City department representatives Wednesday morning voted unanimously at the February meeting of the Seattle Special Events Committee to move forward with Seattle PrideFest, the 2017 organizer of the annual Pride Saturday street festival on Broadway.
The move denies a permit to Charlette LeFevre, the founder of the event, based on her organization’s long running challenges working with the city and the revocation of her permit last summer after violating “permit conditions” that city officials say resulted in the injury of an elderly pedestrian and wasted city resources.
Both PrideFest, which also organizes the Pride Sunday festival at Seattle Center, and LeFevre’s newly rebranded Capitol Hill Pride effort had applied for permits to organize the annual Broadway street festival. But only PrideFest and its lead organizer Egan Orion had the backing of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Broadway Business Improvement Area.
“Egan did a great job jumping in,” Seattle Department of Transportation representative Kate Leitch said Wednesday during committee testimony over the competing permit applications. “He did a fabulous job of pulling off a miracle very quickly.” Continue reading
Gerie Ventura reads her haiku
Sunday, riders on the First Hill Streetcar found some new voices joining the automated messages about upcoming stops and reminders to hold the handrail.
A special Lunar New Year edition of King County Metro’s Poetry on Buses program brought “Asian and American Asian local aspiring poets” to the streetcar route connecting Capitol Hill to Pioneer Square via the International District.
The program has placed more than 350 poems on buses and streetcars, Metro says.
Thanks to interruptions by each announcement of an upcoming stop, arriving at the stop, next stop, and a stop requested, Sunday’s readings had their own peculiar rhythm that was just odd enough to be appropriate for the First Hill Streetcar which has suffered indignities from construction delays, to a sliding incident after losing braking power, to ongoing jokes about the route’s slow performance as it shares lanes with motor vehicle traffic.
Still, the route presents an alternative way to visit Chinatown and the ID — if you aren’t in too much of a hurry. Continue reading
What we found Monday inside the Harvard Exit: A crew hard at work building a new consulate
The People’s Republic of Capitol Hill will be host to a new headquarters for Mexico’s diplomats in Seattle. The Seattle Consulate of Mexico is slated to move into the overhauled, restored, and transformed Harvard Exit theater building on E Roy just off Broadway, CHS has learned.
The developer on the project declined to comment and a representative from the consulate said he could not provide additional information on the plans for the new facility at this time. UPDATE 2:30 PM: The consulate has confirmed the planned move but said it will announce more details including timing at a later date.
CHS has confirmed the construction underway in the old theater is part of continued work to strengthen the building’s security as a base for Mexico’s diplomatic efforts in the city. Continue reading
The alley between Broadway and Harvard Ave — aka, the Neighbours Alley (Image: CHS)
Part of the 2018 allocation of some $1.2 million in City Hall funding for neighborhood projects across Seattle will go to get the ball rolling on a project to make a surprising part of Capitol Hill “a more pedestrian-friendly, safer environment.”
In spring of 2010, CHS mused about an underutilized Capitol Hill asset — the neighborhood’s alleys:
Most of Seattle’s alleys are currently dark and spooky streets, left mainly to trash and rats. But in other places, alleys come to life and provide a uniquely pedestrian experience for locals and visitors alike. Continue reading
East Precinct officers patrolling the area around north Broadway Friday morning busted two men breaking into an apartment building they believe could be involved in more burglaries in the area.
According to the SPD brief on the arrests, police saw the two men approaching an apartment building near Broadway and E Aloha just before 6 AM Friday:
The officers watched the two men for a few minutes until they saw them approach a building near the intersection of Broadway East and East Aloha Street. The police officers exited their patrol car and quietly approached where they had last seen the two men. As they did so, the officers witnessed the two men prying open a door before disappearing inside. As the officers were calling for additional units to surround the building, the suspects exited, carrying a stolen bicycle.
Police placed the men under arrest and were able to track down the owner of the bike. Police also found the men were carrying stolen mail and one had “an illegal foot-long fixed blade knife” strapped to his hip.
The men, aged 18 and 23 were booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary and “other various charges.”
UPDATE 2/14/2018: City department representatives Wednesday morning voted unanimously at the February meeting of the Seattle Special Events Committee to move forward with Seattle PrideFest, the 2017 organizer of the annual Pride Saturday street festival on Broadway. The move denies a permit to Charlette LeFevre, the founder of the event, based on her organization’s long running challenges working with the city and the revocation of her permit last summer after violating “permit conditions” that city officials say resulted in the injury of an elderly pedestrian and wasted city resources. More here.
Original Report 2/9/2018: Egan Orion, executive director of PrideFest Seattle Center, wants you to know that planning for PrideFest Capitol Hill’s 2018 celebration is underway and ready for more good times come Saturday, June 23rd.
“Plans for 2018 are well underway and we are looking forward to taking our record-breaking attendance last year and extending it this year. It’s the most important day of the year for businesses on Broadway, something we take very seriously,” Orion tells CHS.
Formed with grassroots but ultimately unstable, Capitol Hill’s pre-Pride festivities on Broadway including a street festival attended by thousands of people annually were rescued in 2017 by Orion’s organization after the city balked at permits over opposition from Broadway businesses and ongoing safety concerns. Continue reading
Development on the four, seven-story mixed-use buildings surrounding Capitol Hill’s light rail station is proceeding toward a groundbreaking this spring, possibly in late April, according to Jill Sherman. Sherman is head the project for Gerding Edlin, the Portland-based developers leading the project.
The date has some community members ready to celebrate. Brie Gyncild of the Capitol Hill Champion group said her organization is hoping to host some festivities to coincide with the start of construction.
“We’re just excited we’re going to have a groundbreaking,” Gyncild said.
Sherman expects the construction to take about 21 months, assuming there are no significant delays, putting the opening in early 2020, as has long been planned. Continue reading
Michelle Conley is at peace with the end of her storefront after seven years on Broadway. She would like the neighborhood and her customers to be at peace with the end, too.
“It’s not just one reason. It’s all the factors that Seattle is going through,” she told CHS Tuesday morning about the coming closure of the Mishu Boutique, one of the rare independent retail shops still operating on Broadway.
Mishu will shutter its Broadway doors for good by the end of February. In the meantime, everything must go. Continue reading
Around 4,000 customers across Capitol Hill near Pike/Pine and Broadway were without power Friday afternoon after an equipment failure and reported fire in an underground vault on First Hill near Union’s Cambridge Apartments.
Seattle City Light estimated power would be restored to the area by just after 6 PM. The outage began around 2:45 PM. UPDATE: As of 3:35 PM, there were already sporadic reports of service being restored. UPDATE x2:
UPDATE 4:05 PM: Power reported restored. Enjoy your Friday.
Many intersections in the area were reported without power and the stoplights were dark. Officials reminded drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians to treat all dark intersections as all-way stops during the outage.
Several businesses reported having no power including Optimism Brewing and the Oola Distillery. Continue reading
Branden Miskell, the 30-year-old Capitol Hill man arrested after police were able to stop a bloody attack on his boyfriend in their Broadway apartment just before midnight January 11th, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder Tuesday morning.
Police say the suspect admitted he was trying to kill his boyfriend after ingesting a large amount of cannabis before the horrific attack. Continue reading