In June, CHS paid the moment its due as officials made speeches and used a giant pair of scissors to slice a ribbon and “break ground” on the four seven-story buildings set to rise around Capitol Hill Station, creating hundreds of new affordable and market rate homes, a new community plaza, and thousands of square feet of retail space on the busy block in the heart of Broadway. Continue reading
In a show of unity and solidarity just days before the nation’s Independence Day holiday, thousands of demonstrators gathered Saturday at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center to rally against current immigration policies, the mistreatment of immigrant families, and to protest the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) separation of children from their parents.
Waves of families and activists poured off the light rail at Angle Lake station near Sea-Tac airport, and filled the street in front of the detention center while guards and cameras watched the crowd from the rooftop.
The Families Belong Together rally, a nationwide coordinated day of action, kicked off a week of activity directed at ICE treatment of immigrants and the Trump Administration’s immigration policy. The event at SeaTac brought together an estimated 6,000-8,000 people, including unions, veterans, human rights organizations, elected officials, and community members.
This morning, CHS reported on some major progress in making a vital east-west stretch of Capitol Hill roadway connection to Capitol Hill Station safer for everybody — especially pedestrians.
But a major component of recent City of Seattle planning won’t be part of this summer’s project. Already one of the busiest spots for pedestrian traffic in the city, the intersection of Broadway and E Olive Way/John just outside the station’s main entrance is more crowded with foot traffic than ever. But the city isn’t including planned signal changes at the intersection to cut down on collisions — and near misses — in this summer’s work. Continue reading
After two years of citizen advocacy, a series of pedestrian-focused improvements is coming to the John/Thomas Street corridor with construction set to begin in early July .
David Seater, co leader of Central Seattle Greenways, began calling for the project two years ago. Seater said he walks along the corridor frequently, and finds it challenging to cross either of the streets, which tend to be high on traffic, and low on places to cross.
“I felt like it shouldn’t be that tough,” he said. Continue reading
The ribbon has been cut on the project to surround Capitol Hill Station with housing, retail, and community development. Come 2020, commercial activity will return to the block for the first time since 2006 and a whole bunch of new Capitol Hill neighbors will call this stretch of Broadway home. But, first, current neighbors need to deal with two years of construction and the rise of two new tower cranes in the heart of Broadway. Here’s how to keep up to date.
This Capitol Hill Station Project Page from the development’s lead contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis will be used to keep the neighborhood alerted to coming construction, the latest milestones, and when big new elements of the construction process will be moving into place, a project representative tells CHS.
The first update for July deals with a key element of the earliest stages of the project — digging up a lot of dirt: Continue reading
On the warm night of June 19th, 2018 a celebration did its best to fill the empty space around Broadway’s Capitol Hill Station as ground broke on the new development that includes new retail, 428 housing units — 178 of which are affordable housing, and a new community plaza featuring the AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway remembering those who have succumbed to the disease.
The event included a band that played jazz music through the evening, the Capitol Hill Neighborhood Farmer’s Market popping-up with a preview of the coming plaza’s future, and free Dick’s burgers provided by the drive-in across the street. It was hard to find someone not holding a carton of water being given out for free to assuage the thirst of the attendees as they mingled under the evening sun.
“Today’s a really important day for us and the community as we officially kick this construction project off, and really start seeing the dirt move,” said Jill Sherman of lead developer Gerding Edlen who also emceed the night’s proceedings. Continue reading
On Tuesday, June 19th, a celebration for the groundbreaking of the new development at Capitol Hill Station will be held at the Broadway site. The event will include live music, the Capitol Hill Neighborhood Farmers Market, and food and drinks from local businesses. The festivities, organizers say, are a way of giving back to a community that has done so much over the past two decades to make the project a reality.
The idea for the development on Sound Transit’s surplus land surrounding the station first began to shape in the late 1990s when light rail was first being pitched and developed. The community didn’t want a simple brick plaza to lay in the empty space created by the station, and saw this as a way of revitalizing the Broadway corridor that had lost much of its vibrancy.
“The goal was to restore the heart of Broadway,” Cathy Hillenbrand, a longtime community advocate of the undertaking said. Continue reading
A major milestone has been reached in the construction process as everything from the final designs to proposed construction haul routes have been signed-off on for what could be the most important development in Capitol Hill’s history.
With a plan to begin shoring and excavation work
before the end of June UPDATE: in July!, it is still springtime for the start of construction of the four mixed-use buildings and public plaza set to rise above Broadway and the bustle of Capitol Hill Station beneath, as the City of Seattle has issued the key Master Use Permits for the project.
While the paperwork came through and was posted publicly Wednesday, there has been no official announcement yet on when ground will be broken at the site. UPDATE: It’s official:
Every hour or so Saturday and Sunday morning starting this weekend, hikers could set out from Broadway on their start of a climb up the most popular trail in the region.
The Trailhead Direct service Saturday celebrated its expansion to Capitol Hill Station with a bus breaking through a ceremonial banner and a collection of urban hikers ready for a day on the mountain. You can now take the bus from Capitol Hill to Mt. Si and Mt. Teneriffe on weekends through October, weather permitting. Continue reading
The search has begun for artists to create the AIDS Memorial Pathway, a Seattle AIDS memorial planned for Cal Anderson Park and the plaza at the heart of the development set to arise around Capitol Hill Station.
Artists have until the end of May to submit their proposals for the project “honoring the impact of the AIDS epidemic on Seattle and King County” — Continue reading