Jim’s Hilltop Service Station should have a few more years along 15th Ave E (Image: CHS)
A multimillion, just before Christmas real estate deal will put the 15th Ave E land home to Hilltop Service Station in the hands of a Capitol Hill developer.
Hunters Capital, the real estate development and management company known for preservation friendly investments in commercial, retail, and housing developments across the neighborhood, is purchasing the property with long-term plans for development.
“We’re big fans of 15th,” Hunters Capital’s Mike Oaksmith tells CHS about the deal. “We love that neighborhood feel.” Continue reading
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
Bah humbug. A week after CHS wrote about the loss of a space for its annual tee lot, Seattle Area Support Groups announced Monday that is will bring an end to the holiday tradition and fundraiser.
Calling the search for a new Capitol Hill location to host the annual sale “fruitless,” SASG executive director Joshua Wallace announced the decision in a letter to supporters. “SASG is very sad to share with you that this tradition appears to have come to an end,” he writes. Continue reading
It’s a Seattle holiday tradition that dates back nearly 30 years but change in the neighborhood around 15th Ave E has the annual SASG Christmas tree lot searching for a new home on Capitol Hill.
“Community engagement and support for our local neighbors is integral to our mission at Kaiser Permanente and we’re proud to support organizations working to improve health on Capitol Hill and throughout Washington,” a statement from a company representative sent to CHS reads — but here’s the bad news: Continue reading
Closure of Capitol Hill’s Hilltop Service Station seemed inevitable this year after CHS first reported that after 48 years, the family-owned 15th Ave E property was officially promised to developer Cadence Capital for sale in July. Two months later, Hilltop is still a busy garage and there is a new but familiar owner.
“It’s the same great service that everybody is used to, just a little bit scaled down,” said Jim Peters, master mechanical technician who took over the service station this month.
Peters says even after 20 years at the station, people ask if he’s new to the garage. Usually the one under the hood, now he’s the only one left and doing it all himself with the occasional hand from the well known station crew who have gone on to seek their own fresh start when the sale was first announced. Continue reading
Capitol Hill’s first hospital has come a long way since 1945, when an idealistic group of doctors founded the Group Health Cooperative based on the idea that healthcare should be provided affordably and at hospitals owned and staffed by physicians. They acquired St. Luke’s on 15th at John, and together the hospital and neighborhood grew together for more than seven decades. Group Health became one of the country’s largest consumer-directed healthcare organizations, but in
2015 2017 it was acquired by Kaiser Permanente, one of the biggest not-for-profit health plans in the United States.
As part of an effort to remodel its Capitol Hill campus by 2022, Kaiser announced a $400 million project last year to improve access to primary and specialty care and provide community spaces for public use. The process to shape that project has begun.
The remodeled campus won’t be any bigger than it is now, according to Kaiser Permanente’s Julie Popper, but it will provide better specialty and out-patient care so that members can get the treatment they need and get on with their day.
“We’re not building any higher. We’re not expanding any further. Patients want to get help and go home at the end of the day,” she said. “We really want to bring the building to the cutting edge in healthcare today.” Continue reading
After more than half a century of business on Capitol Hill, the Hilltop Service Station on 15th Ave E is slated to be no more. Customers have been told the station’s last day of service is coming — possibly this week.
Cadence Capital, a Colorado-based real estate and development firm, finalized an agreement to purchase the property last month, according to King County records, making the deal official and paving the way for the property to be acquired and redeveloped. Financial details and terms of the memorandum of agreement are not yet publicly available. Continue reading
Seattle Police investigated an armed robbery involving four masked suspects overnight on Capitol Hill.
Police were called to the area near E Mercer and Malden just after 4 AM to a report of a gunpoint robbery. The suspects were described only as four black males, each wearing a black hoodie and bandanas over their faces. The suspects fled in a BMW SUV last seen northbound on Malden. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the victims reported the group was armed with what appeared to be a silver .38 revolver.
UPDATE: According to the report on the incident, one of the victim’s was also punched in the face as the thieves took cash and destroyed a phone: Continue reading
A scary looking 911 callout from overnight
Seattle Police and Seattle Fire were dispatched to a terrible situation overnight on Capitol Hill but fortunately the incident turned out to be a false report.
Just before 4 AM Thursday, a caller to 911 reported that he had shot and killed multiple people and was ready to kill himself. The caller would not provide his location but police were able to track the call to the area around 17th and E Olive St. Continue reading
Ruckus Recreational on E Republican at 15th expanded their tiny grass shop into the joint next door in January but no one on the staff remembers which day exactly. With the square footage of a van, the original low profile boutique could easily be overlooked.
“That space didn’t allow us to expand our product line,” said Ruckus owner Sam Burke, yet sales at Ruckus are only getting higher. The company grossed $261,000 in December 2017 and has grown 13.3% annually since opening two years ago, according to industry tracker Top Shelf Data.
Compared to Uncle Ike’s, the Goliath weed stronghold with a location across the street, one at 23rd and Union, and another in the works on E Olive Way, Ruckus was also an easy target for thieves. After five separate smash and grab break-ins, Burke increased security measures of the newly expanded shop.
The store opens every day at 8 AM to a sleepy stream of regulars who point to what they want with little deliberation.
“It’s just like getting up and going to buy a pack of cigarettes,” says Ruckus product buyer, Bill Eddy. Continue reading