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

911 | K9 search unsuccessful after 14th/Howell construction site armed robbery

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  • Armed robbery K9 search: The blocks around a 14th and Howell construction site were locked down as police and a K9 unit searched the area following a reported armed robbery early Thursday morning. Witnesses report SPD patrol vehicles in the area warning residents to stay inside during the canine tracking effort to find a suspect who reportedly held up a construction worker who encountered the man at the residential construction site just before 6 AM Thursday. “On 08-12-2021 at 0555 hours, the male victim entered his construction site to ensure it was ready for the work-day when he was surprised by an unknown suspect who pressed a handgun into his side and demanded the victim empty his pockets or be killed,” the SPD brief on the incident reads. “The victim complied then ran away to borrow a phone to call the police.” According to residents and East Precinct radio reports, police locked down the area around the site for around 30 minutes as they searched for the suspect who had made off with the victim’s wallet and vehicle keys in the robbery. Police say the search was not successful. There were no reported injuries and no arrests. Continue reading

Former Oola Distillery and La Panzanella bakery to make way for seven-story mixed-use project at 14th and Union

(Image: King County)

Developers have filed early plans for a new seven-story mixed-use building at the corner if 14th and Union where a cluster of food and drink businesses has already faded away over recent years and one of Capitol Hill’s remaining light industrial spaces will be turned over to the ongoing demand for new housing in the neighborhood.

This corner of Capitol Hill redevelopment will play out in a slightly different order than most. This time, bars, restaurants, and the craft distillery that called the property home in recent years moved away before the plans for demolition arrived.

According to the early permit filings from Euclid Development and the Capitol Hill-based architects and Board and Vellum, the former La Panzanella bakery property recently home to businesses including Oola Distillery, gay bar Union, Restaurant Zoe, and Bar Sue will be demolished to make room for a seven-story, 80-unit mixed-use apartment building, with commercial space at street level, and underground parking. Continue reading

The Cayton-Revels House: a landmark to Seattle’s Black history on 14th Ave E — UPDATE

(Source: Seattle Landmark Nomination: THE CAYTON-REVELS HOUSE)

Capitol Hill’s historic Cayton-Revels House is up for nomination for landmark designation Wednesday afternoon with the City of Seattle. Built in 1902, the Queen Anne Victorian-style house was once the home of Horace Roscoe Cayton, publisher of Seattle Black-owned newspaper the Seattle Republican, and his wife and associate editor Susie Sumner Revels Cayton. Community members and the home’s current owners say the landmark designation would be a significant and necessary acknowledgement of Seattle’s Black history.

CHS reported here on the efforts of the 14th and Mercer structure’s owners to achieve landmark status and protections for the 1902-built house, honor the Cayton-Revels family, and recognize the legacy of the racial covenants that shaped Capitol Hill. According to the landmarks nomination, “the Caytons were one of only three Black American families living in today’s definition of Capitol Hill​ before racial restrictive covenants barred non-white residents in 1927.”

You can learn more about the meeting and how to provide public comment here.

UPDATE: The board voted unanimously for the house to move on to the designation phase. The big vote will take place in early April.

The Seattle Republican was one of the most widely-read newspapers in the region at that time. In print from 1894 to 1913, the Republican appealed to national and local audiences of all races, but primarily focused on local politics and the Black experience. Horace Cayton, born a slave on a Mississippi cotton plantation and educated at Alcorn University, made his way to the Pacific Northwest in pursuit of greater freedoms in the frontier-era West. As Seattle changed from a frontier town to a growing city with increasingly racist power structures and property covenants, Black families were pushed into the Central District, where the Cayton-Revels eventually relocated.

“The Caytons were one of the most well-known Black American families in Seattle at the turn of the 20th century because of their business and political involvements,” said Taha Ebrahimi, a Capitol Hill resident who researched and wrote the 142-page landmark proposal for the Cayton-Revels house. Continue reading

It will be affordable and environmentally innovative but here’s why a neighbor is fighting plans for the cross-laminated timber Heartwood Apartments

An early concept for the planned mass timber project (Image: Atelier Jones)

The fate of a proposed affordable housing development on Capitol Hill that will also help trailblaze the construction of “mass timber” buildings in Seattle should be known in the next few days after an appeal from a neighbor put would looks like a temporary kink in the plans.

Community Roots Housingformerly known as Capitol Hill Housing – has planned to build an 8-story apartment building on what is now a parking lot on the corner of 14th Ave E and E Union, diagonally across from Skillet Diner. The new Heartwood Apartments would include some ground floor retail, and 126 units. Rents in the new building would be designed to be affordable to people with an income level between 60% and 100% of the area median. The building would include no parking.

The city had approved the construction of the building, but that decision was appealed by Naomi Ruden, a resident of the adjacent Helen V apartments.

Developments in the area — and the city — have faced these kinds of appeals with regularity even as City Hall has looked to rein in the use of tools like landmarking or the State Environmental Policy Act to slow or stop approved projects.

The Heartwood case came before the Hearing Examiner January 26th. Hearing Examiners fill a quasi-judicial role and are meant to provide an impartial decision reviewing city decisions.

In the appeal filed December 1st, Ruden noted that the existing parking lot is used by resident of the Helen V. Ruden is one of several residents of the Helen V who require handicapped parking access provided in the lot, she said. She was concerned that that access would be lost, and there are no plans to replace the spots for those in need. Continue reading

Oola Distillery saying goodbye to 2020 and Capitol Hill with move to Georgetown

Kallas-Lewis on Oola’s five-year anniversary

14th and Union has been home to a lively slice of Capitol Hill with a “Southern” dive bar, a gay bar, and the neighborhood’s sole remaining craft distillery. All of that will be gone when things get back closer to normal after the heights of the COVID-19 crisis — Oola Distillery is joining the rest in exiting the corner.

Nine years after it poured its first tastes of small batch vodka and gin, owners Kirby Kallas-Lewis and KT Niehoff announced the distillery and its 10 Degrees event space are leaving Capitol Hill for Georgetown.

“We are sad to leave the Hill,” Kallas-Lewis said. “KT and I have been a devoted part of the neighborhood for almost 25 years. Covid related challenges created a sooner than expected departure, but we are staying positive and looking forward to joining the Georgetown community.” Continue reading

City beefs up Stay Health Streets signage

The city’s Stay Healthy Streets program to restrict motor vehicle traffic on select streets to create more open space during the pandemic is adding sturdier signs to help better protect people from drivers as they walk, bike, and roll.

The new signs aren’t exactly barriers but officials hope they will be less susceptible to breakage and loss as bad weather and bad drivers have taken a toll on the city’s collection of a-frame style signs deployed early in the pilot project. Continue reading

An investment in the eventual return of Capitol Hill sit-down dining, Artusi ‘facelift’ underway

(Image: @artusibar)

Despite the uncertainty ahead in the economy and in Capitol Hill food and drink, 14th Ave Italian aperitivo bar Artusi is making a big investment in the future of full service dining.

14th and Pine’s Artusi has broken ground on a renovation project overhauling its former layout. Expected to take about three weeks, the remodel is centered around shrinking the size of the interior bar along with installing new lighting.

“It’s kind of a double-edged sword because it’s like when would we ever have the time to do this,” Artusi general manager Angela Lopez said..

As COVID-19 safety measures continue to restrict dining-in capacity, Lopez says it ended up being a relatively good time to move forward with the renovation plan that has been in the works for a few years now. Continue reading