Here’s what 150 or so new apartments surrounding the (newly landmarked) Knights of Columbus building will look like

Still only a massing proposal and a design concept, this is what could rise next to the Knights of the Columbus building

Here is the first look at early design proposals for the two projects that will work together to shepherd the newly landmarks protected Knights of Columbus building into its new adaptive reuse future and add more than 150 new apartments to the block at Union and Harvard.

Design review: 704 E Union St and 722 E Union St

The projects from developers SRM Development and the Runberg Architecture Group will begin the city’s design review process with a joint session Wednesday night. Continue reading

One shot in Pine parking lot in bout of Capitol Hill nightlife gun violence — UPDATE

A victim arrived at Harborview with a reported gunshot wound to the head after a shooting reported early Saturday morning in a parking lot near Melrose and Pine.

The incident has not been announced by Seattle Police or Seattle Fire’s media officials. CHS discovered details of the shooting after reports of gunfire on social media. Seattle Police confirmed that a victim was shot but could not provide further information at this time.

UPDATE 4/22/2019 8:30 AM: Seattle Police say their gang detectives are investigating the shooting and tell CHS that the injuries suffered by the victim did not turn out to be life threatening. It appeared the victim was hit by a grazing shot to the head. He was reported as conscious and alert but SPD says he declined to speak with officers about the incident.

According to East Precinct radio, callers reported gunfire just before 1:30 AM around the surface parking lot just west of Melrose. About 15 minutes later, radio dispatches said a victim had arrived at Harborview with a life threatening gunshot wound.
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A Sway and Cake on every Pike/Pine block — between 12th and 11th Ave

Tamara Kilburn has new racks to fill as she opens a second Sway and Cake at 12th and Pike (Image: Margo Vansynghel)

For years, the high-windowed corner of 12th and Pike was filled mostly with people, packages, and mail coming in and out of the Post Options Business Center. Those years are over. And no, the longtime Capitol Hill shipping and mailing business is not closing. It just gave up some of its lesser-used space to a new tenant in the building, the upscale multi-brand clothing boutique Sway and Cake.

The boutique will be the second outpost of the Sway and Cake family on Capitol Hill. The other is tucked away in the nearby preservation and small biz-friendly development Chophouse Row. The second Sway and Cake opens at 12th and Pike next week.

Owner Tamara Kilburn doesn’t have to stray far from her original store. The new space is only a three-minute walk from Chophouse Row, where Sway and Cake sits between bicycle shop Good Weather, vegan restaurant Plum Bistro and gift shop Knack. A great location, Kilburn says, but, as she realized a couple of months ago, it doesn’t have the street foot traffic or light she craves. Continue reading

Will workers bring Little Big Burger’s Little Big Union to Capitol Hill? — UPDATE: Now open

(Image: Little Big Union)

Portland’s Little Big Burger is coming to Capitol Hill soon. iIs workers could bring a fast food labor movement here, too.

In mid-March, Little Big Burger workers in Portland, led by staff at one location, went public with their decision to unionize, a rarity for fast food personnel, following issues of safety, scheduling, and what it says are inadequate pay raises. After talking to workers at other locations of the chain, workers realized that their concerns were widespread across restaurants.

“Conditions, you know, needed to change,” said Cameron Crowell, a union member who has worked at Little Big Burger in Portland for two years.

The union’s demands include $5 raises, two weeks of both paid sick leave and vacation time, fair and consistent scheduling ahead of time, and time and a half for all federal holidays, according to its website. Continue reading

Watch out Capitol Hill rabbits, coyote spotted at Bellevue and Pike

This urban coyote caused a stir around Capitol Hill in 2012

The logical conclusion to the great Capitol Hill eastern cottontail mystery of twenty eighteen could be playing out this spring with reports of at least one urban coyote on the prowl in some of the neighborhood’s busiest areas — including a spotting Tuesday night at, of all places, Bellevue and Pike.

“I saw it last night same area, definitely a coyote. I made my Uber driver stop because I thought it was a dog but it was not. So sad,” one commenter on a neighborhood message board wrote.

Maybe not so sad. Urban coyotes keep a relatively low profile but have appeared in increasing numbers around Seattle. They aren’t necessarily ill or starving. They live here. On Capitol Hill, they are most typically spotted traveling between the Arboretum and areas around Interlaken, Volunteer Park, or the St. Mark’s Greenbelt. You’ll usually see them around dawn or dusk but there are occasional daytime reports, too. Continue reading

From one Capitol Hill to the other, Jayapal spreading the word on Medicare for All — What CHS heard at Saturday’s forum

(Image: @CMTMosqueda1 via Twitter)

Rep. Pramila Jayapal was joined by citywide Seattle City Council members Lorena Gonzalez and Teresa Mosqueda, as well as state Sen. Joe Nguyen, D-White Center, Saturday morning as she implored a packed house at The Summit on Pike to speak out on the importance of Medicare for All.

“It is time to transform our health care system in America,” said Jayapal, who introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2019, H.R. 1384, in February. “It is time to make sure that health care is a right and not a privilege reserved only for the luckiest few.”

The Washington Seventh Congressional District leader’s bill, which has 107 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, aims to create a universal Medicare program to cover all Americans with one government-run health plan. This plan would cover hospital visits, primary care, maternity care and prescription drugs as well as dental benefits which came up several times Saturday as a source of financial hardship. Continue reading

Seattle’s increasingly modest plans for new bike projects include seven across Capitol Hill, CD — UPDATE

This page from the council presentation on the bike plan implementation update oddly includes an image of a Capitol Hill rider on perhaps the most un-pedal friendly in the neighborhood.

Seattle is criss-crossed by 1,547 lane-miles of arterial streets and 2,407 miles of non-arteries. In recent years, the city has added new bike infrastructure to only about 10 miles of those streets per year.

Tuesday afternoon, the Seattle City Council will begin the latest process to shake out the next five years of Seattle bike infrastructure investments. Following the relatively paltry output of the last couple years, the proposed plan includes projects that will likely add up to even less than 10 miles per year. But there are still some new improvements on the list for Capitol Hill, the Central District, and the nearby. Continue reading

Hooters ‘coming soon’ to Capitol Hill

A Capitol Hill future prophesied by pranksters in 2007 is becoming reality. It is true. Hooters is coming to Capitol Hill.

Kind of.

Portland-born Little Big Burger, gobbled up by North Carolina-based Chanticleer Holdings in 2015, is rumbling toward an opening at 12th and Pike in a long-awaited buildout of tenant space in the Beryl Apartments mixed-use development that rose on the corner more than three years ago. Continue reading

With city nixing plan for car charging station on Broadway, extended bikeway still no closer to reality

(Image: Seattle Bike Blog)

City officials are backing off the plan to add a new electric vehicle charging station to Broadway outside Capitol Hill Station that would have kinked up any future plans for extending the Broadway bikeway. Here — we’ll let Seattle Bike Blog and its infographic goodness tell you the news:

In an email to people who submitted feedback on the plan, the agency cited public concerns about the bike lane (and increased costs related to relocation) as primary reasons for the change. As Seattle Bike Blog and many others noted, the presence of a car charger would likely serve as an additional barrier to a sorely-needed bike lane extension on Broadway. Moving the charger if/when a bike lane is completed would also cost City Light unnecessary expenses.

In its update, Seattle City Light said it heard three priorities from feedback on the proposal:

  • There is a preference for the City of Seattle to focus on transit, pedestrian, and biking options for this intersection.
  • Installing the EV chargers in a location where the community desires a protected bike lane extension would create a hurdle for the community’s continued appeal for the protected bike lane extension.
  • Installing the EV chargers in a location where future uses possibly include a protected bike lane or a loading/unloading zone could result in unnecessary expenses for City Light.

In selecting the location, City Light points out that extending Broadway’s protected bike lane was not included in the Seattle Department of Transportation’s six-year project list.

Seattle City Light could choose a new location for a Capitol Hill charging station. “If we find a feasible site in the Capitol Hill area, we will engage the community and stakeholders again,” City Light says. Continue reading

Amazon a ‘Go’ on E Pike

(Image: Amazon)

Through dozens of permits and pages of planning updates, CHS has found the first documentation that global retail giant Amazon is, indeed, opening a new cashier-less grocery store on Capitol Hill.

An otherwise innocuous conveyance permit required for elevator work in the AVA Capitol Hill building is the first document filed with the city over the past four years for the 600 E Pike project to include the name “Amazon.”

“No comment,” an Amazon spokesperson offered when CHS confronted the $855 billion and change company with its latest Washington Post-worthy, Watergate-level reporting on the store. Continue reading