More parking? How you can help answer Seattle Central’s next big development question

SCC also has hopes of expanding north (Image: CHS)

Anyone who wants a say in what will happen to the built environment along Broadway around Seattle Central College now has their chance. The community oversight committee which reviews proposed changes to the college is looking for a new member — or two. The school’s reach extends farther into the neighborhood than you might think. And there’s a massive decision on parking on the horizon.

Seattle has a master plan which governs land use on a large scale all around the city. Some places, generally hospitals and colleges, have their own separate plan which fits into the larger plan. Typically, these institutions are in what would otherwise be a residential area, and so need a degree of special treatment.

“We kind of give them a bubble,” said Maureen Sheehan, of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Each of these institutions has a corresponding advisory committee, made up of people who live or work in the neighborhood. When the institution wants to make a change, for example, to build or demolish a building, the plan is presented to the committee. Continue reading

Fight with woman tearing apart store brings big police response to Broadway

A struggle with a woman suffering a possible mental crisis brought a massive police response and left a Broadway store trashed Tuesday night in the heart of the Capitol Hill business strip.

According to East Precinct radio, police were called to the 500 block of Broadway E around 7:45 PM Tuesday as callers reported a woman running and assaulting a man on the street. Continue reading

Capitol Hill gunpoint robbery suspects reportedly use bike share as getaway ride

A couple of Capitol Hill armed robbery suspects put Seattle’s robust bike share system to use for their getaway in at least one of two early morning gunpoint hold-ups reported over the weekend.

According to East Precinct radio broadcasts, a man was held up by a suspect brandishing a black handgun just after 5:30 AM Saturday morning near the QFC at Pike and Broadway. The suspect described as a white male in his 20s, around 5’7″, with a thin build, and wearing a black hat, black coat, and ripped blue jeans reportedly left the scene along with an accomplice riding Lime bikes.

The male and female duo were last seen headed west on Pike on the bikes. They were not wearing helmets. Continue reading

Blotter | Roy Street Commons standoff, failed Broadway video game boost

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  • Roy Street Commons standoff: Police closed off the area around Roy Street Commons in the 600 block of 12th Ave E Friday night after a report of a gun found inside the Airbnb guest house led to a standoff with a wanted man believed to be inside the building. According to East Precinct radio reports and witnesses, the building was surrounded by police for hours on the holiday weekend Friday night with guests arriving at the apartment style building exempted to allow only short-term rental being turned away during the standoff. We’re still sorting out when the incident drew to a close after midnight and any details on an arrest. Guests were allowed back into the building by Saturday morning where one guest reported his backpack had been stolen at some point following the standoff.
  • Broadway video game boost: A burglar made a major mess and *nearly* made off with more than $9,000 worth of gaming consoles in a Thanksgiving week break-in at the Broadway Game Stop. According to the SPD report on the rip-off, surveillance video shows a gloved suspect with a hoody covering his face trashing the store and tossing around merchandise during the just before 4 AM burglary at the store in the 1600 block of Broadway. But the big score was apparently out of reach. Police found a pile of 29 video game consoles stacked in a hallway near a pried-open exit door behind the shop: Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s Mexican consulate holds repatriation ceremony for recovered artifacts

(Images: SPD)

What happens when Seattle Police finds out about historical Mexican artifacts being sold at an estate sale? Tuesday afternoon, officials at Capitol Hill’s Consulate of Mexico in Seattle held a repatriation ceremony for hollow clay Nayarit figures recovered from a sale last year in Seattle.

The figures were recovered a year ago and examinations by anthropology experts and Mexican officials determined that the items were genuine, SPD says.

SPD says the the restitution of the pieces is being done under the Treaty of Cooperation between Mexico and the United States of America providing for the Recovery and Return of Stolen Archaeological, Historical, and Cultural Properties, as well as in the provisions of articles 5, 27, 28, 50, 51 and 53 of the Federal Law on Archaeological, Artistic and Historic Monuments and Areas. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Trans Day of Remembrance lanterns rise above Broadway

Some of the lanterns quite literally crashed and burned. Others soared high into the night sky of Capitol Hill, orange dots drifting away. A night of inspiration and remembrance at Seattle Central Tuesday included speakers, plenty of mingling, and an emotion-filled project to write the names of transgender people who lost their lives in the past year on paper luminaria before setting the lanterns free to drift away over Broadway.

“I can either sit down and say that is none of my business. Or I can say, ‘You are just like me, come stand next to me. I got you,” organizer and Seattle Central student Astro Pittman told the crowd assembled inside a large meeting room at the Broadway school about his motivation for bringing the event together. Continue reading

Tiny Broadway taco shop and its Guaymas family of restaurants comes up big as state drops $5.6M tax case

Attorney General Bob Ferguson and investigators from the Washington State Department of Revenue who started their search at a Broadway restaurant have huevos rancheros on their face after allegations of a $5.6 million tax fraud scheme at the Seattle chain of Tacos Guaymas fizzled into a poquito $750 fine.

“It is really a great example of the philosophical Occam’s razor,” Robert Chicoine, lawyer for Tacos Guaymas owner Salvador Sahagun said in a statement to CHS. “If there are two explanations for an occurrence, the one that requires the least speculation is usually the correct explanation.”

Ferguson’s office charged Sahagun earlier this year with six counts of first-degree theft and three counts of possessing and using sales suppression software in what the AG said was a multi-year scheme to pocket more than $5.6 million in sales tax from cash transactions. Continue reading

How would you redesign the Neighbours Alley?

The alley between Broadway and Harvard Ave — the Neighbours Alley

As Capitol Hill becomes an even more crowded and busy place, the neighborhood is finding ways to put more of its space to use.

The alley connecting Pike to Pine just west of Broadway is set for a transformation hoped to enhance the neighborhood and surrounding streets. Tuesday night, you can help start work on redesigning the Neighbours Alley:

Neighbours Alley Workshop

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Police search for suspect after reported 10th/Mercer armed robbery

Police spread out around the north end of Broadway Friday night with a K9 unit in search of a gunman after a reported armed robbery.

Officers were called to 10th and E Mercer around 6:30 PM to the reported street hold-up. They were looking for a suspect described as an Hispanic male, mid 20s, around 5’5″, with a thin build, and wearing a black wool cap, and a hoodie, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot from 10th from Mercer. He was reported to have been armed with a handgun.

Police and a K9 unit searched the area including a construction site and a house near the crime scene reportedly used by squatters.

There were no reported arrests and no reported injuries in the incident.

CHS Pics | A steady flow of democracy fills Broadway’s ballot drop box on Election Day

There was so much democracy going on along Broadway Tuesday morning that King County Elections had to come clean out the ballot drop box in front of Seattle Central — it was full by 9 AM.

Expect a few more visits through the day — you have until 8 PM to be in line to drop your ballot. Continue reading