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Threat clears Capitol Hill Station construction site

Workers filled the street as they were cleared from the construction site Tuesday morning (Images: CHS)

Seattle Police and King County’s Metro Police were searching the area and construction workers were sent home for the day after a bomb scare Tuesday morning at the mixed-use development construction site surrounding Capitol Hill Station.

A county spokesperson tells CHS that the Broadway light rail facility was also being searched and checked out clear. The facility appeared to remain in operation throughout the morning.

SPD arrived at the scene mid-morning to respond to a reported threat or suspicious package. And SPD spokesperson would only confirm that officers were assisting at the scene.

Sound Transit opened the U-Link extension and the new station below Broadway in March 2016. In August 2016, Sound Transit signed a 99-year lease with Gerding Edlen to develop the properties it had acquired surrounding the station. When complete in 2020, the development will span four buildings around Capitol Hill Station with 428 residential units – 41% of which (176 units) will be designated affordable housing. There will be 31,150 square feet of residential space, 216 parking stalls for cars, and 254 parking stalls for bikes.

A spokesperson for Lease Crutcher Lewis, the lead contractor on the sprawling construction site told CHS that workers from the entire site were being sent home for the day due to the threat. Crews lingered in the area after the announcement, some sticking around in hopes of a chance of getting back to work.

A Sound Transit spokesperson tells CHS that service was not interrupted during Tuesday’s response.

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