Fire in E Howell apartment and restaurant building investigated — UPDATE: Arson

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The Seattle Fire Marshal was investigating Monday night after firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze inside a 1925-built E Howell apartment building home to 40 apartment units and the Kedai Makan restaurant.

Smoke and fire were first reported in the 400-block E Howell Burlingame Apartments building off E Olive Way around 7:35 PM. Seattle Fire units quickly brought the blaze on the mezzanine level in the building’s residential entrance under control. One early report indicated the fire may have involved a couch.

The building was evacuated during the response and SFD was checking smoke levels inside to make sure it was safe for residents and customers. Kedai Makan is not open for business on Monday nights.

The Fire Marshal was called to the scene to determine what caused the blaze.

Seattle Fire reports there were no injuries.

A person familiar with the situation, tells CHS that a bartender at Montana, on the other side of the block from the blaze, may have helped save the building when he noticed smoke coming through an emergency exit door, grabbed an extinguisher, and jumped into action. Continue reading

Design review board has first look at Belmont Ave low-income and re-entry project

(Images: SMR Architects)

Capitol Hill’s design review pipeline has slowed to a trickle but there are still a few important new projects on the board. Wednesday night, a development from Pioneer Human Services part of $101 million in funding for affordable housing projects across Seattle will take its first step in the process.

Design Review: 1717 Belmont Ave

Pioneer on Belmont will be a seven-story apartment building with 90 units designed for a mix of the lowest income tenants and housing for formerly incarcerated and homeless residents: Continue reading

Police respond to Belmont Ave building for man reported stabbed in early morning robbery

Seattle Fire and Seattle Police found a man stabbed in the back inside a Capitol Hill apartment building but not much information about what happened in a reported robbery early Friday morning.

Emergency units rushed to the area just before 5 AM after a 911 caller reported that the victim had been stabbed in a robbery or attempted robbery. Their arrival was delayed by more than five minutes due to confusion over the caller’s location, according to emergency radio dispatches.

Police were able to track down the incident in the 1700 block of Belmont at the Granada Apartment building where the victim was found with what appeared to be one knife wound to the upper back.

Seattle Fire rushed the victim to Harborview. We do not have information on his condition. UPDATE: SFD tells us a man in his 40s was taken to the hospital in stable condition in the reported stabbing.

Police were attempting to piece together what happened in the incident with limited information from the victim or the caller.

UPDATE 2/26/18: It took us a bit but we received the SPD report on the stabbing and it sounds like police don’t have much to work with in the case with very limited details from the victim or the woman who called 911:


Apartment dweller hit by drive-by bullet inside his Capitol Hill building

Seattle Police have released new details in what appears to have been a freak drive-by shooting incident on Capitol Hill early Sunday in which a man was hit by a bullet after hearing gunfire outside his E Denny Way apartment building

CHS reported on the incident over the Presidents Day weekend but SPD has now released its report on the strange shooting and the apartment dweller’s unlucky brush with a bullet.

As we previously reported, the victim told police he heard gunfire in the street below his apartment just after 1 AM and went to the window to see what was happening. As he turned, a bullet smashed through the glass and grazed his body, leaving a four inch-long wound along his rib cage:

“The bullet slug was embedded above the inside of the front door, approximately 1 inch above the door trim, and approximately 4 inches from the right side of the door,” police report. Continue reading

Police investigate Madison/Seneca stabbing — Plus, man grazed by bullet inside E Denny Way apartment

Police were looking for two suspects from a fight reported just before a man was found stabbed in the chest in an assault near Madison and Seneca early Sunday morning.

Police and Seattle Fire were at the scene across from Seattle University on the backside of Pike/Pine just before 2 AM where a man reported to be in his mid 20s had been stabbed. Police say the victim was conscious but was not able to provide a detailed description of his assailant.

A fight had been reported in the area near 12th and Madison shortly before the stabbing. UPDATE: A bulletin from Seattle U security reports that the stabbing apparently happened at 11th and Madison:

On February 18, 2018 at approximately 1:51 AM, the Seattle Police Department responded to the north side of the intersection at 11th Avenue and East Madison Street for reports of a physical fight involving a small group of individuals. As the police arrived, those involved in the incident began to clear from the area, away from campus. Police identified one person remaining at the scene who had been assaulted with a knife. The Seattle Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital.

Seattle Fire reports the victim was transported to Harborview in critical condition.

UPDATE x2: SPD confirms our details of the stabbing and says the stabbing victim asked a woman who found him bleeding from his injuries. The passerby called 911 and possibly saved the man’s life considering how much blood he was losing. Meanwhile, the victim’s condition meant he was unable to provide much information to arriving officers:

Detectives are reviewing security video that captured the initial altercation.

E Denny Way shooting
A man was grazed by a bullet inside an E Denny Way apartment in an early Sunday morning shooting reportedly involving gunfire from the street.

911 callers reported multiple shots fired just after 1 AM and police found at least one bullet casing in the street across from the Bonneville Apartments at 600 E Denny Way, according to East Precinct radio reports.

Police found the victim inside the building and a bullet hole in an apartment unit window. The man was treated by Seattle Fire for what was described as a grazing bullet wound. SFD described the victim’s injury as minor.

UPDATE: Police say the victim said he heard gunfire in the street below his apartment and went to the window to see what was happening. As he turned to walk away, a bullet smashed through the glass and apparently grazed his body. Police say they recovered the slug from the apartment unit.

A grey sedan was reported fleeing the area following the gunfire.

Seattle gang detectives were called to assist in the investigation.

UPDATE x2: Friends have posted about the incident on social media:

Sad about the ghosts of Capitol Hill? Ghost Gallery making best of lost lease

We’re just going to warn you right now. The end of any year typically brings a pulse of sad news as businesses new and businesses old lose or give up their place on Capitol Hill. With a boom economy, surging real estate market, and destructive capitalism coursing through Seattle’s veins, 2017 will probably be rough on your nostalgia.

Maybe we can all learn something from Hill business owner and Ghost Gallery founder Laurie Kearney. Her announcement of a lost lease and one final holiday season in the shop’s seven-year home was downright positive and hopeful: Continue reading

After years of impending development doom, Redwood’s end accelerated

When you have been declared dead as many times as much-loved Capitol Hill dive bar the Redwood, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the final days include a plot twist. CHS reported to start the week on the Wednesday night design review for the project set to replace the bar and the Redwood’s plans for a November 18th goodbye blowout.

Even a funeral that has been planned for years can’t outmaneuver the cold, hard cruelty of the lease. Owner Lisa Brooke tells CHS the bar just found out it needs to be moved out by November 1st. So, the Redwood is pushing up its wake to a Halloween goodbye party. You can dress up as the sad neighbor. Or a Port Angeles hipster.

Lisa and Mat Brooke say they plan to move some of the old guts of the Redwood to the Olympic Peninsula to open up a new joint in PA.

But don’t get your hopes up for yet another reprieve after years of warnings that the Redwood’s end was coming.

“Mat jokes we’re the bar that cries wolf, but this one’s the real deal😢,” Lisa assures us.

Redwood has goodbye date as plans for new building — and possible future bar space — take shape

The future of the Redwood

This being Capitol Hill, it’s probably not hugely surprising that the public design review process for a seven-story microhousing project should be fully in synch with the fate of the dive bar it is set to replace. In an announcement coinciding with the project’s first review in January, CHS reported the news that the Redwood would be closing November 16, 2017. We can now report that, with the second and likely final design review meeting for the project coming up this week, the Redwood will NOT be closing on November 16.

It’s a Thursday, turns out. One final blowout on November 18th makes a lot more sense. UPDATE: Uh oh. Change of plans. The Redwood’s final night is Halloween.

“We plan to close our doors Saturday November 18th (thinking the weekend would be a good last chance to say goodbye),” Lisa Brooke tells CHS, “then we move all our stuff out and will bring it to Port Angeles, where we hope to open a bar/restaurant.”

The Redwood’s heart and soul will live on — it’ll just be on the Olympic Peninsula. Someday, a little Redwood could possibly rise again on Capitol Hill, however.

600 E Howell
The 76-unit Blueprint Howell development planned for the Redwood’s lot is designed by S+H Works to emphasize a “narrow and articulated” form that would focus the mass of the project along Howell and the west of the property while locating the street-level commercial space on the southwest corner of the lot. To make the preferred layout work, developers are asking for a series of zoning departures on the building’s setbacks — back in January, the design board was cool with the exceptions.

Design Review: 600 E Howell

There will be no parking spots for cars but the building should have space for about 56 bikes.

The project’s 1,200 feet of commercial space won’t be ready for years but it could eventually be home to a reborn Redwood or another project from the Brookes. Continue reading

Big, smoky fire scorches old Capitol Hill ‘dog lounge’ building

(Image courtesy Jesse Rope)

(Image courtesy Ella Li)

The building formerly home to a Capitol Hill’s “dog lounge” burned Wednesday morning in a smoke-spewing fire that sent one woman to the hospital.

Seattle Fire was called to the intersection of E Denny and E Olive Way just before 8:30 AM and began to battle a blaze from inside and on the roof of the building. The fire was upgraded to a “two alarm” response to bring in additional crews.

Seattle Fire crews reported the fire was nearly under control by 9 AM but it continued to burn and create significant amounts of smoke.

Seattle Fire says one woman was taken to Harborview from the scene. According to radio dispatches, the woman was outside the building and suffered smoke inhalation. SFD reported the woman to be in stable condition.

The building was home to the Downtown Dog Lounge until it left this summer due to what the owner said were crime and landlord issues.

The large, single-story 1924-built auto row building and surrounding property is also home to In The Bowl, the Holy Smoke head shop, and an outlet of the Beyond Vape chain. The long-shuttered Apocalypse Tattoo and Bus Stop bar spaces have also been vacant in the building for years.

UPDATE 12:40 PM: SFD says investigators have been unable to determine the cause of the fire. Damage is estimated at $500,000.

(Image courtesy Jesse Rope)

(Image courtesy Jesse Rope)

Downtown Dog Lounge leaving Capitol Hill

Just as the plans for Capitol Hill’s first cat cafe are finally taking shape, one of its longest running canine-focused businesses is getting ready to move out.

The Downtown Dog Lounge has been getting its furry clients ready for the big change on E Denny Way for a while now but officially announced its planned departure this week after 10 years on Capitol Hill: Continue reading