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  • Federal Ave standoff: A Capitol Hill Airbnb stay went wrong over the weekend as the SPD Hostage Negotiation Team and Seattle Fire had to be called to a standoff on Federal Ave E Sunday morning. According to SPD, a 911 call around 9:30 AM alerted them to a disturbance in the 400 block of Federal Ave E. There, witnesses told officers an acquaintance likely high on drugs had begun damaging the rental residence as the group was cleaning up to leave the property. When they tried to stop the damage, the witnesses said the friend turned on gas inside the residence and threatened to blow the place up. SPD says the suspect was “not able or refuse”d to respond to contact attempts and neighbors were advised to leave the area. The Hostage Negotiation Team and Seattle Fire were called to help. Once the gas was shut off, officers observed the unresponsive suspect inside of the building and moved in. Police say the suspect was treated by SFD and transported to the hospital. Continue reading

Design review: Belmont Commons ‘co-living’ building will rise eight stories and squeeze 78 units into Capitol Hill’s dense core

(Image: Hybrid)

When CHS wrote about the first round of approval for this eight-story, 78-unit project on Belmont Ave E the most densely apartment-ed heart of Capitol Hill in October of 2019, we noted that design reviews in the area had slowed to a trickle. Little did we know that things were about to get much slower.

Still, somehow the East and Central Area Design Review Boards have managed to review around a dozen projects through the pandemic. Wednesday night will bring the next online session as reviewers could make the final sign-off on the Belmont Commons project,

The project from developers Kamiak Real Estate and architects from Hybrid will replace a two-story, eight-unit apartment house built in 1910 in the 400 block of Belmont between Republican and Harrison. The building will not include parking. Continue reading

Seven-story development set to rise on 12th Ave Car Tender block faces design review

The multimillion dollar driver behind the exit of longtime auto garage Car Tender from Capitol Hill will kick into gear this week as the development set to replace it brings its new, larger vision to the city’s design review process.

The seven-story development set for review Thursday is set for 1710 12th Ave E, on property formerly home to the Car Tender auto repair shop, Bergman’s Lock and Key and the former home of the Scratch Deli. The auto shop which became a center of private security activity during the Capitol Hill occupied protest, is relocating to Shoreline. The project set to replace it had started the design review process in November 2019, well before any of this summer’s events.

In its place, Hill residents will get a few hundred new neighbors. In plans from the Runberg Architecture Group, developer Mack Real Estate Group proposes a 170,000 square foot building with 145 apartments, including a mix of studio, and 1- and 2-bedroom units. It would include a total of 3,500 square feet of commercial use broken up into three spaces, one at the corner of 12th and Olive, and the other two along 12th.  There will also be 90 parking stalls. Amenities include a fitness center, co-working space, and a rooftop deck. Continue reading

Police investigate overnight gunfire near Tashkent Park

Multiple 911 callers reported gunfire near Capitol Hill’s Tashkent Park early Friday morning. There were no injuries or property damage reported.

Police were called to the area just before 12:30 AM to a report of multiple shots. One caller reported finding shell casings outside their window. According to East Precinct radio updates, police recovered eight shell casings at the scene and were looking through a grassy area for more.

According to radio updates, a check of the area around Belmont and Republican turned up no suspects.


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After development project kicked back into motion this week, fire scorches Belmont Ave E property lined up for demolition

A garage part of a large set of properties lined up for redevelopment burned Thursday afternoon and brought a large Seattle Fire response to Belmont Ave E.

There were no reported injuries and damage from the fire appeared to have mostly been limited to the detached garage along Belmont. Seattle Fire was investigating to determine the blaze’s cause.

Seattle Police was also collecting evidence at the scene after being called to a report of squatters on the property earlier this week. Continue reading

Standoff with barricaded man shuts down Belmont — UPDATE: In custody

A standoff with a possibly armed man inside an apartment unit tied up the blocks around the 1700 block of Belmont Ave Sunday afternoon.

Police and SWAT units were in position around the building on the west side of Belmont starting around 1 PM.

Earlier in the day, Seattle Fire and police responded to the building for a small fire that was believed to have been intentionally set.

UPDATE 5:10 PM: Police were able to enter the unit and took the suspect into custody just before 5 PM.

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SPD searches for suspect after reported Belmont Ave E stabbing — UPDATE

Seattle Police were searching for a suspect who reportedly fled on foot after a stabbing incident near Belmont and the Melrose connector trail Sunday night. UPDATE 9:20 PM: The suspect was tracked down and taken into custody nearby around 9:10 PM.

According to East Precinct radio updates, police were searching for a suspect who reportedly stabbed a female in an assault inside a vehicle near the location.

Seattle Fire was called to the scene around 8:51 PM. We do not yet have information on the severity of the victim’s injuries. A private ambulance was called to the scene for transport to Harborview, typically a sign of non-life threatening injuries. UPDATE: According to radio updates, the victim was stabbed in the arm. UPDATE x2: SFD says the victim in her 20s was transported in stable condition.

Seattle Police were searching the area of the trail and along Lakeview Blvd E.

UPDATE 11/25/19 10:51 AM: SPD says the assault seems to have stemmed from a domestic violence situation. The stabbing victim reportedly deployed pepper spray at some point of the assault. Police say the male suspect was also found to be carrying narcotics at the time of his arrest.

Design board looks at Belmont microhousing development as Capitol Hill reviews slow to trickle

Long gone are the days when CHS was covering two Capitol Hill design reviews per week. Wednesday night, the East Design Review Board will take up its first Capitol Hill project in over two months — and only one of two on the schedule for the rest of the year.

The honor Wednesday night goes to a project lined up for the 400 block of Belmont Ave E where developers Kamiak Real Estate and the architects from Hybrid are planning an eight-story microhousing project. Continue reading

Design review: Belmont condos, Boylston microhousing

Wednesday night’s session of the East Design Review Board will represent another step in the block by block transformation of Capitol Hill with two projects that will create nearly 100 new homes including new condos on Belmont and new microhousing on Boylston.

301 Belmont Ave E
A new condominium project is coming to this corner just below Broadway replacing a 1908-built fourplex.

301 Belmont Ave E

The plan from a group of investors including OLT Capital and the architects at Wokshop AD calls for a seven-story, 34 condo unit project that will include one unit meeting “the City’s affordable housing incentive criteria” affording the project its extra height and scale under pre-Mandatory Housing Affordability incentives. The developers purchased the property last June for $2 million. Continue reading

Police investigate overnight Belmont Ave E armed robbery

A man suffered head injuries in an armed robbery in the 200 block of Belmont Ave E early Wednesday morning.

Seattle Fire and SPD were called to a building near Belmont and Thomas around 3:35 AM Wednesday for a man who had been assaulted and suffered a head laceration in the attack.

The victim told police he had been held up by at least two men one described as a white male in his 20s wearing jeans and a sweatshirt and a black male who appeared to be in his 40s, around 200 pounds, and wearing a maroon beanie and blue down jacket. The suspects were last seen fleeing the building but left in an unknown direction, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

There were no immediate arrests and the victim was treated by Seattle Fire for his injuries.