Thanks to reader Gabe for this picture from the response
Seattle Fire swarmed the area around Boylston and Mercer Monday after smoke was reported at the 1925-built Quinalt Apartments building.
Two people were reported in need of medical attention including one victim in his 30s who suffered smoke inhalation and a second suffering an asthma attack. UPDATE: Seattle Fire says the woman in her 20s who suffered the attack was also taken to the hospital in stable condition. SFD says a third patient, a man in his 70s, was treated at the scene and a firefighter who suffered a minor injury was also taken to Harborview for evaluation.
There is a chance Wednesday night’s session of the East Design Review Board will be postponed due to wintry weather. If so, you’ll be prepared early for a January 29th session reviewing on The Victor, a planned eight-story, 227-unit apartment building on First Hill.
If not, read up quick and settle in for what could be the project’s final step in the public design process.
CHS reported last May on the early plans for the project from developer Carmel Partners and Encore Architects and their “church-friendly” midrise design in a zone that could have featured an apartment tower. Instead, the new development planned for 1100 Boylston will replace a surface parking lot with lots of new First Hill housing but even more deference for the neighboring First Baptist Church. Continue reading →
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25th Ave drive-by: A drive-by shooting left no reported injuries but damaged vehicles and homes near 25th and Mercer late Sunday night. According to East Precinct radio updates, police reported hearing 25 to 30 shots ring out just after 11 PM. Police found at least one vehicle that had been hit and bullet damage to at least two nearby homes. There were no reported injuries. Witness accounts described a silver sedan carrying at least two people who opened fire with two or three different guns before speeding away from the scene. Police searched the area but there were no arrests. Editor’s note: We originally identified this as a Central District location but as some have pointed out, it is a Madison Valley location. We’ve updated the headline.
Shotgun phone robbery: Police were called to E Thomas near Broadway to a report of an armed robbery of a phone. According to police radio reports, a man reported the suspect had pulled a shotgun and taken his phone just after 2:30 AM Monday morning. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the hold-up had taken place in a nearby building or on the street. Police were searching the area including Cal Anderson Park’s chemical toilets for the suspect but there were no arrests. No injuries were reported.
Boylston/Union dumpster arson: A dumpster fire with loud explosions woke residents around Boylston and Union early Monday. Seattle Fire responded to the blaze around 2:15 AM. Police were called after witnesses described two men seen setting the fire to a mattress and other items in the dumpster before fleeing. The two men were also reported pushing a shopping cart and were last seen fleeing westbound on Union. The Seattle Fire Marshal was called to investigate the scene. Last week, SPD asked for help investigating a string of a dozen arson fires after arresting a man for allegedly starting a small fire near Capitol Hill Station.
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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.
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 →
A Capitol Hill man has been charged with the rape of two unconscious women and detectives are still hoping to identify one of the victims in a case centered on a Boylston Ave apartment where police say they have proof the sexual assaults occurred after two business associates discovered secret cameras, and a stash of incriminating recordings.
“The women who were raped have no memory of the event and were not even aware that they had been raped until they were contacted by Seattle Police in the course of this investigation,” prosecutors write.
Redwolf Pope has been charged with two counts of second degree rape in the assaults at the Boylston-Howell building in the 1700 block of Boylston. Pope maintained a fourth-floor residence in the Capitol Hill Housing building, available only to tenants earning 40% and 50% of area median income, and another in Santa Fe where he faces similar charges for a sexual assault on a Seattle-area woman. Continue reading →
Wednesday night’s East Design Review Board session includes the big and the small. On First Hill, the board will ponder the early massing plans for a 28-story apartment tower set to replace one of the apparently plentiful surface parking lots around Saint James. Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, a development firm known for its microhousing projects will present its plans for a Boylston Ave E development.
Developers Johnson & Carr and architects at SHW bring forward a plan for a seven-story building with 58 small efficiency dwelling units to replace a possibly historic but already lined up for demolition early 1900s Boylston Ave E house that has been used as an office building in modern times. The Tucker House stands at 420 Boylston Ave E. Continue reading →
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Wanna hear another scary story? Let’s visit 1633 Boylston — today’s Buena Vista apartments. For now, it remains one of the Hill’s oldest apartment buildings. In the winter of 1911, it became the home for two of the more tragic figures in Capitol Hill history — the Williamson Sisters:
While visiting Victoria BC, they read an advertisement for Linda’s book in a Seattle newspaper. Although there was no indication that either of them was sick, they decided to go and take the fasting cure. In February of 1911, they visited Linda at her office and were told that the sanitarium wasn’t ready yet, but that she would treat them in Seattle. The sisters were put up at the Buena Vista Apartments at 1633 Boylston on Capitol Hill.
Under Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard’s, um, care, the sisters were starved from February into April inside the Boylston Ave building, according to Stalking Seattle:
They survived mostly on a thin vegetable broth. Linda would show up regularly to provide the enemas and massages. She also began to make inquiries about the sisters’ business affairs, and offered to store the women’s diamond rings and real estate deeds in her office safe. (How nice)
Dr. Linda’s fasting diet is now a legendarily macabre tale from the annals of quack medicine and a descent into some of the darker corner’s of Capitol Hill’s mortuary past:
Prosecuting attorneys would later suspect that Hazzard had starved the British sisters in order to strip them of their wealth (Claire, weak and skeletal, had signed over her bank accounts to Hazzard shortly before her death.) Worse, the body lying before Conway on the fourth floor of E. R. Butterworth and Sons, beautifully preserved as it was—What was it with these Americans and their obsession with pickling the dead?—was not Claire. At least it didn’t look like Claire. The sisters’ uncle, a Brit and also unaccustomed to embalmed corpses, didn’t recognize his niece either.
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Samaritans called 911 and stayed with the driver until emergency crews arrived and the man could be extricated (Images: CHS)
Witnesses described the incident as a slow motion rollover after a truck loading a construction dumpster near Bellevue and Boylston flipped on its side, trapping the driver in the cab Thursday morning.
They “heavy rescue” response just before 9 AM on a rainy morning on this sloping part of Capitol Hill brought out a full response from Seattle Fire and police as two samaritans first on the scene talked with 911 dispatchers to guide the responders to the tucked away area of northern Capitol Hill.
The driver’s injuries appeared to be not life threatening and he was conscious and talking with the two women who waited with him outside the cab as emergency crews made their way to the scene. He was extricated after Seattle Fire removed the cab’s windshield.
The driver was taken to the hospital following the crash. Seattle Police will investigate the incident. Boylston remained closed until the blocking truck and dumpster could be removed.
An international symbol of goodwill and a formerly worn down public space connecting some of the most densely populated blocks on the West Coast, Tashkent Park’s makeover was marked with a rededication celebration on Saturday featuring remarks from representatives of Seattle and its sister city, the park’s namesake, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The sister city relationship between Tashkent and Seattle was formed in 1973 and was the first Soviet and U.S. sister city agreement in the nation. Of Seattle’s 21 sister cities, Tashkent is one of the few to have a park dedicated to it.
Secretary Abdufarrukh Khavirov of the Uzbekistan Embassy in the U.S., said the park is a piece of his country in Seattle.