Big changes for Capitol Hill campus as Group Health babies making First Hill move

Little Lucas Douglas was Baby New Year to start 2014 at the Group Health Family Beginnings Birthing Center at 15th and Thomas (Image: Courtesy of Group Health)

Little Lucas Douglas was Baby New Year to start 2014 at the Group Health Family Beginnings Birthing Center at 15th and Thomas (Image: Courtesy of Group Health)

Nearly 2,000 residents landed just off 15th Ave E on Capitol Hill in 2013 — and none of them work at Amazon… yet. Part of the news in an announcement last week that Group Health was ending its affiliation with Virginia Mason and planning to partner up with Swedish is the end of an era at the Group Health Capitol Hill campus. Sometime in spring 2015, the last momma will give birth at Group Health’s 15th at Thomas campus.

Starting in 2016, Group Health patients will go to Swedish First Hill and Cherry Hill hospitals where they will be treated by Group Health. As part of the planned change, maternity services will transition to Swedish’s busy First Hill Birth Center.

Group Health officials say “patients’ access to services, including voluntary termination of pregnancy, ‘death with dignity’ services and access for gays and lesbians, will not be compromised by Swedish’s connection to Providence Health & Services, a Catholic health-care system,” the Seattle Times reports.

A Group Health spokesperson told CHS the Capitol Hill maternity facility welcomed more than 1,700 babies to the world in 2013 with a complimentary first breath of Capitol Hill air. Let’s hope a future dominated by First Hill babies is a good one.

Nuflours turns to the crowd to finance Capitol Hill cafe

The Nuflours crew (Image: Nuflours)

The Nuflours crew (Image: Nuflours)

In the wake of the successful SIFF campaign to reopen the Egyptian Theatre in what may have been the biggest crowd-sourced financing drive ever for a Capitol Hill project, 15th Ave E’s Nuflours gluten free bakery is also turning to the crowd for a much smaller loan.

We’re seeking community support in a form of loans which will be paid back based on revenue from our business. Your loan, in the form of a Square will supply the financial support needed for the construction and equipment for opening the retail portion of our store. Here is a link to more information about Community Sourced Capital and how you can help. Our campaign page is

The community loan process is done in $50 chunks — you put up $50 to help Nuflours finance its buildout and you get back $50 from the bakery’s revenue sometime over the next 18 to 36 months, according to the site’s documentation. Continue reading

The small unit: Review board looks at 15th/Howell microhousing project

1420 E Howell's future

1420 E Howell’s future

The future of 1420 E Howell

G’bye fourplex

The next two Capitol Hill apartment projects slated to come in front of the East Design Review Board starting Wednesday night share common frameworks: nimble projects squeezing as many highly coveted, small units as possible onto land where old single family homes or underutilized fourplexes stand today. They also share a common reaction from some neighbors in the area: complaints –

Will there be any restrictions on car ownership by residents of these buildings? Will they be eligible for zone 4 permits?
Even if there was parking provided for these units, the very high density would be a stress on the neighborhood parking just because of their guests parking on the street. While we have parking for our car, our friends do like like to come to visit us in Capitol Hill specifically because it is difficult for them to park.
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Capitol Hill developer sues homeowner for stalling 15th and Mercer project

The future Stream 15th

The future Stream 15th

A Capitol Hill developer has sued a homeowner for breaking a property lease agreement and stalling construction of a new 15th and Mercer mixed-use project, according to court documents obtained by CHS.

Stream Real Estate, developers of the Stream 15 project at the former Chutney’s Grille on the Hill site, filed a lawsuit in June against Chris Rugh, claiming the landowner prevented construction crews from rightfully accessing his property adjacent to the project site and bringing to a halt the construction of the four-story, mixed-use apartment building with 33 units, 3,400 square feet of retail or restaurant space and underground parking spaces.


Though it’s a battle over a laurel hedge and a temporary utility pole, the situation is causing a rare pause in the somewhat relentless pace of development around Capitol Hill.

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Nuflours gluten free bakery ready to ‘pop up’ on 15th Ave E

(Image: Nuflours)

(Image: Nuflours)

(Image: Nuflours)

(Image: Nuflours)

80 years of baking tradition on 15th Ave E is already continuing — now on Fridays you’ll be able to more easily stop by to enjoy it. Gluten free bakery Nuflours is ready to roll out its Bakery Pop Up Fridays starting this week.

“Neighbors and our community are eager to see us open,” Amanda Bedell, Nuflours co-owner, said in a statement on the start of the next phase at her business’s new life on Capitol Hill. “And, we think a pop up concept is the perfect way to give a taste of what’s to come.”

CHS reported on Nuflours moving into the former home of North Hill Bakery back in November. Bedell and her baking team were moved in and putting the ovens to full use – after a complete scrubbing of the long-time bakery space — this spring but were hovering on the expensive planning and construction of the retail component of the old space.

Now, with construction of a service counter and cafe seating inside the bakery ready to begin, Nuflours will be taking to the sidewalk on summer Fridays to offer their gluten free goodies and breads for sale.

The bakery will “pop up” every Friday, beginning July 25th from 7 to 10 AM and 3:30 PM to 6 PM with fresh bread, pastries, ice cream sandwiches and more. You can also find Nuflours creations in local cafes and at area farmers markets including on Sundays on Broadway.

Nuflours is also launching the start of classes at the 15th Ave E bakery and kitchen. Upcoming lessons include “Pizza Basics,” “Knife Skills”,” and “GF 101.” Price ranges from $60 to $80. Some are free.

“We want to be more than a local bakery,” Nuflours founder Phebe Rossi said. “We want to be a hub of information for our community – to feed the body and the spirit.”


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First look: The Canterbury Ale House raises its gate on 15th Ave E

IMG_7462IMG_7482an we just show you the pictures?

At this point, it’s probably best to keep it brief. The longtime house of food and drink at 15th and Mercer is ready for visitors in its latest Medieval incarnation.

The new Canterbury Ale House has been serving customers that last few nights in a soft start to another few decades of service on Capitol Hill. Friday is the official opening from the new partnership between the Neumos and Sam’s Tavern teams.

IMG_7527“Conveniently located between the hospital and cemetery. 30 beers on tap, pool table, shuffle board table and darts,” the pageant-free description goes.

CHS had a bunch to say in May as the new partnership between Neumos nightlife entrepreneur Mike Meckling and relative Pike/Pine newcomer James Snyder pushed to get its new 15th Ave E investment open. 

“This isn’t about the old Canterbury,” Meckling told us.

The new Canterbury has dark walnut everywhere, a giant new bar, a gorgeous vintage pool table, a big ol’ drawbridge of a roll up door for sunny days, darts and projection TV. The old video games are back. Shufflepuck is back. The suit of armor is back. But the rest is a total reinvention of the old space. Continue reading

911 | Man found dead in car on Broadway E, Capitol Hill Safeway cleared by mystery odor

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  • Broadway/Howe Steps medical incident: Police were called to the quiet, meandering northern end of Broadway late Sunday night to a report of a man found unconscious inside an idling vehicle near the Howe stairs. SPD quickly determined the incident was a medical situation and called Seattle Fire to the scene around 11:17 PM. According to SFD, their crews arrived and attempted CPR for 30 minutes but were unable to revive the male victim described only as an elderly man. The vehicle was registered to a nearby Harvard Ave E address.
  • Safeway odor mystery solved: Seattle Fire was kept busy Sunday night by a mystery odor inside Capitol Hill’s Safeway at 15th and John. Crews were called to the grocery store twice around midnight for a report of a possible gas leak after employees reported a strong smell inside the store. After SFD’s first visit, a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technician gave the all clear that the problem seemed to be fixed. But Seattle Fire was called by again when employees in the break room located upstairs in the Safeway building reported smelling gas again. The store was evacuated this time as utilities employees were called out to check what was going on. After a full inspection, an “overcharged” floor scrubber machine was discovered to have a battery creating a smelly gas that had risen to store’s ceiling and into the employee break room above. Nobody was seriously injured in the incident and the offending machine was taken care as employees were allowed back into the store to prepare for their 5 AM opening.
  • Woman shot at 12th and Jeff: A woman is recovering from a non-life threatening bullet wound after apparently being caught in the middle of a dispute late Friday night in the 12th and Jefferson gas station parking lot.

Capitol Hill Baby New Year 2014 — Welcome Lucas Douglas

(Image: Courtesy of Group Health)

(Image: Courtesy of Group Health)

The first baby born in what will likely be more than 1,700 births in 2014 at Group Health’s Capitol Hill campus arrived Wednesday morning — and promptly moved back to Mount Baker. We’re hoping you’ll visit from time to time, Lucas Douglas Wilcox. Keep in touch.

Group Health’s Capitol Hill Campus Welcomes Its First Baby of the New Year

SEATTLE, Jan. 3, 2014 – Group Health welcomed its first baby of the New Year Jan. 1 at 8:46 a.m. on its Capitol Hill Campus. Lucas Douglas Wilcox, who weighed 8 lbs. and measured 20” long, was born to first-time parents Dana Robbins and Mike Wilcox. Dana and Mike both grew up in – and are now residents of – Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood.

Lucas was not only a New Year’s baby, he was born exactly 15 years to the date of his parents’ first date.

“There were a lot of firsts. Our first child, he was the first baby born at Group Health on the first, and the first marked our first date,” said new dad Mike Wilcox.

In 2013, there were 1,730 babies born at in Group Health’s Family Beginnings Birthing Center.

Neumos partner, Sam’s Tavern owner in new deal for old Canterbury

CHS was correct in reporting last Sunday, December 15th, was the last “knight” for Ye Olde Canterbury before a 2014 filled with an overhaul — and new owners.

But behind the scenes, a new deal for the old bar has been worked out.

When the sun rises in the spring of 2014 on a new Canterbury Ale & Eats, Pike/Pine restauranteur James Snyder and Neumos club partner Mike Meckling will have replaced two princes of Pike/Pine in carrying the project forward.

“Mike and I have been looking to do a project for awhile now,” Snyder tells CHS. “We’ve been touring spaces and trying to get into something.” Continue reading