Central District development receives $4.5M grant, part of first investments from Amazon’s Housing Equity Fund

Gardner Global, the Seattle firm working to create a seven-story mixed-use apartment development on the 23rd Ave land that has been the longtime home to the Mount Calvary Christian Center in the Central District, announced it has received a $4.5 million grant from Amazon to boost the project.

The award is part of some $23 million pledged by the company last week “supporting the creation and preservation of more than 568 affordable homes in Seattle” as part of a new Amazon Housing Equity Fund. Continue reading

One to hospital in 23rd Ave shooting — UPDATE

A shooting at the 23rd Ave Ezell’s parking lot sent one person to the hospital Saturday night.

Seattle Police says officers responded to a shooting with one victim around 6:37 PM after reports from multiple 911 callers of gunfire in the street near 23rd and Jefferson. Continue reading

Police search for injured passenger after reportedly accidentally shoots self in leg aboard Metro bus

Police were searching for a passenger who reportedly accidently shot himself in the leg aboard a Metro Route 8 bus and fled the scene near 23rd and John Thursday afternoon.

Emergency crews and Seattle Police were called to the area just after 4 PM but the Seattle Fire units were quickly canceled as a search for the injured person continued. Continue reading

The spirit of Pettirosso? New bar and lodging project planned for Central District


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An image from the city permitting work being done at the site

A cocktail at Pettirosso (Image: CHS)

The spirit of a 27-year Capitol Hill favorite may live on in a new form in the Central District.

Early construction planning for a new bar and lodging project across the street from the new Midtown Center development at 23rd and Union involves a much-loved name in Capitol Hill food and drink — Cafe Pettirosso.

With preliminary planning taking place to start the year, the proposal is moving to the next phase of construction permitting on a project that would transform the 1105 Building, primarily used for retail in recent years and once lined up as a new burger joint, into a new bar below short-term living units and a new — and tiny — hotel envisioned to rise as a small accessory structure on the lot.

The building is currently home to the Nile’s Edge healing center.

According to King County records, sisters and business partners Miki and Yuki Sodos purchased the property for $757,000 in a sale that closed March 28th. Continue reading

After year-long restoration, Soul Pole sculpture makes its return to the Douglass-Truth library

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A symbol of “400 years of African American history and the struggle for justice in the United States” will rise again in the Central District.

Tuesday, the return of the “Soul Pole” to the lawn outside the Douglass-Truth Branch of the Seattle Public Library at 23rd and Yesler will be marked with a press conference featuring Mayor Bruce Harrell and Tom Fay, Chief Librarian of The Seattle Public Library.

A year ago, the pole was taken down from where it had stood for nearly 50 years for a much needed restoration of the 21-foot wooden sculpture.

The library contracted with Artech Fine Art Services to manage the project working with Corine Landrieu, “one of the Northwest’s top conservators.” Continue reading

SPD busts school bus thief after chase through CD, Wood Technology Center crash

Thanks to a CHS reader for the picture from the scene

The driver of a stolen school bus was arrested Tuesday morning after crashing into the parking lot of 23rd Ave’s Wood Technology Center after a 15-minute police chase that included the empty bus smashing into parked cars, a Metro bus, and the Judkins Station construction site along the way.

Seattle Police says the man, believed to be a bus service employee not authorized to drive the vehicles, stole the bus just before 8 AM near S Horton and Colorado Ave S:

The suspect then drove through SODO, swerving across traffic, running red lights, and appeared to purposefully ram other vehicles. The suspect headed east, reaching Rainier and McClellan, ramming additional vehicles along the way. Because of the ongoing risk to the public, police pursued the suspect, who reached speeds upwards of 50 miles an hour. The suspect continued north on Rainier, turning onto 23rd Avenue, where he struck a King County Metro Bus and later crashed into a light rail station construction site at 23rd Avenue and Judkins Street.

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Police say drug debt led to reported 23rd Ave shooting incident

Seattle Police says a Monday night gunfire incident on 23rd Ave near Alder appears to have stemmed from an illegal drug debt.

Police say officers were sent to the area around the 200 block of 23rd Ave just before 11 PM after a caller reported someone in a van had opened fire on her vehicle.

According to the SPD brief on the incident, “officers recognized the victim vehicle as frequenting a high drug activity area and expanded their search to that location.” Continue reading

Next phase of 23rd Corridor project to bring transit, pedestrian improvements to Montlake, backside of Capitol Hill

A view from above Montlake from August 2020 satellite imagery (Image: Google Earth)

By Ryan Packer

At 24th Ave E and E Lynn Street, next to Montlake Bicycle Shop, an empty bucket is all that’s left of the crossing flags neighbors had added to the intersection to provide people trying to cross at a legal intersection where few drivers cede their right-of-way. People walking north along the west side of the street nonetheless need to cross here as the construction of the forthcoming Sea Wolf Bakery has blocked the entirety of the sidewalk for much of the past year, with a trip around the block entailing dealing with a large hill.

A new traffic signal and marked crosswalks may not open in time to help with the Sea Wolf pedestrian detour, but they are coming.

A set of improvements along the 23rd Ave/24th Ave corridor, geared around improving pedestrian access and experience for transit riders, is set to start construction as soon as early autumn. Continue reading

Design review: The Central District’s Acer House and its Afrofuturist plans at 23rd and Cherry

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Imagine this: five-and-a-half stories of apartments in an Afrofuturist design on 23rd and Cherry with thousands of square feet of childcare and other retail spaces with a public courtyard. Of the 120 apartments, which range in size from about 400-square-foot studios to two-bedroom units between 700 and 800, 30% would be reserved for low-income residents.

Thursday night, the proposed Acer House project will move forward with its first pass through the Seattle design review process:

2210 E Cherry St

Design Review Early Design Guidance for a 5-story, 120-unit apartment building with 4 live-work units, childcare, and retail. No parking proposed. Project relies on a contract rezone. View Design Proposal  (23 MB)    

Review Meeting: June 10, 2021 5:00 PM

Meeting: https://bit.ly/Mtg3037717 Listen Line: 206-207-1700 Passcode: 187 663 1617
Comment Sign Up: https://bit.ly/Comments3037717

Review Phase: EDG–Early Design Guidance

Project Number: 3037717  View Related Records


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Planner: David Sachs — Email comments to [email protected]

Kateesha Atterberry, founder of the Urban Black commercial property management firm working on the development, says the team wants a childcare provider focused on “Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.” Commercial spaces will likely include the existing Flowers Just 4 U, which might be the only Black-owned florist in the Pacific Northwest, with Atterberry saying she would additionally like to see a recording studio and other artists in the five micro retail spaces for small businesses.

On top of the housing affordability, Atterberry also hopes the project, known as Acer House, can be commercially affordable.

“Creating vibrant communities where businesses can thrive and contribute to the local economy is dependent upon them being able to afford the spaces they are in,” Atterberry told CHS in an email. “Our goal is to provide affordable leasing terms and access to resources for additional support. We believe in partnering with businesses to ensure their success because their success is our success.” Continue reading

Central Area Land Use Review Committee to host meeting on 23rd/Cherry Acer House development

The Central Area Land Use Review Committee community group will hold an online meeting this week with developers behind the Acer House project,  a five-story, mixed-use building planned to rise at the corner of 23rd and Cherry.

CHS reported on the project here in what developer Ben Maritz said he hopes will be the “first truly anti-racist private sector development” in the city by addressing issues of ownership, displacement, and equity a privately financed project.

The Acer House project is also seeking a rezone to allow an extra floor of height from the Seattle City Council. Legislation for the rezone is beginning its path through City Hall after being transmitted last month. The city’s design review process will also start soon with community feedback first on elements of massing and context and later on the finer points around the afrofuturist design and colors. Continue reading