Concern about gay bashing after 10th/John attack

Friends of a man who was assaulted and called “faggot” in an attack the victim says happened near E John and 10th Ave Sunday night around 8 PM say the victim lost several teeth and suffered scrapes and bruises in the unprovoked bashing.

According to the SPD report on the incident, the male victim told police he did not believe he was targeted because of his sexual orientation but also said he had not had any contact with the two male suspects and was not robbed during the incident:

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 10.15.47 AMThe suspects were described only as two white males and police were not notified of the crime until around 2 hours after it occurred.

Details of the attack have been spreading via social media but police are not currently investigating the incident as a hate crime.

“The attacker didn’t know the victim, so there’s not a guarantee they would’ve known he was a gay man,” said SPD spokesperson Detective Drew Fowler. “‘Faggot,’ at times, is used as a general pejorative.”

UPDATE (12/18): A commenter who says he was the victim in the incident said he does not believe he was targeted due to his sexual orientation, and thus does not consider the attack to be a hate crime.

The incident comes at the end of a year marked with renewed concerns in Seattle about gay bashing and bias crimes against LGBTQ people after a series of high profile and deadly crimes as well as more mundane but equally disturbing assaults.

Harvard Exit’s future is preservation-minded restaurant and office development

"machine of light and dream, harvard exit theater" (Image: davamoore via Flickr)

“machine of light and dream, harvard exit theater” (Image: davamoore via Flickr)

“Woman’s Century Club, Seattle, ca. 1925″ (Image:  MOHAI)

“Woman’s Century Club, Seattle, ca. 1925″ (Image: MOHAI)

The historic Harvard Exit building is here to stay, but its 46-year run as a movie theater will come to an end this January. The building’s new owner, developer Scott Shapiro, tells CHS he is planning a year-long overhaul to transform the twin-cinema’s interior into offices, a restaurant, and possibly a bar.

The Harvard Exit is a marquee property in the Harvard-Belmont Historic District, and the preservation-minded Shapiro said the 1925-built masonry exterior will remain completely intact.

“You’ll drive by and you wouldn’t notice any thing has changed,” Shapiro said, adding that he would uncover one row of currently boarded-up south-facing windows. “I love historic buildings, and if there’s a way to keep them and find a new use for them, that’s what I’m for.”

Shapiro tells CHS a restaurant or cafe will likely take over the building’s 1,500 square-foot lobby, while he envisioned a bar moving into the 2,200 square-foot basement. The rest of the building will become “creative offices,” including the two 5,000 square-foot theater spaces and two upper floors of existing offices. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Five more nonprofits join Capitol Hill’s Stars on Broadway constellation

IMG_4154Soon — when the big red wall is gone – they’ll need a new place to hang stars at Broadway and John. For now, the constellation on the Sound Transit construction wall has grown as the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce has honored five more area non-profits with local artist-created tributes to recognize their work.

The 2014 Stars on Broadway honoree and artist roster is below. You can see 2013’s stars and honorees here.

2014 Nonprofit Stars on Broadway and Artists


Lifelong Thrift will replace Red Light on Broadway

Inside the E Union store

Inside the E Union store (Image: Lifelong Thrift)

(Image: Lifelong Thrift)

(Image: Lifelong Thrift)

Be cool, Macklemore — You’ll still have a thrift shop on Broadway. CHS has learned Lifelong Thrift will take over the space slated to be left empty by Red Light Vintage’s exit from Broadway early next year.

“We are so excited about this move and what it means for the community,” said Tamara Asakawa, Lifelong Thrift’s executive director in a statement planned to be sent to media Wednesday afternoon. “We will now have so much more room to sell which will allow us to help more people. And that’s an amazing thing.”

At 12,500 square feet, the new Lifelong Thrift will be almost three times the size of the current E Union location.

Continue reading

#LoveTheHill or #OverTheHill, project examining past, present, future of the soul of neighborhood planned for empty Broadway building


Image of design concept courtesy of

Screenshot 2014-11-30 at 7.01.17 PM

Building interior (Image:

It may already be too late to save Capitol Hill’s soul, according to graphic designer and Hillebrity Gregory Smith. “I think it’s inevitable that it’ll be completely lost,” he says. “Once all these new [upscale apartment] buildings get filled with people, it’s going to be an Amazon hub — their work campus.”

But an era can end without being erased, which is why Smith, and fellow Seattle Central Creative Arts Academy student Jess Ornelas, will tell the story of Capitol Hill in an art installation at 1515 Broadway: its history, its present, and the hopes and fears of its residents for the future.

Tentatively titled “The Little Building That Could” and/or “Love the Hill,” the project will transform the community college’s “decrepit” building (next to Neighbours) into a site of public education and dialogue.

The Broadway building owned by the college was once home to Atlas Clothing and — for a time — all ages music. In early 2013, CHS reported that Seattle Central had iced plans to redevelop the property. Smith says the school planned to keep the building empty for at least a few years opening up the space for the planned installation project. Continue reading

Now showing: The Capitol Hill Developer Who Bought the Harvard Exit


(Image: Landmark Theatres)

The buyer of the historic, 1925-built building home to the Harvard Exit movie theater is a Capitol Hill developer and real estate investor who owns some of the most interesting properties in Seattle’s inner city.

CHS has learned that the real estate investment company owned by Scott Shapiro, the developer who helped create Melrose Market, is purchasing the three-story masonry building that has been home to cinema since the 1960s.Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 11.36.44 AM

Shapiro has not yet returned messages from CHS sent in recent weeks but construction permits filed with the city and people involved with businesses and organizations in the area have confirmed the involvement of Shapiro’s Eagle Rock Ventures. There is no public record, yet, of the sale. UPDATE: CHS received a text message from Shapiro’s number after posting this article: “no comment.”

CHS has not been told what comes next for the building after national chain Landmark Theatres moves out in January but it will most likely involve significant upgrades and changes inside the 90-year-old building. Continue reading

Here’s the plan for the development set to replace Broadway’s post office building

The "preferred" option: "The new building engages both E. Denny Way and Broadway E. with retail spaces at street level along the pedestrian way," the designers write. "It facilitates the pedestrian link between North and South Capitol Hill with an un-interrupted retail presence along the Broadway E. frontage."

The “preferred” option: “The new building engages both E. Denny Way and Broadway E. with retail spaces at street level along the pedestrian way,” the designers write. “It facilitates the pedestrian link between North and South Capitol Hill with an un-interrupted retail presence along the Broadway E. frontage.”

The Yeti Bar isn’t the only thing that has surfaced this week at Broadway and Denny. The developers of the mixed-used building have revealed the first early look at the project that will replace the structure home to Capitol Hill’s post office. Henbart and architects Studio Meng Strazzara will bring their design for the six-story, mixed-use building in front of the design review board Wednesday night.

CHS reported in August on the plans to move forward with the development following its 2012 purchase. A Henbart representative told CHS at the time that it was too early to say whether the US Postal Service would return to the corner after construction is completed in coming years. Meanwhile across Broadway, a handful of firms bidding to build the housing, commercial, and community space around Capitol Hill Station are readying their final proposals.

Unlike the station development, some of which will reach 85-feet high, the project planned to rise on the northwest corner of Broadway and Denny will be 65-feet tall, and will include 44 units, ground level retail and limited, four-stall surface parking accessed via the alley. There will be no underground parking for residents living across the street from one of the soon-to-be busiest public transportation hubs in the region. Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s Harvard Exit Theatre to close

IMG_3045After nearly 40 years, the Harvard Exit Theatre will go dark this January. Landmark Theatres confirmed to CHS Monday that the company would cease screenings at the twin cinema mid-January after being notified that the longtime family owners secured a deal to sell the historic building at Harvard Ave and E Roy. CHS is working to confirm the buyer’s identity. UPDATE – Now showing: The Capitol Hill Developer Who Bought the Harvard Exit

Landmark president and CEO Ted Mundorff also said the Los Angeles-based company is pulling out of the the U-District’s Varsity Theater in January. “We’re sad to say goodbye to our loyal customers,” Mundorff said in a statement. Continue reading

Annapurna and its Yeti Bar expanding to the surface on Broadway

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 12.47.50 PMAfter some probable bad news for Broadway’s commercial activity, how about some great news? The Yeti Bar is set to get even bigger and get its own space. Broadway favorite Annapurna has confirmed it will be expanding upstairs to the sidewalk level with a new bar and waiting space for the popular, family-run Nepali, Indian, and Tibetan restaurant.

The new Annapurna expansion will take over the space left empty by the exit of King’s Teriyaki in summer of 2013. We don’t know a target date for opening the new space but the $50,000-base construction permit has been approved and the work is moving forward.

The investment is good news for Annapurna as the restaurant moves into its teens after a few years struggling with the challenges of neighboring the Capitol Hill Station construction zone. The challenges came to a head earlier this year as work began to dig a pedestrian tunnel beneath Broadway — work that all but hid Annapurna behind a plywood construction wall. Continue reading

Capitol Hill library to close for three-week New Year makeover

The Capitol Hill library is a special place, open to all and full of knowledge, resources, and ways to pass the day. After serving all for 12 years, it’s time for a refresh. The Harvard Ave E branch will be closed for around three weeks to start 2015, the Seattle Public Library announced Monday.

Starting January 12th, will get new carpeting and some needed upgrades to its stairs along with some other housekeeping. CHS noted the project in the City of Seattle’s 2015 budget among a roster of Capitol Hill line items.

More on the closure and the upgrades, below.

The Seattle Public Library’s Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave. E., is scheduled to temporarily close effective Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, for about three weeks for refurbishing. The book drop and parking garage also will close. Continue reading