With Microsoft set to take entire floor, big company workers at core of WeWork Capitol Hill strategy

(Image: Ankrom Moisan Architects)

No, Microsoft is not going to acquire WeWork and rename it Microsoft Office. But using WeWork’s coming Capitol Hill assets — and the global technology giant steering clear of longterm leases of its own — do appear to be part of the plan.

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce has reported that the Redmond-based tech giant will lease an entire floor of the coming five-story Capitol Hill WeWork.  Continue reading

BIKES ON PIKE: ‘Huge for commuters or those not as comfortable on a bike’

(Images: Margo Vansynghel for CHS)

Even with a very rainy Sunday closing out the weekend, The Seattle Department of Transportation was able to put the finishing touches on the new bike lanes on Pike from downtown to Capitol Hill this weekend.

The new lanes, between Broadway and downtown, were mostly painted last weekend, and SDOT had been working to dot the I’s and cross the T’s last week, with the work “98%” done on Friday, said SDOT spokesperson Dan Anderson. Today, the bike lanes also have new stop bars, a new bike rack at Belmont and Pike, more reflectors and new parking signs designating loading zones.

The updated signage might be necessary. The new bike lane got off to a sputtering start last week, with Twitter users posting photos of cars and trucks parked in the bike lanes, including an SDOT vehicle and a delivery truck in front of sandwich shop Honey Hole. Continue reading

Here’s how Kurt Cobain’s big face ended up back on a Capitol Hill wall

Last summer, the replacement of a Nagle Place mural of Kurt Cobain sparked a wave of nostalgia for a Capitol Hill that never was. First, the work had only been in place for half a year. Second, the muralist was a famed London street artist promoting a show at a Pioneer Square gallery. And third, the work was replaced with another by local artist and prolific Capitol Hill muralist Weirdo.

Nevermind all that.

Now the London artist, that Pioneer Square gallery, again, credit union BECU, and Capitol Hill’s Everyday Music have teamed up for a nostalgic flipside to the removed original. Continue reading

Landmark Knights of Columbus building set for ‘adaptive reuse’ future in middle of new apartment buildings

The future of the historic Knights of Columbus building lined up to be at the center of development along Union just above Pike won’t be more housing, the developer behind the project says.

The second of two new apartment buildings planned to wrap around the 106-year-old masonry clubhouse passed through the early phase of design review last month as planners were finally able to work out solutions to provide a better relationship between the planned development and neighboring E Pike buildings. Continue reading

With WeWork’s arrival delayed, Capitol Hill indie coworking spaces work together to stay ahead

You can’t work at the Capitol Hill WeWork… yet (Image: CHS)

By Audrey Frigon, CHS Fall Intern

Coworking giant WeWork is coming to Capitol Hill but Susan Dorsch of neighborhood independent work space Office Nomads is not in a panic.

Regarding the growing competition of coworking businesses and spaces in the Seattle area, Dorsch said she is not worried.

“The fact that the coworking business in Seattle is growing is a great thing,” said Dorsch. She hopes more people focus on how beneficial it is for people and companies to work together rather than try to compete with one another.

Expected to open by now but mired in permitting delays with the City of Seattle, coworking giant WeWork is still putting final touches on its five stories of office space on 11th Ave in the preservation incentive-boosted Kelly Springfield Building. A company representative declined to comment on the delay citing a Securities and Exchange Commission-mandated quiet period as the company moves toward its troubled IPO and has watched its value plunge from $65 billion heights. Continue reading

From cannabis to clubs, Capitol Hill’s The Baltic Room has a new owner

Proud owners Rachel Keith and Rahsaan Henry (Image: The Baltic Room)

From The Ganja Mom to Capitol Hill’s new queen of clubs? Rachel Keith is a long way from creating anything like Linda Derschang’s empire just yet but with her summer takeover of The Baltic Room, she’s proud to at least be following in a few of Derschang’s earliest dance steps.

Keith purchased the Baltic, the Pine dance club Derschang first opened as a piano bar in 1997, this summer and celebrated a grand reopening last month.

“What’s the Baltic Room?,” Keith asked earlier this year as she was searching through listings for an available club. “My husband and I have always been in the nightlife scene. I decided to go check it out.” Continue reading

Pike readied for new paint, less parking for new bike lanes

You’ll have a long time to wait before Seattle creates a Pike/Pine “superblock” but crews have already begun marking out the near-term bicycle future for Pike between downtown and Capitol Hill.

The Seattle Department of Transportation says it is checking on the start painting and parking restrictions along the route but the work crew laying down the preliminary markings Wednesday said the markings along the street will be painted Saturday, weather permitting. Continue reading

‘Superilles’ for Seattle? Council member Mosqueda has her eye on 6-block pedestrian-and cyclist-first ‘superblock’ for Capitol Hill

Seattle knows a thing or two about dramatically changing neighborhoods. But Sant Antoni, a paper-plane shaped neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain, has seen a different kind of radical transformation.

After an extensive renovation, the art nouveau market anchoring the neighborhood returned to its original 19th-century splendor last year. In the area around it, parking was moved underground, newly planted trees and shrubs dot the streets and public plazas, children romp in new play areas, and bicyclists and pedestrians now have ample space to move around freely. In short, public space has increased by thousands of square meters — all because car traffic was deprioritized.

The urban design concept, in this case designed in tandem with local residents, businesses and others, is called a “superblock” or “superille” — and if you ask citywide City Council member Teresa Mosqueda, Seattle should get one.

Mosqueda has her eye on a 6-block area on Capitol Hill, between Pine and Union between 12th and Broadway.

“This could be a really great place to test what this model may need to be successful,” Mosqueda said. “This is an opportunity to look at what other cities like Barcelona have done to change street design elements to reduce traffic and improve pedestrian access to public spaces.”  Continue reading

A tiff over coffee? That’s the way the Capitol Hill Cookie Counter crumbles

A tiff over coffee has crumbled the hopes of a new Capitol Hill sweet shop before they had a chance to bake. The expansion of The Cookie Counter to E Pike has come to an end after only a few weeks of business.

Owner Chelsea Keene announced the sudden closure this week — along with a picture of a fractured cookie. “We are not able to go into much detail, but in a nutshell it is due to irreconcilable issues with our lease terms along with issues with a fellow building tenant,” she wrote. “We put so much into the space and having to leave so soon has crushed us.” Continue reading

Sum by Sum Style bringing out of the box picks to growing Pike/Pine fashion scene

(Image: Sum Style)

By Audrey Frigon, CHS Fall Intern

Capitol Hill personal styling services and clothing store Sum is coming to E Pike.

The Sum Styled Box is a more personalized take on the growing delivered style box trend. Kim’s client base, urban working professionals, are very busy people. Because of this it is the goal of Sum Style to serve them in the best way possible and bring a bit of ease to their lives said Sam.

“Our boxes are unique in that our clothes are never mass produced. We are very personal. We don’t style by algorithm, we treat each client like a family member because they are each different and deserve that care.” Continue reading