- $1,700 burglary: The owner of the African imports store that has been holding a “clearance” sale since spring in a Broadway building destined for redevelopment told police a burglar pulled off a more than $1,700 heist last week. According to the SPD report on the overnight Monday, December 9th burglary, somebody was able to break a padlock and enter the 200 block Broadway E building:A man who identified himself as the store’s owner told police the burglary netted $734 that had been left in the cash register and an estimated 100 items (“belts, hats and socks”) worth more than $1,000. An investigated yielded a possible suspect finger print on the damaged cash register.
- Broadway hold-up attempt: The victim in an attempted hold-up on Broadway late on the night of Wednesday, December 11th fortunately suffered only a ripped t-shirt and a bruise in the incident. Continue reading
- Bikeway defender vs. armored truck: A CHS Community post submitted to the site Wednesday documents poster sbunin’s run-in with an armored truck and its driver illegally parked in the middle of the Broadway Bikeway:
After driving 3/4th the length of the block from E Pine Street on the Bicycle track on Broadway, the armored truck in question parked for longer than it took me to order food from a store for lunch. After informing the driver politely that it was illegal to drive in the Bicycle track and to park there and being ignored, I called the 800 number of the back of the truck and ordered lunch. Since the truck was still parked there with the driver playing on his phone, I asked him again to move at which point he said he was calling 911. I waited for the police to arrive and found them not very concerned about the armored truck being parked in the bicycle lane stating that it was likely for their safety and to call 911 if I see it again instead of bothering the driver who needs to be aware of threats. Given there were parking spaces nearby, I was more concerned for other bikers given how many times I am forced into traffic by illegally parked vehicles while biking. If you see any armored trucks or other vehicles blocking the bicycle track, please take pictures and call the police. They need to learn that this is not acceptable.
According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were called to the 1700 block of Broadway just before 1 PM for a report of “harassment” involving a person an armored truck driver said was climbing on his truck and trying to “place a sticker” on the vehicle. As you can see above, sbunin’s account differs from the driver’s. SPD says no report was taken on the incident and that the responding officer was able to “mediate” the situation. The first stretch of the Broadway Bikeway opened in October as part of an overhaul of the street to make the road safer for bikers, pedestrians and drivers with the installation of the First Hill Streetcar. SDOT created this education material in response to confusion and straight-up ignorance of the new cycle track’s changes to street parking in the area.
- Broadway Hill package thefts: We recently posted about car prowlers and package thieves active on the Hill this holiday season. One area mentioned in the report was information shared by neighbors around Broadway Hill Park of a prolific package thief. The neighbors have pictures to share of the woman said to be ripping off people’s stuff in the area:
- Burglary arrests: SPD chased down two burglary suspects Wednesday afternoon after an alert childcare provider in the area noticed two people carrying household items near 24th Ave E. Police trailed the duo who stowed some of the suspected booty and were seen carrying a laptop and bags onto a 43 Metro coach. Police attempted to contact the males at a bus stop near 19th and John when one attempted to flee. Both males were taken into custody and some of the goods were recovered. Police traced the suspected stolen items to a home burglarized near 22nd Ave E and E Galer. One 18-year-old suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary while the other, a minor, was taken to the Youth Services Center.
Police and Seattle Fire units responded to the James Street 76 Friday night after an employee was shot in the foot in a reported armed robbery of beer from the gas station.
The incident unfolded just after 8 with a report of a man shot in the ankle at the station in the 900 block of James on First Hill. Police arrived to find the injured clerk and another employee who said they had chased the suspect from the station’s convenience store as the man attempted to steal beer.
Police were looking for the suspect reported to be a black male in his 30s who may have fled the area in a vehicle. There were no immediate arrests.
The injured employee, a male in his 20s according to SPD, was transported to nearby Harborview for care.
On November 13, 1851 the Denny Party landed on Alki Point in West Seattle. They obviously weren’t the first people to arrive at the bay at the mouth of what would be called the Duwamish River, nor were they even the first Europeans, but they stuck it out and are generally credited for founding modern day Seattle.
The primary concern of Seattle’s early pioneers was establishing a thriving port in Elliott Bay. Seattle’s “Seven Hills” were nice to look at, but not the focus of development until a few decades later. What was on top of Capitol Hill in 1851?
While many office spaces remain dark in Seattle’s skyline buildings, Capitol Hill office spaces are nearly full. Only an estimated 7% of office spaces on the Hill are vacant, according to data from commercial real estate firm Kidder Mathews. The report tracks 225 office buildings on Capitol Hill. Since the end of 2012, office space vacancies have hovered between 6-7%.
Rob Anderson of Kidder Mathews tells CHS that the greater Seattle area is probably closer to 10% to 12%. With the exception of South Lake Union and Fremont, Anderson said Capitol Hill is likely the most saturated office market in the region.
“6% vacancy rate for office space is very good,” said Anderson in an email to CHS. “This is probably in the top few sub-markets for vacancy rates in the Puget Sound.”
The 6% rate marks a stabilization from years past. During the prime recession years in 2009-2010, office space vacancies on the Hill shot up to 11%. Businesses started trickling back into offices through 2011, until the vacancy rate dipped below 3% in the beginning of 2012.
And those offices don’t come cheap. Anderson tells CHS that the average annual rent for offices on the Hill hover between $22/sq. ft. to around $28/sq. ft. (this excludes many expensive Class A medical offices).
There is around 6 million square feet of
office space “rentable building area” in Capitol Hill/First Hill, which mostly includes office space. Downtown has roughly 33 million square feet. The only major new office building to come online in Capitol Hill in the last year was the ultra-green Bullitt Center. However several companies have recently expanded into new/old offices, including tech companies Add3 and Substantial most recently and new projects are starting construction or in various states of planning.
On the whole, office spaces in Capitol Hill are more expensive compared to those in broader western King County (which would include Bellevue). Gross rents in Capitol Hill, including medical, go for an annual average of $37/sq. ft., compared to western King County where average rents are $30/sq. ft.
Believe it or not, E Madison has quite a bit to offer an assisted living community. Aegis Living is slated to open its newest facility in January at 22nd and Madison — called Aegis on Madison — and general manager Rob Liebreich said the company couldn’t be happier with the location.
“There’s been a transition in this area has really picked up in terms of its reputation and desirability,” Liebreich said. “Five years back we probably wouldn’t have built this community where we’re building it now.” Continue reading
- Broadway/Pike stabbing: SPD has details on an early morning bit of nightlife gone bad. The medical facility referenced, by the way, is a King County sobering facility down across I-5 on Boren — perhaps swinging the arrow back toward tragedy for this kind of incident.
Man Stabbed Outside Bar Goes Back For Another Drink
Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on October 14, 2013
After being stabbed in a brawl outside a Capitol Hill bar early this morning, a 21-year-old went back for another drink before heading to a medical facility.
The man told police he was at a bar near Broadway and Pike Street around 1 am this morning when he got into an argument with another patron, and the two men headed out of the bar to sort out their differences.
After a brief brawl with the other man, the victim walked away from the fight when his side began to hurt.
The victim then realized he had blood running down his back from a two-and-a-half inch wound, but decided to go back into the bar and have two more shots of liquor.
The victim then walked to a medical facility, where staff called police.
When officers arrived to talk to the man, he was only able to give officers a vague description of the suspect.
- First Hill stabbing attack: Police searched the 300-unit Jefferson Terrace Monday morning following a stabbing reported inside Seattle Housing Authority’s largest apartment building. SPD hasn’t yet released details of the incident that sent one person to the hospital with stabbing injuries and had police searching the building floor by floor following the 5 AM incident. Last week, a man suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his shoulder in a dispute inside the building police say started over drugs and cash.
- Bellevue/Pike mugging: A woman told police she was mugged by a male and his two female accomplices in an incident Sunday night around 7:50 PM near Bellevue and Pike. According to police radio dispatches, the woman told police that her attackers grabbed her and stole her wallet before fleeing the area. The victim described the mugger who grabbed the wallet as a black male in his early 20s with a dark bandana covering his face. The victim said the group threatened to shoot her but did not display a gun.
- Car prowl lost journals: The victim of a car break-in at Howell/Boylston Sunday morning has contacted CHS in an effort to track down two notebooks lost in the crime. You can check out this CHS Lost & Found post for more details.
Seattle Police searched for a suspect after finding a man shot in the shoulder inside an apartment building at 800 Jefferson Tuesday afternoon.
According to radio dispatches, the victim suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder and was taken to nearby Harborview Hospital.
Police were looking for a black male in his 30s, around 5’3″ tall and wearing a black hoodie who reportedly shot the man with a black handgun inside the apartment before fleeing. Police were searching the building floor by floor and stairwell by stairwell. Additional police were staked out around the area outside the building to watch for the suspect.
The target of this November’s battle of progressives pitting liberal neighbor vs. liberal neighbor, the Seattle Mayor’s office Monday unveiled the executive’s proposal for how the city should spend its money in 2014 complete with line items for bike and transit investments for 23rd Ave and the First Hill streetcar.
You can view the proposed budget documents here. We’ve embedded the proposal summary, below.
The Seattle Times has details of the proposal that continues a path of recovery — including $65 million in “unanticipated revenue — from recent years following cuts in the wake of the economic slowdown to end the previous decade.
- 2010: City and county leaders roll out their plans to cut back for 2011
- 2011: The ‘Great Recession’ continues — Where Seattle budget cuts will hit the Hill
- 2012: Capitol Hill line items part of modest trimming as Seattle sees recovery
Under the budget proposal, the city would add 176 employees next year after laying off almost 550 between 2010 and 2012, the Seattle Times reports.
The Times also says Mayor Mike McGinn has added money for a new bikeway along 23rd Ave and a new pedestrian crossing for the Montlake light rail station. The mayor’s proposal includes $3.2 million to improve Seattle public transit including planning to connect the South Lake Union and First Hill streetcars as well as rapid transit on Madison.
Last week, the mysteriously amazing Raynier Institute & Foundation announced an out-of-the-blue $1.1 million boost to support a new program with the Artist Trust and First Hill’s Frye Art Museum. Here’s what the Stranger’s arts writer Jen Graves had to say about the $1.1 Million for Local Artists from a Local Foundation Nobody’s Ever Heard Of:
Yep, it’s big: The Raynier Institute & Foundation is giving $1.1 million to Artist Trust and the Frye Art Museum, and the money will be used to form a whole ecosystem for local artists lasting the next five years.
Artists will receive enough money so that they can focus on their work while also paying their bills, and this work, once made, will be presented publicly.
It will work like this: Each year, Artist Trust will give two awards of $15,000 and one award of $50,000—$50,000!
All those artists will then be exhibited at the Frye.
In 2010, CHS wrote about the foundation as it began to put its $80-million financial clout to work and Jim Ray, the Capitol Hill character who put his fortune behind the organization.
Ray died at the age of 52 in 2005 — the Raynier website details his life including his arrival on Capitol Hill.
In the early 1980s, Jim moved to Seattle. Around Capitol Hill, Jim became known as quite a character. He socialized with folks in coffee shops and in pubs, visited with friends at his favorite haunts including metaphysical and tarot card shops, and enjoyed the outdoors. He lived in a house he purchased on E. Howe Street on Capitol Hill, walking his Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Jupiter McPooch, on Broadway and in Volunteer Park. While he was living in Seattle his mother passed away and Jim inherited 38 million dollars.
In 1992, Jim finally realized his lifelong dream to own an art gallery. He opened the Eagle Eye Gallery & Emporium, Ltd., in the Loveless Building on Capitol Hill. The gallery provided a space for new and budding artists along with his own works. A talented photographer and artist himself, Jim featured his found-object collages and airbrush paintings, including one he titled Thoughts are Larks Like Us. Jim loved the fact that he was a gallery owner and patron of the arts supporting local artists; for him, it had been a long-time dream. It was more important to help other people than to make money.
To that end, the gallery transitioned into the Raynier Institute & Foundation , which Jim founded in 1994. He endowed the foundation with $52,000 from his personal estate to start. Through Jim’s recommendations, the foundation made a total of $25,000 in grants the first year, in focus areas including Arts and Culture, Education, Health and Human Services, Civic and Community, the Environment and Animal Welfare. As the foundation grew in size and assets, it developed a style of grantmaking that allowed Jim the opportunity to involve himself in projects that mattered to him.
The site also shows where and how the foundation has distributed its giving — if only James Ray had been a big news reader! ;-)
Capitol Hill born and bred Top Pot Doughnuts has opened its 15th store just one hill away from its first shop opened on Summit Ave in 2002. Top Pot First Hill is open this weekend 6a to 6p in the Coppins Well building at Madison and Minor — across the street from McDonald’s if you were thinking about also grabbing a McMuffin(tm).
While Top Pot are also available at QFC grocery stores, you’ll find the full selection of dozens of varieties at the Summit and First Hill shops. We’re also more than certain the apple fritters are way bigger in the shops. And Summit does a pretty good coffee. We’re assuming Madison won’t be far behind its sibling.
The opening brings the Capitol Hill and First Hill dedicated doughnut shop count to two — seemingly a not yet overly saturated element of the local food and drink economy. Though many of the area cafes will give the offerings a good run for their money with cinnamon rolls and beignets and scones and other various deep-fried dough and sugar combinations.
As grocery workers across the region stage information pickets against some of the largest chain employers on the Puget Sound, a new type of smaller neighborhood grocery has opened on First Hill.
Stockbox First Hill debuted Wednesday at 9th and James. CHS profiled the business and beliefs behind the 2,000 square-foot market here earlier this summer:
Stockbox’s first store in the Seattle area opened in South Park in summer 2012. By November, it had already announced a slate of changes based on buying behavior and customer requests. The company continues to be involved with civic issues related to the availability of nutritious, affordable food in lower income and urban areas of the city.
Unlike E Madison’s Central Co-op, however, it does not appear that Stockbox employs union grocery workers — we’re confirming with company officials.
Beyond the labor issues at play in the city, First Hill residents seem happy for the local investment in a market with plans to bring high quality, healthy food and groceries into the neighborhood.
Labor Day comes early to Capitol Hill
A rally to support Thursday’s planned fast food worker walkouts will be held at the base of Capitol Hill this afternoon:
Support Striking Fast Food Workers
Pike St & Boren Ave — Plymouth Pillars Park
On August 29th, Seattle fast food workers will join a national strike of low-wage workers, calling for better pay & the right to organize without retaliation. Join us.