Developer has plan to build new microhousing inside old Capitol Hill apartment building


Padden (via Linkedin)

Padden (via Linkedin)

It may be a first for Seattle development: overhauling an old apartment building to create new microhousing. By combining two Seattle development trends at a legendary E Summit building, one developer thinks he may have found a solution to create some much sought after affordable housing on Capitol Hill.

In some ways, a microhousing renovation project would be back to the future for the Summit Inn. The history of tiny, affordable rooms for rent goes back well beyond the recent aPodment-powered trend. The Summit In was built 115 years ago for single room occupancy units.

Developer Brad Padden told CHS he plans to start the estimated $2.5 million renovation in October and have units ready to rent by next summer. The plan is to add one story to the building and transform the building to a mix of dorm-style congregate units and “small efficiency dwelling units” with individual kitchens.

Padden paid $2.9 million for the property late last year.

January's Slummit Block Party, LLC (Image: CHS)

January’s Slummit Block Party, LLC (Image: CHS)

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Blotter | Domestic violence arrest after Summit Ave stabbing

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  • Summit Ave stabbing: Seattle Fire medics and police rushed to an apartment building in the 1700 Summit Ave late Monday night to a report of a domestic violence stabbing inside. According to police radio, a female reportedly stabbed a male in the side in the assault around 11:30 PM. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. The male victim was taken to Harborview with what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
  • 14/Spring hold-up: Police are investigating an armed robbery reported early Sunday morning near 14th and Spring. Information on the incident is limited at this time but the hold-up was reported around 1:50 AM Sunday. The victim reported the hold-up occurred near 14th and Spring around 20 minutes earlier. We’ll post an update when we learn more about the investigation.
  • Flo Ware shooting: A gunman was arrested Friday night after a woman was shot in the leg in a hail of bullets inside  Flo Ware Park near 28th Ave and S Jackson. Police say two groups of suspects may have exchanged gunfire in the incident just after 6 PM. The 29-year-old woman suffered non-life threatening injuries. The 26-year-old suspect was tracked down and arrested downtown after trying to flee the area via a Metro bus.
  • Shots fired: Police investigated a burst of gunfire at 25th and Yesler Sunday around 7:15 PM but fortunately found no victim in the shooting. Investigators collected several shell casings and a slug found at the scene.
  • ‘Stop throwing shade’ assault: The suspect in an early Saturday assault reported near 13th and Madison reportedly told his victim to “stop throwing shade” after hitting the male victim with a glass bottle:Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 1.26.32 PMPolice took the assault suspect into custody. The victim was not seriously injured.

I-5 Shores: cradle of Capitol Hill’s nightlife economy

"You should sleep late man, it's just much easier on your constitution" -- I-5 Shores -- Check out the live What time does your neighborhood leave for work? map here

“You should sleep late man, it’s just much easier on your constitution” — I-5 Shores — Check out the live What time does your neighborhood leave for work? map here

If you’re reading this anywhere within the rectangle of dense apartments between Roy and Thomas and Broadway and I-5, please keep it down. Your bartender might be sleeping.

The most excellent Seattle Times FYI Guy has posted a new map and dataset based on the 2013 Census that shows what time of day different areas of the city start their workdays.

We assume that I-5 Shores workers rolling out of the house between noon and 4 PM are the folks that make the neighborhood — and the city’s — food, drink, and entertainment economy hum. There is a similar time of day pattern seen south of Madison around 12th Ave and Seattle U, too. Meanwhile, don’t be envious of those blocks around Stevens Elementary in Fancy Pants Capitol Hill that start their workdays a little later around 10 AM — they’re probably just cleaning up after their children.

You can check out the patterns through the day and the prime commute time in your part of Capitol Hill here.

We would have called it The Taco Time Apartments

Surprisingly, won't be marketed as The Taco Time Building (Image: Johnson Architecture)

Surprisingly, won’t be marketed as The Taco Time Apartments (Image: Johnson Architecture)

The East Design Review Board convenes Wednesday night to take a first look at a six-story project slated to replace a rejected Capitol Hill landmark and what the developers hope will be a final look at the long-planned apartment building on the site of a different sort of Capitol Hill landmark — the old E Madison Taco Time.

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Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 4.34.15 PMA brand new buyer and a marketing brand for the new project accompany the plan for a six-story apartment development at 1420 E Madison across from the super-green Bullitt Center in the now-empty lot where Taco Time once stood. Last April, we speculated whether the sale of the property by the family behind the Taco Time chain would open up a new life for the project that had so far experienced a rather critical trip through the design review process after the old fast food restaurant was razed back in 2009. Continue reading

Mattress fire reported in Summit/Harrison apartment blaze

A mattress fire in a basement unit of a small E Harrison apartment building brought a massive Seattle Fire response to the Summit Slope area of Capitol Hill just after 11 AM Wednesday.

The smoky fire was quickly brought under control and there were no reported injuries.

A Seattle Fire spokesperson said that while the investigation at the scene was still underway, early reports indicated that a heater inside the unit caused the mattress to catch fire. He reminded CHS readers to check their residences to make sure all items are at least three feet away from any type of heating device.

CHS Schemata | Bellevue, Bellevue, and Bellevue — Part 1



(Images: John Feit)

Buildings are relatively simple to write about.

They are objects within the landscape and as such are easy to quantitatively define easing the path to a qualitative assessment. Landscapes, on the other hand, can be more challenging as they are often composed of a seemingly infinite number of parts. The relative position between landscape and viewer can present challenges as well. Buildings typically has a front, back, and sides. The main facade, often where the entry is, usually grabs the most attention and is the view seen in glossy magazines. Landscape lacks such frontal qualities. What tree, hill, river, or plaza has a defined front (or back, for that matter)? While there are certainly advantageous views that elicit feelings of lesser or greater satisfaction, landscape’s ensemble of vegetation, geography, geology, buildings, and other characteristics make it more challenging to succinctly describe; yet, it is these very qualities that also make it more satisfying and emotionally evocative than most buildings.

It is these multifaceted and often elusive qualities that keep me writing about what I enjoy most about Capitol Hill, the amazing variety of landscapes both architectural and otherwise. Landscape is all encompassing, yet hard to distill to key points that are succinctly shared.

With landscapes as diverse as Pike/Pine and Volunteer Park, one would have to put conditions on what constitutes one’s favorite Capitol Hill landscape, such as: which is my favorite commercial street, distant view, or verdant park? Despite this inexorable taxonomical quandary, Bellevue, Bellevue, and Bellevue, on the northwest corner of the Hill, certainly presents opportunities to engage landscapes that are among the Hill’s finest.

Its charms are many — too many for just one post — so I start with with that quality which I think is the most noteworthy: the combination of both close-in and distant vistas as well as the variety of both natural and created landscapes that are all available for enjoyment within a two or three block area. Continue reading

Juicebox, Cafe Barjot scale up to satisfy two-block Capitol Hill dinner crowds

(Image: Cafe Barjot)

(Image: Cafe Barjot)

They’re not necessarily destination restaurants but there is a new set of small, neighborhood dinners spots around the Hill ready to serve their thousands of walking-distance neighbors.

“We did so very little marketing but I asked for an email blast to the building,” Wylie Bush tells us about drumming up customers for a few quiet test nights of dinner at Bellevue Ave’s Cafe Barjot. The cafe space in the Belroy Apartments development will officially open for dinner next week. Born as a daytime sibling to nearby Joe Bar this summer, Barjot is now ready to add nighttime duty with a small but powerful dinner menu and European-style cocktails. Nick Coffey, formerly of Sitka and Spruce, runs the kitchen and turned out pork sausage, ravioli, and delicata squash for the first nighttime run in the cafe space.

“It’s such an awesome space,” Bush said of the buildout originally completed for the ill-fated Chico Madrid project. “It felt natural.”

Juicebox for dinner
12th Ave also is adding a natural place for dinner but after a much longer test run than Barjot. Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | First look inside Summit Ave’s new Single Shot

IMG_1577A “food-driven” bar with a two-block target market radius replacing a photo gallery? Next to a “hand-forged” doughnut shop? That’s *so* Capitol Hill.

But that ain’t just any doughnut shop neighbor. That’s the original Top Pot. And longtime Capitol Hill-based photographer Spike Mafford is part of the team putting the newly opened Single Shot together on Summit Ave.

The overhauled gallery debuted quietly over the weekend and is open for service daily from 5 PM to 2 AM.

The “kitchen & saloon” is the latest project from Seattle food and drink entrepreneur Rory McCormick and chef James Sherrill, the team that turned out a similar recipe with Re:public in South Lake Union.

McCormick said the out-of-the-way location and the original masonry building drew him to Summit Ave.

“I’m very aware as to what’s happening to Seattle as a whole,” McCormick told us earlier this year about the city’s relentless pace of development. “You don’t find a lot of single-story brick buildings built in the 20s.” Continue reading

By the way, Capitol Hill’s The Sterling is also not a landmark

Screen-Shot-2014-08-18-at-7.40.53-AM-367x550The Sterling — the 1950s-era 323 Bellevue Ave E apartment complex CHS called the “anti-aPodment” for its design mimicing the privacy of a single family home environment — is not an official Seattle landmark.

The Landmark Preservation Board rejected the property from the city’s protection and monitoring program last month.

While landmark nomination activity in Seattle is often connected to pending sales and development plans, there are no records of any transactions or construction planning currently filed for the address.

The Sterling was completed in 1956 and named for original owner Sterling Taylor, “a Seattle attorney and polio survivor who worked as an advocate for people with disabilities,” according to the nomination. He and his wife, Frances Taylor, developed the property and managed the apartments until his death in 1972. In 2005 after a series of owners, Dan Chua bought the property for $1,050,000.

Pretty Parlor shop kitty injured in dog attack

Pretty kitty (Image: Pretty Parlor)

Pretty kitty (Image: Pretty Parlor)

Vincent the Pretty Parlor cat is a familiar character for many on Capitol Hill. Earlier this week, the shop cat suffered a brutal attack that left him in need of expensive surgery and medical care.

He’s in surgery Thursday afternoon. Shop owner and Vincent pal Anna Banana Lange has set up an online account if you’d like to pitch in to help cover the bills. Here’s part of a message she posted Wednesday night:

His chance of surviving the night is 80/20, which is good, considering all the fluids in his lungs. We are meeting with the surgeon tomorrow morning to determine our route for his compound leg fracture. This is the reason for doubling our goal. Surgery is expected to cost between $4000-$6000, an added cost to the original $3000 as estimated.

Banana also writes that she is close to being able to identify the dog and owner responsible for the Wednesday morning attack outside the shop.

CHS last visited the 119 Summit Ave E store earlier this summer as Banana expanded to add a Capitol Hill-styled bridal boutique.

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