Seattle Fire makes ‘hazardous material’ response to East Precinct headquarters — UPDATE: No hazard

Seattle Fire was called to the East Precinct headquarters at 12th and Pine Sunday night for a reported hazardous material response.

There were few immediate details as multiple Seattle Fire trucks and the hazardous material response team were deployed to the Capitol Hill building just after 5 PM.

The incident was reported as a hazardous material response. UPDATE: Seattle Fire says it is investigating “an unknown substance” found at the facility.

UPDATE 6:30 PM: Seattle Fire says the substance found was “identified as baking soda in a watery solution.” The hazmat crew determined the material was not hazardous and cleared the scene.

There were no reports of injuries.

Last weekend, Seattle Fire’s hazmat response crew was also busy after a suspicious envelope was delivered to Chabad of Capitol Hill and The Central District’s Capitol Hill community center, the latest in a wave of letters and threats targeting Jewish organizations around the Puget Sound.


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RapidRide on Broadway: How would you prioritize these 18 Capitol HIll and Central District street and transportation projects for the next 20 years?


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The Seattle Department of Transportation is collecting public feedback on a roster of dozens of street, sidewalk, and mobility projects around the city as planners try to round out the city’s next 20-year transportation plan.

Included in the mix are 18 projects on and around Capitol Hill and the Central District including a few in vital connecting neighborhoods like downtown Seattle.

CHS reported here on the August publication of the draft Seattle Transportation Plan including a framework that would create more safe and efficient protected areas for bikers along arteries, a proliferation of transit-only lanes, and new light rail lines criss-crossing Capitol Hill and the Central District along 23rd Ave and Denny Way.

Now SDOT has further fleshed-out some of the concepts in the proposed plan as it seeks more feedback. The priorities will also likely shape the city’s next transportation levy as the current levy expires next year. You have until November 20th to add your priorities and thoughts.

“After a multi-year community visioning and planning process, we have identified a list of candidate transportation projects and potential program activities for the public to review and provide feedback,” SDOT writes. “These proposed projects and programs support the STP’s 20-year vision for Seattle’s transportation network.”

SDOT says the projects were shaped by the city’s growth strategies and equity priorities.

The Central Seattle roster covers Capitol Hill, the Central District, and nearby neighborhoods like Montlake, Madison Valley, and First Hill. Continue reading

12th Ave’s MariPili bringing its art of Spanish culinary delight to First Hill’s Frye Art Museum’s cafe

(Image: Frye Art Museum)

(Image: Maripili)

MariPili owner and chef Grayson Corrales received an email in her inbox last December notifying her that Frye Art Museum was looking for new energy to run Café Frieda, a cafeteria space within the First Hill cultural center that has been closed for over three years after the catering company running it changed their business model due to the pandemic. Corrales applied, not expecting the café to be in the cards. Now, MariPili will be opening at Café Frieda next month.

On her first day in a new position, Frye Museum executive director Jamilee Lacy tasted food from multiple Seattle-area businesses who wanted to run the café in January. Lacy was looking for food that was different from the usual museum cafeteria fare. She kept her vision for “fine dining in the daytime” in mind, and says MariPili was the clear leader.

“It became really clear to me, and aligned best with my vision for the museum, that a small yet well-positioned, somewhat avant garde purveyor was the best way to go,” Lacy said.

Some details need to be worked out before the café stats its new life. Grayson says she’s still finishing placing equipment and setting up the POS system. One other employee will also need to be hired. The menu is still subject to change, but Corrales envisions quick, accessible, food service.

“It’s supposed to be a menu that’s more approachable and faster to fire so that the hospital workers surrounding the Frye Museum can stop in and grab a sandwich on their lunch break,” Corrales said. Continue reading

Capitol Hill part of renewed Seattle Tourism Improvement Area proposal

A Seattle City Council is set to review plans Monday morning for a new Seattle Tourism Improvement Area focused on increasing downtown hotel occupancy with some limited implications for tourism on Capitol Hill.

While the neighborhood has been slow to add new hotel properties, Broadway is home to a Silver Cloud Inn and various projects have come up over the years examining possible new hotels — though none have come to fruition. Meanwhile, one hotel in the area has been put on what its owners hope will be a more lucrative path providing housing.

Under the new proposal, lower Capitol Hill up to 12th Ave will remain part of the hotel assessment zone. Continue reading

Meet the Capitol Hill Artist | Kalina Winska is experimenting with the weather

(Image: Ananya Mishra/CHS)

By Ananya Mishra

“A lot of things happen in the [artistic] process that are unpredictable, and I like to respond to those situations and find a way for it to work. That’s what excites me.”

Kalina Winska is an artist who grew up in Poland and has been living in Seattle for three years. Earlier this year, she moved her studio from Georgetown to Capitol Hill because she loved the energy and vibrancy of this neighborhood.

Her work is inspired by her concern for climate change and her fascination with digital weather maps. Kalina’s paintings are vibrant and play with juxtapositions.There are layers of contrasting colors, hard lines, and softer brushstrokes. Continue reading

Man reported grazed by bullet, woman shot in legs in Capitol Hill shootings — UPDATE

An officer collects evidence near 12th and Madison (Image: Matt Mitgang/CHS)

(Image: Matt Mitgang/CHS)

Bullets flew into buildings and reportedly grazed a man outside the neighborhood Maserati dealership in an early morning drive-by shooting in Pike/Pine.

There were no major injuries reported in the just after 1:30 AM incident that brought police to the area to search for a black BMW reportedly at the center of the melee and to comb through the streets looking for shell casings.

UPDATE: CHS has obtained video from the scene showing two suspects on foot crossing 11th Ave just after 1:30 AM before one turns at the corner and opens fire in the direction of the A Pizza-Mart bar and restaurant. Seconds later, the driveby shooting was reported at 12th and Madison.

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Here’s how Capitol Hill’s Canon added room for more customers — without putting a dent in ‘America’s largest spirit collection’

(Image: Canon)

Canon owner Jamie Boudreau has room for “America’s largest spirit collection at 4,000 labels and counting” but doesn’t always have room for the customers that line up at the 12-year-old 12th Ave cocktail bar. But now Boudreau’s award-winning bar has room for 30 more patrons to enjoy a gimlet or two.

Canon announced it has added a new Copa-Quoin Room to help handle overflow crowds on Wednesdays through Saturday nights. Continue reading

Karachi Cowboys has ridden off into the Capitol Hill sunset

(Image: Karachi Cowboys)

The Capitol Hill food and drink scene has lost one of its more interesting recent additions with the sudden closure of 12th Ave’s Karachi Cowboys.

The tiny joint known for its Pakistani soul food creations has gone quiet. Owner Nasir Zubair declined to comment on the shutdown and any future plans. Continue reading

Nashville fried chicken by way of Pasadena, Dave’s Hot Chicken coming to Seattle with a joint on Capitol Hill

Portland already has a Dave’s (Image: Dave’s Hot Chicken)

(Image: Dave’s Hot Chicken)

It is probably not hugely surprising that Capitol Hill will be getting a Dave’s Hot Chicken as the explosive growth of the Nashville fried chicken by way of Pasadena franchise brings a flock of of the fast-casual joints to Seattle.

The chain has quietly lined up the space at 12th and Pike formerly home to a Pacific Northwest chain that stumbled in its expansion to Seattle. Portland-based Little Big Burger closed in the corner space of the Beryl mixed-use development late last year after about three years of business.

The Dave’s Hot Chicken hype should last at least that long. The concept was born in LA in 2017 as a street food project from a group of friends including Dave Kopushyan, a chef with Napa Valley bonafides from a stint at The French Laundry on his resume who cooked up some spicy fried chicken recipes, set up a couple picnic tables in East Hollywood, and hit Instagram hard.

Six years later, there are more than 100 DHCs around the country, Canada, and the Middle East thanks to an aggressive franchising effort. Continue reading

Seattle University first in state to end holdings in fossil fuel industry

Jim and Janet Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation (Image: Seattle University)

12th Ave’s Seattle University announced it has divested from fossil fuel marking a first for Washington State.

The school is also reportedly the first Jesuit school in the nation to end its fossil fuel investment holdings.

“Though the university is at the end of the five-year divestment process, it is just one part of Seattle University’s ongoing efforts toward building a sustainable community that supports human and ecological health, social justice and economic well-being through Socially Responsible Investing,” the school said in a statement. Continue reading