Capitol Hill’s only full service gas station up for grabs

Mike Burke (Images: Alex Garland)

The Hilltop Service Station on 15th Ave E — one of Seattle’s last full service gas stations — could be at the end of the road of more than 50 years of business on Capitol Hill. The station stopped selling gas this month though the busy garage continues to serve drivers from Capitol Hill and beyond. The land is up for sale.

Station owner Mike Burke has mixed feelings about the situation.

“I’m sad it’s a part of the community soon to change dramatically,” he said, “but at some point one has to accept the reality and move forward.”

 

Gary Bergamini, who passed away last November, owned the property since the 1960s. His assets moved into a trust operating on behalf of his heirs.

Burke came along in the late ‘70s, moving up from a gas pumper to a business partner. He will not make any new business decisions, however, until he talks with the property’s buyers. They could negotiate for the station to stay a while longer. But a developer is actively pursuing the property, according to Burke.

“So what do you think is gonna happen in Seattle,” he said. Continue reading

Blotter | Teen suspects cornered in park bathroom after Capitol Hill street robbery

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  • 15th Ave E robbery: Police took two teenaged street robbery suspects into custody Friday afternoon thanks to an observant person in Volunteer Park. Officers were called to the area around E Highland and 15th Ave E just after 2:30 PM Friday to a report that a victim had been robbed of a bag at knifepoint by juvenile males. Police searched the area including nearby Volunteer Park where a witness said two males had headed into the bathroom. Police took the two into custody after the victim was able to visually identify them as the assailants, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. There were no reported significant injuries.
  • ‘Fast back up’ at Broadway/Pike: Police were called to assist Seattle Fire personnel responding to a reported injured person at the Shell service station at Broadway and Pike early Sunday morning. According to police and Seattle Fire radio reports, a “fast back up” call was made during the 3:20 AM incident when a female was threatening an aid crew that had “stumbled into” a fight unfolding in the gas station’s parking lot. Police arrived to find the suspect was no longer at the scene and the reportedly injured victim in the fight long gone.
  • Tattoo break-in: A burglar walked out of E Olive Way tattoo shop the Artful Dodger with the shop’s cash register and cash in a September midnight break-in, according to Seattle Police. According to the report on the September 15th burglary, video surveillance showed a male suspect wearing a dark hoodie using a rock to break the shop’s glass door before picking up the register and walking out. Police say the suspect made off with the register — and $400 in cash.

Now open on 15th Ave E: Aviv Hummus Bar

Providing “hummus where the heart is,” Aviv Hummus Bar is now open on 15th Ave E.

“It’s more than just food to me. Hummus is a way of life. It’s a culture. It’s something that people share together they go out together to go out to enjoy hummus or they will when it comes to my restaurant,” owner David Nussbaum told CHS when we talked to the first time restaurateur about the chickpea and pita-powered project earlier this year. As is typical in these boom times in Seattle, the buildout for the first-time project took a little longer than the expected May opening.

Looking to move beyond “dip,” Aviv features five different hummus pairings plus a variety of add-ons like eggs or tahina. There are also falafel and fries to round out your plate. When you belly up to the hummus bar, you can also enjoy a beer with your pitriot. Prices range from $10 to $12 for the hummus offerings, $11 for falafel.

With an overhaul of the former Gyro Cafe, Aviv’s bright space is now open at 107 15th Ave E for lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM and again from 5 PM to 9 PM for dinner on Tuesdays through Saturdays. It is open 11 AM to 3 PM on Sundays and closed Mondays. You can learn more at avivhummusbar.com.

 

Capitol Hill Community Post | Kaiser Permanente announces $400M plan to ‘renovate and redesign’ campus

From Kaiser Permanente

Reflective of Kaiser Permanente Washington’s value proposition to offer highly specialized, world class medical care in state of the art facilities, the organization today announced that it has earmarked $400 million to renovate and redesign its full Capitol Hill flagship campus by 2022, and invest in the near-term launch of new medical clinic sites throughout the region.

“We are so pleased to announce these bold investments to expand access to our nationally proven medical excellence to even more people in the state of Washington,” said Susan Mullaney, president, Kaiser Permanente Washington. “Despite already offering statewide specialty, primary and ambulatory care sites, Kaiser Permanente plans to open even more locations soon, including a brand new medical center in Burien this November.” Continue reading

Police track stolen phone across city after Capitol Hill gunpoint robbery

A woman faced two attackers armed with handguns in a midnight street robbery on Capitol Hill Thursday night. The Sheriff’s helicopter, a police dog unit, and officers tracked a phone taken at gunpoint in the street robbery across the city but were unable to make an arrest after the digital trail finally ended in North Seattle about 30 minutes after the hold-up.

Police responded to the 200 block of 14th Ave E between Thomas and John around 11:40 PM after a report of a woman screaming. According to the victim, two men pointed pistols at her and stole her bag before fleeing the area. Witnesses reported seeing the men headed north on 13th and then west on Thomas before disappearing, according to East Precinct radio reports.

King County’s Guardian One helicopter and a SPD K9 unit were called out to help search for the suspects described only as two black males wearing masks.

Police began tracking the location of a phone taken in the robbery as it appeared to travel to an area just off I-5 near NE 65th and then around Aurora where it was finally turned off and stopped signaling the app.

Police were unable to immediately locate the suspects in the area where the phone was tracked but collected reports of possible sightings of the vehicle the men may have been traveling in.

There were no reported significant injuries suffered in the robbery.

Earlier this summer following a 23rd and Union purse grab, CHS reported on a small drop in reported robberies in the East Precinct in the first half of the summer season. We’ll try to take a look at the latest numbers soon.

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