CHS Pics | ‘Central to the Community’

It felt like a day of activism at Seattle Central right down to the contingent of bike cops called out to “protect your First Amendment fights” — and keep traffic moving. Seattle Central College professor Carl Livingston led a light hearted march of faculty and staff from the school’s Egyptian Theater across campus Thursday morning to start a yearlong celebration of the institution’s 50 years on Capitol Hill.

With a legacy of activism stretching from civil rights to labor to WTO to Occupy to anti-fascists, the school for 16,336* students in the heart of Capitol Hill chose to begin its celebration marking the college’s dedication to social justice. Continue reading

Wanderfish hopes sustainability, chef give it head start in Capitol Hill poke rush

unnamed-98Maybe there really is a Broadway boom underway. Another empty space on the reportedly light rail-boosted Capitol Hill main drag is being put into motion.

Wanderfish Poke will open in early October in the Broadway Building near E Pine in a space left empty by the summer exit of local fro-yo project Refresh Desserts.

“Seattle is very passionate about its salmon,” Wanderfish partner Tim Lee told CHS as he explained that a focus on sustainable fish and “chef-driven” preparations will be what sets his restaurant apart from the in-progress wave of trendy poke-related concepts. Continue reading

Seattle Central marks 50 years of activism on Capitol Hill

It says a lot about Seattle Central College that, even on its 50th anniversary, a comprehensive history of the Capitol Hill institution has never been compiled.

While many universities typically tap faculty researchers to document their school’s past, Seattle Central’s faculty is almost entirely teaching-focused. The college is also not particularly steeped in its own traditions. If anything, the Broadway campus is perhaps best known for its history of students actively engaged in the political and social movements of their time.

SCC will kick off its 50th anniversary celebration on Thursday afternoon with a free event to honor “the college’s history of social impact and activism” and will include stations highlighting social movements on the campus from the past decades. More events will follow in the coming months. Continue reading

Boost to Broadway, cocktail bar Witness used to tout benefits of Sound Transit 3

Happy six-month birthday, Capitol Hill Station.

Mass Transit Now, the pro-Sound Transit 3 campaign, is using the half-year milestone since this spring’s opening of light rail connecting the Husky Stadium and Broadway to downtown to tout the local success both transit and economic of the service as part of its push for the $53.8 billion funding package.

“For the past six months, Capitol Hill businesses are thrilled to see an increase in customers using light rail to shop, dine and drink,” Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce director Sierra Hansen says in a press release sent out by the campaign Monday. “Broadway and surround areas are abuzz with new visitors from around the city, region and world as folks realize they can travel to the coolest neighborhood from downtown in under 10 minutes.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | Cook/Weaver will revive Loveless space with ‘inauthentic Eurasian’ menu

The Loveless Building murals from when Olivar occupied the space. (Image: Suzi Pratt)

The murals are staying.

As Nile Klein and Zac Reynolds prepare to write the next chapter of the historic Loveless Building on E Roy, the first question from neighbors passing by has been about their plans for the space’s intricate wall-to-wall paintings.

“The murals are our number one priority,” Klein told CHS. “It’s a beautiful and very interesting gem.”

Those familiar with the 19th Century Russian poem that inspired the murals could have guessed Cook/Weaver would be incorporating the paintings. The Alexander Pushkin poem tells the story of three sisters: a cook, a weaver, and a wife. Continue reading

CHS Pics | E John’s little pink house now a lot beige

That Pink House. No More

Monday, the Seattle City Council finalized landmarks status for two 100+ year-old Capitol Hill houses affording the structure protection from future changes and development. A Capitol Hill landmark house of a different sort along E John is showing off a different look this week. The little pink house just west east of Capitol Hill Station is suddenly much more subdued. These images from the CHS Flickr pool show the pink house has gone beige. A cursory check of land records doesn’t show anything significant up with the property still held by the owner that acquired the puny 700-square-foot, 1906 built house in 2010. Today, it stands sandwiched between an alley and a microhousing development to its west. When inevitable redevelopment comes for its parcel, the little house wouldn’t stand a chance of winning official landmarks status. But some of us will remember how very pink it was.

Pink Fairy, Beige House

Capitol Hill nightlife safety group drafting survey to better track drugged drink incidents

A safety sign example from a meeting held last month to discuss the spiked drinks issue (Image: @seattlepd via Twitter)

A safety sign example from a meeting held last month to discuss the spiked drinks issue (Image: @seattlepd via Twitter)

It’s been a month since a spike in reports of drugged drinks rattled Capitol Hill’s nightlife scene.

Even though bar and club owners remain on high alert, Seattle Police say they are not investigating any specific incidents directly related to drugged drinks.

“That’s not an indicator it isn’t happening,” said SPD spokesperson Sean Whitcomb. Getting victims to report when they have been drugged, even in cases when no assault occurs, continues to be a challenge for police. Continue reading

Central Co-op CEO announces exit

arnettAs Central Co-op attempts to win a place anchoring the commercial development around Capitol Hill Station and repair the situation in Tacoma where it is looking for a new location to open a market after this year’s merger, it will do so while searching for a new leader.

CEO Dan Arnett told the 40-year-old cooperative’s members Thursday he will be stepping down in December to head a co-op in Sacramento. Arnett told CHS he was ready for a new challenge and that controversy over the closure of Central Co-op Tacoma had no impact on his decision to leave Seattle.

8446998444_a8c3a36dab“It’s really irrelevant to my decision making process,” he said. “There’s always some group that’s mad about something.”

Overseeing the merger of the Tacoma co-op with the  E Madison-headquartered Central Co-op was one of Arnett’s most significant accomplishments during his four years in Seattle. The Tacoma store later closed when Central Co-op could not reach an agreement on a new lease. Arnett said there were no plans for Central Co-op to make any further mergers, with Sacramento or elsewhere.

Last month, CHS reported on the frustrations of Tacoma co-op members following the abrupt closure of their store in the wake of a merger. Christine Cooley of Tacoma’s Friends of the Co-op group told CHS that she hopes Arnett’s resignation could expedite the opening of a new Tacoma store. “I worry a lot for Sacramento,” she said.

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Sound Transit begins pilot allowing buskers at Capitol Hill Station

A busker at Capitol Hill Station's grand opening earlier this year

A busker at Capitol Hill Station’s grand opening earlier this year

Just like a real big city neighborhood, Capitol Hill now has a subway station. And like a big city of the future, you can use your phone in the subway tunnels. Starting today, our subway will get another important feature — station buskers.

Sound Transit began a six-month trial Thursday allowing busking on Capitol Hill Station and University of Washington Station property:

Sound Transit believes that allowing buskers to perform at the University of Washington and Capitol Hill light rail stations will help retain existing users, as well as attract new users, and is consistent with promoting transit-related activities. Accordingly, Sound Transit is adopting this pilot program for a 6 month period to assess the feasibility of adopting a permanent policy regarding performances by buskers.

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Harvard Exit office+restaurant transformation half done as developers search for tenants

(Images: Dovetail General Contractors)

Work to transform the Harvard Exit theater into a restaurant, bar, and office space is well underway, but developers are still on the hunt for businesses to occupy those spaces.

Developer Scott Shapiro of Eagle Rock Ventures tells CHS that renovations to the longtime E Roy movie theater are about half way complete. Construction is expected to finish in the first quarter of 2017, after which tenant improvements will start. Continue reading

12th and John ‘squatter houses’ finally demolished making way for microhousing project

IMG_8725A doomed trio of three old houses have been demolished at the corner of 12th and John to make way for a a four-story apartment building with 51 apartment units.

The houses were involved in two separate fires earlier this year likely caused by “improperly discarded smoking materials” as squatters had been using the old homes that stood boarded up awaiting their demolition to make way for the new microhousing development.

City inspectors met with the Hardy Development Company this spring to discuss ongoing issues at their properties, which are slated for the new 51-unit apartment building. Hardy promised to secure the houses and clean up the properties prior to the fires. Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | Dueminuti — ‘the Chipotle of fresh pasta’ — hopes to get off to fast start on Broadway

Two young world travelers with entrepreneurial spirit — and know-how — spun the globe and chose your very own Broadway, Capitol Hill Seattle, USA as the perfect launchpad for what they feel is the perfect new concept — the Chipotle of fresh pasta — to join the ranks of food and drink start-up superstars. You should feel good.

“We analyzed different cities,” chef and engineer Filippo Fiori tells CHS. “Nothing really matched Seattle in terms of opportunity.”

And nothing in Seattle matched Capitol Hill for the demographic mix of adventuresome eaters Dueminuti Healthy Pasta hopes to attract when it opens its first restaurant and Broadway flagship in the space left empty by the exit of Samurai Noodle, another casualty of the late summer restaurant die-off. Continue reading