Colorful new community crosswalks coming to Melrose at Pike and Pine

Rendering of the coming soon community crosswalk (Images: Melrose Promenade)

The Melrose Promenade community group dedicated to transforming the street into a ” distinctive neighborhood greenway” has unveiled the winning design for new painted crosswalks capping the avenue at Pike and Pine.

Artist Sarah Snedeker’s “Poem Dazzle” concept, which borrows “angles and shapes” from the facades of buildings “as well as the Starbucks window,” was selected in a community vote this summer.

The new community crosswalks will be installed in coming weeks, the group announced Tuesday. “We’re grateful to local artist Sarah Snedeker for devoting her time and creativity to helping us bring to life this latest component of the Melrose Promenade vision, and to the Berger Partnership and SDOT for their technical expertise!,” the announcement reads. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Melrose Promenade Community Crosswalks Project

From Mel Burchett

The Melrose Promenade Community Crosswalk Project is finally moving forward, and we need help spreading the word within the community.  If you have time and are willing to assist us, we’d really appreciate it!

The Artist Selection Committee has hired an excellent artist, Sara Snedeker, to develop 3 design concepts for us.  We are on a super-rigid timeline to get a concept(s) selected and submitted to SDOT by August 1st.

We have created an online survey to help us collect feedback:

More information about the Community Crosswalks project can be found here:

Toddler survives fall from Pike apartment building window

A toddler survived a fall from an upper-story apartment window near Pike and Boren late Sunday afternoon.

Seattle Fire units were at the scene to treat the child in the raised courtyard behind the Villa Apartments just above the Plymouth Pillars off-leash area on the backside of the building. The victim suffered lacerations in the fall but was conscious when medics arrived, according to emergency radio dispatches. Seattle Fire rushed the child, reported to be around 18 months old, to the hospital for further observation and treatment.

Seattle Fire and SPD were called to the area to a report of at least a four-story fall just after 4:30 PM. Police were at the scene investigating the incident.

According to Seattle Fire, the boy fell onto a pergola before falling to the concrete courtyard. The child was reported by SFD as “alert” when medics arrived and was transported to Children’s Hospital.

The Villa Apartments building is made up of two structures including a five-story addition to the original 1908-built structure completed in 1990. It is managed by Capitol Hill Housing.

CHS Pics | Rapha Seattle debuts with grueling E Pine hill stage


A new addition to Pike/Pine’s retail landscape had better get used to starting its events with a hillclimb. Rapha Seattle debuted last week at Melrose and Pine. Saturday morning, the international cycling brand’s shop held its inaugural group ride — a two hour or so tour to Mercer Island beginning with the notoriously exhausting E Pine hill stage. Continue reading

Chamber ramps up campaign for expanded Capitol Hill Business Improvement Area

A campaign to create a $1.6 million program to address clean streets, public safety, and business growth across Capitol Hill’s commercial districts will begin a new phase this week with the first in a series of planned open house sessions to gather support for an expanded Capitol Hill Business Improvement Area and a new, larger charter for the organization behind the campaign, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce.

Open House – Capitol Hill BIA Expansion

In February, when chamber director Sierra Hansen officially announced the campaign to form a new Business Improvement Area, she said the organization had received commitments from about half of the 60% of 650 commercial property owners needed to move the proposal forward to the City Council for approval.

As the petitions have been circulating, Hansen said much of the past month has been spent following up with those committed owners, gathering official signatures and scheduling meetings with other stakeholders.

“Our list of supporters is strong,” she said, noting it includes Capitol Hill real estate developer Hunters Capital, faith-based organizations, Capitol Hill Housing, and residents.

Hansen declined to say what gains in the percentage of needed signatures the chamber has been able to secure in the early days of the campaign.

Not everyone is buying into it. Morris Groberman, who along with an investment partnership owns Harvard Market, says the current, smaller BIA focused only on Broadway already doesn’t do enough to clean up the neighborhood and keep crimes down — and he says his taxes are high enough already.

“I can only pass so much on to the residents before it hits my bottom line,” he said. Continue reading

Rapha Seattle opens on Capitol Hill this week

In October of 2013, neighbors enjoyed one final night at Bauhaus inside its original Melrose and Pine location. The only activity at the corner since has involved hard hats and construction crews building the eight-story, preservation incentive-boosted Excelsior Apartments above the old block formerly home to the cafe and a collection of independent shops and a small handful of apartments.

That will change this week as global cycling brand Rapha is ready to debut its latest “clubhouse” retail and cafe concept on the corner:

We’re thrilled to announce the opening of Rapha Seattle on Wednesday, March 22nd at 8AM. Rapha Seattle will offer the latest Rapha products, host events and exhibitions, serve the finest coffee as well as screen live road racing throughout the year. We hope to see you soon.
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From Melrose to 19th, Capitol Hill Chamber launches campaign to create $1.6 million Business Improvement Area

The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce is ready to start its campaign to build a $1.6 million a year program to help fill empty store fronts, attract visitors, expand street cleaning, improve public safety, advocate for affordable housing and improved service from City Hall, and make local attractions like Cal Anderson Park more inviting. Now the nonprofit just needs 390, or 60%, of some 650 commercial property owners to sign on to its plan to expand the neighborhood’s Business Improvement Area across Broadway, 12th Ave, 15th Ave E, 19th Ave E, Melrose, Olive/Denny, and Pike/Pine. If it can hit that threshold, all commercial properties in the BIA will be required to pay into the program.

“It’s gonna be a lot of groundwork,” director Sierra Hansen told CHS about the expansion campaign. Starting with Wednesday night’s announcement of the campaign’s launch, the chamber this week is delivering petitions to the 650 property owners within the proposed new BIA boundary. “I’m a very stubborn person,” Hansen said.

She is also already half way there. Continue reading

Police search for attacker after man says stabbed in neck with pen on Melrose — UPDATE

Police were searching for the suspect in an early morning attack on Melrose Ave E in which the victim reportedly told police a man “hearing voices” had stabbed him with a pen.

Police were called to the incident just before 4 AM after a report of a man screaming that he had been stabbed in the 500 block of Melrose Ave E near E Mercer, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

Officers arrived to find the victim down with an approximately one-inch gash to his neck. The victim said the male who attacked him said he was hearing voices and used a pen in the assault.

Police were searching for the suspect in the area around the Melrose trail north of the scene where he was reported to have fled. They were searching for a white male wearing a blue hoodie and tan pants and carrying a duffel bag.

The victim was transported to Harborview. We do not yet have an update on his condition.

There were no immediate arrests.

UPDATE: Here is SPD’s brief on the incident. Police say the man who was stabbed was sleeping on the street before he was attacked.

A man who was sleeping in the enclosed entry way of a building was stabbed in the neck with a pen by an unknown suspect early Thursday morning. The suspect fled the scene and has not yet been located. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. Just before 4:00 am, officers responded to the 500 block of Melrose Avenue East. Officers located an adult male who had been stabbed in the neck with a pen inside the enclosed entry way of the building. Officers provided first aid to the man to stop the bleeding until Seattle Fire medics arrived to take over the medical treatment. The victim was transported by medics to HMC where he is currently receiving treatment for his injury. Officers searched the area for the suspect but did not locate the suspect. It is unknown at this time what led up to the confrontation between the suspect and victim. Officers processed the scene and detectives will now conduct the follow up investigation.

Capitol Hill food+drink | With heavy course load, Honor Society Coffee earns high marks in Melrose Market

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)



True to its name, Capitol Hill’s Honor Society Coffee aims for high marks.

“Not only are we a coffee shop, but we are our own roaster and we also have a full food menu – and we have our own pastry program,” says Liz Pachaud, a coffee specialist who launched the Melrose Market business in September with veteran Seattle chef Brandin Myett.

While other cafes do various combinations of those things themselves, Pachaud believes hers may be the only one in Seattle doing all of them.

“Ultimately,” she says, “everything we do is an extension of the values that we have regarding hospitality, flavor, ingredients, environmental stewardship, community stewardship.”

She and Myett created Honor Society Coffee because they’d been looking for a cafe just like it, and couldn’t find one. Continue reading

Man hit in leg in Pine parking lot shooting

A man was shot in the leg and the shooter sped away in a black Dodge Charger as a lower Pike/Pine parking lot was again the scene of gun violence early Sunday morning.

Police sped to the area around the Parking lot at Pine just below Melrose across from the Baltic Room just before 2:45 AM to a report of gunfire. They found one victim struck in the leg after what was reported to be a single shot. One shell casing was reported found on the ground. Continue reading