Police investigate 15th/Harrison gunpoint robbery

A male victim reported he was robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning near 15th and Harrison.

Seattle Police were called to the 1500 block of E Harrison just after 2:20 AM Sunday morning to a report of a pistol-point robbery involving a male suspect who fled in a waiting vehicle.

The victim told police he was robbed of his wallet by the armed suspect who then fled in a lowered red Honda. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 30s with a goatee, wearing a dark hooded jacket, blue jeans, and tennis shoes. A female accomplice was waiting for him in the vehicle. The car was last seen headed north on 15th Ave E.

Police arrived in the ares just minutes after the robbery but found no sign of the car or its occupants. There were no injuries in the incident.

The hold-up is the second armed robbery on Capitol Hill CHS has reported in the past week. Last weekend, a man told police he was carjacked at gunpoint at 12th and Denny.

Board and Vellum architects designing own new home on 15th Ave

Capitol Hill architecture firm Board and Vellum has an intriguing project to design — its new 15th Ave E office.

Principal Jeff Pelletier tells CHS his firm is moving into the former credit union building on 15th Ave E joining Seattle Area Support Groups and Community Center upstairs.

“It’s just a great speed,” Pelletier said of the firm’s plans to stay on 15th Ave. “It’s Capitol Hill but a little calmer, quieter.”

Pelletier said many of the company’s 19 architects also live nearby. Meanwhile, the parking lot adjacent their new building is destined to be home to a new four-story apartment development.

Board and Vellum designs residential and commercial projects. They’ve been working out of the 15th Ave E building also home to Sur 16 and Dance Underground.

Their new office will fill the ground floor of the former Salal Credit Union. Pelletier said to expect a bright and white space with reclaimed furniture that appeals to the residential clientele that are such a big part of their work. You may have also seen Board and Vellum’s designs nearby inside Ada’s Technical Books.

Upstairs, SASG has moved in and is back to work supporting community groups focused on HIV issues and other recovery assistance like addiction after 26 years nearby in the Dunshee House. The old house, in the meantime, was purchased and is slated for demolition and redevelopment as townhouses. Maybe the future residents will put Board and Vellum to work designing their living spaces.


Capitol Hill food+drink | Coastal Kitchen sets sail under new ownership

Hardy in 2012 (Image: CHS)

Hardy in 2012 (Image: CHS)

The Capitol Hill food and drink economy remains hot — here’s a look at more than 20 new joints planning to open in 2016 — but it was a more unique opportunity that brought a local group of savvy restaurant investors to 15th Ave E to add a longtime part of the neighborhood to their portfolio.

Coastal Kitchen is now part of the South Sound Restaurant Group, a family-run company that holds a small set of neighborhood-focused restaurants with one key unique attribute: they also own the building.

“They’re all kind of icons, kind of neighborhood joints,” Jonathan Tweten tells CHS of the group of restaurants the Coastal Kitchen will now be part of.

Tweten tells CHS his family’s company acquired the 1924-built building the restaurant has called home for more than 20 years and the “line for brunch”-powered Coastal Kitchen from owners Jeremy Hardy and Tia Holt Hardy last month for an undisclosed amount. Continue reading

After cashing in on the ‘burbs, nation’s largest owner of apartment buildings can’t get enough of Capitol Hill

No word if the the "Find your pearl" marketing slogan was part of the deal

No word if the the “Find your pearl” marketing slogan was part of the deal

Screen Shot 2015-12-27 at 5.49.09 PMChicago-based Equity Residential, the largest publicly traded owner of apartment buildings in the country, has closed on a $33.5 million deal to acquire 15th and Madison’s The Pearl building.

The acquisition expands the company’s Capitol Hill-area holdings after it paid $36.1 million for the Three20 apartment building on Pine and bought the Piecora’s property for $10.3 million in the spring of 2014.

Equity Residential and architects at Ankrom Moisan showed off their plans this summer to replace the old Piecora’s building with a 140-unit, six-story development that includes parking for 140 cars. The planned development will stand within view of the newly acquired Pearl. Continue reading

Ruckus ‘defiantly’ opens as Capitol Hill’s first pot shop


Sam Burke (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Sam Burke (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

A fortuitous spelling error on the front door of Capitol Hill’s first marijuana shop could not have been more fitting. After more than a year of twists and turns, Ruckus opened for business last Friday with a sign that boasts, “Yes we are defiantly open.”

Owner Sam Burke said the name of the 15th and E Republican shop was similarly inspired by the long road it took for Capitol Hill to get its first I-502 shop after the legalization measure was approved by voters in 2012. “It seemed to fit the vibe more than Tok,” he said. Continue reading

Kaiser Permanente to swallow Group Health, Capitol Hill campus included

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A medical insurance giant that already serves more than 10 million Americans is poised to grow even larger as Kaiser Permanente announced its bid Friday to acquire Group Health. While it’s likely a puny line item mixed in with Group Health’s $3.5 billion per year in revenue, and 590,000 Washington customers, the deal will include the cooperative’s medical campus on 15th Ave at John and will make Kaiser Permanente one of the largest employers on Capitol Hill. 1,200 employees currently work at Group Health’s facility, according to a company spokesperson. Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | Black Bottle crew opening new joint on 15th Ave E

The owners of the Black Bottle family of restaurants are working to put a long-shuttered food and drink space on 15th Ave E back into motion.

CHS has learned that a company including Black Bottle’s partners Chris Linker, Judy Boardman, Brian Durbin, and William Bruiniige has inked a lease for the former home of 22 Doors which shuttered in late 2013. Boardman, by the way, lives in the area so will presumably bring some local knowledge to the project.

Workers are busy inside the 2,374 square-foot restaurant and bar that was known for having one of the best patios on the Hill. The restaurant was also known for its mysteriously long, two-year vacancy as the street’s food and drink scene grew and seemingly thrived around the dark and empty space sandwiched next to Rione XIIIThe Wandering Goose, and old-timer Tim’s Barbershop. Continue reading

Ready to leave the Dunshee House behind, SASG announces new Capitol Hill home

Sara watches as Loretta gives a Christmas tree a fresh cut, SASG's Annual Holiday Tree Sale.

SASG's new home (Image: SASG)

SASG’s new home (Image: SASG)

This summer, CHS reported on the search for a new home for Seattle Area Support Groups and Community Center after 26 years at 17th and Thomas for the Capitol Hill nonprofit. SASG announced Monday that, after a successful capital campaign that included a generous $300,000 matching donation, it has signed a 10-year lease on new office space above 15th Ave E.

SASG’s new space will be on the second floor of the building formerly home to the Salal Credit Union at 115 15th Ave E. The announcement did not include information on what is lined up for the first floor of the building that has been empty since Salal moved its branch to First Hill this summer. Last week, CHS reported that the parking lot adjacent the building is destined to be home to a new four-story apartment development.

SASG will have to get creative about where it hosts its annual holiday tree sale fundraiser. This year, the Capitol Hill tradition is lined up to return in the Group Health parking lot behind the 17th Ave house. Sales begin November 27th.

SASG was founded in 1984 as the Seattle AIDS Support Group but has expanded to include groups building communities around specific HIV issues and other recovery assistance like addiction. It held its first tree sale fundraiser in 1990. You can read about more of the SASG history here. The group had been known as the Dunshee House but recently moved away from that identity prior to the announcement of the group’s move.

As for the future of the old house, city permit paperwork still doesn’t indicate any new plans for the property at 17th and Thomas. The house was sold in September for $2.425 million.

You can give to the SASG capital campaign and learn more at sasgcc.org.

Pot twist: Arcade technicality opened way for Capitol Hill’s first pot shop

IMG_9802Add a few more to the twists and turns it has taken to get to Capitol Hill’s first pot shop. Meanwhile, the City of Seattle also is ready to propose new zoning rules around where pot shops can be located.

Earlier this week, CHS reported that after a year in limbo, Samuel Burke finally received his I-502 license to open Tok at 15th Ave E and E Republican inside the space formerly occupied by Angel’s Shoe Repair.

It was an unexpected move form the state Liquor and Cannabis Board, as a video arcade across the street appeared to be preventing Burke from opening. According to state regulations, an I-502 retailer can’t open within 1,000-foot radius of a place where children typically gather, including arcades. Continue reading

Design reviews: 15th Ave E project fits on a parking lot — Plus, what Vulcan’s first Yesler Terrace development will look like

The Vulcanic future of Yesler Terrace

The Vulcanic future of Yesler Terrace

Two projects slated to come before the East Design Review Board Wednesday night are probably good examples of the types of projects we’ll see in Central Seattle in the next waves of development. One in the heart of Capitol Hill’s “eclectic” 15th Ave E neighborhood is relatively small and will be widget-ed into a space between buildings where a parking lot is currently found. The other is an enormous investment from a massive name in Seattle development that threatens/promises to completely transform an area passed by in the most recent waves of explosive development.

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Here’s what Vulcan’s first mixed-use foray into the transformation of Yesler Terrace will look like:

The corner expression at the south (Yesler) provides a strong identity marking the corner of Yesler and Broadway. The base features a retail space with a plaza for spill-out dining. The extra width provided by the plaza will allow for increased pedestrian traffic at this important intersection.

It’s going to be huge. Continue reading