CHS Re:Take | Ice cream, beer, and the Montlake Drive-In Public Market

Montlake Drive-in market 1937 and 2016

Montlake Drive-in Market 1937 and 2016. Old one is a 1937 state assessor’s photo, from the Washington State Archives. Filed under 2200 24th Ave East. The new one I took on a recent cold morning after hiking down through Interlaken Park.

I did it! My 4-month streetcar history vigil forced SDOT to start operating the streetcar. Now that that’s over, let’s talk about some car-oriented architecture at 2200 24th Ave East at Boston Street, where the Boston 2200 building is underway. We’re going to need to talk about pickles and ice cream to get there, and about beer afterwards.

Horluck’s a-changing

Dear HistoryLink: Please pay someone to write a biography of George Horluck.

There’s not a lot of information about George Horluck out there, but this whole article revolves around him so we’re going to have to take what we can get. Google suggests that we read the History of Horluck Brewing Co and Sick’s [sic] Century Brewery. I did it for you, no need to click. 6/10. Unhealthy obsession with beer. Sprinkling of pre-beer facts with no context. Good effort.

As the page says, George was born in Nebraska to parents newly immigrated to the United States, but they came from Denmark. The family moved to Seattle by 1910.

With a bit more digging in newspaper and genealogy records, George Horluck’s life comes into focus. By 1910 his father Hans was in a partnership with Anton Hagen, selling pickles at the Pike Place Market and Westlake Public Market. Hans transitioned through two other partnerships in the next two years, selling pickles, bacon and pickled herring. (Any future biographer is probably going to stop at this point to scream the same words that sprang from my social network accounts: “Arg, no! Why am I researching the lineage of this pickle stall??”)

From about 1915 to 1916 George sold papers at 1st and Pike, and then delivered a Seattle Times route on Denny Hill. After high school he joined his father’s odd pairing of businesses in Port Orchard: growing and selling feed for farm animals, and operating mosquito fleet steamers. After a decade of hard work, in 1926 George traveled to his parents’ home of Copenhagen and spent a year exploring Europe. (June 30, 1929 Seattle Times page 68.) Continue reading

Capitol Hill Station ‘launch’ planned for March, indeed

IMG_8039-600x900CapitolHillStationSign-600x112 (1)March 2016 will be an epic month for Seattle’s transportation system. Sound Transit officials are planning for a “launch” event that month for the new light rail extension from downtown to Montlake via Capitol Hill, according to a Wednesday morning Seattle “special events” planning session.

Meanwhile, state officials are also planning a March 2016 grand opening event for the 520 bridge replacement project that will include a fun run across Seattle streets and WSDOT’s new floating bridge. No, the westside portion of the project won’t yet be complete. The Cascade Bicycle Club is also planning an Emerald City Bicycle Ride as part of the grand opening festivities, according to Wednesday’s meeting.

The opening of the two major infrastructure projects will be big news for transit geeks and commuters alike. The March 2016 light rail launch event will involve both Capitol Hill Station on Broadway and the UW Station near Husky Stadium. No specific dates for the events have been announced. Continue reading

City looks at improvements to Seattle-side 520 plan including new Montlake Cut bike/ped bridge

Screen-Shot-2015-01-20-at-4.43.31-PMThe City Council’s transportation committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday night as part of the process to finalize the plan for building the westside components of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s project to rebuild SR 520.

The state plan calls for “a box girder style bridge including a bike and pedestrian path over Portage Bay, redesigned highway lids with a new land bridge, and multimodal connectivity improvements,” according to the council’s announcement for the hearing. CHS looked at the final designs for Seattle-side 520 projects including a new Portage Bay Bridge, and a Montlake “land bridge” when the proposals were released in January.

A resolution is planned to document the City of Seattle’s requests for changes and improvements to the plan.

“The City is also asking WSDOT to consider an additional bike and pedestrian bridge across the Montlake Cut, transit priority enhancements, intelligent transportation system improvements (ITS), improved pedestrian safety at the Montlake interchange, and neighborhood traffic enhancements,” according to the the announcement.

The Urbanist blog, meanwhile, has outlined issues in the westside 520 project’s design that the city’s requests need to do more to address.

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Starting June 8th, you’ll only have 20 months to wait for a much-improved 23rd Ave

The future of 23rd Ave (Image: SDOT)

The future of 23rd Ave (Image: SDOT)

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 10.40.08 AMThe 20-month first phase of a$46 million overhaul to improve the flow and safety of 23rd Ave will begin in early June. While the artery is hoped to be greatly improved by the time all phases of the 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project are completed in late 2017, you might want to plan a few alternate routes in the meantime.

Monday night, planners will be on hand for the first of monthly community check-ins on the project:

First monthly community drop-in session on May 18
Each month throughout construction, SDOT will host a drop-in session to answer questions and share the latest construction information. Join us for the first drop-in on May 18 (see details below)! Don’t worry if you can’t make the drop-in session, we will post all information online.

Monday, May 18, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Garfield Community Center – Arts & Crafts Room
2323 E Cherry Street, Seattle, WA 98122

Project details and updates can be found at seattle.gov/transportation/23rd_ave.htm. Phase 1 will entail work on 23rd Ave from between S Jackson and E John. Phase 2 covers the work south of Jackson and Phase 3 will handle 23rd/24th from E John to E Roanoke in Montlake. Phase 2 and Phase 3 construction plans remain in the air, however, pending funding for the projects. Continue reading

Montlake neighbors speak up to reunite homeless man and his dog

Residents between Montlake and 15th Ave E are speaking up to support an area homeless man seeking a reunion with his dog, Sunny.

William’s tale has drawn a lot of attention in a series of posts on the Nextdoor community social network for the area:

I know many of you have seen or even talked to William an older man who you see with a black Labrador Retriever juvenile female around the Montlake neighborhood. He lives on a small boat on the water east of the old MOHAI. He does ask for money on the Montake off ramp. I have got to know him over the past few years and he has had some tough luck and is not an alcoholic and does not use drugs. His love is his dog. He seems very gruff and loud but that’s just his way. I have never seen him mistreat either of his dogs. Where we might speak gently to our dog he may yell but again it’s his way. This past Monday he was at the Safeway on Capitol Hill and tied Sunny up outside and some well intentioned person called the police and Animal Control came and took the dog from William telling him that someone complained that he was cruel to the dog. He is really broken up about it. I just talked to him. He told me that she sleeps on his chest and that he feeds her only the best food sometimes going hungry himself. I have seen his cart many times and he has only good quality dog food in it. I know this is long winded but many of us could be in the same situation.

It has already been ten days since Sunny was taken into custody. Ann Graves of the Seattle Animal Shelter tells CHS that the situation is being investigated as quickly as possible. “While an investigation takes as long as it takes, we’re not dragging our feet, we want to bring this to resolution as fast as we can,” she said. Graves said he is not at risk of losing the dog only because he is homeless.

Graves said people familiar with William can fill out a statement form to assist in the animal cruelty investigation. You can contact Graves here via email. Refer to case 15-2148.

In the meantime, William is not able to visit Sunny until the investigation is complete but Graves said the dog is in good hands. “Sunny is being well taken care of,” Graves said.

Central Area Neighborhood Greenway begins with bike markings, better pedestrian crossings — and ‘speed humps’

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 10.48.31 AMcentralgreenway_map_vertical_feb27-212x550 (1)Work on the first phase of the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway is underway creating new bike route markings, new stop signs and better pedestrian crossings along a route connecting 21st, 22nd, and 25th Ave from John to Jackson. You’ll note that SDOT is also adding “approximately” one speed hump per block on the route.

CHS included the work in our list of transit projects to look forward to in 2015. The “Hybrid” option for a bicycle and pedestrian friendly parallel to the 23rd Ave corridor will begin at I-90 and pass up through the Central District along 26th and 25th Ave before a jog over to 22nd north across E Madison to Capitol Hill. Through a mix of signage, pavement markings, speed bumps, roundabouts and other traffic-calming features, the route will complement a $46 million overhaul of 23rd Ave. When complete, the 23rd Avenue greenway is likely to be the longest greenway in the city.

Seattle Bike Blog says the first phase of work is slated to be wrapped up later this winter. SBB also provides insights on some of the most important bike and pedestrian work still to come to make the greenway a reality.

If the plan doesn’t get mucked up for the northern end of the route, the area should connect nicely to Montlake’s bicycle and pedestrian resources included in the Seattle-side 520 replacement project.

Updates and more here:

Phase 1 runs between E. John Street and S. Jackson Street along 21st Avenue E, 22nd Avenue E, and 25th Avenue S. Installation elements include:

  • Bicycle pavement markings
  • Stop signs on all streets crossing the greenway
  • Flashing beacons for pedestrians and bicyclists at arterial crossings: 25th Avenue S and E Yesler Way; 25th Avenue S and E Cherry Street
  • Enhanced pedestrian traffic signal at 22nd Avenue E and E Union
  • Approximately one speed hump per block on the route

This work will necessitate some temporary on-street parking restrictions, pedestrian and cyclist detours, and some light construction noise. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained except when temporary restrictions are necessary. Normal work hours will be 9 AM to 4 PM. Installation is expected to be complete in late Winter 2015.

UPDATE 2/25/2015: Depending on your definition of “begins,” you might want to mark a different start date for the actual work on the project. SDOT says that the contractor’s work is *now* underway:

Central Area Neighborhood Greenway installation begins

SEATTLE –A contractor working for the Seattle Department of Transportation began work today on Phase 1 of the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway. The contractor expects to complete this phase of the project by spring, enabling Central Area residents of all ages and abilities to enjoy a calmer and safer route to walk and ride bikes. This phase of the greenway will run between East John Street and South Jackson Street on residential streets parallel to 23rd Avenue, including stretches of 25th Avenue, 22nd Avenue, and 21st Avenue East.

Much of the work to be done involves the repair or upgrade of curb ramps and sidewalks where the neighborhood greenway crosses arterial streets. Crews will work south to north, one intersection at a time, at the following locations:

  • 25th Avenue  and East Yesler Way
  • 25th Avenue  and East Cherry Street
  • 25th Avenue  and East Columbia Street
  • 22nd Avenue  and East Madison Street
  • 21st Avenue East and East John Street

One of four crosswalks at each intersection will be closed during ramp construction. Typical working hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Other elements of Phase 1 greenway implementation include bicycle pavement markings on the route, stop signs on streets crossing the greenway, and approximately one speed hump per block. Flashing beacons for pedestrians and bicycles will be installed at 25th Avenue and East and Yesler Way and also at 25th Avenue and East Cherry Street. An enhanced pedestrian traffic signal will be located at 22nd Avenue and East Union Street.

SDOT expects all phases of the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway project will be completed by the end of the year, extending the route from East Roanoke Street to Rainier Avenue South on residential streets parallel to 23rdAvenue.

Neighborhood greenways are residential streets made safer and calmer for people of all ages and abilities to walk and ride bikes. Greenways can provide access to schools, trails, parks, transit, and neighborhood businesses. For more information on the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway, please see the project web page. Also, see a map of Seattle’s completed and planned neighborhood greenways.

State settles on final designs for Seattle-side 520 projects including new Portage Bay Bridge, Montlake ‘land bridge’

The state’s final design recommendations for the westside components of the 520 replacement project include a simplified design for a new Portage Bay Bridge that drops previous plans for fancy cables and includes a “land bridge” as part of the planned Montlake lid that will help link the area for better pedestrian and bicycle access across the highway, planners say.

UPDATE: The state wants your feedback on the plans — you can take the survey here through February 13th.

The entire, massive, 166-page WSDOT “final concept design” report for the projects is below. The Seattle Times took an in-depth look at the update here. CHS reported on the westside components including a smaller than originally planned Montlake lid and the start of construction on some of the projects here in September.

The replacement projects are part of a massive overhaul of the 520 floating bridge. Construction on the floating bridge work continues. In March, CHS reported on the start of work on the so-called West Approach Bridge North section of the bridge. The $300 million federally funded westbound section will have three lanes and include a pedestrian and bike path that will eventually connect to a path all the way across Lake Washington. Seattle’s side of things includes more than a billion dollars in 520 replacement projects yet to be funded.

Despite a cheaper Portage Bay Bridge, the new reports predict the cost of the unfunded westside sections will come in at $1.57 billion pushing the total 520 project cost to nearly $4.5 billion. But first, lawmakers must pass a new state transportation plan in Olympia.

The full WSDOT design report is below. Continue reading

Here’s why your friends in Montlake are extra cranky this week

(Image: WSDOT)

(Image: WSDOT)

The good news? “Nighttime activities are not planned between Dec. 24 and Jan. 4.” In the meantime, Montlake is going to be taking one for the team the next couple weeks as 520 Seattle-side replacement work gets hard and heavy. A bulletin from WSDOT on planned nighttime construction is below. You can learn more here. And, of course, be thankful they’re not trying to tunnel to Medina.

Upcoming construction activities in the Montlake Interchange area
Major construction kicks off this month around SR 520’s Montlake Boulevard interchange as part of the West Approach Bridge North Project (WABN). Crews plan to begin a variety of local street improvements, starting with the widening of the eastbound SR 520 ramps to and from Montlake Boulevard during the week of Dec. 15. Montlake-area improvements are designed to provide additional capacity on 520 ramps and local streets, and safer travel for bicyclists and pedestrians when WABN is complete. As construction plans are finalized and work proceeds in the Montlake area, additional notifications will be sent.

Noisy work expected during the night at SR 520 eastbound ramps

To widen the ramps, crews will perform work between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the following weeknights:

Monday, Dec. 15 – Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Monday, Dec. 22 – Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
Monday – Thursday nights, Jan. 5 – Jan. 29, 2015
Note: Nighttime activities are not planned between Dec. 24 and Jan. 4.

Work includes site preparation, cutting through the roadway surface and installing drainage to prepare for future intersection modifications.

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Crews are performing this work at night in order to avoid disrupting weekday traffic. Nearby residents and businesses may hear noise and feel vibrations from the construction activities. All work involving noisy impact equipment, such as jackhammers, will occur before 10 p.m. as required by the city of Seattle temporary noise variance. In accordance with our construction contract and the city of Seattle noise variance, the work will be performed using construction best management practices and sequenced in a way to minimize noise as much as possible.

Groundbreaking ceremony begins Seattle-side 520 project, demolition of Montlake’s Ramps to Nowhere

(Images: WSDOT)

(Images: WSDOT)

The new 520 -- under construction on the Eastside, too (Images: WSDOT)

The new 520 — under construction on the Eastside, too (Images: WSDOT)

Seattle’s side of replacing 520 across Lake Washington has finally begun to dig after a Wednesday groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the West Approach Bridge North and the demolition of the landmark Ramps to Nowhere.

“This new structure is the vital connection between the new SR 520 floating bridge and Seattle,” Governor Jay Inslee said in Montlake for the groundbreaking Wednesday. “The project ensures that our growing populations and economic hubs on both sides of Lake Washington will retain a critical transportation link for decades to come.”

The federally funded, $300 million West Approach Bridge North will connect westbound lanes to the new floating bridge now under construction. CHS wrote here about the eastbound half of the equation including a Montlake lid and a new Portage Bay Bridge.

Famed for summer scenes of brave and brazen young people jumping into the lake below, the Ramps to Nowhere remnants from curtailed plans for an expanded 520 presence in the area will also be removed over the coming months.

Scheduled for completion in 2017, the new West Approach Bridge North will carry three westbound lanes of traffic from the new floating bridge to Montlake, and connect a new bicycle-pedestrian path from the floating bridge into Seattle.

520’s Seattle-side replacement begins with West Approach Bridge North construction

Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 9.56.35 PMWABN_Travel_ModelConstruction of West Approach Bridge North, the Seattle-side 520 replacement project that will connect westbound lanes to the new floating bridge, is now digging in on Foster Island and through Montlake.

The project is part of the only half-funded, half-planned westside replacement of 520. CHS wrote here about the other half of the equation including a Montlake lid and a new Portage Bay Bridge last month. The $300 million federally funded westbound section will have have room for three lanes and include a pedestrian and bike path that will eventually connect all the way across Lake Washington.

Here’s an update from WSDOT on the work that will also mean the end of the iconic “Ramps to Nowhere” remnants from scuttled 520 plans past:

Contractor crews for the Washington State Department of Transportation are beginning to move in heavy equipment and remove trees and vegetation, as needed, along a strip of Foster Island in preparation for building the West Approach Bridge North. One of the crews’ first tasks on the island and adjoining waterways is to build a work platform from which they’ll construct the permanent SR 520 approach bridge.

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