Another Capitol Hill office space project? Dibdesk coming to Broadway

Thanks to ongoing demand and key neighborhood resources like Capitol Hill Station, office space will be a Capitol Hill growth industry in 2019. CHS has learned of another work desk-related venture coming to the neighborhood, this one lined up for new construction at the corner of Broadway and Denny.

There are few public details around the Dibdesk project but the developers of the mixed-use 101 Broadway building say to stay tuned. Continue reading

Save the Broadway Performance Hall? You have a few years but Seattle Central planning major overhaul

(Image: Broadway Performance Hall)

If Kshama Sawant wants to save a Seattle performance venue, we’ve found one closer to Capitol Hill than the Showbox to work on. Time is gradually running out for the Broadway Performance Hall at Seattle Central College. College officials hope to overhaul the building and end its days as a venue for local plays and performances, but state budgeting priorities mean construction isn’t likely to start for at least five or six years.

The building is more than 100 years old though it was “modernized” in 1979 and rates the lowest on the campus in terms of facilities, said Barbara Childs, spokesperson for Seattle Central. While it met standards when it was built, it is no longer up to code in terms of energy efficiency or seismic standards. Additionally, the sandstone keeps absorbing water, causing more problems, Childs said.

Beyond the need for physical upgrades, the school is in need of more library space, and more space for open studying, in order to meet accreditation standards. The school hopes to meet all of those goals with one large project. Continue reading

Blotter | Broadway frozen yogurt shop held up in ‘armed’ robbery

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here. Hear sirens and wondering what’s going on? Check out Twitter reports from @jseattle or tune into the CHS Scanner page.

  • Fro-yo holdup: Police are investigating a Friday night “armed” hold-up at Broadway frozen yogurt outlet Menchie’s. Officers were called to the 500 block Broadway E shop around 7:20 PM Friday to the reported hold-up. Police were told the suspect entered the shop, stuck his hand in his pocket, and implied that he was carrying a weapon. The suspect, described only as a black male around 6-feet tall and wearing a green puffy jacket according to East Precinct radio dispatches, fled with the shop’s tip jar. He was last seen headed south on Broadway. There were no reported injuries and no arrests.
  • Belmont /Mercer crash: Seattle Fire rescue crews had to cut the driver from a vehicle in a crash near Belmont and Mercer Friday afternoon. There were no serious injuries in the incident involving two vehicles — one carrying two occupants that reportedly smashed into a utility pole and the second that crashed into bushes trapping the driver in the car near a building at the intersection. Seattle Fire initiated a “rescue extrication” response to cut open the car. The driver was reported as conscious and alert and was out of the car within minutes. Continue reading

Giant crane returns to sky above Broadway as Capitol Hill Station housing and retail construction takes off

After a few years of rest there is a familiar scene rising above Broadway’s Capitol Hill Station. A massive construction crane has again risen above the land between John and Denny along Broadway.

The busy giant being put to use by lead contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis is a sign of new progress. After a June ribbon cutting — and a true groundbreaking in July — contractor crews have set in on creating an expanse of housing, retail and commercial space, community spaces, and a new plaza about the bustling subterranean station. Continue reading

Beep beep — There’s a new sound from riders tapping out at Capitol Hill Station

If like CHS, you can’t hear a beep, chirp, bleep, toot toot, or other rhythmic sound sequence without immediately mimicking it like your aunt’s canary, you’re about to get a new song as you enter and exit Capitol Hill Station.

To help clear up confusion when using ORCA fare cards, Sound Transit is changing the way its sensor beep — beep beep:

Link and Sounder fares are based on how far you travel. So we ask you tap your card before boarding the train and again when you get off so we know the correct fare to charge you or your employer that’s paying for your ride. Based on rider feedback like the tweet below, the ORCA readers will now beep twice when you tap off and end your trip. One beep to ride, two beeps to end your ride
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Police search for driver of stolen pickup after woman struck at Broadway and Pine

Police were looking for a driver in a stolen Toyota pick-up who fled the scene after hitting a woman crossing Broadway only to crash and run away on First Hill minutes later Sunday night.

Emergency units were called to the busy Pine at Broadway intersection just after 8:30 PM Sunday to a report of a pedestrian stuck by the driver. Seattle Fire said the victim was a woman in her 20s transported to Harborview in stable condition. Continue reading

More parking? How you can help answer Seattle Central’s next big development question

SCC also has hopes of expanding north (Image: CHS)

Anyone who wants a say in what will happen to the built environment along Broadway around Seattle Central College now has their chance. The community oversight committee which reviews proposed changes to the college is looking for a new member — or two. The school’s reach extends farther into the neighborhood than you might think. And there’s a massive decision on parking on the horizon.

Seattle has a master plan which governs land use on a large scale all around the city. Some places, generally hospitals and colleges, have their own separate plan which fits into the larger plan. Typically, these institutions are in what would otherwise be a residential area, and so need a degree of special treatment.

“We kind of give them a bubble,” said Maureen Sheehan, of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Each of these institutions has a corresponding advisory committee, made up of people who live or work in the neighborhood. When the institution wants to make a change, for example, to build or demolish a building, the plan is presented to the committee. Continue reading

Fight with woman tearing apart store brings big police response to Broadway

A struggle with a woman suffering a possible mental crisis brought a massive police response and left a Broadway store trashed Tuesday night in the heart of the Capitol Hill business strip.

According to East Precinct radio, police were called to the 500 block of Broadway E around 7:45 PM Tuesday as callers reported a woman running and assaulting a man on the street. Continue reading

Capitol Hill gunpoint robbery suspects reportedly use bike share as getaway ride

A couple of Capitol Hill armed robbery suspects put Seattle’s robust bike share system to use for their getaway in at least one of two early morning gunpoint hold-ups reported over the weekend.

According to East Precinct radio broadcasts, a man was held up by a suspect brandishing a black handgun just after 5:30 AM Saturday morning near the QFC at Pike and Broadway. The suspect described as a white male in his 20s, around 5’7″, with a thin build, and wearing a black hat, black coat, and ripped blue jeans reportedly left the scene along with an accomplice riding Lime bikes.

The male and female duo were last seen headed west on Pike on the bikes. They were not wearing helmets. Continue reading

Blotter | Roy Street Commons standoff, failed Broadway video game boost

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • Roy Street Commons standoff: Police closed off the area around Roy Street Commons in the 600 block of 12th Ave E Friday night after a report of a gun found inside the Airbnb guest house led to a standoff with a wanted man believed to be inside the building. According to East Precinct radio reports and witnesses, the building was surrounded by police for hours on the holiday weekend Friday night with guests arriving at the apartment style building exempted to allow only short-term rental being turned away during the standoff. We’re still sorting out when the incident drew to a close after midnight and any details on an arrest. Guests were allowed back into the building by Saturday morning where one guest reported his backpack had been stolen at some point following the standoff.
  • Broadway video game boost: A burglar made a major mess and *nearly* made off with more than $9,000 worth of gaming consoles in a Thanksgiving week break-in at the Broadway Game Stop. According to the SPD report on the rip-off, surveillance video shows a gloved suspect with a hoody covering his face trashing the store and tossing around merchandise during the just before 4 AM burglary at the store in the 1600 block of Broadway. But the big score was apparently out of reach. Police found a pile of 29 video game consoles stacked in a hallway near a pried-open exit door behind the shop: Continue reading