volunteer Park group appeals Seattle Asian Art Museum decision

A citizens group seeking to put up a major barrier to the $49 million plan to overhaul the infrastructure of the 1933-built Seattle Asian Art Museum and expand it 3,600 square feet into its home Volunteer Park is looking for public support — and funding — for its last-ditch appeal against the project:

On June 7th a hearing examiner will consider our appeal and we are preparing to provide as much expert testimony as needed to illuminate the threats to Volunteer Park and the museum building. The Protect Volunteer Park team has retained the prominent, environmental attorney David Bricklin of Bricklin Newman LLP. Thus far, our team has been donating their time and energy as well as the funds for months of legal counsel. We now need more financial help, so we can keep protecting the park from the museum expansion.

The appeal from the group calling itself Protect Volunteer Park asks the Hearing Examiner to require a costly environmental impact study for the project, reversing a decision from the city’s planning department.

The project is planned to begin construction by the end of this year has been designed to expand the 1933-built museum more than 13,000 square feet by extending the backside of the building 3,600 square feet into the park. The museum will add more display space to represent South Asia and India as well as fix infrastructure issues including a climate control system and seismic upgrades, while making the museum ADA accessible. In February, officials put the museum project back in motion after a brief pause.

While hearings in front of the examiner are open to the public there is no opportunity for public comment beyond the testimony of the appellant and the applicant.

Learn more about Protect Volunteer Park at protectvolunteerpark.org. For more about SAAM’s plans for expansion, visit seattleartmuseum.org/inspire.

Family still looking for answers in unsolved death of Devan Schmidt

This week marks two years since the death of Devan Schmidt.

The 29-year-old died inside a Madison Valley home on May 2nd, 2015. The medical examiner was unable to determine a cause and manner of death but noted that the investigation scene and circumstances around her death were “concerning for homicidal violence,” and asphyxia “could not be ruled out,” according to documents provided by a family member to CHS.

Her family has continued to seek justice and the Seattle Police Department case remains open.

Schmidt’s loved ones sent CHS the following statement and are asking for help in finding out what happened that May 2nd morning in Madison Valley.

It has been two years as of today that our beloved daughter, sister, auntie, and friend’s life was abruptly taken away. Devan C. Schmidt will always be remembered as a woman who loved life, adventure, family, friends, laughing, being silly, a good book to read, and dancing in the rain. She is loved and missed by many and will never be forgotten. We still have many unanswered questions and ask that anybody who has information regarding her death or the circumstances surrounding it, please contact the SPD homicide division.

— Friends and family of Devan Schmidt

If you can provide information, call the SPD homicide tip line at (206) 684-8763.

Capitol Coffee Works debuts on E Pike

The “caffeine revolutionaries” have arrived. Capitol Coffee Works, the newest expansion in the Seattle Coffee Works family, is ready to open on E Pike.

Designed by Atelier Drome architects, co-founder Pipo Bui told CHS the small 20-foot by 40-foot space will be about “serious coffee” and a place to drink and talk about the brews. “This is not going to be like a sandwich place,” she said. “It’s going to require a level of sophistication from Coffee Works to make it happen.”

The space was previously the condo sales office for First Hill’s Luma project.

You can learn more at facebook.com/CapitolCoffeeWorks.

$14M deal for Elliott Bay Book Company building

A prime piece of Pike/Pine’s commercial past and present has a new owner. A company associated with the Keeler Investment Group, an investor in “Pacific Northwest-based, early stage, private equity and real estate opportunities,” for $14 million, according to King County records.

Longtime owner Capitol Hill-based Hunters Capital announced the sale Monday of the Ford Building, the 97-year-old former auto row warehouse now home to Elliott Bay Book Company, the Little Oddfellows cafe, and upscale fashion retailer Totokaelo

In March, Hunters officials told CHS they had a letter of intent with a local buyer.  “It’s not some big, national conglomerate,” Mike Oaksmith, director of development at Hunters said at the time. Elliott Bay owner Peter Aaron told CHS that the bookstore is well positioned for any change of building ownership. Aaron said Elliott Bay is in the midst of a “long term” lease — “more than 10 years is what I’m comfortable saying,” Aaron told CHS. Continue reading