Plans for a big new mixed-use neighbor for Washington Hall moving forward after pandemic financial implosion

One of the busiest areas of housing development near Capitol Hill and the Central District is being readied for a new 400-unit project born from a pandemic development bankruptcy.

Monday night, the Central Area Land Use Review Committee community group will discuss the development as part of its January meeting. “This project is important for the Central Area,” the group says. “It will be one of the largest projects in the Central Area and an addition to an area of 12th Avenue that has recently seen several large projects.”

The development will rise seven stories and neighbor the area’s historic Washington Hall venue. Permitting indicates plans for around 400 units and a massive 200-car underground parking garage. Street-level retail is also part of the plan. Continue reading

TaraShakti building new ski fashion brand and community with Shakti Shack pop-up on the slopes of Capitol Hill

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Clark and Ralkowski (Image: TaraShakti)

Another sports fashion brand with mountain-high aspirations from a neighborhood entrepreneur is starting with a pop-up on the slopes of Capitol Hill.

TaraShakti, launched last year by Capitol Hill resident Tara Clark, has set out to make a new space in ski fashion with a revival of the onesie, a look Clark says helps her skiers “build confidence, connection, and community.”

The new ski brand from Clark and co-founder Quan Ralkowski is making its first tracks this winter with a Shakti Shack pop-up in a former dry cleaners shop on 14th Ave neighboring Porchlight Coffee, and the NUE and Omega Ouzeri restaurants.

“Slip into a vintage inspired, high performance, expertly crafted suit and experience the magic. The feminine fit will hug you in all the right places,” TaraShakti promises. Continue reading

Developer to hold ‘neighborhood discussions’ as final design for Capitol Hill Safeway redevelopment is pounded out

A rendering of the E John facade (Images: Weber Thompson)

A draft proposal for the February design review shows the current concept for the project (Images: Weber Thompson)

Developers of the project to redevelop the Capitol Hill Safeway with a new 50,000-square-foot grocery store, housing, and massive underground parking lot won’t face the final round of the city’s design review process until next month but they aren’t leaving anything to chance.

Developer Greystar and architect Weber Thompson will hold two “virtual neighborhood discussions” this week as they pound out the final proposal for the design to create two new five-story buildings including the new grocery, around 334 400 market rate apartment units, some new, smaller retail spaces, and an underground parking lot for about 350 cars.

“During the Virtual Open House, we will present materials related to our project and proposed neighborhood benefits and answer any questions you may have. We will also have a project survey on the website that you can fill out to communicate what is important to you,” Greystar says in the announcement: Continue reading

Gun battle sends crowds fleeing after Washington Hall show — UPDATE

Thanks to a CHS reader for this picture of part of the SPD response from the scene outside Washington Hall

Cars were damaged but there were no reported victims after gunfire sent crowds at a Sunday night show at Washington Hall fleeing into the streets around 14th Ave.

According to East Precinct and Seattle Fire radio updates, gunfire was reported just before midnight near the concert and community venue at 14th and Fir. Minutes later, more gunfire and a multi-car collision was reported at 12th and Yesler.

Police found two vehicles crashed at the location and one person injured. Two people reportedly fled one of the vehicles on foot, according to witness reports.

Prior to the crash, a rolling gun battle involving at least three different vehicles exchanging gunfire was reported in the area. At least one of the vehicles was involved in the crash. Continue reading

Police shoot man armed with rifle after reports of gunfire at 14th/Yesler apartment building

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Police called to a report of shots fired at a 14th and Yesler apartment building shot and wounded a man early Friday morning

According to Seattle Police and East Precinct radio updates, officers were called to the area around 4:30 AM to reports of gunfire in or near the building.

SPD says officers arrived as gunfire continued and found a man armed with a rifle: Continue reading

Latest proposed landmark on Capitol Hill’s Millionaire’s Row would honor legacy of Seattle pioneering businesswoman

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Caroline Horton

The grand American Foursquare on 14th Ave E near E Roy, thanks to the clearcutting of Capitol Hill, once had an even grander view. It has waited 116 years to be considered for Seattle landmark protections. Now remembered as the Caroline E. Horton House, one of the remaining unprotected chunks of Capitol Hill’s Millionaire’s Row will finally come before the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board later this month. (UPDATE: Corrected the location mistake. Sorry for the error — that’s what I get from reporting from memory and not looking at a map!)

The old home’s nomination from its most recent owners comes as the Millionaire’s Row neighborhood stretching along 14th Ave E from Volunteer Park won federal recognition — and the protections and tax implications it entails — on the National Register of Historic Places last year.

While many of the now multimillion dollar homes along the street have won landmark status for their immaculate condition as examples of classic Seattle turn of the century architecture, 627 14th Ave E’s story is about the woman who had it built. Continue reading

With new deal, 14th and Union mixed-use project will connect through to E Madison and neighbor Chop Suey, Diesel, and the Madison Pub

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The new shape of plans at 14th and Union (Image: CHS)

Capitol Hill’s golden age of the auto row passed long ago. Now, any plans for expansion of the final, fancy vestige of the neighborhood’s car retailing community has been thrust aside by Capitol Hill’s everlasting growth industry: new apartments.

Plans for redevelopment of the former distillery and restaurant at the corner of 14th and Union will now push through the block and onto E Madison with a new land deal for the 1920-built Talbot Building garage, CHS has learned.

The agreed acquisition will allow Euclid Development and Capitol Hill-based architects Board and Vellum to expand the planned seven-story development from an 80-unit building at 14th and Union to one that now jigsaws into the block with 136 apartment units above mixed-use commercial and an underground parking lot. Continue reading

The golden age of Capitol Hill bagels

The Bagel Deli may be long gone but you are living in the gold age of Capitol Hill bagels.

The October opening of Rubinstein Bagels brought a nice little burst of new energy to 15th Ave E’s commercial offerings while also elevating the neighborhood’s chewy bagel offerings to a new epic level. Here are a few scenes CHS captured on a recent visit to check out the new shop.

Capitol Hill currently is home to five outstanding bagel bakers each offering its own special take on the Jewish baked goods: Continue reading

Millionaire’s Row gets new crosswalks and a four-way stop to help connect Volunteer Park to the rest of Capitol Hill

The view from the Shafer Baillie Mansion

One of the more needlessly dangerous crossings on Capitol Hill is being repaired this week, helping to connect Volunteer Park to its neighbors to the south.

Thanks to the folks at the Shafer Baillie Mansion bed and breakfast for sending over a note and the picture updating on the work Thursday to install new stop signs and crosswalks at the intersection of 14th and Aloha. Continue reading

Police: Suspect waving gun in Capitol Hill street was suffering mental crisis, protesting neighborhood development

SPD has posted a brief on the arrest

A resident police say was waving a gun in traffic and suffering a mental health crisis in the 14th and Union incident was taken into custody Saturday as they attempted to stage what they said was a Black Lives Matter protest against a planned development at the intersection.

“I want to make a stand for Black lives and this housing community,” the suspect reportedly told police as officers arrived at the scene at 14th and Union just after 1 PM Saturday.

According to the SPD report on the arrest, officers responded to the afternoon incident after multiple reports of a woman waving a gun in traffic in the area. Arriving officers found the suspect with what appeared to be a Black Lives Matter sign and fanny packs wrapped around their shoulders in the middle of the street after parking their vehicle in the intersection and getting out: Continue reading