Rider injured in ‘severe impact’ car vs. motorcycle collision on Broadway

The rider in a car vs. motorcycle crash Monday afternoon Monday at the busy intersection of Broadway and E Olive Way suffered a serious leg injury, according to emergency radio reports.

Seattle Fire and Seattle Police were called to the scene around 3:45 PM to a report of the “severe impact” collision. The rider was reported to have suffered a significant leg injury in the collision. UPDATE: SFD confirms that the 30-year-old male rider suffered a serious leg injury in the collision and was transported to Harborview.

The intersection was closed in all directions during the emergency response and investigation. Metro was being routed through the scene by police.

UPDATE 7:00 PM: It’s been a busy end of Monday for crashes in the area. Seattle Fire was called to a reported rollover crash with injuries at 24th and E Olive St around 6:45 PM. According to radio dispatches, four juveniles from one of the two vehicles involved in the crash were being evaluated at the scene. We’ll update if we hear more. UPDATE 1/16/2018: SFD tells us the four juvenile females were able to get out of the overturned car on their own. One was transported to Harborview in stable condition with injuries that were not life threatenings.

Police investigate Broadway apartment stabbing — UPDATE

A man was reported stabbed multiple times in the chest and another was in custody in an attack inside a Broadway apartment Thursday night.

Police and Seattle Fire responded to the Lyric building just before midnight Thursday. East Precinct radio reports described one victim with multiple stab wounds. Another person in the third-floor apartment was in custody but required medical attention for possible excited delirium, according to radio reports.

Police arrived in time to stop the violent attack and help keep the 29-year-old from bleeding to death: Continue reading

Suspected Broadway shoplifter chooses wrong getaway vehicle: the First Hill Streetcar

The First Hill Streetcar is slowwww (Image: CHS)

As far as getaway cars go, we can’t recommend it.

A Capitol Hill shoplifting suspect chose pretty much the slowest possible way to flee from police Monday afternoon on a rainy and busy Broadway.

According to SPD, officers were called to the Walgreens at Broadway and Pine just before 4:20 PM Monday to a report a woman had left the store with merchandise she had not paid for.

As officers arrived, police say the suspect jumped aboard the southbound First Hill Streetcar near its Pike and Broadway stop. Continue reading

What does a 31% rent hike mean? EuroPub loses lease on Broadway

EuroPub owner Witold Szczepaniak knows the answer.

“31? That means fuck off,” the European beer importer and operator of one of Capitol Hill’s more under the radar drink spots tells CHS.

Szczepaniak says his Broadway beer pub will be closing later this month after the management company for the Dick’s-adjacent former quick mart building his joint overhauled in 2015 responded to his attempts to negotiate a lease renewal with the huge proposed jump in rent. Continue reading

Grants power new solar arrays atop Harborview, Seattle Central

(Image: Harborview Medical Center)

First Hill’s Harborview is installing the largest solar array of any hospital in the state with help from City of Seattle and federal grants.

“Harborview is committed to sustainability in our operations,” Pam Jorgensen, assistant the hospital’s administrator of facilities and engineering said in the announcement of the project. “This solar project will help us meet our carbon reduction goals, create redundant power for the West Hospital in case of an emergency, and demonstrate the feasibility of solar power on healthcare facilities.”

McKinstry is the design-build firm on the project.

Grants from City Light’s Green Up program and the Department of Commerce are helping to fund the project:

Seattle City Light’s Green Up program, which provides funding for local renewable energy programs and projects, awarded Harborview $50,000. The Department of Commerce’s Energy Efficiency Grant Program helps state and local agencies pay for energy efficiency upgrades and solar installations, and awarded Harborview an additional $47,000.

Other Green Up recipients include Capitol Hill Housing and Seattle Central: Continue reading

Starbucks making Capitol Hill ‘move’ of its Broadway/Republican cafe

Broadway and Denny’s coming soon Starbucks

The Seattle-based coffee giant is pretty much ruining the joke. There won’t be a Starbucks on every corner on Broadway.

Employees at the Broadway and Republican location are telling customers that, come 2018, the shop will be “moving” to the new 101 Broadway building, across from Capitol Hill Station at Broadway and Denny.

CHS reported this summer on plans for a new Starbucks in the new mixed-use building near the busy transit station. Now it appears Starbucks corporate has deemed the old Broadway and Republican location unnecessary.

The closure will mark the second Starbucks to shutter on Capitol Hill to end 2017. Earlier this year, the 15th Ave E Starbucks — at one time an indie-styled experiment by the company — shuttered and will make way for a new Full Tilt ice cream shop.

Starbucks, meanwhile, isn’t the only big coffee chain closing cafes on the Hill. CHS reported on the lawsuit and the tax problems behind the closure of Tully’s after 20 years at 19th and Aloha.

As for what is next at Broadway and Republican, CHS doesn’t allow itself to indulge in straight up rumors too often but the exit of Starbucks on this end of Broadway might connect to persistent gossip we hear of a big brand pizza chain looking to expand its Capitol Hill presence. Feel free to speculate further in comments.

The Broadway and Republican Starbucks is slated for its final day of business on January 8th.


Blotter | Victim reports hate crime in Broadway pepper spray assault

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  • Broadway pepper spray assault: A man reported a possible hate crime after a pepper spray attack last Thursday night on Capitol Hill. Police and Seattle Fire were called to CC Attle’s on E Olive Way around 8:30 PM on December 7th to a report that a man had been pepper sprayed in the face. The victim told police he believed he was attacked because he is gay:

    Police say the victim described his attacker as an unknown race male, 5’10”, with a slim build and dreadlocks. He was wearing a dark overcoat at the time of the assault. Seattle Fire responded but the victim did not need to be taken to the hospital. SPD is investigating. There were no immediate arrests reported.

  • QFC ‘crack’ assault: An employee at the Harvard Market QFC suffered an unusual assault after trying to deal with an unwanted visitor to the Pike and Broadway store last Friday. Police and Seattle fire were called to the scene just before noon to a report the employee was feeling dizzy after having what he believed to have been crack cocaine smoke blown in his face while trying to remove a trespasser from the property. SFD was called to treat the employee. We do not know what the substance was determined to be. There were no arrests.

Destined for demolition, ‘depressing’ Broadway Bonney-Watson won’t get landmark protections

There is no shade thrown more darkly than the criticisms leveled at an old building brought up for landmarks review by a developer who wants dearly to demolish it. Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board Wednesday night unanimously rejected the nomination of Broadway’s 1961-built Bonney-Watson Funeral Home calling the modern-style building underwhelming, boxy, and, well, depressing.

“We think this building is not a landmark and we’d like you to agree with us,” Jack McCullough, legal counsel for the company under contract to purchase the property and develop two mixed-use buildings on the site, said, calling the building a “most ordinary and uninspiring example.” David Peterson, who prepared the nomination report for the developers called the building “disappointing” and said it was his belief the building doesn’t meet any of the city’s landmark criteria: Continue reading

Robatayaki restaurant project next for former Broadway bagel space

The Lyric

While some spaces along Broadway seem like they may never come back to life, others are more fungible. After some construction work, the former home of a big chain bagel shop is slated to be reborn as the latest investment from the U.S. subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Plenty, Inc.

The Robata project will create a new restaurant concept for the company below The Lyric building at 230 Broadway E. The space was formerly home to Einstein Bros. Bagels until it suddenly shuttered in October 2016. Previously, Einstein sibling Noah’s stood at the location before it was demolished to make way for the Lyric development. Continue reading

There’s a hipster Best Western coming to Capitol Hill

A rendering of the rooftop view from the future Vib hotel

A new hotel coming to Harvard Avenue will likely be a Best Western, or more specifically, a Vib — intended to be pronounced with a long “i” as in vibe. The “stylish, urban” boutique hotel from the big brand will be just around the corner from Capitol Hill Station and could be the first of similar projects if zoning changes come to pass.

The new building on Harvard between Howell and Denny has been in the works for more than a year, and is now about halfway through the design and permitting process, said Jon Courter, a member of the ownership group.

Along the way, the project has gotten a bit smaller. Initially it had been planned for four stories of hotel, topped by three stories of residential units. But in an effort to make the rooms feel more spacious, the developers decided to lop off the top floor of residential units and have higher ceilings on each of six remaining floors.

“Every inch, every half-inch really matters in height,” Courter said. “We want people to say it’s small, but it’s well-designed.” Continue reading