Woman critically injured in E Denny Way apartment building fire

A resident trapped in the flames was rushed to the hospital in critical condition as crews battled a serious fire at the top of Capitol Hill’s more-than-90-year-old Roxborough Apartments building Friday afternoon.

Seattle Fire was called to the building in the 1700 block of E Denny Way just before 3:30 PM Friday and found the injured woman in the third floor apartment where the fire was believed to have started. The woman in her 60s was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | Aviv Hummus Bar coming to 15th Ave E

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David Nussbaum is bringing silky-smooth, mouthwatering hummus and steamy hot pita to Capitol Hill.

Aviv Hummus Bar is planning to open on 15th Ave E this May.

Nussbaum has worked in the restaurant industry his entire adult life and after years of wanting to open a place of his own. Now he has finally locked down a location for his own project.

“I’m just at that point in my life where I just need to do this myself. I’m ready to be my own boss and share my vision with the rest of Seattle,” Nussbaum told CHS.

Aviv is Nussbaum’s middle name and means spring in Hebrew, which invokes thoughts of fresh and new that he hopes to bring to his restaurant. Continue reading

After 71 years, Group Health marks Kaiser Permanente change at Capitol Hill campus

An experiment in health care born out of the labor and social movements of the pre-World War II Pacific Northwest transitioned to a larger, better-resourced future Monday morning at the site on Capitol Hill of its first hospital. Bathed in the blue light of thousands of LED lights, the new signs and a new system of health care were introduced this morning at the 15th Ave campus where Group Health first put the old St. Luke’s Hospital to use before creating its own Capitol Hill facility.

“We are honored to care for even more Washingtonians and their families,” Susan Mullaney, president of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington said. “Beginning today, Washingtonians can access Kaiser Permanente’s high-quality care and coverage across the state.” Continue reading

Man struck by driver on 15th Ave E

A man reported to be in his late 60s was taken to Harborview after being struck by a driver on busy 15th Ave E Thursday morning.

Police closed the street near E Roy and E Aloha for about 15 minutes during the medical response just after 7:30 AM. Seattle Fire upgraded its response due to the extent of the victim’s injuries.

A Seattle Fire spokesperson tells CHS that the man who was hit had to be rushed to the emergency room but was not able to provide an update on his condition. Arriving police described the victim as alert and conscious following the collision, according to East Precinct radio. UPDATE: SFD tells CHS the man’s injuries are not considered life threatening.

Classic Capitol Hill apartment building slated for seismic upgrades at 17th/John

The Whitworth Apartments (Image: Cadence Real Estate)

The Whitworth Apartments (Image: Cadence Real Estate)

Pre-WWII brick apartment buildings are part and parcel of Capitol Hill’s charm. Many also need expensive upgrades to ensure they don’t collapse in an inevitable future earthquake.

As the City of Seattle continues to slowly push forward requirements for seismic retrofitting, the new owner of the 56-unit Whitworth Apartments building says he decided to get the work done before the big one hits (not to mention the likely cost-savings of doing the upgrade before a retrofitting law is passed, which will send building owners clamoring for contractors).

Peter Goldman, a longtime Seattle resident, purchased the 17th and E John “unreinforced masonry” building this summer for $18.2 million, property records show. He told CHS his family had recently sold several properties out-of-state and decided to reinvest the money in two Seattle apartment buildings. The U.S. tax code encourages such reinvestments by delaying the capital gains tax.

“The only responsible thing to do is to prepare it for an earthquake,” Goldman said. “I don’t want to wait to be told what to do. I want to do the right thing.” Continue reading

Uncle Ikes — and Angel’s Shoe Repair — now open on Capitol Hill

Eisenberg inside the new shop Friday morning (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Eisenberg inside the new shop Friday morning (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Seattle’s largest pot purveyor and the city’s oldest shoe cobbler are finally ready to make their improbable double-header debut on Capitol Hill.

Ian Eisenberg opened his third Uncle Ike’s marijuana shop at 15th and E Republican Friday at 8 AM while Ray Angel debuted his re-opened Angel’s Shoe Repair next door after closing last year.

Eisenberg said he expects his Capitol Hill shop, the neighborhood’s second, will be less of a destination than the first Uncle Ike’s on 23rd and Union. “Probably more of a neighborhood feel, more people walking in because there’s less parking,” he said. Continue reading

91-year-old Capitol Hill house of worship lives on as At the Church performance space

As one old area church appears destined for demolition at 14th and Spring, a large brick church built in 1925 still sits at the corner of E Olive St. and 13th. But while the building may still look like a church, its function has changed.

The building now hosts congregations of a different sort in its new life as performance venue At The Church. The mysterious venue has been hosting events since at least 2013.

While its ownership declined to be interviewed for this story, according to its website, At the Church is “one of the most unique” venue spaces in Seattle available for live performances and other events.  Continue reading

First look: 15th Ave E’s Bar Vacilando

A completely overhauled 15th Ave E restaurant and bar began a new journey last week as Bar Vacilando made its debut.

The new Capitol Hill venue from the Black Bottle family of food and drink takes over after a long period of emptiness for the space formerly home to 22 Doors. Co-owner Chris Linker told CHS earlier this month his intention for Bar Vacilando at 15th and Harrison was not to open a fancy restaurant, but a bar with really nice food. “We want people to feel like they can disarm … let time slow down a little bit,” he told us. “It’s more of an analog restaurant than a hyper-digital restaurant.” Continue reading

Eco-first (but also vegan), Drizzle + Shine opens on Capitol Hill

White inside the newly opened Drizzle + Shine (Image: CHS)

White inside the newly opened Drizzle + Shine (Image: CHS)

Drizzle + Shine - 2 of 2Jean White has been vegan for years. Her new Capitol Hill eco boutique has been vegan for all of one day.

Drizzle + Shine opened Wednesday in a commercial space along 15th Ave E on the Group Health Capitol Hill campus.

“I’ve been vegan for 16 years,” White tells CHS. “I extended that to my clothing.”

The new store sells clothing and accessories from undies to sunglasses to shoes — for men and women and everybody. Items stocked at Drizzle + Shine are animal-free and the goods are either fair trade, organic, local, USA-made, recycled — or all of the above.

“The environmental aspect is the central goal,” White says.

The shop is an outgrowth of a style blog White maintained and while she also has created Drizzle + Shine as an online retail presence with drizzleandshine.com, she believed it was important to create a space where people can see and feel the products in person.

“My experience is it’s really hard to find a place to look at these labels,” she said.

Finding goods for the shelves hasn’t been difficult. White says brick and mortar stores like hers are so rare that manufacturers are eager to have a real-world location to make their creations available.

As for 15th Ave E, the space has sputtered along as a cafe in recent years with the eclectic Abodegas exiting the property in JanuaryInsomniax Cafe also shut after fading in the space. Meanwhile, salon A New You has been doing its thing next door with plenty of regulars for years. White, who used to live on the Hill, said she has been happy to see so many people walking by as she has been busy setting up the shop this week. “I want to be where the people are,” she said. She hopes the hundreds of Group Health employees will also present a built-in customer base.

She also believes in Drizzle + Shine beyond its retail goals.

“I wouldn’t have just gone into retail to open any store,” she said.

Drizzle + Shine is located at 102 15th Ave E and planned to be open Monday though Saturday 11-7 and Sundays 12-5. Sunday, the store will hold a grand opening party with prizes and snacks. You can learn more at drizzleandshine.com.

Suspect arrested in Capitol Hill attack charged with attempted rape

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 1.27.42 PMThe man arrested for an attack on a 72-year-old Capitol Hill woman has been charged with attempted rape and burglary.

Police tracked down Willie Sorrell, 46, a week after the brutal May 7th attack inside the woman’s 17th and Denny apartment that left the victim battered. She was hospitalized in intensive care for 10 days following the attack and was expected to require at least another week in the hospital before a long recovery process, according to police, after suffering multiple fractured ribs, a fractured clavicle, and a fractured pelvic bone. The victim told police she pleaded with her attacker, “Please don’t do this. I’m a mother. Please don’t do this.”

Prosecutors say Sorrell’s attack comes in an escalating series of assaults including a February 24th incident in which he pleaded guilty to assault after knocking a female to the ground and getting on top of her. That same date a few hours later, Sorrell was arrested after allegedly exposing himself to another woman on the street.

Sorrell is charged with first degree burglary and attempted rape in the second degree. Prosecutors asked that Sorrell be held on $500,000 bail. He remains jailed and faces additional an additional charge for a separate drug crime. Police say Sorrell admitted to being high on meth at the time of the Capitol Hill attack. Police arrested Sorrell at 16th and E Olive’s Sound Mental Health clinic on Friday, May 13th just blocks from the scene of the attack.